Number Systems
Back in the Sixties, DEC invented the minicomputer as a challenger to the massive and expensive mainframes pioneered by IBM. (The age of minicomputers is long past, and DEC itself is history.) To ensure that no software could possibly be moved from an IBM mainframe to a DEC minicomputer, DEC designed its machines to understand only numbers expressed in base 8.
Let's think about that for a moment, given our experience with the Martians. In base 8, there must be eight digits. DEC was…

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