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DEADBEEF definition

convention, storage
/ded-beef/ The hexadecimal pattern used to fill words of freshly allocated memory under a number of IBM environments including the RS/6000; equal to decimal 3,735,928,559 (unsigned) or -559,038,737 (32-bit signed). As in "Your program is DEADBEEF" (meaning gone, aborted, flushed from memory).

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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