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Good humor is timeless, and even though the Intel Pentium floating point bug problem is two decades old, this is still funny - especially if you were around during the time.
In case you hadn't heard, Intel's top-of-the-line chip has a bug with its floating-point divide being imprecise. For example:
5505001/294911 = 18.666651973 (powerpc) 5505001/294911 = 18.66600093 (pentium) 5505001/294911 = 18.666651 (cheap $5 calculator bought at Thrifty's)
The Net's response:
Q&A: THE PENTIUM FDIV BUG
TOP TEN NEW INTEL SLOGANS FOR THE PENTIUM --------
9.9999973251 (≈ 10) It's a FLAW, Dammit, not a Bug
8.9999163362 (≈ 9) It's Close Enough, We Say So
7.9999414610 (≈ 8) Nearly 300 Correct Opcodes (you mean, 299.9999831538?)
6.9999831538 (≈ 7) You Don't Need to Know What's Inside
5.9999835137 (≈ 6) Redefining the PC--and Mathematics As Well
4.9999999021 (≈ 5) We Fixed It, Really
3.9998245917 (≈ 4) Division Considered Harmful
2.9991523619 (≈ 3) Why Do You Think They Call It *Floating* Point?
1.9999103517 (≈ 2) We're Looking for a Few Good Flaws
And... 0.9999999998 (≈ 1) The Errata Inside
When the most recent Pentium math problem was revealed, National Public Radio's Marketplace™ radio show did a contest to rename the chip. Based on Intel's classic response of flat denial, or at least plausible deniability, the winner was "The UnrePentium," so dubbed by Bob Kemp, of Barrington, RI. Bob’s award for the winning entry was a Marketplace™ coffee mug and -- what else? --a bag of chips (potato chips, not computer chips). (thanks to Joe T. for this one, and to Bob K. himself for contacting me to complete the story)
---from the Interstice website
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