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# Halfway through a timed midterm (no computers or calculators): Convert this 5-digit decimal number to binary Convert this 10-digit decimal number to binary Convert this 20-digit decimal number to binary Convert this even longer decimal number to binary

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Sacrifice a goat!
Sacrifice 2 goats and convert them to Binary!
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To be a good developer you should think like a computer.... OBVIOUSLY
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Write an algorithm to solve it and claim to have solved the general problem. Depending on the prof it might work.
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@Godisalie
I really don't think thats the purpose of the exercise. You don't write the math formula for partial integrals and then claim to have solved every general partial integral.
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@ninjaintrouble Yeah, but the purpose of the exercise is stupid. ^^
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Ew. That's awful.
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@Mitiko be the computer*
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Well... Tell them to convert .10 to binary
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@mvalentin
I went in to programming so I would never have to do anything I could make a computer do for me
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It is not that hard ... Tz, kids these days
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@mrmarbury I'm an embedded software guy and I eat, sleep, and dream in binary and hexadecimal. It's not a matter if difficulty, it's a matter of pointlessness. Goof up one digit during the conversion and the rest will be garbage.

It's like being asked to do large number modular arithmetic (hundreds of digits) in a cryptography class. Just because it's something that can be asked doesn't mean it should be.
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@capnsoup yeah I know that it's pointless. I had this in class back then as well. But I mean most if the stuff you learn is so pointless it makes your head spin. But if it is easy stuff like this I always preferred it over the complicated pointless stuff ... "Low hanging fruit" 😉 Kind of meditative for me. 😁 Like this thing where we had to develop network protocols with stochastics. Pretty easy once you get it but for a 5 node network you easily fill 2 sheets of paper front to back. And one mistake anywhere and you can start over. Advice to the OP: See it as a meditation practice. 😉