This math scares me

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Wed Mar 14 20:55:02 CET 2001


> Bill Gates got this right in the early days, delivering two Basic
> interpreters:  binary floating point for speed, and decimal floating
> point for money and such

If one counts pennies instead of dollars, then 32 bit ints (+- $20 million)
will serve for many purposes.   Exact, faster, and more widely available
than BCD





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