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Only last year a group of clever teenagers at a famous English public school devised a programme which they put on the internet. Its task was simple: find any series of 16 digits that may be flying around and report them back to base. The smart lads from Highgate had worked out that most of the principal credit cards in the world had 16 digits; here was their chance to build a collection of them. Armed with the digits, our heroes embarked on a modest attempt to reflate the British economy, or at least those parts of it which trade…

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