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Sponsor a Valve On Colossus

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the don't-worry-they-have-tubes-too dept.

Encryption 30

mikejuk writes "The UK's National Museum of Computing has come up with a novel idea to raise funds for its new gallery for its rebuilt Colossus computeryou can sponsor a valve. All you have to do is buy a small area in a picture of Colossus (at £0.1 per pixel — min £10), upload a picture to occupy the space, set a URL and pay using PayPal."

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Novel? (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38983375)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Million_Dollar_Homepage

Re:Novel? (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | more than 2 years ago | (#38983457)

That was my first thought after reading the summary. Maybe it's novel because they're using currency other than the dollar?

Re:Novel? (1)

pinfall (2430412) | more than 2 years ago | (#38983591)

That was my first thought after reading the summary. Maybe it's novel because they're using currency other than the dollar?

I for one welcome our old computer overlords.

Re:Novel? (1)

Sechr Nibw (1278786) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984031)

And that it's only £100,000, not a million? 1,000 x 1,000 pixels, at £0.1 per pixel...they're doing it wrong!

Re:Novel? (2)

jemtallon (1125407) | more than 2 years ago | (#38983641)

[hat type="SEO"]
It's novel in the sense that the links you buy come from a now-prominent .org and don't have "nofollow" on them
[/hat]

Re:Novel? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38983973)

i can top that: St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna:
after WW2 there was not enough money to recreate the roof, so the people of vienna were asked to buy shingles (I hope leo translated that correctly for me) for 1 Schilling ... the thing was a success as you might expect ;)

Re:Novel? (1)

RandLS (637452) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984735)

I wonder when Alex will sue for copyright infringement and theft of IP. ;P

Re:Novel? (1)

rpopescu (1563191) | more than 2 years ago | (#38994847)

Why would it need to be novel?!

This is about repairing a historically significant computer, not cheap internet publicity stunts. What sort of ignorant voted that comment "informative"?

Re:Novel? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39005001)

They're most likely commenting simply on the use of the word "novel" in the summary, which does seem a bit of a stretch to be fair

Has anybody contacted Dr. Forbin about this? (5, Funny)

mmell (832646) | more than 2 years ago | (#38983517)

This is the voice of World Control (3, Insightful)

reluctantjoiner (2486248) | more than 2 years ago | (#38983837)

I bring you peace. It may be the peace of plenty and content or the peace of unburied dead....Except for mmell who paid for this shiny new valve, and in return has been allocated an additional martini per week.

Valves? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38984179)

Valves? Is this a Babbage engine or something?

Re:Valves? (1)

treeves (963993) | more than 2 years ago | (#38987189)

Valve is the British term for [vacuum] tubes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vacuum_tube [wikipedia.org]

Re:Valves? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38987827)

Slashdot doesn't publish stories in German or Japanese. Why wasn't this one translated to the local language?

Not what I thought (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38983545)

I saw Valve and Colossus and was hoping Shadow of the Colossus was coming to Steam

Time for depression.

Knowing the internet... (5, Funny)

JustAnotherIdiot (1980292) | more than 2 years ago | (#38983625)

Half of it is just going to be dicks.

Re:Knowing the internet... (2)

virgnarus (1949790) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984393)

Half of it is just going to be dicks.

That would be too obvious and I'm sure they have regulations that would stop that short. Instead, you will have people posting by purchasing larger ranges of pixels and upload various images/colors to construct a fitting representation of said genitalia.

Only a virtual valve (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38983659)

The original post isn't very clear but you're only sponsoring a "valve" in a virtual Colossus. You're not sponsoring any physical valves in the rebuild. As the AC said, this is just variant of the million dollar homepage.

Re:Only a virtual valve (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38983943)

It seems even worse than that. It would appear you can sponsor a "valve" on a really low resolution picture of a small part of the Colossus. I don't really understand why anyone would actually do this, I'd personally be more inclined to just give a direct donation.

Can I pay NOT using Paypal? (1)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 2 years ago | (#38983787)

Because, seriously, I'm not giving those assholes business. But I'd like to donate.

Re:Can I pay NOT using Paypal? (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984543)

Contact them. I'm sure they'll take donations in a variety of means.

Re:Can I pay NOT using Paypal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38997097)

Yes, The National Museum of Computing will take donations through all sorts of channels -- please email info@tnmoc.org saying how you would like to donate. many thanks.

Hardley news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38984485)

The oldest pixel purchase is dated 2009-01-07.

HL3 (1)

masteva (996554) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984849)

Am I the only one that thought this was a ploy by Valve to get your name in Half Life 3 when reading the title???

Valve = vacuum tube (2)

IcyHando'Death (239387) | more than 2 years ago | (#38986135)

For those of you who've never hung out with an engineer from the UK (and aren't one yourself), a valve in this context is a vacuum tube.

FAILZORS!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38986261)

significaNtly

Tubg1Rl (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38986959)

Not a real valve (2)

chaim79 (898507) | more than 2 years ago | (#38987849)

The name is somewhat missleading, you aren't sponsoring a 'valve' but instead your logo covering portion of an image of the valves used... I would much rather be part of it if the sponsorship was tied to an actual valve, however I understand how that would be less for them.

What they are currently 'selling' is 1,000,000 pixels at 0.1£ per pixel, minimum donation of 100 pixels (10£). So in the end they would be getting 1,000,000£ minus paypal costs.

If you could be a sponsor to the upkeep of a physical valve the corresponding cost would be 400£ per valve. Truth be told, I'd be interested in doing that as an annual contribution, especially if there was some sort of physical plaque somewhere on site stating who was sponsoring the project and how many valves they sponsored.

Re:Not a real valve (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38988813)

Its £100,000

I just bought 200 pixels (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38991953)

But nothing has shown up so far. WTF?!?!

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