Berners-Lee [Inventor of the WWW] hired as [UK] gov internet adviser

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  1. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    The Register.

    Could it be that they actually picked the right man for a job?

    Course, now they just need to listen and act on the advise of their advisor's, rather than just do the opposite as usual :rolleyes:
     
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    No, no, no, this must be wrong. Al Gore invented the internet.
     
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    My thoughts exactly... this is revisionist history!

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  4. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    Not sure if it is sarcasm or not, but no single person really invented the 'net.
     
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    Yeah, that's silly. Tom Brokaw discovered the Internet in 1994, but it's probably existed for millions, perhaps billions, of years.
     
  6. edesignuk thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
     
  7. remmy macrumors 6502a

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    Bet this ends up as a question on QI in 100 years when they get to W and everyone believes its Al Gore.

    A ancient Stephen Fry is going to be a bit cross.
     
  8. John Jacob macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, so Sir Tim Berners Lee invented the World Wide Web, but the internet isn't just the WWW.

    Who knows, maybe Al Gore really did invent the internet. :D
     
  9. edesignuk thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    "he implemented the first successful communication between an HTTP client and server via the Internet."

    Everything is built on top of that, to my mind, he's the daddy of the interwebs.
     
  10. localoid macrumors 68020

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    Actually, the Web is an application built on top of the Internet.
     
  11. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a

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    Well said. Is he just another typical politician who embellishes, flip flops, bold face lies and pursues non-sustainable agendas??? If yes, he is soooo familiar.

    Wikianswers: The Internet was originally developed by DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, as a means to share information on defense research between involved universities and defense research facilities. Originally it was just email and FTP sites as well as the Usenet where scientists could question and answer each other. It was originally called ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency NETwork). The concept was developed starting in 1964, and the first messages passed were between UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute in 1969. Leonard Kleinrock of MIT had published the first paper on packet switching theory in 1961. Since networking computers was new to begin with, standards were being developed on the fly. Once the concept was proven, the organizations involved started to lay out some ground rules for standardization.

    One of the most important was the communications protocol, TCP/IP, developed by Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn in 1974. Robert Metcalfe is credited with Ethernet which is the basic communication standard in networked computers.

    Tim Berners-Lee perhaps specified technological applicability and / or linguistic construction of HTML while working at CERN, is chiefly credited for the ease of use and wide public adoption of the web. His website is: w3.org
     
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    Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf will be the first ones to tell you that Al Gore's initiatives during his terms in Congress were key to the development of the Internet.
     
  13. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

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    Correct. There was computer networks before HTTP came out
     
  14. localoid macrumors 68020

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    For the youngsters (and older people who missed it)

    The Internet turns 40

    Click the link above, and you'll go to iTunes where you can download the The Internet turns 40 program via Open University,

    Listen to it, and you'll learn what the Internet is, how it differs from the World Wide Web, and how it's not something Al Gore invented sometime in the 90s. Go to 6:00 on the A brief history of the future segment for an explanation of how the Internet and Web aren't the same thing.
     

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    Lol, very good. I have an wonderful mental image of an elderly Stephen Fry attempting to set up the net using the tools of the time, much as he made a Gutenberg style printing press in a fascinating documemntary I saw some time ago.

    All credit to Al Gore for using his platform to promote technological advances (not to mention climate issues), but Berners-Lee is one of those incredibly gifted scientists the UK seems to produce who beaver away almost anonymously with earth-shattering consequences.

    Cheers and good luck
     

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