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That's Sir Tim to You

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the peer-to-peer-networking dept.

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andrew_j_w writes "British born creator of the web Tim Berners-Lee has finally received his Knighthood from the Queen. It's nice to a pioneer, who certainly not a household name, get such a high honour from the establishment. Hopefully more people will now recognise the great work he did!"

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The real test of a knight (5, Funny)

Qinopio (602437) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721871)

But will he say "ni!"?

He will (4, Funny)

mfh (56) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721921)

He will say NI all the way to the forrest where he must cut down the largest imaginable tree with...

(wait for it)

A HERRING!!!!

Re:He will (3, Funny)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721937)

Only to bring it back and find out that they really wanted a Shrubbery.

Nay. (1)

Ra5pu7in (603513) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722017)

He has to bring two shrubs (matching set for a nice lane) BEFORE he gets to cut down the tree.

Re:The real test of a knight (5, Funny)

daeley (126313) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721958)

More likely:

Queen Elizabeth: What manner of man are you that can summon up information with pictures and hyperlinks?

Programmer: I...am a programmer.

Queen Elizabeth: By what name are you known?

Programmer: There are some who call me...Tim?

Re:The real test of a knight (0, Offtopic)

TheWizardTim (599546) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722155)

I have been waiting for this topic for years now. About time.

The Wizard Tim

(mod me down if you like, this post is pointless)

Re:The real test of a knight (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9722179)

What do you think the odds are that he's now responsible for fighting all spam to enter the realm?

Boring! (-1, Offtopic)

strictnein (318940) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721876)

A graduate of Oxford University, England, Tim now holds the 3Com Founders chair at the Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He directs the World Wide Web Consortium, an open forum of companies and organizations with the mission to lead the Web to its full potential.

Pfft... woopidie dooda! I hit a HR when I was in the 6th grade!

With a background of system design in real-time communications and text processing software development, in 1989 he invented the World Wide Web, an internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information sharing. while working at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory. He wrote the first web client (browser-editor) and server in 1990.

HAH! Your punctuation is horrible! And CERN???? WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE DAVINCI CODE?!? DO YOU KNOW Robert Langdon????

Re:Boring! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9722093)

Nobody is going to take you seriously as long as you pretend that the Da Vinci Code is cool.

finally (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9721879)

First comment ever !
Case match... point. Case closed.

Whats next? (4, Funny)

arieswind (789699) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721886)

Whats next? Thats SIR Bill Gates to you!

Re:Whats next? (1)

d4v3c (633946) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721909)

That's SIR Al Gore to you.

Re:Whats next? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9721913)

Sir Bill Gates (sic) isn't British!

Re:Whats next? (1)

arieswind (789699) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721927)

that never stopped him from getting what he wanted before, im sure he could throw down a few billion to get knighted

What's next? Sir Al Gore (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9721954)

Of course.

Re:Whats next? (4, Informative)

lexsco (594799) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721985)

He is already Sir Bill [bbc.co.uk]

Re:Whats next? (1)

irokitt (663593) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722022)

Ouch, just a minute apart, but you beat me to it;)

Re:Whats next? (4, Informative)

irokitt (663593) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721992)

Bill Gates was already knighted [bbc.co.uk] . Makes sense if you look at it from the angle of his charitable contributions, since he (and his wife Melissa) send quite a bit of both software and money to schools/etc.

As for his business contributions, well...

He's already knighted, but can't use Sir... (5, Informative)

AzrealAO (520019) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722025)

Non-citizens of the British Commonwealth can be made Honourary members of the Order of the British Empire. This allows them to place the rank initials after their name; KBE (Knight of the British Empire) in Bill Gate's case, but they are not permitted to use the prefix Sir or Dame.

Re:He's already knighted, but can't use Sir... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9722194)

they are not permitted to use the prefix Sir or Dame.

What do you mean by "permitted"? What gets done to him if he does call himself "Sir"?

Re:He's already knighted, but can't use Sir... (1)

JeffTL (667728) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722236)

Well, they MIGHT take his knighthood away (meaning he could not without being a falsifier put it on his résumé), but he would certainly get a lot of laughs.

Re:Whats next? (1)

Zeinfeld (263942) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722181)

Whats next? Thats SIR Bill Gates to you!

Actually not, as a US citizen Bill Gates is not entitled to use the honorific, he is due to be knighted sometime later this year as shown in this BBC story [bbc.co.uk]

Re:Whats next? (1)

eweu (213081) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722228)

What's NeXT? Why that's the computer and operating system that Sir Tim developed his little WWW.app on.

From The Article... (5, Funny)

Cavio (217880) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721895)

"He is now working on an idea called the "semantic web", which is about giving more meaning to what is on the web."

I guess Slashdot might be described as anti-semantic.

Braummph-Pumph Thanks! I'll be here all week

Re:From The Article... (0, Flamebait)

LXAC08 (795996) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721920)

I guess Slashdot might be described as anti-semantic. You know the pun here could be considered flamebait on some sites. But what do I know.

Re:From The Article... (1)

Cavio (217880) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721945)

I've been accused of worse. Today. On Slashdot.

Re:From The Article... (1, Offtopic)

LXAC08 (795996) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721968)

I don't get accused, I just get modded. I sometimes think it's a 1337/n00b thing, since other people post the same thing and get modded up for being funny or interesting or whatever

Re:From The Article... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9722013)

i think my nuts are on your eyelids

Re:From The Article... (1)

LXAC08 (795996) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722160)

Speaking of which, where are my -3 points? Someone must be shirking their duties

Re:From The Article... (0, Offtopic)

Ralph Yarro (704772) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722242)

You have to get a sig if you want to be modded up instead of down. That's how people know you're a genuine slashdotter and not just someone who walked in off the street. I don't make the rules, I'm just letting you know. Probably too late now you've got a karma penalty anyway. Set up a new account. Give it a sig "I used to get modded down so I got a sig", or something, and try again.

Sir Tim (5, Funny)

Eravau (12435) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721899)

So is he now part of the Knights of the Round <TABLE>?

Re:Sir Tim (1)

Darth McBride (749942) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722028)

I believe that would be:

Sir Tim

Re:Sir Tim (5, Funny)

Darth McBride (749942) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722110)

I believe that would be:

<TABLE class="Round">
<KNIGHT>
Sir Tim
</KNIGHT>
</TABLE>

Wait... (4, Funny)

Aadain2001 (684036) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721901)

I thought Al Gore created the internet/web?! :-P

Re:Wait... (3, Funny)

strictnein (318940) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721936)

almost

Gore created the Interweb.

Re:Wait... (4, Funny)

josh3736 (745265) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722004)

So NOW we know what really happened!

Tim and Al were roommates back in college.

Tim just stole the floppy from Al's computer while he was sleeping and took all the credit.

Al won't rest until he makes the cover of Wired.

Re:Wait... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9722038)

For the humor-challenged, it's a reference to (the remake of) The Italian Job [imdb.com] .

Lyle: And then he's just the media darling... He's on the cover of all the magazines, I should of been on the cover of Wired magazine. you know what he said? he said he named it Napster because it was his nickname because of the nappy hair under the hat. But he, It's because I was NAPPING when he STOLE it from me. He didn't even graduate.

Re:Wait... (4, Interesting)

Yosi (139306) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722033)

When I tell people I work for the inventor of the Web, their first response is always,

``Didn't Al Gore invent that?''

Then I have to go into a long tedious explanation about how Al Gore invented the Intenet, and the Web is only one application of it.

I personally would prefer that Tim would keep on going on these long trips to get awards. Getting things done on Cwm [w3.org] without direction from Tim on what Cwm should actually do is getting hard. I've been spending more time at work on slashdot as result.

Re:Wait... (4, Informative)

MoxCamel (20484) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722063)

I know your post is meant to be funny, but I'd like to point out that "Al Gore claimed to create the internet" is false. What he said was:

During my service in the United States Congress I took the initiative in creating the Internet.

Although you can argue semantics (okay yes, he literally said it.) What he meant, was that he was instrumental in the funding of ARPANET. So, in a sense, you can say that the internet probably wouldn't exist, or at least would have taken longer to come into existence, had it not been for Al Gore. I'm no Al Gore apologist (well, except here, I guess) but the guy does deserve some credit for having the foresight to help fund the project. (I don't for a moment believe he had the foresight to see what the internet would become, but then nobody else did either.)

Re:Wait... (1)

TheNME (789963) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722187)

As a second job, you could go around correcting the "bill gayts sed we only need 640k!" people.

Re:Wait... (1, Insightful)

maxpublic (450413) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722277)

What he meant, was that he was instrumental in the funding of ARPANET. So, in a sense, you can say that the internet probably wouldn't exist, or at least would have taken longer to come into existence, had it not been for Al Gore.

Yeah, right. If not Arpanet it would've been something else, and we'd still have the internet today. Gore just happened to be in the right place at the right time, nothing more.

And in any event, Gore's still an idiot for saying that in the first place. But then no one ever said the man lacked for ego.

Max

Re:Wait... (3, Funny)

hunterx11 (778171) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722344)

I agree Gore got a bum deal, but he did try to word it to make it sound more important than it was. He deserved to get burned, just not nearly as badly as he did. What he should have said was:

"During my service in the United States Congress I took the initiative in creating the Internet -- IN JAPAN!"

Re:Wait... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9722188)

Sir Al Gore?... Naw.. Lol

the missing words (-1, Troll)

Slur (61510) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721902)

...are "see" and "recognized."

holy open source, mister malda-fent! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9721918)

Tim Berners-Lee gains a knighthood but loses his manhood. One of the darker secrets of the British crown revealed tonight on SlashTV! Brought to you by GNAA brand Kielbasa. And here's your host Cowboy Ron Burgundy!

hacking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9721922)

"Banned from using university PC for hacking"

Woah, never knew that. I guess this makes him cool? ;)

Ha! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9721924)

British born creator of the web Tim Berners-Lee
Everyone knows Al Gore invented the internet.

But for how long? (4, Informative)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721928)

Re:But for how long? (1)

arieswind (789699) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721956)

well, he would only be demoted to a "companion of honour" so i guess it isnt all that bad

Geat a load of the replacement titles. (2, Funny)

TiggertheMad (556308) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721991)

From the artilec in the parent post...

Instead of acclaimed artists, musicians, writers, scientists, community volunteers and entrepreneurs taking the title Sir or Dame, they would become Companions of Honour.

Who would want to be called a 'Companion of Honour'? It sounds like a fancy name for a pricy hooker.

A real Sir (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9721932)

Ahhh someone that is *actually* deserving, not that the who;e system is a whole joke at any rate.

Hey! He was in King Arthur! (3, Funny)

writertype (541679) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721942)

He's the guy whose weapon was the slide rule, right?

(Damn--what's a good Web designer combat weapon?)

Re:Hey! He was in King Arthur! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9722008)

Web Designer combat weapons:
Flash
"Bring in the GIMP!"
Fireworks
View The Source, Luke!

Re:Hey! He was in King Arthur! (3, Funny)

tunabomber (259585) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722287)

(Damn--what's a good Web designer combat weapon?)


I warn thee to keep back, or I shall unsheath my IE-only htm file that's ridden with broken JavaScript, popup windows, Flash advertisements, and 500KB-gifs that were composed making excessive use of Kai's Power Tools!

Re:Hey! He was in King Arthur! (1)

Mard (614649) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722316)

Ethernet cable whip.

Re:Hey! He was in King Arthur! (1)

T-Kir (597145) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722352)

(Damn--what's a good Web designer combat weapon?)

how about <hr /> (or <hr> for you non XHTML'ers)?

Shanghai Knight? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9721953)

It's nice to know we have a "Lee" in the knighthood now. Then again, what is it to be knighted nowadays? I'm sure the man is well respected and honored as it is...with the knighthood just sprinkles to the already well-topped ice cream of fame. Mmmmm, ice cream.

As much as he revolutionized the Internet by creating the web standards, I also bet he didn't expect the deluge of Flash-animated sites, phishing scams using misleading URLs, and the general adware/spyware/crapware abuse that the world wide web has become.

But that doesn't mean it's all bad. There's slashdot, after all. :)

must be depressing (1)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721959)

what can you do after you invent the web? How can you top that?

Re:must be depressing (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9722086)

Find a way to distribute even more porn?

Re:must be depressing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9722143)

Arise, Sir Bram [bitconjurer.org]

Re:must be depressing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9722214)

The Internet for one

Free was key, says Lee (5, Informative)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721975)

Here's a story I submitted a few weeks back. I think it deserves visibility, and since I couldn't get /. to post it, a comment will have to do (Mods: not grousing about rejected stories, just trying to make myself heard)

In this day and age of superfluous patents [slashdot.org] and frivolous lawsuits [slashdot.org] , Sir Tim Berners-Lee [w3.org] gently reminds us of the importance of free and selfless contribution [cnn.com] for the betterment of humanity. Speaking at the ceremony for winning the Millennium Technology Prize [technologyawards.org] (as reported earlier on Slashdot [slashdot.org] ), he said that he would never have succeeded if he'd tried to charge money for his inventions. The prize committee agreed, citing the importance of Berners-Lee's decision never to commercialize or patent his contributions to the Internet technologies he had developed, and recognizing his revolutionary contribution to humanity's ability to communicate.

This post no verb (-1, Troll)

infolib (618234) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721978)

It's nice to a pioneer, who certainly not a household name, get such a high honour from the establishment.

It's nice to /. editors submission low amount of verb (surely not grammatical correctness nazi).

What? (0, Redundant)

mboverload (657893) | more than 10 years ago | (#9721981)

What about Gore?

Knighted for Building on the Backs of Giants (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722000)

Anybody else remember Hypercard for the Mac? Fidonet? Or what was that funky mouse based terminal emulator called again?

Re:Knighted for Building on the Backs of Giants (3, Insightful)

Angostura (703910) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722084)

I don't think he would deny it, in fact I'm sure he wouldn't. I heard him speaking many years ago (must be 10) and he made it very clear then that hypertext certainly wasn't novel and neither was networking,

He said he believed that his main contribution (from my rusty memory) was implementing it in a mark-up language that was so simple that any layman could sling something together quickly (an attribute that has, perhaps been lost over the years) and also providing a simple way for a document on one machine to reference a document on a machine anywhere in the world - again simply.

Of course, Sir Isaac Newton was also knighted for clambering up on tall people.

Re:Knighted for Building on the Backs of Giants (1)

applef00 (574694) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722318)

You make it sound like he's been trying to take credit for hypertext, etc. In fact, he's always been very humble and freely admits that the component ideas for the WWW had been around for years. All he did was to assemble them into one application.

Unfair! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9722006)

What about Al Gore's knighthood.....we all know he 'really' invented the internet!

A strange move (4, Interesting)

Albanach (527650) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722011)

Isn't it a little strange that someone who pioneered the web - free of class distinctions, where every IP address and domain name ranks equal - would choose to take an honour from the monarch and with it endorse the class system?

It's entirely reasonable that the creator of the web should be recognised by society, but the British Honours system is recognition by the establishment, not by society. Further to that, holding the second highest rank in the Order of the British Empire seems a lot less noble when we consider the persecution under which many countries within the empire existed.

Just my 2p worth. Others may wish to stand up for the system. Personally I think it sucks.

Re:A strange move (3, Insightful)

HBI (604924) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722031)

I'm sure someone in your line of ancestry did something bad.

Perhaps we should hold you accountable for that. It's about the same argument you are making here.

Re:A strange move (1)

Atzanteol (99067) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722234)

OT:

You've never heard of reparations [millionsfo...ations.com] I take it?

Re:A strange move (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9722342)

His second argument yes, but you don't negate the importance of his first argument. We're talking about a system that say 'this group of people' is better than 'that group of people'. For some reason, the Queen's life is more valuable then mine, not for anything she did, just because of who her parents were.

Re:A strange move (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9722095)

Hey, pal, if you don't like the good ol' US of A, feel free to pick some other country and move your commie ass on over th...

Ah, erm, never mind. Carry on. ;)

Re:A strange move (1)

Peter Cooper (660482) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722193)

Wow, that's a really tall horse you're sat atop!

Re:A strange move (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9722245)

I don't hold current German citizens responsible for what occured in WWII so I don't think it really matters what the British Empire used to do.

The facts remain, yes the British persecuted a lot of people but they were also the first to realise that you can't go around imposing your way of life on other nations. They kept a lot of local traditions alive when they ruled a country. They were also the first to abolish slavery and were the first to actively hunt down and hang people involved in the slave trade.

Also, taking a British honour in no way makes you part of class system, because he is already British he would already be part of it. Plus, there's a class system in every part of the world, in the US it's based on how much money you have.

Just my 2p.

Re:A strange move (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9722299)

"...pioneered the web - free of class distinctions, where IP and Domain Name ranks equal"
What part of the Internet do you live in?
It's far from equal, just try getting a /20 and tell us how EQUAL it is.
P.S. You can have your 2p back.

Note: The Web is not The Internet. (3, Informative)

Banner (17158) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722346)

I think you're a bit confused. He came up with the World Wide Web (WWW) he did not come up with the Internet or IP addresses or Domains or any of that stuff. All of that stuff existed and worked quite well before he came along and due to the work of other people (not him).

All he did was take an existing markup language, make a few mods, and came up with a really neat idea and tool. The Web is not The Internet. The web -relies- on the Internet.

(I'm not begrudging him his due either, though when the web first came along all of us 'net users were a bit ticked at the drops in our bandwidth until the backbones caught up).

In other news (4, Funny)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722030)

Al Gore has challenged Sir Tim to a joust to decide who is the true inventor if the internet.

"Verily I do declare tis I am the inventor of ye internet" said Al as he went looking on ebay for jousting poles and suits of armour.

What not to email Tim Berners-Lee.. (4, Funny)

x.Draino.x (693782) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722035)

I thought this was funny, slightly paranoid?

Email is safe unless it contains programs. (Data and documents are fine, programs are not). If you send me a program, I will not run it, as it could damage my system and could be a virus. Note: Documents for Microsoft word, Excel, and possibly other Office programs tend to execute programs (scripts) in what you would expect to be harmless documents. These can expose my machine to viruses, because these programs do not (it seems) prevent scripts from running within a document when it received by email. Please do not send me Microsoft Office documents. If you are sending text, please send it as plain text or HTML. If you use your favorite word process, slide tool, etc, and send it in that program's format, then you are forcing me install proprietary software on whatever machine I read them on. . If your email is sent from Microsoft Outlook, and contains an attachment, I will be more likely to discard it as I understand that a famous series of viruses in 2001 resulted from Outlook's tendency to execute scripts in email, and used up a huge amount of my and my colleague's time.

I think it should just say if you've been recently exposed to any Microsoft product, do not email me.

Ob Monty Python quote (2, Funny)

tdrury (49462) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722048)

"What is your name, oh mighty wizard?"
"They call me 'Tim'"

Of all the Monty Python movies, that is the only exchange that has ever annoyed the hell out of me. I don't know why.

-tim

so what? how about Sir Alan? (1)

darthtriad (304382) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722096)

Alan Kay...let's see...
-the precursor to the internet
-the mouse
-windowing
-object-oriented languages
blah, blah, blah,

Knighthood==recognition? (-1, Flamebait)

Dun Malg (230075) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722125)

"Hopefully more people will now recognise the great work he did!"

Oh, yeah, because beinbg knighted by the superfluous monarchy of a tiny island nation is such a springboard to recognition! Honestly, can anyone name six famous people who've been knighted who weren't already famous before being knighted?

Re:Knighthood==recognition? (1)

CdBee (742846) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722167)

Sir Galahad
Sir Lancelot
Sir Bedevere
Sir Mordred
Sir Gawain
Sir Walter Raleigh

Re:Knighthood==recognition? (1)

Dun Malg (230075) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722191)

Sir Galahad
Sir Lancelot
Sir Bedevere
Sir Mordred
Sir Gawain
Sir Walter Raleigh

Sorry, I meant to specify "in this century".

Re:Knighthood==recognition? (1)

alex_ware (783764) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722203)

yes
1-Sir. Lancelot
2-Sir. Galahad
3-Sir. Gawain
there you go three to start with

Re:Knighthood==recognition? (1)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722284)

It's "recognition" in the sense of "being recognized for his accomplishments," not in the sense of "getting lots of PR." And believe it or not, to a lot of people the first is more important than the second.

Re:Knighthood==recognition? (1)

Dun Malg (230075) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722329)

It's "recognition" in the sense of "being recognized for his accomplishments," not in the sense of "getting lots of PR." And believe it or not, to a lot of people the first is more important than the second.

Oh, I in no way meant to imply that being knighted is of no importance. It is indeed a great recognition. My issue was with the article submitter's speculation that being knighted might bring him any significantly wider recognition.

TBL's Computer (3, Interesting)

CdBee (742846) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722138)

To anyone with an interest in the birth of the web, one of the CERN NeXT Cubes used by Lee can be viewed in the Science Museum in London.

Anyone familiar with the NeXT machine and its current Mac descendents will doubtless find it quite an interesting exhibit.

Re:TBL's Computer (1)

Zeinfeld (263942) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722229)

To anyone with an interest in the birth of the web, one of the CERN NeXT Cubes used by Lee can be viewed in the Science Museum in London.

Any idea how they got hold of it? Tim had been asking CERN for it for several years. Last time I saw info.cern.ch it was sitting in an office with a note on it saying that Tim would really like to have it.

Re:TBL's Computer (1)

CdBee (742846) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722347)

Not a clue, I'm afraid. It's been there at least a year, I can't speak for before that. And to be honest, although it has a faded CERN sticker on it, one NeXT cube looks very much like another....

Oh sweet god (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9722144)

For a moment, I thought it was our Timothy. Phew. What a relief ;)

Dear Sir Tim (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9722166)

Your new title sickens me.

all hail

Sir Tim

Missing (4, Funny)

Rexz (724700) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722182)

"It's nice to a pioneer, who certainly not a household name, get such a high honour from the establishment."

Maybe he could now invent the verb.

blah blah (1)

XO (250276) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722184)

I think the distinction and honor should really go to the inventor of Gopher, or for that matter, even maybe Archie, as they could be descendents of each other.. archie -> gopher -> www

On the other hand, me and my best friend in middle/high school invented and developed a system that was technologically far superior to the www, was able to seamlessly integrate content of virtually any type from virtually any source.. and had initial test versions developed and running under OS/2 and AmigaOS.. but those two operating systems had certain capabilities that we were using that would not be implemented into a common user's version of Windows until Win2k or XP eras.. and the development time needed for the two of us (especially as we knew ZERO about Windows API at the time) to re-create those functions would've been a probably very long time, since we were in school, had regular jobs.. so, we were screwed by the fact that we designed dependant upon functions we THOUGHT were going to be implemented in Win95 (as they had already been implemented in NT.. but in '95 NT had fewer users than OS/2 or Linux or AmigaOS, only to find out that Win95/98/ME only implemented STUBS of those functions, and they didn't actually work. ..the story of my life. screwed by Bill Gates..

Re:blah blah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9722241)

whin, whin, whin... go get a real OS.

special reward for advancing globalization (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9722204)

"Thank you, Tim. Globalization had been stagnating a bit, but thanks to you we are now moving ahead triple-time. A jolly good show."

"You've done more to destroy the middle class than any man in the last 50 years."

"Here is a piece of paper that shows our gratitude to you."

ESL on Slashdot? (3, Funny)

Cobblepop (738291) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722211)

> It's nice to a pioneer, who certainly not a household name,
> get such a high honour from the establishment.

Er..."Some people have a way with words. Others not have way." - Steve Martin.

This is probably stupid... (0, Offtopic)

DecayCell (778710) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722227)

It's kind of a dream of mine, to be knighted...
First step: Britain, here I come!

Isn't it the case with Knighthoods (2, Interesting)

BillsPetMonkey (654200) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722257)

that even our American friends wouldn't mind one? Not having to tick the Mrs/Mr/Dr/Ms box is nice.

But I worry about the whole honours system because it's outdated, outmoded and even unwanted [guardian.co.uk] in some cases.

My wish for TBL is that he refuse the award. Seriously. Why accept an award from a monarch seeking justification for her burden on taxpayers? As long as she brings in more in tourism than she spends, then no problem, but don't legitimise her privilege by accepting token medals and titles from her.

Not grammar so good (1)

gregstumph (442817) | more than 10 years ago | (#9722298)

Would it kill the moderators to fix the grammar on some of these posts? That second sentence is almost un-parsable...
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