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  •  What??? (1+ / 0-)
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    I never even mentioned Von Neumann...I was talking about General Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben.

    Even if Turing's accomplishments during WW2 weren't declassified until the 70's, it's a good bet that he would be more of a household name if he was not gay, just as Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben should be a household name for the Revolutionary War. He definately ranks right up there with the military generals that we all learned in school, but few of us know who he is.

    They tortured people to get false confessions to fraudulently justify our invading Iraq.

    by legendmn on Wed Sep 09, 2009 at 10:12:11 AM PDT

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    •  I didn't say you mentioned Von Neumann. (2+ / 0-)
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      AlanF, Uberbah

      I mentioned Von Neumann, as a comparison point with Turing, which seems perhaps more apt than your example, since Von Neumann and Turing were both 20th-century mathematicians whose work provided the foundations of modern computing, whereas von Steuben was an 18th-century general.

      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Wed Sep 09, 2009 at 10:23:53 AM PDT

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