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Second World War Code-cracking Computing Hero Colossus Turns 70 110

Posted by samzenpus
from the piece-of-history dept.
DW100 writes "The Colossus computer that helped the Allies crack messages sent by the Nazis during the Second World War has celebrated its 70th birthday. The machine was a pioneering feat of engineering, able to read 5,000 characters a second to help the team at Bletchley Park crack the German's Lorenz code in rapid time. This helped the Allies gather vital information on the Nazi's plans, and is credited with helping end the war effort early, saving millions of lives."
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Second World War Code-cracking Computing Hero Colossus Turns 70

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  • by Bearhouse (1034238) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @05:52AM (#46171741)

    This may look a little contrived, but the new management team at Bletchley Park also seem to wish to "improve" things by making them worse.
    For example, they recently sacked a long-time volunteer guide because he insisted on showing guests the nearby National Museum of Computing, (which is where the Colossus is replica is actually housed). []

    Oh, and double fuck beta....been here for decades, and whilst I'm all for progress the classic site never struck me as broken, (apart from special character support - is that fixed in "beta"? )
    The last I heard progress meant IMPROVEMENT. Listening DICE?

It is masked but always present. I don't know who built to it. It came before the first kernel.