ietf-nntp New wording on article numbers - draft 2
Clive D.W. Feather
clive at demon.net
Mon Jan 6 00:22:45 PST 1997
Jack De Winter said:
>> It was. Putting *a* limit means that it's possible to plan things like
>> buffer sizes. If we forbad leading zeroes, that would give an effective
>> limit of 10, but I expected that to create too many squarks. So I picked a
>> round number.
> Can I ask a simple question then... why 16 digits (as in decimal) as
> opposed to a given number of bits?
Because the protocol sends decimal digits, not binary numbers. The actual
*value* is limited to 2^32-1 (so if you send 16 digits, the first five will
all be zero).
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