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Subject: Re: WMCCC - may the best man at getting the fastest hardware win :(

Author: Amir Ban

Date: 15:35:47 10/19/97

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On October 19, 1997 at 16:19:55, Robert Hyatt wrote:


>Next topic...
>
>I don't know why Hiarcs withdrew.  I have an opinion.  If you want to
>hear
>it, here goes:
>
>  Hiarcs was withdrawn due to fear of losing.  It is currently on top of
>the SSDF list.  It is probably beginning to sell decently.  A disaster
>in
>Paris could reverse that quickly.  I strongly believe that any
>commercial
>program that chooses to avoid the WMCCC is doing so solely for
>commercial
>reasons.


Tell that to the ICCA. They think Mark should pay them $1000 in exchange
for the benefit to his business. Tell them they should pay Mark about
$1000 as compensation for his likely damage.


>Cray Blitz won the WCCC in 1983 and 1986.  By the time 1989 rolled
>around,
>however, I *knew* we wouldn't win again, unless there was some
>unprecedented
>luck involved, because of Deep Thought.  I had trouble finding machine
>time.
>I nearly decided to forget about it.  But after thinking about this, it
>didn't
>seem fair to Hsu and company, because if they won without Cray Blitz
>being
>there, they would have had to endure the "If CB had been there this
>would
>have been different."


A noble attitude indeed. Any chance of convincing "Hsu and company" to
return us the favour ? I am bracing myself for decades of "if DB had
been there this would have been different".

Amir



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