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ppc ruminations

9 June 2005 6:42 PM (computers)

Brian Mastenbrook ruminates on Apple's shift to Intel (via planet lisp). Rather interesting. My initial reaction was that this was bad for computer science to target one architecture, but Brian sees freedom in Apple's JIT compiler (supplied by Transitive).

I occasionally find myself wondering what hardware deficiencies Alan Kay is ranting about -- Neither Intel nor Motorola nor any other chip company understands the first thing about why [the Burroughs B5000] architecture was a good idea, etc. Wha?

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