Daily Archives: July 13, 2019


Meet Sydney Ember, the New York Times’ Senior Anti-Bernie Correspondent

Jacobin Magazine has the article Meet Sydney Ember, the New York Times’ Senior Anti-Bernie Correspondent.

Big surprise: the New York Times reporter covering Bernie Sanders has a long record of unfairly attacking Sanders — while neglecting to mention that the sources she quotes are corporate lobbyists.

Every now and then it is nice to see a piece that explains why I call it The Dreaded New York Times. I don’t know about the latest crap that The Dreaded New York Times writes because I cannot stand to read anything that is written there anymore. To think I wasted a year or two of my college education because I used to read The Dreaded New York Times instead of doing my college work. I had to make up for that waste by staying in college for just about the amount of extra time that I had frittered away reading that “news” paper.

I still slavishly subscribed to and read The Dreaded New York Times for years after college until I finally grew up and could see it for what it wasn’t.


New Approach Could Sink Floating Point Computation

The Next Platform has the article New Approach Could Sink Floating Point Computation.

In this case, something better is posits, his third iteration of his “universal numbers” research. Posits, he says, will solve the most pressing problems of IEEE 754, while delivering better performance and accuracy, and doing it with fewer bits. Better yet, he claims the new format is a “drop-in replacement” for standard floats, with no changes needed to an application’s source code.
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Gustafson told us that a 32-bit posit can replace a 64-bit float in almost all cases, which would have profound implications for scientific computing.

This would have quite an impact on the software that I worked with for many years. I’d be interested to hear what Raj Vedam has to say about this.