imitation game movie

Johnny Billquist bqt at
Wed Feb 11 09:04:39 CST 2015

On 2015-02-11 13:51, Noel Chiappa wrote:
>      > From: Johnny Billquist
>      > And once more noone mentions Konrad Zuse, which in my mind beat them
>      > all
> Well, two things. (And don't get me wrong, I admire Zuse and his work.)
> First, Zuse's work didn't really have much impact. You may disagree, but my
> sense is that if that bomb that destroyed the Z1 had gotten him too, the
> post-WWII world would still look pretty much like the real one.

No argument from me on that. I wasn't referring to impact.

> Second, his early machines (Z1-Z3) weren't stored-program (in the sense of
> 'one memory holds both instructions and data'). Yes, yes, I know the Z3 can
> (with a monstrous kludge) be Turing-complete, but it still wasn't
> stored-program - which to my mind, is _the_ key aspect of a real 'computer'.

What do you mean by "stored program" then? Since the Z3 stored its 
programs on external tape.

But the Z4 should not be ignored either...


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