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Subject: Re: Introducing "No-Moore's Law"

Author: Daniel Clausen

Date: 06:37:36 03/06/03

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On March 05, 2003 at 11:45:20, Robert Hyatt wrote:

[snip]

>>When you don't check the CPUID flags before using certain instructions, you
>>are the one walking across the street without checking for traffic.
>
>
>You think the average programmer understands that?  I don't think the average
>programmer even understands assembly language, much less that different
>processors might have different instruction sets even though they are called
>"compatible".

My native language is not English, but what you (Bob) refer to with 'being
compatible' is 'being identical' in my book. Saying AMD is not compatible here
is like saying Non-IE browsers don't parse HTML right. Not parsing HTML right
(which most of the time is not even HTML really) and not displaying them like IE
does is not the same thing.

You're right - for the average user it's the same. (that happens when one
competitor has such a huge market share...) It shouldn't for the "average
programmer who programs in assembler though". At least I wouldn't want to work
with these people in "my" team. ;) Unfortunately (for AMD in this case) the way
you define it, the only compatible chips can only come from one vendor, and that
is Intel. Next time, someone will blame AMD-chips because they don't write
"Intel" on their chips, because that can confuse the "average person" and make
her think it's not a CPU.

Sargon



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