Petticoat 5: the computer for women, by women

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Petticoat 5: the computer for women, by women

Postby trpmb6 » Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:31 pm UTC

This is so over the top I am not sure if it is real or fake.

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Re: Petticoat 5: the computer for women, by women

Postby poxic » Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:40 pm UTC

Fortunately, this appears to be Episode 5 of Season 2 of the BBC comedy series, Look Around You.
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Re: Petticoat 5: the computer for women, by women

Postby trpmb6 » Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:55 pm UTC

poxic wrote:Fortunately, this appears to be Episode 5 of Season 2 of the BBC comedy series, Look Around You.


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Re: Petticoat 5: the computer for women, by women

Postby hotaru » Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:15 pm UTC

that one's fake, but this one is real: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honeywell ... n_Computer

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Re: Petticoat 5: the computer for women, by women

Postby poxic » Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:18 pm UTC

I'd facepalm but the force would probably knock my skull clear into next week.
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Re: Petticoat 5: the computer for women, by women

Postby trpmb6 » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:50 pm UTC

So it was basically a 10,000 dollar cook book.

This is what I found most surprising:

The Honeywell 316 also had industrial applications. A 316 was used at Bradwell nuclear power station in Essex as the primary reactor temperature-monitoring computer until summer 2000, when the internal 160k disk failed.
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Re: Petticoat 5: the computer for women, by women

Postby Thesh » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:55 pm UTC

That doesn't surprise me. People who deal with critical systems tend to be incredibly paranoid about fucking with things that work.
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Re: Petticoat 5: the computer for women, by women

Postby commodorejohn » Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:53 pm UTC

Thesh wrote:That doesn't surprise me. People who deal with critical systems tend to be incredibly paranoid about fucking with things that work.

Yup. There was a news story making the rounds a few years back about a nuclear plant in Ontario deciding to commit to maintaining its PDP-11 controller system until I think 2050 - they actually made posts on some vintage computer forums and mailing lists looking to recruit maintainers for the software.

And the Honeywell 316 was actually a fairly reasonable 16-bit mini for its time (nothing like the beauty of the -11, but pretty useable all the same) - it's just its incarnation as the infamous "Kitchen Computer" that's baffling and hilarious.
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Re: Petticoat 5: the computer for women, by women

Postby techblogger911 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:48 am UTC

Scrolling down from top to bottom had me change a lot of reactions lol

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Re: Petticoat 5: the computer for women, by women

Postby trpmb6 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:58 pm UTC

Thesh wrote:That doesn't surprise me. People who deal with critical systems tend to be incredibly paranoid about fucking with things that work.


Not in that they used it for that long. More that the same "computer" they used as an advanced version of a recipe book was also primary 'computer' monitoring the temperature of the reactor.
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Re: Petticoat 5: the computer for women, by women

Postby hotaru » Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:37 pm UTC

trpmb6 wrote:Not in that they used it for that long. More that the same "computer" they used as an advanced version of a recipe book was also primary 'computer' monitoring the temperature of the reactor.

it probably worked a lot better for temperature monitoring than for storing recipes with only toggle-switch input and binary-light output.

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Re: Petticoat 5: the computer for women, by women

Postby poxic » Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:27 pm UTC

Because keeping a binder with written or printed recipes is just so difficult...
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Re: Petticoat 5: the computer for women, by women

Postby commodorejohn » Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:02 pm UTC

poxic wrote:Because keeping a binder with written or printed recipes is just so difficult...

Careful, poxic. Talk like that in Silicon Valley and you could find yourself tied and dragged behind someone entrepreneur's Tesla.
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Re: Petticoat 5: the computer for women, by women

Postby hotaru » Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:40 am UTC

poxic wrote:Because keeping a binder with written or printed recipes is just so difficult...

apparently it could store "over 1000 recipes". can a binder do that?

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Re: Petticoat 5: the computer for women, by women

Postby commodorejohn » Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:56 am UTC

I wish there were more technical details available for the thing - because if they had a compression algorithm that could store a thousand complete recipes in 4KB of core, I'd sure like to hear it.
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Re: Petticoat 5: the computer for women, by women

Postby Soupspoon » Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:57 am UTC

What's betting it couldn't store "over 1024 recipes", though?

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Re: Petticoat 5: the computer for women, by women

Postby Thesh » Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:06 am UTC

commodorejohn wrote:I wish there were more technical details available for the thing - because if they had a compression algorithm that could store a thousand complete recipes in 4KB of core, I'd sure like to hear it.


Recipes have a lot of repetition, so given proper constraints on the recipes and how they are stored, it might be possible. For example, I managed to compress a text file with 1024 identical mac and cheese recipes into a 12KB file. When it comes to marketing, you have a lot of leeway.
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