Just a fun bit of trivia for the coders out there: PSY’s Gangnam Style has been viewed so many times that it broke YouTube’s view counter, making it the very first video to break the reaches of a 32-bit integer.
Gangnam Style Has Been Viewed So Many Times It Broke YouTube’s Code
Dec 04, 2014 at 12:35 PM
Posted by : Pinoy Secret Writer
Filed Under : Entertainment
Here’s what YouTube had to say on the topic:
Not sure what the hell that means? Just know that when you’re coding, you often have to consider how you’re storing data like numbers. Do you want a 32-bit integer, or a 64-bit integer? A 32-bit integer* takes up a bit less memory, but can only be used to store numbers from −2,147,483,648 to 2,147,483,647. A 64-bit integer is a bit heftier in its memory usage, but can store numbers from −9,223,372,036,854,775,808 to 9,223,372,036,854,775,807.
(* WE’RE IGNORING THE MATTER OF SIGNED/UNSIGNED INTEGERS FOR THE SAKE OF SIMPLICITY HERE)
You know the Pac Man kill screen, where things freak the hell out after level 256? Similar idea, just with 8-bit numbers versus 32-bit.
As of yesterday’s landmark and subsequent code change, YouTube can now theoretically support videos with up to 9 quintillion views. Get to watchin’.