Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Phantom PMs strike back

http://blognomic.com/wiki/index.php?title=User:Darth_Cliche/4294967295

The first image is one that I’ve already pointed out, from back in my dynasty. The other two are from today; and note how the first one from today has the same number of phantom PMs as from my dynasty.

Hopefully Wak and Ienpw, who originally “fixed” this problem, will be able to figure it out.

Comments

Klisz:

12-03-2009 00:06:22 UTC

Also, now I constantly have 4294967294 new messages.

Wakukee:

12-03-2009 00:13:46 UTC

Um. That’s odd. It hasn’t been a problem in ages.

Klisz:

12-03-2009 00:52:35 UTC

It’s now decreased to 4294967293.

Wakukee:

12-03-2009 00:58:57 UTC

If anyone else has this problem, post it here. I think it is limited to DC.

NoOneImportant:

12-03-2009 01:52:20 UTC

I don’t have this problem, but I do find it curious that it’s a long string of numbers and appeared shortly after DC started using his encrypted posts… with long strings of numbers. Someone having fun?

NoOneImportant:

12-03-2009 02:22:53 UTC

Nevermind, the problem existed back in September, apparently. Shows you where my mind goes though, I guess. :)

Klisz:

12-03-2009 02:29:16 UTC

The long strings of numbers was a reference to the Fourth Metadynasty. We reference past dynasties a lot here, so you may want to read up on your history.

Ienpw III:

12-03-2009 03:02:17 UTC

I don’t have the problem. Is anyone else using Chrome?

tecslicer:

12-03-2009 03:58:39 UTC

I am using FireFox and have not this problem.

Klisz:

12-03-2009 14:30:35 UTC

I’ll try FF.

Klisz:

12-03-2009 14:33:53 UTC

....still happens.

Klisz:

12-03-2009 19:56:44 UTC

Hmm. I googled 4294967293 and I got this:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/geofharries/3464243164/

perhaps it’s a common bug in mail-type systems?

Kevan:

12-04-2009 10:47:26 UTC

I think we worked this out before - it’s an overflow error, where a variable can’t support negative numbers and just wraps around to the biggest possible number instead. EE has somehow gotten to the point of trying to express “-4 messages” due to some bug, but when it subtracts one from zero, it wraps around to 4,294,967,296 (2^32) and counts down from there.