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About Shinkage

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  1.   Just thought it should be point out that this isn't at all what computers are really doing.  They do know how to multiply and generally do long (or partial product, or something even more clever perhaps) multiplication (and division) pretty much like any person would.  Please forgive me if you correct this later in the article and I missed it, but it seems a pretty glaring oversight given the subject matter.   Would have made a good example of the classic teaching mechanism of "What I told you earlier isn't entirely true..." to reveal how computers actually use much more clever algorithms and the binary long multiplication is in fact surprisingly trivial.
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