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Fun with Tiny Numbers

by Porculus (Hermit)
on Aug 26, 2010 at 00:59 UTC ( #857346=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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  1. or download this
    $ perl -E 'say 1.234567e-302'
    1.234567e-302
    
  2. or download this
    $ perl -E 'say 1.2345678e-302'
    1e-302
    
  3. or download this
    $ perl -E 'say "help" if 1.2345678e-302 == 1e-302'
    help
    $ perl -E 'say "what" if 1.2345678e-302 < 1.234567e-302'
    what
    
  4. or download this
    $ perl -MPOSIX -E 'say scalar strtod "1.2345678e-302"'
    1.2345678e-302
    
  5. or download this
    $ perl -E 'say 5.5000000000e-298; say 5.50000000000e-298'
    5.5e-298
    5e-298
    

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[ambrus]: it now has two more people working there, and they're serving slower and more expensive.
[ambrus]: It used to be just a master cook who takes the order and puts the meat and eggs on the open grill plate table, and an assistant who removes them to a plate, adds the side dish, and gives the plate to the people in the queue, plus a cashier.
[ambrus]: Now it has five people instead of three, some sort of call number ticket system where people wait a lot for their food to get ready (it's the same kinds of grilled meat and fish on the same equipment, it won't actually fry slower),
[ambrus]: it's slow as hell, and the food costs significantly more.
[ambrus]: We no longer eat there.
LanX Everybody quotes it, some people read it, and a few people go by it
[ambrus]: LanX: why would I read it? isn't it a book for managers? I don't want to be a manager.
[ambrus]: I don't quote it either.
[erix]: it's really a software book, albeit about experiences from the 60s-80s. People haven't changed all that much though.
[erix]: a software project book, is probably more exact

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