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Links 1 through 4 of 4 by Justin Mason tagged zero

'With the price of bread running into billions a loaf the German people [...] had to get used to counting in thousands of billions. This, according to some German physicians, brought on a new nervous disease known as "zero stroke," or "cipher stroke" [...] The persons afflicted with the malady are perfectly normal, except "for a desire to write endless rows of ciphers and engage in computations more involved than the most difficult problems in logarithms."' (via Joe Drumgoole)

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good post on various approaches to code optimization of a particularly common C idiom -- strlen(). I'd never seen the glibc "add to unsigned long to detect zeroes" trick before -- very nifty!

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