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Hell hath no fury like a radar engineer scorned

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Re: Concrete Tornado

Ahhh, Ferranti ! I did a work placement in the late 80s at Ferranti in Belshill. They produced ATE for something on Jaguars. The current model at that time was a huge double wardrobe of a computer with a CPU built from logic gates, and real, actual core memory at the top. They were in the middle of a project to update it to a new model based on a bit-slice CPU design, all with a fraction of the power of a contemporary £100 mircoprocessor. I suppose it was all to do with backwards compatibility with the double wardrobe, but I suspect someone smarter than me could have written an emulator on a z80 and it would have been faster than the bit-slice thing, and a fraction of the cost. 3 months there put me off the idea of working on anything in defence for life.

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