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Bravegator  (Level: 152.0 - Posts: 428)
Tue, 1st Apr '08 9:35 PM


The first 10 people listed for the April WP Leaderboard each have 4,294,967,295 points. How do I get that error in my favor too?

Lucimoore  (Level: 181.1 - Posts: 1679)
Tue, 1st Apr '08 10:12 PM

Error? What error? Just go away and be quiet !! I like that score, its mine and you can't have it. If you take it my score will be zero.

Garrybl  (Level: 275.9 - Posts: 6607)
Tue, 1st Apr '08 10:25 PM

can any mathematicians amongst us work out the 'significance' of this number? If there is one?

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Tue, 1st Apr '08 10:38 PM

Barry: 42. That ought to be enough for anyone.

Kaufman  (Level: 253.9 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 1st Apr '08 10:40 PM

2 to the 32nd power minus 1.

My analysis: The point amounts on the leaderboard are stored in 32-bit integers. Likely the first bit is the sign bit (positive or negative), and the others represent the value. For some reason, those scores were entered as -1, represented as all bits set to 1, but the leaderboard, knowing that negative numbers were nonsense, displayed the value as unsigned, meaning that that first bit is treated as representing 2^31, and the number shown is 2^31 + 2^30 + ... + 4 + 2 + 1 = 2^32 - 1.

If the above is unintelligible, I was inspired by this AM's WP. That's the ticket!

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Tue, 1st Apr '08 10:44 PM

And I thought the word puzzle hurt my head!

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Tue, 1st Apr '08 10:51 PM

Don't know what you guys are talking about, my score is legit.

Smaug  (Level: 140.7 - Posts: 2772)
Tue, 1st Apr '08 11:18 PM

what is the date today?

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Tue, 1st Apr '08 11:53 PM

Easy cheats....nuff said.


Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 2nd Apr '08 12:51 AM

I believe we had a pool going to see what time it would be before she accused me of cheating. Who won, Pepperdoc?

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Wed, 2nd Apr '08 1:12 AM

Oohhh. It's a three-way tie between you, Larrybus and Slicko. Will have to check the rules on how to do a tie-breaker.
(okay, pick a number between 1 and 10 - the person who gets closest wins the tie.)

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Wed, 2nd Apr '08 1:14 AM

Ooops, sorry, misread that rule...

pick a number between 1 and 4,294,967,295.

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