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Old 06-13-2014, 05:04 PM   #1
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Gears of war: When mechanical analog computers ruled the waves | Ars Technica

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Old 06-14-2014, 07:30 AM   #2
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I will never forget the awe of watching one of these at work:

Torpedo Data Computer Mark 3

Section 4, Construction pis a great illustration of the "Gears of war."

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I still remember being in the forward fire (shooting)-control station on the USS Missouri (as a tourist) and looking through its periscope. Never felt more protected from unfriendly projectiles.
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These are so cool. As a sub officer we had to do a quick close check of the gyro angle calculation in our heads. Mk19 Gyros and synch amps were fun too.
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