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posted by janrinok on Monday March 10 2014, @01:52AM   Printer-friendly
from the happy-birthday-to-you dept.

AnonTechie writes:

"For those of you who remember Gopher, Minitel, and Compuserve, the article is an interesting reminder of what once was, and for those born more recently a chance to read about a time before 'http' and 'www' had any meaning."

From an article by phys,org,

Twenty-five years ago, the World Wide Web was just an idea in a technical paper from an obscure, young computer scientist at a European physics lab. That idea from Tim Berners-Lee at the CERN lab in Switzerland, outlining a way to easily access files on linked computers, paved the way for a global phenomenon that has touched the lives of billions of people. He presented the paper on March 12, 1989, which history has marked as the birthday of the Web. But the idea was so bold, it almost didn't happen.

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Ethanol-fueled on Monday March 10 2014, @02:55AM

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Monday March 10 2014, @02:55AM (#13727) Homepage

    So what do we do from here? Do we accept the internet as being one band-aid fix on top of another, with all of its existing exploit potential? Or do we risk fundamental technical change which is on its face beneficial but could be subject to even more nefarious subversion? Or something else?

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by bogibear on Monday March 10 2014, @03:17AM

    by bogibear (475) on Monday March 10 2014, @03:17AM (#13731)

    While technical change is good, I fear that the only change we will see is more control over the Internet from governments and business. I think we can all concede that with some small exception, the Internet is no longer anonymous and free. Now that we have the NSA scanning for threats (perceived and real), companies like Verizon and Comcast throttling traffic, and the death of net neutrality, I can't help but feel that the "Golden Age" of the Internet has come and gone.

    The world's cumulative IQ is a constant. The population is growing.
    • (Score: 1) by Cyberdyne on Monday March 10 2014, @09:30AM

      by Cyberdyne (403) on Monday March 10 2014, @09:30AM (#13802)

      Yes, but you're talking about the old-fashioned, hierarchical, 'ISP' version of the internet. If you haven't already, look up 'mesh networks' and be prepared to be inspired. Once they become fast enough, and they will, we will be much more likely to get our net neutrality back.

      And the monopoly of the Internet as we know it today will gradually die off.