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Beastly Numbers (1996) [pdf] (berkeley.edu)
24 points by ColinWright 11 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 6 comments

Since people on here really seem to like Unums as an alternative to floats. It is maybe good to point out here that the author of this article has a long series of critiques of them like:https://people.eecs.berkeley.edu/~wkahan/EndErErs.pdf.

This is a postscript file, not a pdf

Tell the mods, they're the ones who changed the title and put the annotation. Title as I submitted:

    Two computers, designed by
    different people, upset by
    the same numbers. (1996)
I thought my title was more descriptive, and it's taken from the abstract of the paper rather than just quoting the paper's title.

Downvoted? Really? I wonder if that was done after the mods also changed to the link to point at the pdf instead of the PS file originally submitted.

There are times I really don't understand people on HN. I don't care about the downvote, because I don't care about the karma, I just don't understand why people would downvote this.

<fx: shrug />

People are weird - I guess I will never understand some of them. But as an engineer at heart, a model-maker and problem solver, it's like sandpaper on the brain when people act in ways that mystify me, and for which I have no effective, working model.

The link I gave works perfectly well, why do you claim that this one is "more correct"? It's the mods who incorrectly added "[pdf]" to the title.

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