Bear deadlock

We’ve been choosing bear names for the competition today.

A name has been chosen! See our latest post to find out what it was.

We ended up with a shortlist of the best names, and set to voting.

Thirty seconds after this, the shouting started. Note that Gordon has drawn a Darlington pair (badly) to explain things to the software guys, who are slow to catch on.

Unfortunately, we ended up in deadlock, with four votes each for Darlington and Babbage. Eben went so far as to try cheating, and added some extra ticks when he thought nobody was looking.

Eben, cheating

So we’ve decided we need your help. The two choices we’ve boiled things down to are Babbage and Darlington. We’d like you to let us know which you prefer. Please leave a comment letting us know which is your favourite! (Babbage and Darlington only, please; we know some of you want to call the bear Pinus after Linus Torvalds, but there were all kinds of problems with that.)

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+1 for Darlington

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Babbage please

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Obviously Darlington!

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Mr. Darlington I guess!!

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+1 for Darlington

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+1 for Darlington

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+1 Darlington

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Babbage

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-1 for Darlington, sounds like a NE England railway yard. :-)
Suppose that means +1 for Babbage then, by elimination.

Cheers,
Norm.

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+1 for Babbage. Babbage the bear sounds _so_ much better …

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I like ‘Deadlock’ ;)

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Babbage.

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+1 Darlington

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Babbage

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Both – Mr Darlington Babbage the bear sounds good to me.

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+1 for Babbage the Bear!

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I’m torn between the 2, being a programmer with an electronics background. I’d be inclined to have 2 designs for the 2 camps and perhaps a more feminine companion for Babbage called either Ada or Lovelace to keep it in line with the surname theme. There are may young ladies being introduced to technology through this project so you would also be introducing them to a great role model.

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Babbage FTW!

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+1 for Babbage (keep it British, like the Pi)

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Darlington

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Sadly I missed this originally so I’m probably much too late with my idea :)

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+1 for the more formal Darlington Babbage (or DB for short), I like that.

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Darlington sounds better even if Babbage was more appropriate.

However i vote for Darlington :P

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Darlington Bear

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I like Darlington

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Northern lad, so Darlington gets it.

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Babbage +1

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Darlington

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Babbage Bear!!!

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+1 Darlington

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Darlington

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Darlington Bear!

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Darlington!

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+1 for Babbage, have just been on my regular visit to the Science Museum where I always stop to admire his early computer with all the works showing – just like the Pi!

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Babbage (if only for the alliteration)

The Pi people once had a bear
Just sitting there, quiet in a chair
They needed a name
For fortune and fame
Hope Babbage is the name that he’ll bare

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+1 Babbage!

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Darlington.

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It can’t be Darlington Babbage? Or Babbage Darlington. whichever sounds more natural in English.

I mean if bear gets into the news it will always say for example “Babbage who only goes by one name,” That’s what they do with Indonesians who often have only one name.

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babbage!!

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+1 for Babbage

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I would prefer “Babbage the bear”, it sounds nice and it is a reference to a scientist far ahead of his time. But also Ada Lovelace should be honored, but then my preference is Ada.
Best regards
Olaf

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Babbage +1 please

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+1 for Babbage (assuming no one like the computer history museum are already marketing a bear of similar name!)
Babbage may get abreviated to Bab’s (Pan’s people / Pi People ???)
Darlington to Darling – (Black Adder et al)
Not the time to suggest Sterling (as in Moss, MOsfet – an alternative to Darlington)
The Babbage link appears stronger to me – and its only 2 syllables.

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Babbage.

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Babbage

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Hmm tough choice

Babbage makes you think more of software and algorithms, (the A&D Engines a side)

Darlington is definitely in the Hardware world and one of the first railway termini to boot.

I’d cheat and order the Bear in two colours…

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Babbage

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Another vote for Darlington

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+1 to Mr Darlington Babbage, but just Darlington if need be.

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Darlington – too good a choice to pass up!

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As a hardware person, +1 Darlington.

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Hi

Babbage

You can’t call a single bear
by the name of Darlington pair.

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+1 for babbage
babbage is software
darlington is harware
Pi is software (hardware ?)

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+1 Babbage.

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Babbage

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Babbage, definitely.

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It’s gotta be Darlington, can’t go past a pun!

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+1 Darlington

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+1 for Darlington

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I see on the whiteboard that somebody had to explain what a darlington is.

+1 Babbage

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babbage darlington /

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Ralph didn’t make the shortlist :(

+1 for Darlington

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+1 for Babbage!

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Babbage is a beary good name

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Babbage! Because that’s the name I nearly submitted, then saw someone else had beaten me to it!

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Clearly Babbage, for being British and being quite a bit closer to the matter of computing.

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Google Darlington Pair – you might be surprised about the whole matter of computing thing!

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Darlington

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Babbage. It just sounds better for a bear.

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Definitely Babbage.

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Babbage

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Darlington too like Paddington so it’s got to be Babbage for me

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Darlington

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Darlington – sounds cute for a little bear!

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Babbage!

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What’s wrong with NE England? (Apart from not being as good as NW)
+1 Darlington

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Darlington

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Babbage!

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+Darlington. I just love the Darlington Pair/Bear pun.

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Babbage

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Darlington. It’s very British :-)

Gerv

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Darlington

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Babbage
Because this is the beginning of a new era in computing.

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babbage!

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Babbage

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Darlington

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Babbage
(oh, come on, Babbage The Bear? I can already see the television series potential there!)

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Darlington
definetly
Darlington

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Babbage!

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i prefer Babbage

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alliteration of bear with Babbage is unwieldy. Darlington bear is more verbally pleasing

Raspberry pi and Darlington bear

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Babbage

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Darlington

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+1 for Darlington

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Darlington Bear I think sounds better, but Babbage I feel has stronger computing roots.

I still like RaspBEARy I saw in the comments lol

Mr Babbage Darlington and his wife, Mrs Lovelace Darlington. Although that would make a rather confusing history lesson…[for all I know, may even be fair to give equal credit anyway]

“Mr and Mrs Darrrrlington, don’t you know.” in best posh voice.

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Babbage

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+1 Babbage

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Darlington

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Babbage of course as I was the second person to suggest it :) especially as Darlington is one of my goto swear words after stubbing my toe when in polite company

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Darlington, bacause it’s less well-known
But I like Deadlock too. Sounds like an awesome dude! :-)

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Babbage
Babbage The Bear.

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Babbage

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Babbage the bear sounds pretty nice, quite British, and I have a feeling Darlington will be more (over)used mascot/pet name.

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+1 for Babbage

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Knee-jerk was for Darlington.

But *Babbage* gets my vote – software and all that, and has a more unisex ring to it.

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Darlington. It has to be, because:

hardware always wins over software;

he’s obviously a collector (had to get that pun in somehow)

almost rhymes with “Paddington”…

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Darlington please

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Darlington…

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+1 for Babbage

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+1 for Babbage

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Babbage, because of the potential for backstory: After the little cub was born, he quickly developed a fondness for cabbage. However, he couldn’t pronounce it properly, and called it “babbage”. He said it so much, that everyone started calling him little Babbage.

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Don’t care, but let me know if you want to send him on a journey …. :)

Dave

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Darlington (a cousin of Paddington’s obviously)

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I don’t like any of them. I pass.

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+1 Darlington

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Darlington, here. Glad to see “Radius” made the short list though.

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Ba Ba Babbage!!!!!

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Living in the town as I do – Darlington it has to be!

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“Darlington Babbage” does really sound quite distinguished.
My loyalties lie with Babbage, but “Babbage Bear” is just too alliterative to flow smoothly.
Is calling him “Darlington Bear” (which I like, but not as much as “Darlington Babbage”) likely to cause trouble with Mr Bond & co?

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Babbage. I think it sounds much better than Darlington.

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Bablington seems like good synergy

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Darlington

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+1 for Babbage

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Babbage please. I had to look up Darlington, even though I have BSEE. Nothing came to mind, but I can see a Babbage Bear.

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Darlington

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The answer is simple. Design another bear. Make sure one of the two looks feminine and name it Darling(ton). The other bear could be Babbage. 8>)

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Darlington “Pear” Bear would be cute (and wouldn’t a pair require a +2 for a valid vote? ;) ).

However, as one of the team members who presents, operates, and maintains the Babbage Difference Engine Number Two, Serial Number Two, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View in Silicon Valley, I have to register a +999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999 (the largest 30 decimal digit number the Babbage Difference Engines can represent).

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The bear, after all, is too DARLING to be anything else

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+1 for Darlington!

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+1 for Darlington !

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Darlington!

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Babbage for me thanks

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I vote for Darlington!

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Darlington :-)

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Darlington Bear definitely :)

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Darlington that is the only one that my daughter (9-years old) could pronounce correctly. (English is not our native language)

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