pointer -> long conversion - (nf)

jim at ism780b.UUCP jim at ism780b.UUCP
Wed Aug 1 14:22:10 AEST 1984

ism780b!jim    Jul 23 10:59:00 1984

> Although signed addresses are unconventional,
> it turns out that they cause no problems whatsoever,
> and they removed the need to perform 32-bit unsigned arithmetic
> as a special case within the machine for address calculation.

So NULL points to the middle of the address space?  And the loader origin
for programs is -0x7fffffff-1, which can't be expressed properly as
a negative number without breaking most software?  Or does no one use
the first byte?  I'm not sure I believe this "no problems whatsoever".

-- Jim Balter, INTERACTIVE Systems (ima!jim)

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