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You are talking about rom. The first computers didn't even have rom, all they had was ram, which was not in the form of magnetic tape.
Oh yeah, and then we'd need a calculator to count to 10. Natural logs would be a breeze, though!
Every odd power ends up negative ... ! So 1*(-2)^1 + 1*(-2)^2 + 1*(-2)^5 + 1*(-2)^6 = -2 + 4 -32 + 64 = 34
wots the difference between base 2 and base -2, bar the 1*(02)^1 its identical because 1*(-2)^2 = 4 just like 1*(2)^2, is there sumthin' im missing?
Genius! I never thought of a negative base.
Imperial: 12 inches in a foot, 3 feet in a yard, 6 feet in a fathom, 660 feet in a furlong, 5280 feet in a mile (6080 in a nautical mile), not to mention pints, gallons, quarts, pecks, bushels, roods, poles, perches et al.
its not about transistors, its about charge in magnetic tape, there millions of seperate magnetic bits on a tape and the point either north or south, north being 0 south being 1. And its read by the computer.
Clocks use base 10...
Clocks seem to cope well enough.
It came naturally because transistors only have two states.
If you're just talking about bases, you can base a number system on any arbitrary base you want. It just depends on what's convenient for you. Computers use base-2 not because it's awesome, but because they don't have much of a choice considering they only have two states. (Whoever thought up binary and applied it to computers was a genius...)
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