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Palo Alto company says they invented the internet, and is suing everyone who disagrees

Original post made by Paul ALlen, College Terrace, on Dec 29, 2010

Wall Street Journal article about Interval Research suing Apple, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Netflix, and everyone else: Web Link

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Posted by Tom Watson
a resident of another community
on Dec 29, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Are they suing Al Gore?

Posted by anonymous
a resident of another community
on Dec 29, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Tom: thanks for bringing that old canard up, it seems to be resurrected by the tea bagging fringe lately, and always popular with the druggie out of West palm. While false, the urban legend did bring about Gore's importance since the 70's.

In 1999, Vint Cerf said Gore was critically important.

"Vinton G. Cerf, ...the person most often called "the father of the Internet" for his part in designing the network's common computer language, said in an e-mail interview yesterday, "I think it is very fair to say that the Internet would not be where it is in the United States without the strong support given to it and related research areas by the vice president in his current role and in his earlier role as senator." "

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From Snopes:

*Claim:* Vice-President Al Gore claimed that he "invented" the Internet.

*Status:* */False./*

*Origins:* Despite the derisive references that continue even today, Al Gore did not claim he "invented" the Internet, nor did he say anything that could reasonably be interpreted that way. The "Al Gore said he 'invented' the Internet" put-downs were misleading, out-of-context distortions of something he said during an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN's "Late Edition" program on 9 March 1999.


As usual, the whack job right can't stand Gore for his stellar work on technology, his work on climate change or even his pre-war opposition to going into an unjustified and reckless invasion.

All correct on his part, of course.

Posted by not exactly
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 29, 2010 at 1:28 pm

"In the case of Apple, for example, the 35-page document states that the Silicon Valley giant relies on such functions as comparing content items to determine whether they are related."

This is more about data mining than the internet.

Posted by Gorespeak
a resident of Green Acres
on Dec 29, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Well, Al Gore obfuscates automatically. He says things like it's OK to break a clear law because "there is no controlling authority."

In this case, he said, "I took the initiative in creating the Internet."

True, it's hard to parse. But what else could it mean than "I created the Internet?" That he wrested the initiative from someone else?

Posted by anonymous
a resident of another community
on Dec 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm

""I took the initiative in creating the Internet.""

He did. He worked to fund the development and the true internet giants (see Vint Cerf above) agreed. So we should believe you over Cerf?

It drives druggie, beck and hannity nuts as they like to speak in bumper sticker mentalities, but it's true.

The haters can't stand it when someone from the other side of their views is right on all the big issues: technology, climate change and opposing that absurd war on a country that wasn't a threat.

So they create lies. And the sheep repeat.

Posted by anonymous
a resident of another community
on Dec 29, 2010 at 2:44 pm

to quote Snopes:

"Clearly, although Gore's phrasing might have been a bit clumsy (and perhaps self-serving), he was not claiming that he "invented" the Internet (in the sense of having designed or implemented it), but that he was responsible, in an economic and legislative sense, for fostering the development the technology that we now know as the Internet.

To claim that Gore was seriously trying to take credit for the "invention" of the Internet is, frankly, just silly political posturing that arose out of a close presidential campaign."

Silly political posturing? Or part of the right wing echo chamber to keep the sheep dumbed down and bleating?

Though y'all seem to proving their success...

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 29, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Actually the Homebrew Computer Club invented the internet, making it public domain. Ask Jim Warren.

Posted by An Engineer
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 30, 2010 at 10:24 am

We're talking Internet here, not intranet. Some people just cannot tell the difference, even in writing.

BTW, why no mention of the Internet's papa, the ARPANET? Did anybody else on this thread ever use that? Anybody heard of it?

Posted by Paul ALlen
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 30, 2010 at 11:39 am

An Engineer - do you think Interval's lawsuits have any merit or is this just a big scam?

Posted by not exactly
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 30, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I used the ARPAMET, its what got me to be an Internet Engineer.
People think the web is the Internet, kind of amusing actually.

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