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

Author: Robert Hyatt

Date: 08:20:18 03/06/03

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On March 06, 2003 at 09:37:36, Daniel Clausen wrote:

>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


That was the only problem I was trying to point out.  "Compatible" != "_really_
compatible"
and that's bad for the non-assembly-programmer types, as they have no idea what
the compiler
is doing other than it is producing something that will supposedly execute on
the target
architecture.



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