Subject: Re: FPA board support
To: Gordon W. Ross <>
From: Brian Hechinger <>
List: port-sun3
Date: 05/15/1997 15:04:05
Gordon W. Ross drunkenly mumbled...
> (I am always amused to see people pay lots of cash for floating point
> speed that has absolutely no impact on the application they run! 8^)

way back in the old days, (go ahead, groan, think to yourself, here we go, a
when i was a kid story) when i was adding FPU chips to 386 machines that were
used to run AutoCAD, one of the engineers descided he really wanted one for
his PC at home.  i asked him what he ran on it, and his answer was WordPerfect.
i tried to explain to him that it wouldn't help, WordPerfect didn't use
floating point math (a word processor that uses floating point math? one hell
of a word processor if you ask me) and it wouldn't get him any speed, did no
good, i couldn't stop him from spending nearly $200 to add an FPU to his 
machine.  some people just don't get it.


"Yes, evil comes in many forms, whether it be a man-eating cow or
 Joseph Stalin, but you can't let the package hide the pudding!  Evil
 is just plain bad!  You don't cotton to it.  You gotta smack it in the
 nose with the rolled-up newspaper of goodness!  Bad dog!  Bad dog!"
                                --The Tick