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Subject: Re: time note

Author: Robert Hyatt

Date: 09:58:32 10/28/02

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On October 28, 2002 at 11:45:38, Gian-Carlo Pascutto wrote:

>On October 28, 2002 at 11:41:04, Robert Hyatt wrote:
>>I think Uri meant the classic automatic tournament Ken Thompson and I tried to
>>get the ICCA to use for many years.  Programmers are present, but the games are
>>automatic once they are started.  IE you can watch, but you can't touch a key >on the keyboard.
>Ok, I see the point.
>My first thought is: many things that can go wrong setting up/with
>the autoplayers.

That is why I have suggested to the ICCA that they simply install FICS on a
linux box, bring it to the tournament hall and connect every machine to that
via a local switch.  ICC is known to work just fine, with the only issue being
what time control to use.  But that is a minor issue and it certainly supports
sudden-death to limit round durations, and it is certainly solid in terms of
not having problems with timing, losing moves and so forth.  And with a
centralized clock (on the server) there is no need for _any_ operator input
once the game starts, which is a great advantage IMHO...

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