Pretend you own a printing press and you want to be able to represent any arbitrarily large natural number. You also want to store the fewest possible number of characters in your collection, just to save space. What base, if any, would yield the largest ratio of numbers you can represent to numbers of characters you have to store? I can't figure it out. Please mock the question and don't forget to tell me all the ways I have missed the point or shamed my country's public education system. I've trained myself to turn your abuse into cuts and cigarette burns on my skin and holes in my landlord's walls.