Jet engines greatly improved things.
The openness of the RFC process helped encourage participation among the members of a very heterogeneous group of people, ranging from graduate students to professors and program managers. The more people embrace this new age of communicative abundancethe more it affects the way in which we exercise our political will in this world.
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What made all of this possible, on a technical level, was simultaneously the dullest-sounding and most crucial development since Kleinrock's first message.
It was a crucial idiosyncracy of the Arpanet that its funding came from the American defence establishment — but that the millions ended up on university campuses, with researchers who embraced an anti-establishment ethic, and who in many cases were committedly leftwing; one computer scientist took great pleasure in wearing an anti-Vietnam badge to a briefing at the Pentagon.
The idea that a network of computers might enable a specific new way of thinking about information, instead of just allowing people to access the data on each other's terminals, had been around for as long as the idea of the network itself: it's there in Vannevar Bush's memex, and Murray Leinster's logics.
What hides beneath their dry technicality is a simple fact: the enduring impact of that first stuttered hello at UCLA on October 29, has dramatically transcended the apparent technical triviality of making two computers talk to each other. To communicate with the whole group, all a member needed to do was to send a simple Request for Comment RFC.
The DCA began to worry.
Membership is not closed. Finch later mentioned it to Person of Interest Caleb Phipps and his role was first indicated when he showed knowledge that it was done by "a kid with a homemade computer" which Phipps, who had researched the hack, had never heard before. Finally, he stopped telling acquaintances that he worked in "computers", and started to say that he worked on "the internet", and nobody thought that was strange.
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