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Internet & Networking Exactly twenty years ago, a document was published that played a huge role in establishing the web as we know it today. Twenty years later, and this simple and straightforward document is proof of an irrefutable fact: while closed technologies can change markets, open technologies can change the world.
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RE: hmmm
by redshift on Fri 3rd May 2013 04:25 UTC in reply to "hmmm"
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I for some reason believed that the www was created in the U.S. I'm happy to learn from this that it's not the case.

The basic plumbing of it evolves out of ARPANET which was crated by the US Department of Defense. So from a certain point of view you can say the internet was a US creation. There were lots of different technologies on the internet in the late 80's. But the www has become the dominant way to use the internet and it is what people would consider the modern internet to be. The www owes a lot to Cern and a British man who created hypertext.

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RE[2]: hmmm
by Bobthearch on Fri 3rd May 2013 05:12 in reply to "RE: hmmm"
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Not sure what can claim to be the 'first' internet ever, but in addition to ARPNET there was the PLATO computer system developed at the University of Illinois.

PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automated Teaching Operations) was the first (ca. 1960, on ILLIAC I) generalized computer assisted instruction system, and, by the late 1970s, comprised several thousand terminals worldwide on nearly a dozen different networked mainframe computers.

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RE[2]: hmmm
by zima on Fri 3rd May 2013 13:31 in reply to "RE: hmmm"
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Another early influence: the French CYCLADES network
"It was developed to explore alternatives to the ARPANET design and to support network research generally. It was extremely influential on the Internet's initial design."

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RE[2]: hmmm
by tylerdurden on Sat 4th May 2013 04:03 in reply to "RE: hmmm"
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If we're going to be anal about it, that British man did not "invent" hypertext.

Hypertext, and the concepts for it, predates the internet.

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RE[3]: hmmm
by henderson101 on Tue 7th May 2013 15:58 in reply to "RE[2]: hmmm"
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Innovation != invention

Put it this way, a British man took Hypertext and made it in to a useful TCP/IP based client/server application. CERN then donated it free to the world. This is no different to any other innovation that built on the basic invention of another person or organisation. But let's not belittle the achievement. Because without his little innovation, we wouldn't be here arguing the toss over the definition of said achievement, now, would we? ;-)

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RE[2]: hmmm
by kefkathecruel on Sun 5th May 2013 23:52 in reply to "RE: hmmm"
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Well...BitTorrent actually accounts for more traffic, from at least one report I read. Could have been off, but when you consider a web page might be a couple of megs at worst versus a several gigs torrent download of your favorite free OS ...

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RE[3]: hmmm
by zima on Tue 7th May 2013 19:12 in reply to "RE[2]: hmmm"
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You really think "your favorite free OS" represents a significant part of traffic on bittorent? Better check out (which monitors DHT network); free OS don't even seem to register in top100.

Edited 2013-05-07 19:12 UTC

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