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The cheapest commonplace calculators in the 1970s could handle floating-point numbers 1.0 and larger with eight decimal digits of precision, and those smaller than 1.0 accurate to 0.0000001. A 32-bit floating-point format whose range extends through at least 1E20 will generally only be able to reliably process whole numbers in the range +/- 16,777,216, ...


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On IBM H/W, overflows & underflows generated an interrupt and generally resulted in an exception with the program being cancelled. On CDC under NOS any runtime error was noted by the Peripheral Processor and at the end of the time slice, the program was cancelled with a less than helpful message and diagnostic snap dumps which may or may not be close to ...


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