# Fun_People Archive 29 NovThe runners-up in the PJOTD contest

```Date: Tue, 29 Nov 94 19:02:41 PST
To: Fun_People
Subject: The runners-up in the PJOTD contest

Forwarded-by: bostic@CS.Berkeley.EDU (Keith Bostic)
Forwarded-by: Sean Eric Fagan <sef@kithrup.com>
From: dmethvin@aol.com (DMethvin)

Q&A:  THE PENTIUM FDIV BUG

Q:  How many Pentium designers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A:  1.99904274017, but that's close enough for non-technical people.

Q:  What do you get when you cross a Pentium PC with a  research grant?

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)  RANDOM
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 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!

TOP TEN NEW INTEL SLOGANS FOR THE PENTIUM
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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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