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Cyberculture History: Alan Turing Might Not Have Committed Suicide

The BBC Reports:

Alan Turing, the British mathematical genius and codebreaker born 100 years ago on 23 June, may not have committed suicide, as is widely believed.

At a conference in Oxford on Saturday, Turing expert Prof Jack Copeland will question the evidence that was presented at the 1954 inquest.

He believes the evidence would not today be accepted as sufficient to establish a suicide verdict.

Indeed, he argues, Turing’s death may equally probably have been an accident.

Full Story: BBC: Alan Turing: Inquest’s suicide verdict ‘not supportable’

He says none of this excuses the way Turing was treated in later life, he just argues that the investigation was handled poorly and the evidence to support the suicide theory are poor. Copeland argues that murder is another possibility.

Building the Underground Computer Railroad

Alameda County Computer Resource Center in Oakland, Free Geek in Portland, and a group in Los Angeles are all recycling unwanted computers and components for use for global activism or for low-income individuals. Sort of like Bikes Not Bombs, only for computers. Does anyone know of anyone other organizations doing this sort of thing?

Salon: Building the underground computer railroad

Trent Reznor: A Geek Before Geeks Were Cool

Salon chats with Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor about technology. I think Reznor was more important in making technology “cool” than most people give him credit for.

Reznor got himself an Atari 2600 home gaming console and spent long afternoons at the house of a friend who had a coveted color RadioShack computer. Soon enough, he had his very own Commodore 64 and began teaching himself to program. He went on to study computer science at Allegheny College and worked briefly as an engineer until he decided the time was right to pursue his dreams. “When you could use computers to make music,” he says, “I wanted to be right in there.”

Salon: Trent Reznor’s Pretty Hate Machines

See Also:

This clip of Reznor talking about electronics in music from before Nine Inch Nails:

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