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Weekend Gedankenexperiment - The Kill Switch



On 2/5/2011 6:43 AM, Fred Baker wrote:
> On Feb 4, 2011, at 9:49 PM, Hayden Katzenellenbogen wrote:
>> Not sure if it has been said already but wasn't one of the key point for
>> the creation of the internet to create and infrastructure that would
>> survive in the case of all out war and massive destruction. (strategic
>> nuclear strikes)
>
> Urban legend, although widely believed. Someone probably made the observation.


Maybe not quite an UL...

    <http://www.rand.org/about/history/baran.html>

On the average, The Rand Corp is extremely careful about what it publishes, yet 
here it is, repeating the claim.

Back in the '70s, I always heard "survive hostile battlefield conditions" and 
never heard anyone talk about comms survival of a nuclear event, but I wasn't in 
any interesting conversations, such as in front of funding agencies...

d/
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   Dave Crocker
   Brandenburg InternetWorking
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