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 Mar 27 comment Calculating the multiplicative inverse of a number in a Galois field @DocBrown I was searching for the string `Inverse(`. Mar 23 awarded Commentator Mar 23 comment Calculating the multiplicative inverse of a number in a Galois field @DocBrown The definition of `Inverse` is not in there. Mar 23 comment Calculating the multiplicative inverse of a number in a Galois field @DocBrown Too complicated. I need a stripped down version. All I need is the algorithm to calculate multiplicative inverses. The other problem is that it doesn't appear to use integers to represent the polynomials, instead opting for some class-based representation. Mar 22 comment Calculating the multiplicative inverse of a number in a Galois field @DocBrown No, `p` is the integer representation of the polynomial that defines the field. Mar 22 revised Calculating the multiplicative inverse of a number in a Galois field added 13 characters in body Mar 22 asked Calculating the multiplicative inverse of a number in a Galois field Mar 23 comment How are basic functions implemented in a programming language if they are not built in? @MichaelT I'm incapable of imagining things like how the code to convert a string to a number or a number to a string would be written. Or what `isnum` would look like. I was never talking about how built-ins are implemented. Mar 23 comment How are basic functions implemented in a programming language if they are not built in? @MichaelT Exactly. How are these functions, that one would think would be built-in, not built-in? That's what I'm asking and the examples I've given you are what I have in mind. Mar 23 comment How are basic functions implemented in a programming language if they are not built in? @rwong No, I am talking about functions like strlen or ToString in languages like C# or C. Mar 23 comment How are basic functions implemented in a programming language if they are not built in? @MichaelT Functions implemented in a programming language's standard library are not built-in, though. Mar 23 revised How are basic functions implemented in a programming language if they are not built in? added 120 characters in body Mar 23 comment How are basic functions implemented in a programming language if they are not built in? @5gon12eder It's not broad when you consider I'm asking what the general method is. Mar 23 asked How are basic functions implemented in a programming language if they are not built in? Jan 3 revised How flexible can hardware get? Added some more to the second point. Jan 3 comment How flexible can hardware get? So that would mean CPUs that could control a display directly without having to pass instructions to a controller. I imagine that would add alot more complexity to the software, just as doing away with terminal mode would require more logic for a program to print words to the screen. Jan 3 comment How flexible can hardware get? I added a sentence explaining that further third one further. I mean eliminating the use of controllers and centralizing the system. And can't a disk be sectorless? The term doesn't imply that there is no way of addressing information at all. In regards to executing at the first address, there is usually a limit to the size of the first bootloader. Jan 3 awarded Editor Jan 3 revised How flexible can hardware get? added 148 characters in body Jan 2 awarded Student