This code was sent to John W. by the support staff of one of the larger software vendors with the stated purpose of determining how much memory a program could use on one of the corporation's Unix servers. 

#include <stdio.h>
#include <malloc.h>
main ()
float f;
char *p;
   while (1)
      p = malloc(102400);
      if (!p)
          printf ("malloc returned NULL\n");
      f += 102400;
      printf ("%g\n", f);
      printf ("%g %f %f MB\n", f, f, f/1024000);

Now, fair readers, if you were to compile and run this code you your PC, as I did, you should see the WTF for yourself with no problems (spoiler: XP said I was running low on resources). 

However, John was asked to run this an environment that ran 24/7.  In the interest of appeasing vendor support, John did run it, but not until imposing some limits on how high "f" could go.

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