|Why these keys are looking this way|
Message #17 Posted by Walter B on 23 Oct 2009, 1:03 a.m.,
in response to message #16 by Vieira, Luiz C. (Brazil)
IMHO the opposite is true: these people use number systems older than the scientific number scheme. As you can recognize easily, there are dedicated characters (and thus words) for 10, 100, 1000, and 10000. Then, it goes on with 10 x 10000, 100 x 10000, 1000 x 10000. 10000 x 10000 has a dedicated character (and word) again, etc. BTW, apparently correction works from left to right, starting with the most significant digit. Fascinating!
Quote:Good question. In fact, IŽd rather stay with the self-explained, intuitive [EEX]. You see, it seems to me people are loosing track of how to deal with numbers.
How many times would you need a key devoted to 9 zeroes, though?
You find another such number system in India, with its Lakh (= E5) and Crore (= E7). It's a little less consistent, since it works the conventional way as we know it up to 1000, then transits to an older system based on the number 100.
And for Don's question: I think the E9-key is used frequently in setting up the national budget and losses on Wall Street, for example :(
Summing up, to me it seems this is a financial calculator. Personally, I prefer the scientific number system, but there are more businesspeople than scientists on this planet, like it or not.
Edited to adapt the title
Edited: 24 Oct 2009, 5:50 a.m.