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8 bytes, many meanings

The same bytes can mean many things. Here are 8 bytes and a bunch of things they could potentially mean

a picture of 8 bytes: the ASCII characters for ‘computer’

some things they could mean:

  • 8 8-bit integers
  • 4 unsigned 16-bit integers
  • a 64-bit pointer
  • 2 IPv4 addresses
  • x86 machine code
  • 2 32-bit floating point numbers
  • 1 64-bit floating point number
  • 2 RGBA colours

person: “don’t worry if you don’t understand all this right now! We’ll explain.

note on x86 machine code: this code is nonsense, but search “ascii shellcode” for x86 code which is valid ASCII.

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