do you have opinions about
*whispers*: negative zero
@cstanhope have you ever had to spend some time exploring this thing called "IEEE 754"?
I think that's when people start to develop opinions
@cwebber Yeah, I have, but I guess negative zero hasn't been too troubling to me in my work. NaN is usually the one that catches me off guard every now and then. "Everything was fine up to here, and then it was all NaNs after that. Oh no..." ;)
@cwebber I want an IEEE spec that includes all the orders of infinities, negative and positive are not good enough
also i heard on the internet the other day that trees aren't real
@cwebber "There are 255 possible representations of zero. They are all considered to be equal."
> When an arithmetic operation has an input with an exponent of -128, the result will be nan. Applications are free to use the coefficient as they wish when the exponent is -128, since in that case the coefficient has no arithmetic significance. One possible use is to store object pointers in the coefficient.
isn't the Negative Zero the place where the Mathematician Council sends mathematicians they decide are just too evil-wizardy even for Mathematics
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