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Well if we allow more than addition and summation, any digit can be written
in LCD with 7 toothpicks or
less, so....

10 =
   _
| |  |
| |_|

and so on... and we are back to ASCII art almost for sure.

Pedro.

On 1/27/07, Pe, Botp <botp / delmonte-phil.com> wrote:
>
> From: Lincoln Anderson [mailto:ayblinkin / gmail.com]
> # I missed the answer to the post asking if we should implement roman
> # numerals.  Which is "more" acceptable,
> #
> # X x X = 100 (6)
> #
> # or
> #
> # |||||||||| x |||||||||| = 100 (22)
>
> it's computer to toothpick and we assume all toothpicks are same without
> breaking nor splitting.
>
> X x X => X X X => 30 ??  how do we represent mult in roman num?
>
> maybe, to be fair, we can use roman num but replace X (2 toothpicks) with
> * (3 toothpics). exponent can be ** (6 toothpicks). we will use /\/\ for M
> and |_ for L....
>
> so,
>
> X * X = 100 (2+3+2 toothpicks)
> X ** X = 10 ** 10 = 10_000_000_1000 (2+3+3+2 toothpicks)
>
> arggh, this quiz looks difficult :)
>
> kind regards -botp
>
>
>
>


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