Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Why I could've bought stubbiespornographer.org and didn't

I bought polygenelubricants.com last night. Imagine that, my very first domain name.

Just in case you're wondering, the string "polygenelubricants" traces its origin to Java Puzzlers by Joshua Bloch and Neal Gafter; it is a string whose hash code in Java is Integer.MIN_VALUE. It was used to demonstrate a corner case involving the most negative number in a two-complement representation.

Going for the classic may not have been terribly original, but I think that's also precisely why it's the right choice. Lest I be accused of merely stealing other people's work, however, I will list more strings that fall into the same bucket. The first 4 of these are already known; the rest are my own discoveries.
polygenelubricants
DESIGNING WORKHOUSES
GydZG_
aluminiumsb├ątentabu
stubbiespornographer.org
squirreledconcoctive.net
insecticidaltightness.com
www.livableunsoundness.net
www.cosmetologiesbattleship.org
www.nonsectarianhomology.org
www.sadistpacemakers.com
WWW.MOLLYCODDLERPOTABLES.NET
Honestly, I think some of those domain names are VERY tempting.
While we're at it, I also found some examples of the equally (if not more) important strings that hash to 0.

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