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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
well.

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
use.

>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
event.

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.

bruce



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