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2009-09-11 04:31:42 AM
+1, Funny
 
2009-09-11 04:40:16 AM
Took me a second, but then the penny dropped. +1 subby
 
2009-09-11 08:21:14 AM
WIN!

+1

/the real question is...
//will they apologize for giving him the poisoned apple?
 
2009-09-11 08:21:43 AM
It's a totally safe thing for Gordon Brown to do. Turing is long dead and stating the obvious - Turing was mistreated - is a bit of political glad-handing. "Justice delayed is justice denied"
 
2009-09-11 08:46:08 AM
"how deeply sorry I and we all are for what happened to him", said Brown.

Stop saying things on my behalf, you braindead turd, says I.
 
2009-09-11 08:47:00 AM
nerdy headlines are often overwrought, forced, and/or lame.

This is not one of those. +1
 
2009-09-11 08:59:26 AM
What an interesting idea-- petitioning the head of government directly through a government website. The United States should offer something similar.

The actual petition and response is here:

Petition to: apologize for the prosecution of Alan Turing which led to his untimely death
 
2009-09-11 09:11:09 AM
img.photobucket.com
 
2009-09-11 09:54:04 AM
The sub-text was deep
but I solved the enigma
without computer

img190.imageshack.us
 
2009-09-11 09:59:04 AM
Web-based petitions are worthless.

I started two of them myself, just for shiats & giggles.

One was to legalize cockfighting, and the other was to put L. Ron Hubbard's face on the Fifty Dollar bill.

Both of them, predictably, just became a forum for trolls & flamewars.
 
2009-09-11 09:59:12 AM
That's a streeeeeeeeeeeeeeetch since almost all petitions, online or off, are BS and thus indistinguishable. But what the hell, I'll take it.
 
2009-09-11 09:59:52 AM
notmtwain: What an interesting idea-- petitioning the head of government directly through a government website. The United States should offer something similar.

It would just be page after page of SHOW TEH BIRF CERTIFIACTE!
 
2009-09-11 10:00:06 AM
Ha Ha, very sweet. Subby gets the comedy award.


/not typed by a human
 
2009-09-11 10:04:23 AM
Skleenar: The sub-text was deep
but I solved the enigma
without computer


Alan got credit
But Rejewski did it first
He wasn't gay, though.
 
2009-09-11 10:05:24 AM
This spring a read a trippy novel about Turning and Gödel, Mad Me Dream of Turning Machines.
 
2009-09-11 10:05:59 AM
Mad men dream of Turning Machines

/Moran
 
2009-09-11 10:06:34 AM
From TFA: The campaign was the idea of computer scientist John Graham-Cumming.

If you're going to start a campaign to address something to do with sexuality, find someone named something other than Cumming to spearhead it. Otherwise people on fark will make fun of you.

/also, I said "spearhead"
 
2009-09-11 10:06:55 AM
Turing Test joke, +1
 
2009-09-11 10:07:19 AM
Donald_McRonald: notmtwain: What an interesting idea-- petitioning the head of government directly through a government website. The United States should offer something similar.

It would just be page after page of SHOW TEH BIRF CERTIFIACTE!


I'm pretty sure Alan Turing was born in the UK, and thus wouldn't be eligible to run for US President.
 
2009-09-11 10:07:36 AM
Gordon Brown from that Hell's Kitchen show? Why does he care?
 
2009-09-11 10:09:28 AM
Nice headline, subby.

Artificial +1

/or perhaps a real one
//who knows any more?
 
2009-09-11 10:09:40 AM
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2009-09-11 10:09:53 AM
Next up, a petition to turn Big Ben into the Colbert Clock.
 
2009-09-11 10:09:56 AM
airsupport: Gordon Brown from that Hell's Kitchen show? Why does he care?

He can care about whatever the f*ck he wants to care about.
 
2009-09-11 10:11:01 AM
They just changed Turing's state, then moved on to the next one.
 
2009-09-11 10:11:23 AM
I still don't know why we haven't seen an Oscar-bid bio-pic of Alan Turing. It's got everything - it's A Beautiful Mind meets Milk, plus the World War 2 tie-in. That's like quadruple-oscar-material. Homophobic tragedy, mathematical brilliance, British people, and Nazis.
 
2009-09-11 10:12:08 AM
Pxtl: I still don't know why we haven't seen an Oscar-bid bio-pic of Alan Turing. It's got everything - it's A Beautiful Mind meets Milk, plus the World War 2 tie-in. That's like quadruple-oscar-material. Homophobic tragedy, mathematical brilliance, British people, and Nazis.

write the damn script, you sound like you know your stuff
 
2009-09-11 10:15:31 AM
Anyone watching CNN about the deal on the Potomac?
 
2009-09-11 10:16:08 AM
AldoRaine [TotalFark] 2009-09-11 08:46:08 AM
"how deeply sorry I and we all are for what happened to him", said Brown.

"Stop saying things on my behalf, you braindead turd, says I."


... So you're not sorry about how the UK government treated Allan Turing?
 
2009-09-11 10:17:55 AM
took me a while to parse that headline and figure it out, but i got it.

\i can haz flu today
 
2009-09-11 10:18:26 AM
The unsavory term "chemical castration" doesn't sit well with me at all. The chemical castrators need better PR.
 
2009-09-11 10:20:06 AM
Pxtl: I still don't know why we haven't seen an Oscar-bid bio-pic of Alan Turing. It's got everything - it's A Beautiful Mind meets Milk, plus the World War 2 tie-in. That's like quadruple-oscar-material. Homophobic tragedy, mathematical brilliance, British people, and Nazis.

There was a really good, if somewhat fictionalized account of Bletchley Park called 'Enigma', staring Dougray Scott, Kate Winslet, and Saffron Burrows.

It's a good movie, but the Alan Turing character was unfortunately changed into a straight guy named Tom Jericho.

If you can get past that little anomaly, the rest of the film is actually excellent. It centers around a real event in WWII, when a change in the weather code blacked out the UK-US codebreakers for a while. Excellent SIGINT scenes and explanations, so-so U-boat ones, actual good Morse heard, Mick Jagger does a cameo (they use his original Enigma for the scenes where one is required), and a delightfully attractive dittybopper named Pam.

What more could you want in a film?
 
2009-09-11 10:22:02 AM
Easy Reader: The unsavory term "chemical castration" doesn't sit well with me at all. The chemical castrators need better PR.

Pharmaceutical Gelding?
 
2009-09-11 10:22:18 AM
Good one! I was trying to come up with a good one, but was stuck in an infinite loop trying to find one that referenced Turing machines. I was undecidable.
 
2009-09-11 10:22:39 AM
Nice one, subby.
 
2009-09-11 10:23:25 AM
gizmodo.com
 
2009-09-11 10:23:52 AM
Clever subby is clever.
Nicely done!
 
2009-09-11 10:26:07 AM
Pxtl: I still don't know why we haven't seen an Oscar-bid bio-pic of Alan Turing. It's got everything - it's A Beautiful Mind meets Milk, plus the World War 2 tie-in. That's like quadruple-oscar-material. Homophobic tragedy, mathematical brilliance, British people, and Nazis.

Cryptonomicon?
 
2009-09-11 10:26:19 AM
I once saw a really good TV movie called "Breaking the Code" about Turing and Bletchley Park. Had Derek Jacobi as Turing, which was awesome.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115749/

Pxtl: I still don't know why we haven't seen an Oscar-bid bio-pic of Alan Turing. It's got everything - it's A Beautiful Mind meets Milk, plus the World War 2 tie-in. That's like quadruple-oscar-material. Homophobic tragedy, mathematical brilliance, British people, and Nazis.
 
2009-09-11 10:28:05 AM
dittybopper: Mick Jagger does a cameo (they use his original Enigma for the scenes where one is required)

I wasn't aware that Mick Jagger had an Enigma machine... I guess that's my learning for today.

/now to find some vodak to make sure that I don't screw up and learn anything else
 
2009-09-11 10:28:54 AM
TypoFlyspray: Cryptonomicon?

THIS
 
2009-09-11 10:29:28 AM
The BBC is interested in hearing from people who were affected by similar issues in post-war Britain. Did you face prosecution for being gay? Tell us your story.

Describe yourself as you were then. What did like to do? Did you have any hobbies? We're you a naughty boy?
 
2009-09-11 10:29:41 AM
Does this mean the Gordon Brown has passed the Turing Test? Because this looks like the work of a decent human being...
 
2009-09-11 10:31:10 AM
dittybopper: Easy Reader: The unsavory term "chemical castration" doesn't sit well with me at all. The chemical castrators need better PR.

Pharmaceutical Gelding?


It needs a concept that's more fun and exciting, something that will appeal to a younger demographic. Maybe Spank'n Blanks or Blankenberries.
 
2009-09-11 10:31:14 AM
Easy Reader: The unsavory term "chemical castration" doesn't sit well with me at all. The chemical castrators need better PR

Reverse Viagra?
 
2009-09-11 10:31:18 AM
www.markmorency.com
 
2009-09-11 10:31:33 AM
Very nice, subby.

Incidentally, there is a film/ play about Alan Turing. It's called 'Breaking the Code'. Derek Jocobi plays Turing; it's pretty good.
 
2009-09-11 10:32:08 AM
Jackson Herring: TypoFlyspray: Cryptonomicon?

THIS


This.
 
2009-09-11 10:33:30 AM
This is Bullshiat- Everyone knows that the US Space Marines lead by Harvey Kietel in a Uboat crack the Enigma code and saved us all from Robot Nazis. I saw it all in the docudrama U571.

Not some Andy Turnip with bad teeth and bloodpudding.
 
2009-09-11 10:33:42 AM
phlegmmo: Describe yourself as you were then. What did like to do? Did you have any hobbies? We're you a naughty boy?

Sounds like the biggest downer human interest story ever.

"Well I served honorably in the hospital, but was later chemically castrated because I fell in love with an orderly..."
 
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