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Tue Apr 17 13:46:38 CDT 2018
On Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 9:12 AM, allison via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
> Looked at 8086 and decided it was a 8080 with a bag on the side.
> It was and still is irrational.
With the 386 architecture (32-bit), they actually cleaned it up quite a
bit. I won't go nearly so far as to say that 386 is elegant, but when
running in 32-bit mode with flat addressing it's nowhere near as awful as
16-bit 8086 and 286. AMD did a pretty good job of further extending that
to 64-bit. However, it does keep accumulating ever more bags on the side.
I hope RISC-V eventually drives a stake through it.
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