Thanks to SurfAholics Alpha and Lucky 13, I get to write the nerdiest post ever on CTP Teams…so if you like nerdy you will like this.
It seems that the way that team points are counted on CTP Teams, there is an upper limit of 2,147 483, 647 – two billion, one hundred forty-seven million, four hundred and eighty-three thousand six hundred and forty-seven.
Getting from 0 to 2,147 483, 647 is easy, but ask the computer to add one to that number and it doesn’t know what to do.
We can see this by studying two recent screenshots taken a few minutes apart, (although the actual time between screenshots is not relevant):
These screenshots show that both Lucky 13 and the Alphas have reached the number 2,147 483, 647, also known as the eighth Mersenne prime, and the count has stopped there. We can see that the counter is still working for numbers lower than this one because the total for Uber Surfers has increased in the time between these screenshots.
So what is the significance of the number known as the eight Mersenne prime?
Well it seems that Boris from Lucky 13 actually recognized the number as soon as he saw it…how nerdy is that?
According to Wikipedia this number is “…the maximum positive value for a 32-bit signed binary integer in computing. It is therefore the maximum value for variables declared as integers in many programming languages, and the maximum possible score, money, etc. for many video games. The appearance of the number often reflects an error, overflow condition, or missing value.”
So the big question is what is the actual number of points scored by the top two teams this week? Well the individual points are still being recorded so it is a simple matter to simply add them all up.
This gives us, at the time of writing this blog post:
1. SurfAholics Alpha – 3,375,536,767
2. Lucky 13 – 2,346,810,473