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Dan Sugalski
October 10, 2001 08:53
Re: NaN semantics
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At 04:42 PM 10/10/2001 +0100, Sam Vilain wrote:
>On Wed, 10 Oct 2001 11:32:02 -0400
>Dan Sugalski <> wrote:
> > >Great idea, as well as sqrt(-1) returning 1i istead of raising the
> > >exception.
> > If we do them, yep. Currently no promises there.
>If you do that, make sure it has to be enabled with a pragma.  Having
>complex numbers showing up in the middle of bad code is a scary concept :)

Yeah, but is the code actually *wrong* if it does a sqrt(-1)? (I know, 
don't go there... :)

> > I think the meaning of the suffices are sufficiently vague as to make me
> > uncomfortable supporting them. Is 1K 1024 or 1000? I can make a good
> > case  for both, and that's never a good sign.
>If people want base 10, let them use "e" syntax.
>1e3 = 1000
>1k = 1024

I'll leave that for Larry to decide. I'm just thinking of all the 60G hard 
drives I see at Best Buy that are really 60e9 bytes, and the 1K ohm 
resistors that are really 1000 ohms. (Well, give or take a bit for ambient 


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