Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Jun 2012 23:15 UTC
Internet & Networking "Long before the coming of the World Wide Web, the Minitel provided a sort of internet-in-one-country. Long before Facebook, Google or Twitter - millions of French people went 'online' daily to search for information, to book their holidays, chat to strangers or seek cheap (or not so cheap) sexual thrills."
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RE: Comment by Laurence
by 123soleil on Sat 16th Jun 2012 22:18 UTC in reply to "Comment by Laurence"
123soleil
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2009-11-15

"France (read CERN) had just a big involvement in the emergence of both those technologies."

Although partly on the border, CERN is actually in geneva which is in switzerland, not France.

Edited 2012-06-16 22:19 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by Laurence on Sun 17th Jun 2012 23:16 in reply to "RE: Comment by Laurence"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

"France (read CERN) had just a big involvement in the emergence of both those technologies."

Although partly on the border, CERN is actually in geneva which is in switzerland, not France.

CERN is a European organisation, not Swiss. Thus the location of their HQ is irrelevant.

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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by zima on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 20:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Laurence"
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2005-07-06

You yourself more or less assigned CERN to one specific country in the first post...

Also,

the web was invented in the 90s, the internet has been around several decades longer

not really / depends what we mean by "internet" - Internet Protocol for example has been really around a decade longer. And while it built on some earlier "decades" old networks - most of them weren't quite it yet (and some which were quite similar, like the mentioned nearby CYCLADES - yeah, French - didn't leave direct descendants)

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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by zima on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 22:13 in reply to "RE: Comment by Laurence"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Although partly on the border, CERN is actually in geneva which is in switzerland, not France.

Though the CERN building in which the web was born is, in fact, in France ;)

http://davidgalbraith.org/uncategorized/the-exact-location-where-th...

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