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From Chris Anderson <>
Subject Re: Silent corruption of large numbers
Date Sun, 08 Nov 2009 20:14:34 GMT
On Sat, Nov 7, 2009 at 8:40 PM, Paul Davis <> wrote:
>> I'm old school.  I don't think this kind of mutation is acceptable.  A user
>> is sitting behind layers of user interface, CouchDB libraries, JSON
>> libraries, HTTP libraries and several other bits of glue.  Silently doing
>> this is bad - one day a user will end up with data corruption with serious
>> repercussions.
>> Using a string analogy what should a view server do if a string is passed in
>> that is larger than it wants to handle?  Is silent mutation or corruption ok?
> You're not old school. Your worries are extremely well placed. I
> completely agree that in a perfect world its absolutely not
> acceptable.

If you're the type to care deeply about this stuff, watch this video
about IBM, the ECMAScript standards process, and decimal arithmetic.

Chris Anderson

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