[Marxism] France pulls the plug on Minitel

DW dwaltersmia at gmail.com
Fri Jun 29 08:26:03 MDT 2012


Kind of like pulling the plug on 8-track tapes.  The wiki history on
this states:

"The origins of the Internet reach back to research of the 1960s,
commissioned by the United States government in collaboration with
private commercial interests to build robust, fault-tolerant, and
distributed computer networks. The funding of a new U.S. backbone by
the National Science Foundation in the 1980s, as well as private
funding for other commercial backbones, led to worldwide participation
in the development of new networking technologies, and the merger of
many networks."

Really it was the Dept. of Defense that wanted to be able to send
files over any set of connected networks should one network get
destroyed. The idea was the "Internet Packet" or, as it is seen
usually, "IP".

The private funding is quite late to the Internet and in the wiki
definition above such 'back bone' hardware didn't occur  *until* the
release of the World Wide Web ap, Mosaic, which suggested a potential
for commercial operation. [I would urge list members to look for Any
Pollack's many-years-ago commentary on B2B software as a possible
software base for completely running communist society in the future]

Minitel actually fought the development of the Internet and some
attribute France's coming to the WWW a little late because of it.

David

Dvaid




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