The Internet & our hobby

Johnny Billquist bqt at
Sat Oct 24 01:50:06 CDT 2015

On 2015-10-23 19:06, Noel Chiappa wrote:
>      > From: Johnny Billquist
>      > not going to try and contradict what you wrote.
> Right, I wasn't meaning to imply what you said was incorrect, just giving a
> little more detail on what was a murky and complicated process.
>      > I suspect it's because people now assume that "Internet" was always
>      > TCP/IP
> Define "the Internet"! :-) If one describes it as 'the large collection of
> interoperating networks speaking TCP/IP', then that statement _is_ correct!
> If one instead uses a broader definition, something like 'computer networks
> in general' (pulling in things like Usenet), then, no, it's not correct.

Well, it is not correct when we then include that it is 43 years old... 
Internets using TCP/IP is a bit over 30 years old, but not over 40.

> I'm _not_ trying to say that there is only one, correct, definition of 'the
> Internet' - but various statements about 'the Internet' may or may not be
> accurate, depending on which definition is used.

Agreed. But the OP was being rather specific.


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