[TUHS] Etymology of bc(1)

Dave Horsfall dave at horsfall.org
Fri Sep 12 08:04:42 AEST 2014

On Thu, 11 Sep 2014, Warner Losh wrote:

> I?d always heard ?binary calculator? but I don?t have a good reference 
> for that.

I've heard "binary" because it used binary arithmetic (and limited 
precision), and "basic" because it was a lot simpler than "dc" (which I've 
always thought was "decimal" calculator due to it using arbitrary 
precision decimal arithmetic).

-- Dave

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