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That's true. I guess my perspective has also changed in that I don't need every cycle to be used carefully any more - on that 7.16MHz Amiga, deleting those instructions mattered a lot more.. :)

I think that's also affecting where the optimization effort goes to a great extent - it's more likely to be invested on the type of code people are more likely to use in critical inner loops to be run in places that might saturate large numbers of cores...

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