Josef “Jeff” Sipek


Tee hee…an amusing story from BBC News:

A man in the United States popped out to his local petrol station to buy a pack of cigarettes - only to find his card charged $23,148,855,308,184,500.


  1. I saw someone debug and explain why that number was "special" to a computer. It was breathtaking.

    Comment by unknown — January 1, 1970 @ 00:00

  2. I independently came up with the idea to convert it to hex, and look at the numbers. When I saw the 0x20 bytes, I didn't think ASCII space (even though I knew that's what they are), but instead thought that it was most likely a special formatting character used by the EDIT/EDIT AND MARK instructions on IBM mainframes (the instructions used to convert packed decimal to printable characters). When I learned about the other stories, and the fact that it was the same value for each, my opinion changed to it being "some random data" in the CICS application.

    Comment by JeffPC — January 1, 1970 @ 00:00

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