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mr-ron · 2019-07-16 · Original thread
For people interested in this part of Computer history I highly recommend the book "The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution"

Gets deep into this part of history, and goes deep into what was shared between companies and research as well.

mikece · 2019-07-11 · Original thread
This question is addressed in the book "The Innovators" -- -- and it's posed something like this: was the internet invented by DARPA researchers who wanted a nuclear-proof communication system which could dynamically route around broken/gone segments of the internet, or by a groups of academic-based hackers at universities around the country?

The answer is... both. Yes, DARPA wanted a self-repairing communications network but the computer hackers at MIT, Harvard, Utah, and the Bay Area would have likely produced something very similar without government being involved. One interesting legacy from the DARPA funding is the RFC nomenclature: the students designing TCP/IP couldn't "specify" anything without risking their funding, so a public "Request For Comment" was a way to publish how they were implementing things -- and how others would need to do it also if they wanted to be compatible.

guiambros · 2018-08-29 · Original thread
> But the percentage is higher for black people for a wide variety of causes of death...

Let me quote the title of the link above: "Number of people SHOT TO DEATH BY THE POLICE in the United States in 2017-2018, as of June, by race".

Exposure to "toxic substances"? I don't think so.

Also, tech industry != "the internet".

If you're really interested in having a debate, go ahead and read Emily's book. Seriously.

While you're at it, "The Innovators" [1] is also a good read, and it'll be helpful to understand that the roots of our "tech industry" really started 100+ years ago, with a disproportional growth starting several decades before Larry and Sergey even got admitted to kindergarten...

The gender disparity we're seeing today is the consequence of several decades of systemic and widespread conscious and unconscious biases, that have shaped the perception of an entire generation.

Once you refine your understanding and start paying attention, you can see it everywhere. And unfortunately it'll take decades to fix.


levlaz · 2017-11-09 · Original thread
I highly recommend "The Innovators" by Walter Isaacson. It dives deep into the history of computer science and the people who made huge innovations into the things that we use every day.

I read it when it came out and was really inspired.

[Link to Amazon] -->

According to 'The Innovators', the early Gates negotiated a non-exclusive license for the use of his sisters catchers mitt :)

bsdpython · 2015-07-07 · Original thread
- Steve Jobs' biographer wrote a book last year called "Innovators" which I found to be one of the best works I have read:

- Robert X. Cringely's book "Accidential Empires" is definitely dated but you can read most of the chapters on his blog here:

- Cringely also did a three part special back in the 90s that I like revisiting every once in a while. Again, pretty dated but entertaining nevertheless:

- Skip the newer Steve Jobs movies and watch the history of Apple and Microsoft with Pirates of Silicon Valley. It's said to be mostly accurate:

- Kind of random but if you want a look back at what the 90s tech bubble was like then watch

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