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Tue Apr 17 14:19:15 CDT 2018
On Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 12:46 PM, Eric Smith via cctalk <
cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
> 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.
Disassembly still isn't 'simple' or 'easy' on x86 as it is on other RISC
since the instruction stream can start/stop anywhere. MIPS and Sparc, for
example, are both are word based.
> I hope RISC-V eventually drives a stake through it.
I have hopes that my 11-year-old son will never have to deal with the
horrors that are x86 when he's my age... Maybe it will be gone by then :)
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