His article is amazingly well documented and thought through. You can see that this guy has been thinking about building a new numbering system for years. Very impressive. And very geeky too, in a hilarious kind of way.
Unfortunately, his proposition for easier arithmetics has even less of a chance to be widely adopted as, say, the US has to adopt the hugely superior metric system
or Swatch has to impose its "internet time".
So it is a total waste of energy, totally useless, impressively time-consuming and funny at the same time.
And thus highly recommended reading.
A few things worth noting and objections, though:
- I would actually have loved a numeric system where 4233 sounds like "butthole sniff sniff". How boring would the solar system be if we didn't have Uranus?
- A complete tutorial with exercises and a diploma at the end would be great (there are exercises at the end of the paper, but that's not enough: I want to learn)
- As has been noted in the comments, the balanced ternary system
is surprisingly good too. Any chance of mixing the two for a balanced ternary bioctal system? And for a better name than that?
- I'll be saying bioctal too from now on instead of hexadecimal
- You're completely mad to spend so much time on trying to improve everyone's life whereas you should be working on your SWF/C# project
- If we forget about one of our fingers, how easier is it to count on them? Anything you can't do with the decimal system?
- Bioctal sounds like a french anti-acne medication, which is ok as geeks keep their acne quite late.