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Sep

Q&A: The Pentium fdiv bug

Q: How many Pentium designers does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A: 1.99904274017, but thats 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: Whats 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:

Divide

ROUND

RANDOM

On a Pentium, all of the above

A: Number 4.

Q: What algorithm did Intel use in the Pentiums floating point divider?

A: Life is like a box of chocolates. (Source: F. Gump of Intel)

Q: Why didnt Intel call the Pentium the 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 aircraft designed using a Pentium, what is the correct pronunciation of IEEE?

A: Aaaaaaaiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeee!

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