Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Jul 2013 23:09 UTC
In the News "Douglas C. Engelbart, a visionary scientist whose singular epiphany in 1950 about technology's potential to expand human intelligence led to a host of inventions - among them the computer mouse - that became the basis for both the Internet and the modern personal computer, died on Tuesday at his home in Atherton, Calif. He was 88." We lost one of the greatest - if not the greatest - visionaries of computing today.
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Comment by kwan_e
by kwan_e on Wed 3rd Jul 2013 23:55 UTC
kwan_e
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2007-02-18

Cue the comments about how recognition of this one person magically diminishes the efforts of others due to a worldwide shortage of recognition after the Global Recognition Supply Crisis.

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RE: Comment by kwan_e
by Moredhas on Thu 4th Jul 2013 00:54 in reply to "Comment by kwan_e"
Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

Cue the comments about how Douglas Englebart was just a minor pioneer, and Steve Jobs is the greatest man to ever touch a keyboard.

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RE[2]: Comment by kwan_e
by Laurence on Thu 4th Jul 2013 07:31 in reply to "RE: Comment by kwan_e"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Comments like the above two can become a self fulfilling prophecy (like how people make similar remarks about BSD and GPL licenses, which inevitably end up taunting others into replying on that topic)

So I suggest if you don't want arguments about the aforementioned, then it's smarter not to raise the subject to begin with.

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RE[2]: Comment by kwan_e
by Tony Swash on Thu 4th Jul 2013 15:22 in reply to "RE: Comment by kwan_e"
Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

Cue the comments about how Douglas Englebart was just a minor pioneer, and Steve Jobs is the greatest man to ever touch a keyboard.


When someone dies its best to just say something nice about them or keep silent, using their death as an opportunity to make stupid, churlish and juvenile remarks is crass and unpleasant in the extreme. Really - just get some manners.

Personally I thought Engelbart was a great and creative thinker who contributed much to the fabric of our modern lives and I offer my condolences to his family and friends.

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