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Subject: Re: Ken Thompson's Endgame DBs....Still no copyright?

Author: Pete Galati

Date: 11:56:46 04/26/00

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On April 26, 2000 at 14:19:28, Dann Corbit wrote:

>On April 26, 2000 at 13:36:04, John Merlino wrote:
>>On April 26, 2000 at 13:30:10, Dann Corbit wrote:
>>>On April 26, 2000 at 13:09:09, John Merlino wrote:
>>>>p.s. Crafty uses a different tablebase format, correct?
>>>That is correct.  It is the format invented by Eugene Nalimov
>>>>If so, why?
>>>It contains more information, is many times smaller, and generally much faster.
>>Are these also in the "public domain" (as it were)?
>Apparently.  In fact, some organizations are packaging them and selling them.
>IMO, Eugene should receive a royalty of some kind, just out of good will, if
>nothing else.  But I suspect that prospect lies along side of the pickle smoke
>and hen's teeth.

I can't quite place the term "pickle smoke and hen's teeth" in any paticular
Beverly Hillbillies episode, but I would think that Eugene should at the very
least be given credit somewhere in the program for the use of his code and
tablebases (see the Der Bringer program) and not doing so would be "lower than a
snake in a wagon rutt" (thanks Jed)


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