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> Or do they? I've spent hours of debugging time already
> on discovering and rediscovering that n%16+1 and
> n>>4+1 etc do not give the same result.
> Why on earth, except that C does it, must an operation
> that feels like a multiplication, if not an exponentiation,
> have lower priority than addition?

There is no "cultural" rule for the priorities of these operators,
except that used by C and (as far as I know) almost every other language
that offers those operators. I must confess I myself have no feelings
at all about all bitwise operations, and I always use parentheses with

-- Roberto