[Python-Dev] New operations in Decimal
nmm1 at cus.cam.ac.uk
Tue May 1 22:32:50 CEST 2007
Facundo Batista <facundo at taniquetil.com.ar> wrote:
> > Am I losing my marbles, or is this a proposal to add the logical
> > operations to FLOATING-POINT?
> Sort of. This is a proposal to keep compliant with the General Decimal
> Arithmetic Specification, as we promised.
Or, more precisely:
All right. Neither you nor I have lost our marbles, but the authors
of that assuredly did. It's totally insane. And implementing it for
a software emulation of that specification built on top of a twos
complement binary integer model is insanity squared.
But promises are promises and mere insanity is not in itself an
obstacle to political success ....
I shall attempt to forget that I ever asked the question :-)
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