Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 20:17 UTC
Internet & Networking "It's an urban legend that the government launched the Internet. The myth is that the Pentagon created the Internet to keep its communications lines up even in a nuclear strike. The truth is a more interesting story about how innovation happens - and about how hard it is to build successful technology companies even once the government gets out of the way."
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Yamin
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2006-01-10

Perhaps things just seem simple in hindsight, so I could be totally off base here, but it seems like the invention of the internet is rather trivial. That is to say, the protocols that make it run are things that many companies and academia could/had done or had similar technologies.

The great thing about the internet was the deployment and how it standardized and evolved.

The world made cars where people drive on different sides of the roads. Different countries have different rail gauges.

Yet, the internet was deployed... with all its flaws, lack of authentication, lack of control...
Today we help fill in some of those gaps.

For example, e-mail (smtp) is an absolutely silly protocol. Anyone can lie to be anyone else. And it resulted in massive spam. Yet, one wonders if they had built in security, would it have been as common? For all it's flaws, we've made it work.

Edited 2012-07-24 14:22 UTC

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