How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy (t3knomanser) wrote,
How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy

Obscure in Punsylvania

In PA, exit numbers are not assigned sequentially- they're assigned by mile marker. Over here in NY, Kingston is exit 19, Albany is exit 23. Which tells us that they're four exits apart (except they're not- there's six exits, because there's a 21, 21A and 21B). In other words, NY's unique-key exit system is kinda useless.

PA's mile-marker based system is a lot cleaner (mind you, this is the only way in which PA highways surpass NY ones- in all others they suck). It also means that you'll see much large exit numbers- on a cross state trip like the one we took this week, we saw some pretty big ones. One of which prompted me to quip, "Exit 256 bytes."

256 happens to be 28, which is the exact number of unique values you can hold in eight bits (ie. a byte). I chuckled, and so did Minna.

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