Not just the Pentium?

Joe Barrera (
Mon, 21 Jul 1997 14:50:50 -0700

One for Robert...

"Elsewhere on Wall Street, a trader felt a tickle in his belly when he
noticed that the price of a particular bond was showing up differently
on two different computers, both Digital Alphas. Fearing a bug in the
most recent release of his software, he stepped through the code and
discovered that the pow() function was returning different answers on
the two machines.

"Oddly enough, the machine with the newly revved motherboard was
churning out errant numbers. Test your Alpha thusly: Try pow(1.234567,
7.654321). If you don't get 5.017, call Digital tech support."

- Joe

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