*bart simpson at the blackboard voice*: we don't need better hardware, we need more efficient software, we don't need better hardware, we need more efficient software, we...

@djsundog Probably related: Even C isn’t as “close to the metal” like it used to be because no one understands the actual hardware. It’s all too complex, too proprietary, and everyone has too little time before the release cycle ends

@cypnk @djsundog it's so weird how our current hardware is basically risc, but with a complex microcode-assisted operation transformation frontend so it can pretend to be cisc, plus crazy instruction scheduling stuff to workaround the fact that you can't compile targeting the cpu's real pipeline (there's so many different implementations that targeting one would be counter-productive anyways).

@cypnk @djsundog I've always thought the transmeta crusoe was a really cool piece of tech - instead of making an x86 instruction decoder, do software emulation of an x86 processor, and throw in jit transpiling to the cpu's native instruction set so it performs reasonably well.

@kepstin @cypnk I was convinced Crusoe was going to lead to revolutionary new processor designs. Welp,

@djsundog @kepstin @cypnk Same. I honestly never expected the response to something better to be "we don't want something better."

@drwho @kepstin @cypnk this sums up so much of my professional life it makes me ache, my friend.

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