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    Re: Correction. Was: Why is a sextant like it is?
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2004 Nov 18, 23:26 -0500

    > I am sorry:
    > in all my previous messages on the subject
    > I was talking of the numeric system base 60.
    > It is called SEXAGESIMAL, not "hexadecimal".
    
    Alex,
    
    No "sorry" necessary.  In fact the group causes me explore and think.  Until
    today I did not know what sexagesinal was/is. An honest misconception on
    your part that apparently made the assumption 20th-century binary (2 nary)
    computer folk who pretty much invented the "hexadecimal" term based on
    8-bits-per-byte were not thinking in Roman Numeral terms--that being
    additive/subtractive.
    
    Hex = 6.  Deci = 10.  Using the Arabic Positional System/Place Value
    System--six tens, therefore 60.  Since we have used Arabic base 10 (X
    fingers) positional system for how many centuries(?), one might assume
    high-tech gurus would think that way.
    
    In Roman times, VI + X, or base/radix XVI (16).  One could also argue X
    minus VI, or IV (4).
    
    Hopefully a binary cel-nav brother or sister will explain the flaw in my
    rant.
    
    Nonetheless, thanks you to all for the challenges, thought provoking
    questions and debates.  And a wee bit of humor ;-)
    
    Bill
    
    
    

       
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