Flaws

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Unit 5
10/21/13

Intel engineers discovered a flaw in the floating-point math subsection of the Pentium microprocessor.
Dr. Thomas professor of mathematics discovered the bug. He then tried to send intel a email about it and was waiting for a response. When there was no response after a few days he then went to the internet to spread the word of the bug he had found. Posting it on the internet the word got out fast and when the word got back to Intel they said “it was minor and not even a erratum”. The New York Times then wrote a peace on the matter and Intel resulted in a $500 million charge against Intel’s 1994 revenue.
Intel thought that the error would not affect many people and then decided not to tell anyone outside of the company because of the few people that did find out they lost billions of dollars and people thought of them to be hiding a sinister secret and to be untrustworthy.
If the same thing was to happen again today I would hope they would respond to the emails and not just tell them they will just fix the ones that people can prove that there is a flaw with it. I hope they can handle it better before they let it get out the way they did before and try to fix it before it will cost billions of dollars to fix. If it was to happen agin to where they kept it a secret and did not admit they are wrong I think people would stop trusting them all together and stop buying their products and they would fall…...

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