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Bletchley Park Codebreaker Honored

December 29th, 2012 12:18 admin View Comments

The Military

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.”

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WW2 Carrier Pigeon and Undecoded Message Found In Chimney

November 2nd, 2012 11:01 admin View Comments

Communications

BigBadBus writes “The BBC is reporting that the remains of a World War 2 carrier pigeon were found during renovation of a chimney in England. What is interesting is that the pigeon’s remains still had its message attached to the leg ring; even more interesting, this is the first recorded instance of a code being used rather than plain text. The successor to WW2 code-breaking HQ Bletchley Park, the GCHQ, is trying to decipher this unique code. Maybe a Slashdot reader can beat them to it?”

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Chatbot Eugene Wins Biggest Turing Test Ever

June 26th, 2012 06:38 admin View Comments

AI

An anonymous reader writes Eugene Goostman, a chatbot imbued with the personality of a 13-year-old boy, won the biggest Turing test ever staged on 23 June, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing. Held at Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes, UK, where Turing cracked the Nazi Enigma code during World War 2, the test involved over 150 separate conversations, 30 judges, 25 hidden humans and five elite, chattering software programs. ‘Thirteen years old is not too old to know everything and not too young to know nothing,’ explains Eugene’s creator, Vladimir Veselov.”

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Alan Turing Papers On Code Breaking Released By GCHQ

April 19th, 2012 04:25 admin View Comments

Security

peetm writes Two 70-year-old papers by Alan Turing on the theory of code breaking have been released by the government’s communications headquarters, GCHQ. It is believed Turing wrote the papers while at Bletchley Park working on breaking German Enigma codes. A GCHQ mathematician said the fact that the contents had been restricted ‘shows what a tremendous importance it has in the foundations of our subject.’”

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Bletchley Park Gets £4.6 Million Restoration

October 5th, 2011 10:19 admin View Comments

United Kingdom

mikejuk writes “Bletchley Park has secured a £4.6 million Heritage Lottery Fund Grant for the establishment of a visitor center dedicated to the World War II Codebreakers. This year saw the unveiling of a new memorial to the Codebreakers in the grounds of Bletchley Park by the Queen. Shortly after her visit, a new fundraising campaign for the restoration of the iconic huts where the code-breaking teams worked was inaugurated, with help and sponsorship from Google. The grant will enable the restoration of Codebreaking Huts 1, 3 and 6, and create a world-class visitor center and exhibition in the currently derelict Block C. The Bletchley Park Trust has launched the ‘Action This Day‘ campaign to raise the match funding now needed.”

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Bletchley Park Gets £4.6 Million Restoration

October 5th, 2011 10:19 admin View Comments

United Kingdom

mikejuk writes “Bletchley Park has secured a £4.6 million Heritage Lottery Fund Grant for the establishment of a visitor center dedicated to the World War II Codebreakers. This year saw the unveiling of a new memorial to the Codebreakers in the grounds of Bletchley Park by the Queen. Shortly after her visit, a new fundraising campaign for the restoration of the iconic huts where the code-breaking teams worked was inaugurated, with help and sponsorship from Google. The grant will enable the restoration of Codebreaking Huts 1, 3 and 6, and create a world-class visitor center and exhibition in the currently derelict Block C. The Bletchley Park Trust has launched the ‘Action This Day‘ campaign to raise the match funding now needed.”

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Details About Raspberry Pi Foundation’s $25 PC

September 2nd, 2011 09:34 admin View Comments

Hardware

First time accepted submitter salcan writes “There is growing interest surrounding the Raspberry Pi Foundation and their promise of a PC that will cost just $25. We’ve seen how the OLPC has struggled to deliver a $100 laptop for developing countries, and yet Raspberry Pi is confident in delivering the $25 PC by November this year. Eben Upton, director of the foundation, recently gave a talk at Bletchley Park regarding Educating Programmers, which focused on the thinking behind the $25 PC.”

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How Volunteers Rebuilt WW2 Computers

August 19th, 2011 08:35 admin View Comments

Hardware

nk497 writes “A single photograph, scraps of circuit diagrams drawn from memory and a pile of disused components – it isn’t much to go on, but from such meager beginnings, engineers rebuilt one of the precursors to the modern computer. The Tunny decryption machine – on display at The Museum of National Computing at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire in the UK – was a feat of engineering both during World War II when it was created, and over the past five years when it was rebuilt by retired BT engineers.”

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The Computer Labs That Created the Digital World

August 17th, 2011 08:24 admin View Comments

Digital

MrSeb writes “In the time of Socrates, Plato and Cicero, great minds came together in local forums or sophist schools. The Enlightenment of the 18th century was triggered by homely gatherings at salons and fueled by the steaming hotpot of coffeehouses and caffeine. Today we still use forums, of course, and plenty of inventions and insight still originate from coffeehouses, but most innovation occurs in laboratories. ExtremeTech takes a look at the six computer labs that gave birth to the digital world — from Bletchley Park in Blighty, to PARC labs in Palo Alto, and everything in between.”

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Bletchley Park Finds a Saviour In Google

August 8th, 2011 08:12 admin View Comments

Google

hypnosec writes “Internet search behemoth Google Inc. has kickstarted a fundraising program to save the derelict Block C at Bletchley Park, the place where the Royal Army deployed their main decryption establishment during the second world war. In a bid to generate more awareness, Google has been using its Street View to capture pictures of the park and Block C in particular.”

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