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[ih] What is the origin of the root account?

On 4/11/2013 11:58 PM, Noel Chiappa wrote:

> First off, please be careful to distinguish between _ARPANET_ development
> (both hosts and switches) and _Internet_ development. Totally separate
> efforts, mostly different people, etc, etc.

Please forgive me for that--the difference is indeed important. 
However, as a non-combatant (nor participant, if you rather) in the flow 
of history I think of one leading to the other and I'm not sure even 
now, where the tic on the time-line belongs.

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