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Subject:Re: Calling all math whizzes From:John G <john -at- garisons -dot- com> To:Dossy Shiobara <dossy -at- panoptic -dot- com> Date:Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:31:40 -0400
And if for some reason it gets printed out or copied/pasted as plain text,
you'll still be able to see the exponent as an exponent.
On Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 2:27 PM, Dossy Shiobara <dossy -at- panoptic -dot- com> wrote:
> If the audience is IT/web folks, then "2^80" is the most clear
> expression of the number. The "^" character is the standard notation
> for exponent, i.e., if you do this at a shell prompt:
> $ echo 2 80^p | dc
> Since IT/web folks aren't math people, we never see "2^80" as "2 to the
> 80th power" but we read that as "80 bits." Using an actual
> superscripted "80" would be confusing, as it would look more like a
> numerical value, 2 to the 80th power, or approximately 1.2e24 (aka 1.2 *
> Just throwing my 2^1 cents out there :-) ...
> On 10/13/14 1:49 PM, Chris Morton wrote:
> > I've never seen this nomenclature before: 2^80
> > Does this mean 2 to the 80th power?
> > Is there a better way to express it, such as eliminating the carat and
> > superscripting the 80?
> > The target audience is IT folks running data centers and other web
> geeks. I
> > don't think anyone can assume that each has a higher mathematics degree.
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