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(Humans Invent)   This computer was built over two millennia ago - forget ENIAC - this is the first computer ever built - the Antikythera Machine   (humansinvent.com) divider line 34
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2012-05-31 12:30:48 PM  
Got to see the actual one on my trip to Greece. It is pretty awesome.
 
2012-05-31 12:32:07 PM  
Yeah but could it run Crysis?

/oblig
 
2012-05-31 12:32:28 PM  
Pssh. This computer is even older than the Earth itself:

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-05-31 12:33:42 PM  
It's a clock, not a computer.

Still, it's a clock that's 1,400 years ahead of its time, so that's pretty badass.
 
2012-05-31 12:51:01 PM  

meanmutton: Still, it's a clock that's 1,400 years ahead of its time


...so it ran fast, then? Not much of a timepiece.

/and it had sharp hour hands, too
 
2012-05-31 12:53:14 PM  
And like clockwork, we get a greenlight here on Fark about it every six months.
 
2012-05-31 12:58:45 PM  
img812.imageshack.us
wut is this, i dont even,,
 
2012-05-31 01:04:19 PM  

tinyarena: [img812.imageshack.us image 640x237]
wut is this, i dont even,,


That entire site was written in 1992 and being hosted on an Apple IIe. That's why.
 
2012-05-31 01:07:48 PM  
 
2012-05-31 01:11:09 PM  
The German Z3 is the worlds first computer, not ENIAC.
 
2012-05-31 01:16:58 PM  

tinyarena: [img812.imageshack.us image 640x237]
wut is this, i dont even,,


The European Union just passed a law which says that you have to opt-in for tracking cookies. Expect that on a lot of sites from now on, particularly if you frequently clear you cookies.
 
2012-05-31 01:19:01 PM  

meanmutton: It's a clock, not a computer.

Still, it's a clock that's 1,400 years ahead of its time, so that's pretty badass.


It was more advanced than a clock though. You could input data and it would calculate the result. Input a year to find out when there would be an eclipse for example.
 
2012-05-31 01:21:04 PM  
Pretty sure they built ones before this, unless you are postulating that somebody just got way lucky on their first try, subby.
 
2012-05-31 01:24:35 PM  

meanmutton: The European Union just passed a law which says that you have to opt-in for tracking cookies. Expect that on a lot of sites from now on, particularly if you frequently clear you cookies.


am i the only person that has a problem with this?
 
2012-05-31 01:39:33 PM  
I suppose it's possible to not have heard about this thing a farkload of times before.
 
2012-05-31 01:40:53 PM  

ptrifoliata2: meanmutton: The European Union just passed a law which says that you have to opt-in for tracking cookies. Expect that on a lot of sites from now on, particularly if you frequently clear you cookies.

am i the only person that has a problem with this?


No, I hate stuff like that. We've been able to disable third party tracking cookies since, forever. It's a simple browser option. Instead the EU nannies want to "protect" us by popping up annoying dialog boxes in our face. If they want to do something about third party tracking cookies just ban them altogether and be done with it. There's no reason anyone would want to opt in for them anyway.
 
2012-05-31 02:00:55 PM  

spawn73: The German Z3 is the worlds first computer, not ENIAC.


That hardly counts. The thing ran on TRSDOS or something.
 
2012-05-31 02:02:02 PM  

Big_Fat_Liar: spawn73: The German Z3 is the worlds first computer, not ENIAC.

That hardly counts. The thing ran on TRSDOS or something.


And it only had one mouse button.
 
2012-05-31 02:13:41 PM  

Hand Banana: ptrifoliata2: meanmutton: The European Union just passed a law which says that you have to opt-in for tracking cookies. Expect that on a lot of sites from now on, particularly if you frequently clear you cookies.

am i the only person that has a problem with this?

No, I hate stuff like that. We've been able to disable third party tracking cookies since, forever. It's a simple browser option. Instead the EU nannies want to "protect" us by popping up annoying dialog boxes in our face. If they want to do something about third party tracking cookies just ban them altogether and be done with it. There's no reason anyone would want to opt in for them anyway.


So I managed to read the whole article around the pop up box. Any chance they could just make the pop up smaller and maybe more over in a corner? It also look like the perfect opportunity for hackers to fake the acceptance box, and instead of clicking some cookie permission you are allowing a program to run on your machine. Whoever thought this out didn't really think this out did they?
 
2012-05-31 02:48:25 PM  

Do the needful: Hand Banana: ptrifoliata2: meanmutton: The European Union just passed a law which says that you have to opt-in for tracking cookies. Expect that on a lot of sites from now on, particularly if you frequently clear you cookies.

am i the only person that has a problem with this?

No, I hate stuff like that. We've been able to disable third party tracking cookies since, forever. It's a simple browser option. Instead the EU nannies want to "protect" us by popping up annoying dialog boxes in our face. If they want to do something about third party tracking cookies just ban them altogether and be done with it. There's no reason anyone would want to opt in for them anyway.

So I managed to read the whole article around the pop up box. Any chance they could just make the pop up smaller and maybe more over in a corner? It also look like the perfect opportunity for hackers to fake the acceptance box, and instead of clicking some cookie permission you are allowing a program to run on your machine. Whoever thought this out didn't really think this out did they?


I've never known a legislator who's really understood technology.
 
2012-05-31 04:01:10 PM  

meanmutton: tinyarena: [img812.imageshack.us image 640x237]
wut is this, i dont even,,

The European Union just passed a law which says that you have to opt-in for tracking cookies. Expect that on a lot of sites from now on, particularly if you frequently clear you cookies.


So the site owners' response is to say "opt in to our cookies or you don't get to see the site?" Nice.
 
2012-05-31 04:31:59 PM  
Also thought that this Antikythera was not the first. I'm told it appears to be a 'production run' machine. There are no 'mistake' holes or reworking evidence. It was probably part of a small production run or at least wasn't the prototype. Analog computers vs digital as well.
 
2012-05-31 04:44:22 PM  
That site needs to get rid of the BLINDING YELLOW SIDEBAR JESUS CHRIST.
 
2012-05-31 05:37:04 PM  
img836.imageshack.us
 
2012-05-31 10:14:22 PM  

ScouserDuck: Got to see the actual one on my trip to Greece. It is pretty awesome.


I saw it as well and I wasn't expecting to see it. When I walked into the room, where it was in a case at the National Museum in Athens, I was speechless. My eyes welled up with tears and I had a huge lump in my throat. It was the combination of not knowing it was there and then suddenly, there it was.

That museum is truly a gift to humanity. Awesome is an understatement.
 
2012-05-31 10:44:05 PM  

drkats: ScouserDuck: Got to see the actual one on my trip to Greece. It is pretty awesome.

I saw it as well and I wasn't expecting to see it. When I walked into the room, where it was in a case at the National Museum in Athens, I was speechless. My eyes welled up with tears and I had a huge lump in my throat. It was the combination of not knowing it was there and then suddenly, there it was.

That museum is truly a gift to humanity. Awesome is an understatement.


Yes to both.

Thanks subby, I appreciate any new info/speculation on the thing.

Had there been no interruption in scientific progress between then and now, we'd have colonized space and had flying cars for some time now.
 
2012-06-01 03:47:20 AM  
This computer was built over two millennia ago - forget ENIAC - this is the first computer ever built - the Antikythera Machine


And it runs LINUX.
 
2012-06-01 04:11:54 AM  
It's for predicting eclipses, and scaring populations into submission by speaking to god and making the sun dissapear. It wasn't just a curiosity, it was a tool of power.
 
2012-06-01 06:47:59 AM  

Do the needful: So I managed to read the whole article around the pop up box


In Chrome, the context menu has an "Inspect Element" option, that lets you then delete the node that contains the stupid popup.

/hacked!
 
2012-06-01 07:31:01 AM  

InternetSecurityGuard: This computer was built over two millennia ago - forget ENIAC - this is the first computer ever built - the Antikythera Machine


And it runs LINUX.


I've got a '286 laptop that has Minix on it. Does that count?
 
2012-06-01 07:35:05 AM  

Skyfrog: meanmutton: It's a clock, not a computer.

Still, it's a clock that's 1,400 years ahead of its time, so that's pretty badass.

It was more advanced than a clock though. You could input data and it would calculate the result. Input a year to find out when there would be an eclipse for example.


No, it's not more advanced than a clock. In some ways, it's less advanced (for example, it's not powered at all). It has only one real input, the date, and it doesn't have any real outputs other than what it was built to output.

For me to consider something to be a "computer", it has to be able to actually *CALCULATE* something, instead of being what is essentially a very sophisticated counting mechanism.
 
2012-06-01 12:51:41 PM  
It's a hoax, and you idiots who believe it is ancient are fools.

In a time when another example of differential gearing wouldn't be known for over 1,000 years, this had not only differential gearing, but epicyclic gearing as well. And while carbon dating of wood relating to the wreckage near the recovery site has been done, carbon-dating of the wood casing of the farking thing itself has never been done.

Hmmm....sounds legit.
 
2012-06-03 02:15:54 AM  

dittybopper: No, it's not more advanced than a clock. In some ways, it's less advanced (for example, it's not powered at all).


An Abacus isn't powered either but it is a computer.
 
2012-06-03 09:17:32 PM  
My first computer (actually, I used a Deitzgen to get through high school physics):

e.imagehost.org

My second computer (also analog):

ecx.images-amazon.com
 
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