# TechSpot

By learninmypc ยท 8 replies
Oct 16, 2013

1. Anybody know how to read that number?

2. ### Jad ChaarElite Techno GeekPosts: 6,515   +974

Thirty-nine thousand six hundred and thiry-one miles.

3. ### learninmypcTS EvangelistTopic StarterPosts: 7,674   +413

Ok, so the 91 is tenths?

4. ### St1ckM4nTS EvangelistPosts: 2,922   +630

Yeah, that's a decimal point.

5. ### learninmypcTS EvangelistTopic StarterPosts: 7,674   +413

Gotcha, thanks.

6. ### captaincrankyTechSpot AddictPosts: 13,033   +2,558

To be precise, it's actually hundredths. But yeah, .91 rounds down to nine tenths.

That throws a curve into what you're used to seeing, which would be feet ('), then inches (").

Kind of makes you scramble a bit to remember your fraction to decimal equivalents. The most annoying / confusing part is, you're never taught "twelfths". Normally the progression of two presents itself most often in the denominator. I think ".91 of a foot", (in inches), would be 10.92". Rounded out, and expressed as a fraction, that would be, "11/12"......

But the question remains, after the first 39 or so thousand miles, who cares?

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7. ### SNGX1275TS Forces SpecialPosts: 10,742   +422

The .91 miles though would be 4804.8' (feet). Then 4804' 9.6".

So actually, it becomes a significant figures type issue which I've always found to be a bit confusing. Which then would go back to CC's point that its 39,000 miles (well I might round up to 40,000) that is going to be good enough when you consider this question spawned from GE.

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8. ### learninmypcTS EvangelistTopic StarterPosts: 7,674   +413

Ok, to understand why I asked this, if you have Google Earth
Simply zoom ALL the way out & in the bottom right corner is where I got that number, thank you.

9. ### captaincrankyTechSpot AddictPosts: 13,033   +2,558

Mea culpa! In my own "defense", I was really stoned when I posted the whole "inches" thing.

It is kind of funny though. I suppose you could say I missed it by about 9/10 of a country mile...

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