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THE PENTIUM FDIV BUG
Q & A : THE PENTIUM FDIV BUG
Q: How many Pentium designers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: 99904274017, but that's close enough for non-technical people.
Q: What do you get when you cross a Pentium PC with a research grant?
A: A mad scientist.
Q: What's another name for the "Intel Inside" sticker they put on Pentiums?
A: The warning label.
Q: What do you call a series of FDIV instructions on a Pentium?
A: Successive approximations.
Q: Complete the following word analogy: Add is to subtract as multiply is to:
1-Divide 2-Round 3-Ramdom 4-On a Pentium, all of the above
A: Number 4
Q: What algorithm did Intel use in the Pentium's floating point divider?
A: "Life is like a box of chocolates." (Source: F. Gump of Intel)
Q: Why didn't Intel call the Pentium a 586?
A: Because they added 486 and 100 on the first Pentium and got 585.999983605.
Q: According to Intel, the Pentium conforms to the IEEE standards 754 and 854 for
floating point arithmetic. If you fly in an aircraft designed using a Pentium, what is the
correct pronunciation of 'IEEE'?
TOP TEN NEW INTEL SLOGANS FOR THE PENTIUM
# 9.9999973251 It's a flaw, dammit, not a Bug
# 8.9999163362 It's close enough, we say so
# 7.9999414610 Nearly 300 correct opcodes
# 6.9999831538 You don't need to know what's inside
# 5.9999835137 Redefining the PC -- and mathematics as well
# 4.9999999021 We fixed it, really
# 3.9998245917 Division considered harmful
# 2.9991523619 Why do you think they call it 'floating' point?
# 1.9999103517 We're looking for a few good flaws
# 0.9999999998 The errata inside
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