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"The US didn't invent the internet"

In this thread
http://discuss.joelonsoftware.com/default.asp?joel.3.299741.20

"revert my buffer" says "All Americans think they invented everything (especially the internet)"

Provincialism and Gore's silliness notwithstanding, I thought the US *did* create the internet - that's part of the reason that root DNS lives here.

Did I miss something?

Philo
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January 26th, 2006 8:13am
Yeah wasn't it a DARPA project or something?
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January 26th, 2006 8:15am
If memory serves

TCP/IP - American (from that DARPA project)
Internet - International agreement connecting several TCP/IP networks with an American guy working out the addressing system
HTML aka WWW - British guy at CERN in Geneva - allowing high energy physics research notes to cross reference.

He's probably just conflating internet and web - a lot of people do.
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January 26th, 2006 8:19am
"Revert my Buffer" sounds like some sort of phonetic anagram for "Perverted Buttsecx" anyway.
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January 26th, 2006 8:20am
The US did invent the Internet, but not the Web. That was Sir (now) Tim Berners-Lee.
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January 26th, 2006 9:01am
You know what's funny? I knew the whole history - DARPA & Tim Berners-Lee; was asking in case I'd missed something. But in my OP I didn't even clarify "internet not web" because I figured in the company of technical people I didn't have to.

Yet each reply does. Weird.

Philo
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January 26th, 2006 9:04am
That's because technical people are, as a group, pedantic assholes.  :-)
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January 26th, 2006 9:05am
For anyone interested I found a timeline here: http://www.internetvalley.com/archives/mirrors/davemarsh-timeline-1.htm

The really anal can go through with a pen and mark which country can claim credit for which bit, whilst the rest of us mock them...
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January 26th, 2006 9:11am
""Revert my Buffer" sounds like some sort of phonetic anagram for "Perverted Buttsecx" anyway."

Yeah, you would think that, muppet.
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