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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Wow, just wow
by Soulbender on Tue 24th Jul 2012 08:00 UTC
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Seriously, can any useless hack write for traditional media these days? I mean, come on. If you guys want to be relevant at least try to hire competent writers.
There's so much wrong with this article it's not even funny and there's much I could write but the Ars article is pretty much spot on.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/07/wsj-mangles-history-to-a...

Still, "Full credit goers to Xerox".
...bitch, *please*.

So having created the Internet, why didn't Xerox become the biggest company in the world? The answer explains the disconnect between a government-led view of business and how innovation actually happens.

Executives at Xerox headquarters in Rochester, N.Y., were focused on selling copiers.


So, uh, it's somehow the governments fault that the Xerox executives didn't focus on Ethernet and advancing the Internet?

I'm sure many "dropped the ball" here in a way but putting it all on the government is a bit narrow-minded. It's not like the government was stopping Xerox (or anyone else) from trying to do anything with the internet and Ethernet.
The fact that it didn't take off until it was privatized doesn't mean the government didn't invent it. Inventing and making popular are two different things.

I'm with Vanders; reading this article made me stupider.

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