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Optimal counting system using fingers

It's sometimes suggested -perhaps jokingly- that we should use binary to count using fingers, as we'd get all the way from 0 to 1023! Much better than the 0 to 10 we get 'normally'. Of course, it's rather difficult for most people to know at a glance which number is represented by .|..| ||.|. (probably 256+32+16+8+2=314). This way of counting is most often suggested by programmers, because using this way is just using base 2, just like computers do. A... full post»