SPUG: Working with currency

Kurt Buff kurt.buff at gmail.com
Thu Apr 2 23:21:37 PDT 2009

On Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 19:35, Yitzchak Scott-Thoennes <sthoenna at efn.org> wrote:
> On Thu, April 2, 2009 7:20 pm, Michael R. Wolf wrote:.
>> After an hour of digging, I can't find indications (much less an
>> answer) on when it's necessary to 'use bigint'.  In other words, what is
>> the moral equivalent of MAXINT, or at least a close approximation
>> (disregarding whatever legal fine-print exists) for a back of the
>> envelope proof-of-concept design?
> 2**53 pennies = a bit over 90 trillion dollars

Probably not big enough any more, not for Zimbabwe, and soon not for
the US, either.


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