bearded clamorer: Deslided
Arkanaut: Ethernet, long the dominant technology for local area networks, was invented by M.I.T. graduate Bob Metcalfe (along with David Boggs) in 1973. Metcalfe, while working at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), was tasked with creating a high-speed network to connect all of the PARC Alto personal computers to a laser printer and to ARPANet.Holy crap, they had done all of that at Xerox PARC... and then decided to stick to photocopiers? What the hell is the point of all that research if you're not going to make money off of it?
Gonz: Xerox PARC did a lot of pure research.
DON.MAC: Gonz: Xerox PARC did a lot of pure research.Xerox and AT&T used to spend about 10% of their income doing R&D. There was a time in the USA when there were nice tax advantages to do that.
Gonz: Xerox PARC did a lot of pure research.They also had a LOT of good ideas stolen licensed by dudes named Jobs and Gates. Including the GUI. Notice where the article mentions the Alto computer?
Gonz: Also, I knew we weren't going to get through 10 innovations from MIT without seeing Stallman's name.//Not going to start an RMS flame war today.
space1999: Here's something else you can thank MIT for:
Lanadapter: Gonz: Also, I knew we weren't going to get through 10 innovations from MIT without seeing Stallman's name.//Not going to start an RMS flame war today.Aww, you're no fun./he's on my list of "freaking weirdos worthy of respect anyway"
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