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Posted on 19-08-25, 21:58
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Posted by sureanem
"sureanem" is just what you get when you byteswap "username,"
So you're a little-endian system on a big-endian network?

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Posted on 19-08-25, 22:27
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Is this some kind of euphemism?

There's no symbolism to it, I just thought `tr -dc a-z < /dev/urandom | head -c 10` was a bit rude and 'username' a bit dull. Usually I just post as Guest or Anonymous or make a throwaway account, but hardly any sites allow that anymore because it's not "best practice" or whatever. It's a shame, really. If they wanted identities, there already exists such a thing as salted IP address hashes, which work fine for all practical purposes.

(The dedicated shills and schizos can afford proxies and Indians, so they are not deterred by any of these measures, but require expensive moderation, which is why hardly any news websites allow comments except possibly through Facebook)

There was a certain photograph about which you had a hallucination. You believed that you had actually held it in your hands. It was a photograph something like this.
Posted on 19-08-25, 22:43
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It's not a euphemism. It's basically just describing how to get from "username" to "sureanem" with different technical terms.

Big endian: 0x1234 is stored as the bytes 0x12 and 0x34, in that order. This is what a Mac used to do.
Little endian: 0x1234 is stored as the bytes 0x34 and 0x12, in that order. This is what a PC does.

To put it in a third way, your username boils down to an N64 ROM dumping joke.
Posted on 19-08-25, 23:56
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Posted by Kawa
It's not a euphemism. It's basically just describing how to get from "username" to "sureanem" with different technical terms.

Big endian: 0x1234 is stored as the bytes 0x12 and 0x34, in that order. This is what a Mac used to do.
Little endian: 0x1234 is stored as the bytes 0x34 and 0x12, in that order. This is what a PC does.

To put it in a third way, your username boils down to an N64 ROM dumping joke.
Also TCP/IP is big-endian, unless I'm misinformed.

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Posted on 19-08-26, 01:17
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What'd really cook your noodle is how bit groups have an endianness!
Posted on 19-08-26, 21:30
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Do they though? At the end of the day, there's no inspecting how 0x12345678 gets stored in the hardware. For all we know, Intel could secretly be putting the MSB in the fourth bit and we'd be none the wiser.

There was a certain photograph about which you had a hallucination. You believed that you had actually held it in your hands. It was a photograph something like this.
Posted on 19-08-26, 21:36
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I reckon data sheets would have that sort of information.

Did you know the ARM processor used in the GBA has a switch to toggle byte order? The GBA's ARM is fixed into little endian, but that exact same CPU can be switched to big endian if you're a systems designer who is also insane.
Posted on 19-08-26, 22:15
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Sure, but how do you know they're telling you the truth? They could convert it from little-endian to [redacted], do their operations, and then convert it back into [redacted] when writing it out again.

There was a certain photograph about which you had a hallucination. You believed that you had actually held it in your hands. It was a photograph something like this.
Posted on 19-08-26, 23:10
Is gonna need more trope

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Because that'd falsify the datasheet. If the datasheet is wrong, first assume it's an honest mistake.
Posted on 19-08-27, 00:45
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but what about cosmic rays flipping bits?

Posted on 19-08-27, 00:51
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Posted by sureanem
Do they though? At the end of the day, there's no inspecting how 0x12345678 gets stored in the hardware. For all we know, Intel could secretly be putting the MSB in the fourth bit and we'd be none the wiser.
We'd figure it out as soon as we added some memory-mapped peripherals and they started showing really weird behavior.

Bit/byte/word order matters a lot.

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