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Re^4: rsFalse can't make some easy arithmetics :)

by no_slogan (Deacon)
on Oct 26, 2014 at 03:45 UTC ( #1105014=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: rsFalse can't make some easy arithmetics :)
in thread Perl can't make some easy arithmetics :(

If you read what I wrote carefully, you'll see that I said "default representation." Hardware floating-point is very useful for certain applications, and I certainly wouldn't want to give it up completely. But, more and more, it's usually not what you want.

Also, your video codec is almost certainly using parallelized fixed-point calculations, not floating-point.

Also also, are you using a pure-perl bigint implementation? That's the default.

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Re^5: rsFalse can't make some easy arithmetics :)
by BrowserUk (Patriarch) on Oct 26, 2014 at 14:13 UTC
    But, more and more, it's usually not what you want.

    That may be true in your world, but it certainly is not in mine.

    And unilaterally declaring that the default math should be a slow, cumbersome, and very rarely actually needed, infinite precision implementation based upon your own personal requirements and other equally specious arguments, is...well, specious.

    Further, it is far better that new programmers learn about the limits of machine precision early in their careers -- when what they are working on is likely to be non-critical and closely supervised -- than that they go through that early supervised period ignorant of those limitations and end up struggling to produce sufficiently performant code when it matters later.

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