Unit 2-3 Essay

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In 1994, a professor of mathematics at Lynchburg College, Dr. Thomas Nicely discovered a flaw in the Pentium Microprocessor. Dr. Nicely found that the processor was having troubles doing some high level calculations. The Professor was working on some calculations and had rough estimates already but when he plugged the equation in to his computer the answers he received were nowhere near what his estimates came to be. He began to troubleshoot the problem down to the processor which he then contacted Intel. Intel did not respond to the professor about his findings, in fact there was no acknowledgement at all. After hearing nothing from Intel for months, he posted his discovery on the internet which caused quite the uproar as everyone was informed within a few days. Intel's claims that it was minor and "not even an erratum" didn’t seem legit to many computer users. It wasn’t until around the end of November when a journalist published a report of the problem in the New York Times about the flaw that Intel really took any notice. It was at this point that Intel said that there is a problem and that they would replace any of the malfunctioning chips if someone asked for it. Intel had to put aside $475,000,000 of the 1994 revenue just to be able to replace the processor that where bad. At first I thought that it was bit irresponsible to take no responsibility for their flaw but in retrospect I think I understand what happened, Dr. Nicely contacted them with his findings they probably didn’t look into it at all. I think it is likely that they thought it may have been a hoax or a scam, so I’m not surprised that they took no action. Of course that would no longer be the case once this shocking discovery started making its rounds on the internet. In the end it was the published story that pushed Intel into action. At this point there was no

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