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The Military

Submission + - Bletchley Park Codebreaker Honored (bbc.co.uk)

Rambo Tribble writes: England has awarded Raymond Roberts, one of the nine cryptanalysts responsible for breaking the Nazi Tunny code machine, (also known by the German designation Lorenz cipher machine) the MBE. Roberts is the last surviving member of the team which cracked the German army's cipher machine functionality, much like others at Bletchley broke the better-known Enigma machine.

Submission + - Computers Time Forgot (infoworld.com) 3

Rambo Tribble writes: InfoWorld is featuring a gallery of aged computers still serving their intended purpose. From '70s minis to an IBM 402, produced in the late 1940s, it's a trip down memory lane for the digital cognoscenti and a pean to the "don't fix what ain't broke" mentality.

Submission + - Reality for the Analytical Engine? (bbc.co.uk)

Rambo Tribble writes: In 1837, Charles Babbage proposed what many consider the first true antecedent to the modern-day computer, his "Analytical Engine". Now, as the BBC reports, a campaign is nearing the dream of building a working model of Babbage's dream.

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