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May 19, 2014 at 2:09 am
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Babbage’s use of Arithmetic Mill and Store would more likely not to have been inspired by water or wind mills but by early factories, in particular cotton mills, or perhaps more just as the place where numbers get ground together.
The term mill used to be normal in British usage before being displaced by CPU. For example my university’s KDF9 would report the “mill time” used for each job.