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In most computer programs, from databases to video games, the number “32” holds a particular significance.


32 Bits and LimitsEdit

Integers are stored using a total of 32 bits in most computer language. This means that, stored in binary, a maximum of 32 spaces can be used. The maximum number that can be made from 32 binary spaces is 2147483647 (a prime number), which can lead to some interesting results. Phone numbers are not usually stored as integers in most computer programs, because they can easily exceed this number, and 2147483647 is often the cap for points, gold, and other scoring systems in video games, because this is where the storage runs out.

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