Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Dec 2013 15:56 UTC, submitted by M.Onty
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"His later life was overshadowed by his conviction for homosexual activity, a sentence we would now consider unjust and discriminatory and which has now been repealed," said Mr Grayling.

"Turing deserves to be remembered and recognised for his fantastic contribution to the war effort and his legacy to science. A pardon from the Queen is a fitting tribute to an exceptional man."


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Late and symbolic "pardons" are just a silly attempt by an institution at having it both ways.

Turing's ideas and contributions to the human experience are allowing information and knowledge to be generated, and distributed, at ever increasing speeds and degrees of connectivity.

This in turn is bad news for archaic and useless institutions, like the monarchy, which depend on their ability to hide their irrelevance from the public at large. At some point it becomes impossible to deny that "winning the sperm lottery" is a moronic way to select a head of a state regardless.

Edited 2013-12-27 03:05 UTC

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