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Re: Floats? (was Re: Wishful thinking)

Christopher Scott Delaney <> writeth:
>On Wed, 17 Jan 1996, Tom Ritchford wrote:
>> The problem is that floats are slow and can be large.
>We've used floating point functions for over a year now on a MOO I'm 
>helping to develop. (read: not yet open to the public).  They are, in 
>fact, very useful and not slow at all if coded correctly.  And we aren't 
>using them to represent the entire universe, just the area surrounding 
>Jupiter and its MOOns :)

Well, certainly direct experience is the most important.

But what could you be doing with floating point numbers
that couldn't be done with ints and a suitable choice
of scale?  (ie -- 1 corresponds to 1 microgram or
1 millimeter or...)

The mind boggles!


Tom Ritchford,

Verge's "Little Idiot" -- Music for the mentally peculiar.


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