hey folks, been a long time since i been here, stranded on a tropical island for a few years.. nice to be back to the business. I have a problem with some " rhetoric" i was reading today in one of the old posts. Seems to me that you all seem to think that .999 followed by about 1billion other 9's seems to equal 1. Yet some others are true naysayers and go against the flow, and say, no it is really .9999 not equal to 1. Now i must ask the question. .999999 can only be equal to 1 if at some point in time the last 9 in the chain, gets an increase of 1 numerical value. This I really can not deny. So I pose my real question. If 1/2 is 0.5 as you all say. Why is it not really 0.49999999999999... I can prove using a very simple equation that this is the case, and no matter how far you go, a person can not find that numerical increase to truly make it 0.5 Now dont go all crazy and start saying, well, then any terminal decimal must be a .9999 somewhere's. interested in the formula??