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Subject: Re: WMCCC Hardware

Author: Bruce Moreland

Date: 11:06:34 10/03/97

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On October 03, 1997 at 13:37:18, Chris Whittington wrote:

>On the issue of the fast alphas: hmmmmm. Its going to confuse the issue.
>For sure a win by a program on faster then PC hardware is going to open
>up questions. Personally, I'ld prefer to see it restricted to top
>Pentium Pro speeds.

I thought about this a little bit more.

Last year, when Dark Thought brought a 500 mhz Alpha to Jakarta, my
first thought was "not fair".  I tried to think of reasons to support
this and I couldn't come up with any serious reasons.

If we weren't talking about an Alpha chip, if we were talking about a
350 mhz Pentium Pro, nobody would have a problem.  Everyone would either
get one, or express woe because they couldn't afford one, but nobody
would question its legality or fairness.

The reason people question the legality or fairness of an Alpha is
simply that it is not an Intel chip.  People don't want to buy a machine
that won't run their current software (at least not as well).  They
don't want to buy something that they think they can't use for anything
else.  They don't want to have to develop software for a machine that is
off-brand -- a program written specifically for Alpha would not sell
very many copies.

I don't think that any of these issues should disqualify the Alpha.


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