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Quantum Vibe / Re: Butthead Computers
« Last post by customdesigned on Today at 10:05:57 am »
My favorite system is balanced ternary.  It was used by Thomas Fowler's 18th century wooden adding machine, and early Russian programmable computers.  The 3 symbols are -1, 0, 1 - usually written -01  or -0|.  An example of counting from 0 to 9:  0 1 1- 10 11 1-- 1-0 1-1 10- 100

Subtraction is just adding the complement (although modern 2s complement binary is nearly as efficient in that regard).  Logic has True, False, and Don'tCare/Unknown states.  Every represented number except 0 has a complement - unlike 2s complement where the largest negative number represented has no complement represented.
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Quantum Vibe / Re: Interrogation Games
« Last post by Redwood Elf on Today at 09:26:22 am »
So, just out of curiosity, why is Etheine processing data in base-4 (2 bits)? I just noticed that there are no digits higher than 3. Or is that just some kind of coincidence?

I would think it's because that's her view of the Buttheads' computer system. Apparently they work in Nibbles instead of Bytes. (Yes, half of a byte is, in fact, called a "nibble" - funny, huh?)
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Quantum Vibe / Re: Butthead Computers
« Last post by Caffinator on Today at 08:25:20 am »
Oh, NOW I see this topic after I already commented on the main story thread. Yeah. I noticed the same thing. It just seems like an odd way to present computer data (odd because it takes up 4x the presentation space as hex - even if Scott was avoiding it to ensure readers that didn't understand hexidecimal, there's still octal).
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Quantum Vibe / Re: Interrogation Games
« Last post by Caffinator on Today at 08:19:22 am »
So, just out of curiosity, why is Etheine processing data in base-4 (2 bits)? I just noticed that there are no digits higher than 3. Or is that just some kind of coincidence?
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Quantum Vibe / Re: Interrogation Games
« Last post by DrakBibliophile on Today at 07:59:25 am »
Where do you get from the story that "because it's convenient to believe that"?

Only because it's convenient to "believe" that.
Also, they didn't declare war on a technologically superior species, but rather declared "mine" to a scout. Probably on the hopes that the technologically superior species never learned of it.

To be "fair", they don't believe our heroes are part of a new technologically superior species.

They believe that our heroes are part of a group that is already "at war" with them.  ;)

also their leadership is insane they effectively declared war on a technologically superior species. Seamus is already guilty of genocide what's one more added to his tally?
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Quantum Vibe / Re: Butthead Computers
« Last post by CPUGuy1 on Today at 07:53:45 am »
Um .. Quaternary?  :o
digits 0, 1, 2, and 3 ... four parts.
Ternary wouldn't use the '3'
But each set of numbers are still 8 bit long, just blocked into 2 bit each.
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Quantum Vibe / Butthead Computers
« Last post by sehlat on Today at 01:26:21 am »
Ternary arithmetic? Was this mentioned earlier or is it today's delightful surprise.

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Quantum Vibe / Re: Interrogation Games
« Last post by Sean Roach on March 27, 2017, 09:20:22 pm »
Only because it's convenient to "believe" that.
Also, they didn't declare war on a technologically superior species, but rather declared "mine" to a scout. Probably on the hopes that the technologically superior species never learned of it.

To be "fair", they don't believe our heroes are part of a new technologically superior species.

They believe that our heroes are part of a group that is already "at war" with them.  ;)

also their leadership is insane they effectively declared war on a technologically superior species. Seamus is already guilty of genocide what's one more added to his tally?
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Quantum Vibe / Re: Hahaha holy crap!
« Last post by Apollo-Soyuz on March 27, 2017, 05:36:47 pm »
Normal = 21st century mainline humans?

Or are we talking the average mainline human from her home planet?

She's not nearly as fast as the androids but she is about three times faster than "normal human."

Transhumanism FTW.
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Quantum Vibe / Re: Interrogation Games
« Last post by DrakBibliophile on March 25, 2017, 05:17:04 pm »
To be "fair", they don't believe our heroes are part of a new technologically superior species.

They believe that our heroes are part of a group that is already "at war" with them.  ;)

also their leadership is insane they effectively declared war on a technologically superior species. Seamus is already guilty of genocide what's one more added to his tally?
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