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zeitghost
2nd February 2016, 09:15
There's some lovely insanity in this little clip from The New Scientist of 30th March 1961.

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=zfzhCoOHurwC&pg=PA814&lpg=PA814&dq=gecom+"general+compiler"&source=bl&ots=Ie9DIahUEa&sig=vdnVkt2UBL1jFKgb4cxdRiJ5TVE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiB6c-y3NjKAhUHXhQKHUXmAAUQ6AEIJTAD#v=onepage&q=gecom%20%22general%20compiler%22&f=false

What led me to that page was the article on the GECOM General Compiler, which apparently translates ordinary English into computer program instructions.

There's a lot of interesting history in that copy of NS.

It belonged to a Mr Ainsworth according to the back cover.

The beryllium moderated reactor on the same page as the GECOM compiler never went critical.

And I'd assume that the nuclear turbojet is mouldering away in a disposal site somewhere.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Electric_J87

Dear me. :freaky:

Here's the manual for GECOM II:

http://bitsavers.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de/www.computer.museum.uq.edu.au/pdf/CPB-1108%20GE-200%20Series%20GECOM-II%20Reference%20Manual.pdf

VectraMan
2nd February 2016, 09:26
Shall we play a game?

Edit: Forum won't let me do that in caps! Argh!

WTFH
2nd February 2016, 09:29
Shall we play a game?

Edit: Forum won't let me do that in caps! Argh!



Yes, let's play Global Thermonuclear War

alreadypacked
2nd February 2016, 09:52
It's ok, they found another solution!

Woman who cant help putting on weight is free energy machine (http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/health/woman-who-cant-help-putting-on-weight-is-free-energy-machine-20160201105817)

NickFitz
2nd February 2016, 10:38
The "theme structure" is still there at LA International: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@33.943619,-118.4024652,3a,75y,337.48h,96.25t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1skafjY_BrEClkPJGypvjHuQ!2e0!7i1 3312!8i6656 :nerd