way way off topic

Olivier Nicole olivier.nicole at cs.ait.ac.th
Tue Oct 23 04:31:20 UTC 2012


On Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM, Gary Kline <kline at thought.org> wrote:
> apologies up front for this math type quandary. I had it in a std C program,
> but 3+ hours of grepping havent found it.  I would have bet my last cent that I
> had a summary Somewhere, but cant find that either.
> here is the problem as best I can remember it.
>         let's say that john is 8 and his older friend, jim, is 22.
>         how much older is exact percentage terms is jim?

That should be 22/8=2.75
Jim is 275% older than John


> to find the answer I had to find the relative difference {22 - 8} and then
> do something with the difference.  this isn't any kind of trick or
> "advanced-cognition"; I just thought it was clever [and exact].  it obviously
> works for finding the abs() results in subtraction.  it's something I found on
> the web and swipes and save the prose discussion.  BZZT: Lost, :-(
> if this seems dumb, I plead guilty!
> im asking here because -questions is the sharpest list on the net.
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