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February 19th, 2008
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I don't have much reason to convert binary to decimal very often, so I am quite, quite rusty.


So, when I saw 1000101 on a licence plate, I spent a long time trying to remember how. Then I mis-read it to have one more zero and came up with 133. Huh?


As the car stayed in front of me nearly the whole way home, I had ample time to realize my error.


I am pretty sure this person found a way to put 69 on their licence plate. :D Am I wrong?

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From:affreca
Date:February 19th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
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I think you're right. I cheated though, and used google's conversion function, as I'm currently braindead.
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From:oldwolf
Date:February 20th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
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Was it a good looking Dodge, or a piece of junk? Because QQQQ is also the stock ticker symbol for NASDAQ.
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From:rabid_bookwyrm
Date:February 19th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
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No, it's true. I'm surprised, they're usually pretty good about preventing that sort of thing.
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From:morgaath
Date:February 20th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
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The best daily use I have for binary is counting on my fingers. And confusing people who watch me count to 31 on one hand is always a good thing.
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From:emessar
Date:February 26th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
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Cool ... I do that too when I'm counting inmates. I have to be careful though because four is my middle finger and I don't want anyone to think I'm throwing signs either.
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From:morgaath
Date:February 27th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
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And the bad part is it doesn't matter which side of the hand you start with four is the naughty digit.
(Which is why she likes it)
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From:emessar
Date:February 27th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
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Is THAT why they call it four-play?
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From:morgaath
Date:February 28th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
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That would seem to make sense to my twisted mind. But let me have 10 beers and come back with a second opinion.
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From:electron_pusher
Date:February 20th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
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If you are "blessed" with a windoze machine, the calculator has scientific mode. Put in Binary, enter number, then hit decimal.

And it is indeed 69....
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From:insight_camper
Date:February 20th, 2008 08:28 am (UTC)
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Hi, as has already been pointed out 10001012 equals 6910. I did the conversion in WinCalc as I didn't feel like trying to convert it manually at this time of night. Although I do know how to convert and I have a binary clock sitting on my desk at work so I'm not as rusty as I used to be (was pretty good at it when I was doing assembly programming in college). For anyone who doesn't remember each digit right to left is a power of two (thus 1,2,4,8,16,32,64, etc) and you just add up the non-zero ones (pun not intended but works). So this is 64+4+1 = 69.

I wouldn't think DMV would think of the string as anything other than zeros and ones. Since the only number that I can think of that has a "naughty" connotation is 69 I'm not sure they would think of trying to represent 69 some other way. Think of it this way, what if you wanted to put a swear word in Swahili on your license plate. DMV would probably check "common" languages such as spanish, french, german, etc. But "uncommon" ones such as Tagalog or Inuit would get through. They probably would be unlikely to identify the language (unless you told them what it was) let alone translate it. The same probably holds true for bin/oct/hex notations.

If you would like your license plate to read "69" try hexadecimal or octal. They come out as 45 (hex) and 105 (octal). They look just like regular base ten numbers so unless you did 45h or 105o no one is likely to catch it except computer programmers, mathematicians, and few geeks :-)
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From:queza7
Date:February 20th, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
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I still think the best number place I've seen was 24601: Jean Val Jean's prisoner number in Les Mis. It made me giggle all the way home that someone was geekier than me about the musical. ^^
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