New Zealand's lost colossus: all-mechanical racetrack oddsmaking computer


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In an alternative reality, Pterry Pratchett is alive and well and writing a Discworld novel involving ■■■■■ von Lipwick and the Julius Totalisator


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Notice the slightly bent gear on the left? It’s a backdoor and changes the winning odds, triggered by a specific wager amount.


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Electromechanical may be less steampunk, but only slightly so. I was lucky to see one of the last #5-crossbar telephone switches in operation. It filled a large building, and it was loud - thousands of relays clickity clicking.


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Should you ever be near Paderborn: Visit the HNF.

They have two generations of telephone switches up and running, it is kind of possible to follow the clicking relais when using the hand sets.


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I’m not sure whether it is depressing or heartwarming how many advances in statistics have been driven by hopeless gambling addicts. Either way, it’s quite a few.


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Elections / Horse-racing analogies yet again historically supported, to the detriment of horse-racing’s reputation.


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“Julius Totaliser” is definitely a perfect Discworld name!

Here’s a short vid on “The Real Glooper” - still on display in NZ.


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Wouldn’t Electro-mechanical be part of dieselpunk, rather than steampunk?


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Hell if I know. I can’t even tell Acid House from Trance.


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WARN: THERE IS ANOTHER SYSTEM


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I miss Terry Pratchett… cause he’d totally be doing this.


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