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Subject: Re: WMCCC Hardware

Author: Bruce Moreland

Date: 10:27:24 10/17/97

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On October 17, 1997 at 09:54:08, Chris Whittington wrote:

>So the argument boils down to:
>Others do it, so its ok, more than ok, for me as well.

Well yes.  Others go to the tournament, so it is OK for me to go as

And I will take my own hardware because I have learned that the top
teams take their own hardware (and have always done so).

And I will not feel constrained to stay on x86, since that is one of the
benefits of choosing C rather than x86 assembly code.  That an engine is
coded in assembly has been used as an advertising point.  The price for
this is that you paint yourself into a corner, and it is hard not only
to change platforms, but to deal with evolutions in the platform you

>Just supposing we collectively created a new title: WMCC-PC-Champion. We
>could do this. It could have cachet ....

I competed in Don Beal's "Uniform Platform Championship" in 1994.  I
would compete in it again if he organized it again.

I doubt I would travel to another tournament, for the same reason that I
don't go to the yearly Paderborn tournament -- lack of travel budget
(both time and money).

>Would you then be persuaded to run on one of the fast PC's instead ? So
>we could make the tourney a 'fair' platform one as a result .... ?

Are you talking about a 300mhz PII at the WMCCC, or are you talking
about a uniform platform event?  I think you mean a uniform platform

At the time of Beal's last event, I was using a P5/90, but his event was
on 486/33's, and I did that event, so the hardware doesn't particularly
matter to me, unless it is chosen to favor specific programs.


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