[racket] tennis and programming, not completely off-topic

From: Barry Brown (barry at cs.sierracollege.edu)
Date: Thu Jun 24 14:54:41 EDT 2010

Here's a link to a NY Times blog entry about the match in question:


One commenter pointed out that 48 in binary is 110000. More likely, those boards may be pretty old  and the score is encoded in BCD, so 48 would be represented as 0100 1000.

My question is: why were there IBM programmers at the match?


On Jun 24, 2010, at 11:03 AM, Matthias Felleisen wrote:

> Two guys played some long tennis match. 3 days to be precise. The score in the fifth set got to 47:47. At that point the electronic board quit because ... you guessed it ... it wasn't prepared to display such scores. A bit later the sites internet ticker also quit. Same reason. I have no clue what the number 48 does to computer scientists. I would have understood 64 perhaps, but the game went even beyond that. 
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