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(IT World)   10 things you can thank (or hug) MIT computer scientists for   (itworld.com) divider line 22
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2014-05-27 12:47:17 PM  
 
2014-05-27 03:33:29 PM  

bearded clamorer: Deslided


Ha, I was just about to do the same thing.
 
2014-05-27 03:52:55 PM  
Is one of those things "slideshows"?
 
2014-05-27 03:56:28 PM  
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?
 
2014-05-27 04:09:15 PM  

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?


Xerox PARC did a lot of pure research.

They also had a LOT of good ideas stolen by dudes named Jobs and Gates. Including the GUI. Notice where the article mentions the Alto computer?
 
2014-05-27 04:11:33 PM  
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.
 
2014-05-27 04:16:28 PM  
In 1984 my boss gave me an Apple II+ and a copy of VisiCalc and told me "You can figure it out".

Spacewar! was the greatest game EVAR.
 
2014-05-27 04:39:59 PM  
I thought Al Gore invented those things.
 
2014-05-27 04:53:40 PM  
Here's something else you can thank MIT for:

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2014-05-27 05:02:07 PM  
Hey, that was actually ten things.
 
2014-05-27 05:03:01 PM  
er, I mean 1010 things.
 
2014-05-27 05:26:16 PM  

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.
 
2014-05-27 05:31:35 PM  

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.


There are, but what I've read is that lobbyists like to tell legislators to make it a temporary tax credit, which might expire after a few years, so that their (the lobbyists') clients will keep spending money on lobbying so they can keep the tax credit. And I presume the legislators listen to the lobbyists because 1) they don't have a mind of their own and 2) they like to keep getting visits from lobbyists, too.
 
2014-05-27 05:47:21 PM  
Something I noticed on that page: "Subscribe to slideshows:RSS".

No thank you.
 
2014-05-27 05:49:30 PM  

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.


I read that as "D&D" and was really confused until I read more carefully.
 
2014-05-27 06:37:11 PM  

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?


Jobs and others spent 3 days at PARC and were allowed to use what they saw, and in exchange they gave Xerox the option of buying 100,000 shares of pre-IPO Apple stock at $10/share.

Microsoft then licensed much of it from Apple to use in Windows 1.0 (but still sued over it later on)
 
2014-05-27 06:56:46 PM  
You may not want to hug an MIT computer scientist. Their brains are top-notch, but their personal hygiene is suspect.
 
2014-05-27 07:28:39 PM  

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"
 
2014-05-27 08:02:24 PM  
I've played Space War on a PDP and I'm an Excel developer so that that two hugs from me.
 
2014-05-28 12:14:20 AM  

space1999: Here's something else you can thank MIT for:


He was going on trial for stealing data that was publicly available, wasn't he?

// tragedy.
 
2014-05-28 12:15:15 AM  

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"


Yeah. That.
 
2014-05-28 05:00:27 PM  
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