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August 31, 2010

Lets choose the middle

devadutta @ 11:40 pm, GMT +0000 ( 1283298046 ) Play

First, a big round of applause to Logik for recording an unbeaten run-length of 50! You get this shiny badge, sire!

This questions is what some people refer to as “an old chestnut” :)

Which term in computer science is a reference to the ” holy war” between inhabitants of the two Islands shown below?

The root-cause of the war was about how to break this

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Answer: The terms little endian and big endian’s etymological roots can be traced to the book “Gulliver’s Travels” where people from the islands of Lilliput and Blefuscu fight a holy war because they cannot agree upon which side a boiled egg has to be broken from.

I will quote Rahulk for details

“The term big-endian originally comes from Jonathan Swift’s satirical novel Gulliver’s Travels by way of Danny Cohen in 1980. In 1726, Swift described tensions in Lilliput and Blefuscu: whereas royal edict in Lilliput requires cracking open one’s soft-boiled egg at the small end, inhabitants of the rival kingdom of Blefuscu crack theirs at the big end (giving them the moniker Big-endians).The terms little-endian and endianness have a similar intent.”

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