itoa'd you so?

Bryan Sant bryan.sant at
Fri Sep 21 16:10:53 MDT 2007

On 9/21/07, Levi Pearson <levi at> wrote:
> The answer lies in 2's complement binary representation of integers.
> There aren't the same number of integers to the left and to the right
> of 0; there's one more to the left.  So, the absolute value of the
> smallest representable integer isn't representable in the same number
> of bits.

Crap.  I was about to sound smart mentioning the 2's complement issue
-- albeit not as well as you did.

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