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[ElReg] How Alan Turing wanted to base EDSAC's memory on BOOZE

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If Alan Turing had been in charge of the EDSAC (Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator) project in the late 1940s, the first computer memory might not have been based on mercury - but on a good gin.

In his Turing Award speech in 1967, Sir Maurice Wilkes, the actual EDSAC project chief, recalled Turing's input on discussions about a cheaper substitute for mercury as an ultrasonic storage medium. Apparently, Turing "advocate[d] the use of gin, which, he said, contained alcohol and water in just the right proportions to give a zero temperature coefficient of propagation velocity at room temperature".

Two page article, overall a good read
post #2 of 9
brilliant man and thats great alternative haha
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Gin is a good alternative to many things.

Problem is it has the ability to wipe the memory in some humans if not used correctly.
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Too bad the British government gave him the choice of prison or chemical castration when they realized he was openly gay. Being too sick to be in prison, he opted for the chemical castration, and killed himself because of it.

He cracked the enigma code, and all he got was this.

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Too bad the British government gave him the choice of prison or chemical castration when they realized he was openly gay. Being too sick to be in prison, he opted for the chemical castration, and killed himself because of it.

you know, this is sickening....way to thank someone who changed the face of the planet.
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Britain has since apologized for their actions against gays, but it doesn't change the extreme injustice of it. Just shows you how far these rights have come in the recent century. NOT TO MAKE THIS POLITICAL.

But yeah, he was a boss, practically invented modern computer science.
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and now the same technology is used to catagorize and control the same kinds of groups of people.

painfully ironic
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That article lead to a nice rabbit hole effect, with me chasing down other material and google searches over the last 30 minutes. Always interesting and neat to read about the early tech and to see how far we've come smile.gif
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Great article, the register really is good.
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