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(...) I'm guessing that at best, 128 bit IEEE 754r performs about half the speed of 64bit IEEE 754, purely because of the data width.
According to Douglas Crockford "...it's literally hundreds of times slower than the current format.".
Okay, I should not do this...
UNIX is like the Church which dragged society out of the enlightenment of Rome and into the dark ages, filling peoples' heads with superstition and making progress a dark taboo.
So what enlightend pre 70's operating systems are you referring to?
Some hints are apreciated.
And what is this stuff about Rome?
The good lawyers, bad mathematicians part?
The "nail every escaped and caught again slave to the cross" one?
The guys who institutetd christianity as state religion to save their sorry state from falling apart just to see it happen anyway?
Once again, some hints are apreciated.
We can predict everything, except the future.