You can change $c=1000. What you can't do is change 99 to 1000. When you use $c=1000, it tells perl that $c is no longer pointing to a reference to the constant 99, but is now containing the value 1000. When you use $$c=1000, you're telling perl to change the thing $c points to to 1000. But $c points to the constant value 99. Perl is telling you that it refuses to break the time-space continuum by making 99 be 1000.
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