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GUEST,Mr Red BS: 40 years ago today Lo and Behold (12) RE: BS: 40 years ago today Lo and Behold 31 Oct 09


As a young Electronic Engineer reading magazines like "Electronics" (published in the USA) I well remember the proposal of distributed network over phone lines by ARPA (then DARPA the D stood for Defense (sic)). The avowed benefits were that no one "hit" could prevent it being used. Strange that we have "improved it" to the point that most data goes through a small number of super-conduits, damage to any one overloads the rest of the system to the point of non-function in places and severe lack of function world-wide. And spam was not even a twinkle in a miscreant's eye.

I would be pretty sure that what was reported as "proposed" would have been actuality by then. We used it sometime in the mid-70's to search for papers on lasers - we were measuring deflection for weighing machine designs. I was not part of that project and could only look on as the password was typed in and the thermal printer moved back to obliterate it.


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