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Google Hires Vint Cerf

CmdrTaco posted about 9 years ago | from the now-that's-a-job-i-wish-i-had dept.

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hsuwh writes "Google has hired Internet pioneer Vint Cerf away from MCI as its "Chief Internet Evangelist". "He is one of the most important people alive today," said [Google CEO Eric] Schmidt, who has been friends with Cerf for more than 20 years. "Vint has put his heart and soul into making the Internet happen. I know he is going to jump right in here and start shoveling out new ideas for Google.""

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Wikipedia link (5, Informative)

dividedsky319 (907852) | about 9 years ago | (#13510714)

Re:Wikipedia link (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13510818)

google is the new world order. tell me 2 years from now that google was just a fad

my high school graduation thesis was about mr. cerf :)

Re:Wikipedia link (3, Funny)

josh roulston (663207) | about 9 years ago | (#13510945)

"Vint Cerf is also working on the Interplanetary Protocol, which will be a new standard to communicate from planet to planet, which will be radio/laser communications that are highly tolerant to signal degradation."—Wikipedia
Are you sure you mean "new world order"?

Re:Wikipedia link (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13510836)

Yes, naked wikipedia links should always be modded informative.

Re:Wikipedia link (1)

dividedsky319 (907852) | about 9 years ago | (#13510863)

I know the first place I went was to search for the guy on wikipedia. I imagine a lot of others did as well, so I provided the link to save people a step.

Re:Wikipedia link (5, Funny)

justforaday (560408) | about 9 years ago | (#13510859)

Vint Cerf had sex with Al Gore?!? : o

Re:Wikipedia link (2, Informative)

blinksilver (889330) | about 9 years ago | (#13510979)

Vint Cerf had sex with Al Gore?!? : o

geez man, I hate it that America is so misinformed. If you RTFA you would know he _is_ Al Gore sex child.

who's the mother? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13511009)

Grace Hopper? Ellen Feiss? Tubgirl?

LOL, INTERNET (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13511108)

LOL, INTERNET [ytmnd.com]

Re:Wikipedia link (0)

jez9999 (618189) | about 9 years ago | (#13511119)

And the name's annoying, because I always get him mixed up with this guy [webpagesthatsuck.com] .

Do they have a strategy behind this? (5, Interesting)

winkydink (650484) | about 9 years ago | (#13510715)

Or are they merely collecting people and figuring out what to do with them later? From the outside looking in, it sure seems like the latter.

Re:Do they have a strategy behind this? (3, Insightful)

flatt (513465) | about 9 years ago | (#13510754)

PR, plain and simple. It will work.

Re:Do they have a strategy behind this? (5, Funny)

richie2000 (159732) | about 9 years ago | (#13510769)

I think they've taken Nokia's slogan and modified it a bit:

Google - Collecting people

Re:Do they have a strategy behind this? (5, Insightful)

Alomex (148003) | about 9 years ago | (#13511014)

It sure looks like they have a surplus of money and a shortage of ideas what to do with it. So heck, let's hire Turing Award medal winners just for kicks.

Successful jocks collect supermodels, successful nerds collect supergeeks, I guess.

Re:Do they have a strategy behind this? (1)

Titus B. Otch (912256) | about 9 years ago | (#13511033)

Whoa. Google...

When will it end?

2007, 5 o'clock local news: "...and in our next story, Google OS Vice President of operations, Bill Gates, says a 3 year contract agreement has been reached with the recently awakened clone, Einstein-beta2-markIV. And in related news, GOOG shares on NASDAQ soar to $666 a share..."

Re:Do they have a strategy behind this? (4, Informative)

garcia (6573) | about 9 years ago | (#13510838)

Do they have a strategy behind this?

Of course -- to make money for their investors.

Or are they merely collecting people and figuring out what to do with them later? From the outside looking in, it sure seems like the latter.

Google has always been fairly secretive about their dealings, even after they went public -- it's just that now they are releasing stuff a lot sooner than they were in the past.

Yeah, I'm sure that they are "just collecting" people but I have a feeling that they are being put to good use. Dodgeball (one of the collected items) is likely going to be put to excellent use for business reviews and frequency of visits -- especially when they figure out a way to tie it to everything else.

If you haven't seen their recent additions of Google Maps showing locations of you, and your friends' check-ins, I suggest that you do that.

The possibilities are scary.

Re:Do they have a strategy behind this? (5, Insightful)

pjkundert (597719) | about 9 years ago | (#13510864)

Non-linear, pure "invention" doesn't occur on a fixed time table. You cannot plan for it. You can't assemble a team, give them a deadline and some money, and say "OK, go invent the next great thing for me.".

All you can do is try to assemable the greatest group(s) of already provably inventive poeple you can find, put them in a positive, stimulating environment, and incent them to come up with something great.

That is what Google is doing. That is exactly NOT what Microsoft, HP, et. al. are doing.

And no, they don't expect you to understand this.

Re:Do they have a strategy behind this? (1)

winkydink (650484) | about 9 years ago | (#13511103)

Granted, but you can't just pull together a bunch of really smart poeple and expect something to magically happen because they are all assembled undr one umbrella either.

Re:Do they have a strategy behind this? (1)

Otter (3800) | about 9 years ago | (#13510885)

It does sound like they're hanging his head on the wall like a moose, doesn't it?

This doesn't seem as sharkjumperrific as when newly-rich VA Linux hired anybody with some low-level celebrity from themes.org, but then Google's eventual slide can't possibly compare to LNUX's...

Re:Do they have a strategy behind this? (5, Insightful)

qwijibo (101731) | about 9 years ago | (#13510888)

Smart people with a track record of good ideas will generally produce more of them. Google just wants a chance to get the ideas before anyone else. There are such positions in many large companies because good ideas with profit potential will pay many times over for all the unprofitable ideas.

Re:Do they have a strategy behind this? (1)

Duncan3 (10537) | about 9 years ago | (#13510908)

Shhhhhhhhhhh!

If people figure that out the stock price might go down. Then all the people they have collected will jump to the next pre-IPO company.

Just be happy for Vint, he just made a big pile of money. And he deserves it to.

Re:Do they have a strategy behind this? (1)

r1_97 (462992) | about 9 years ago | (#13511126)

Maybe, but looking back on their history, they're doing everything right. Brains and discipline are a winning combination. Their second stock issuance will be fuel for even more growth. Put a bunch of super smart people together with direction and you've got to come up with a winning strategy.

pew (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13510717)

Yet again google farts and it's news on slashdot.

You're just jealous... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13510856)

...Mr. Gates!

More law$uits? (0, Flamebait)

halcyon1234 (834388) | about 9 years ago | (#13510718)

... and the Microsoft sued them.

(Yes, I know, the guy didn't comes from MS... but hey, it's MS. If they want to f'n bury Google, they're allowed to. Right?)

Re:More law$uits? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13510785)

Mr. B sure seems to think so.

Vint (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13510719)

who?

Re:Vint (2, Funny)

Fastball (91927) | about 9 years ago | (#13510751)

who?

Diesel [imdb.com] .

So much for "do no evil" (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13510721)

You guys still buying that line?

*shakes head in disgust*

Re:So much for "do no evil" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13510943)

What?

Surely hiring some MCI crook doesn't count as "doing evil," does it?

It's Google! It's OK!

snark (5, Funny)

ReformedExCon (897248) | about 9 years ago | (#13510724)

Boy, that Internet thing just isn't catching on. I guess we need someone to really spread the word about it!

Chief Internet Evangelist? Really?

Re:snark (3, Funny)

hotdiggitydawg (881316) | about 9 years ago | (#13510760)

You bet! Cerf's up, dude...

And I'm sure nobody's cracked that joke before...

Re:snark (1)

ejdmoo (193585) | about 9 years ago | (#13510855)

Interestingly enough, Microsoft has had people known as "Evangelists" for certain technologies for a long time. I didn't realize other companies were using this job title.

It describes the job very well, but it's strange nonetheless.

Re:snark (3, Informative)

ReformedExCon (897248) | about 9 years ago | (#13510897)

Apple's had them also. Guy Kawasaki was one of their big evangelists a few years back.

Their role is to get the word out about their project/product/concept and turn sceptics into true believers by flooding them with positive information about it. Is there anyone who doesn't know what the Internet is?

Re:snark (1, Informative)

Otter (3800) | about 9 years ago | (#13510920)

I think it was Apple that originated the usage - it certainly makes more sense in that context than at Microsoft.

Re:snark (1)

qwijibo (101731) | about 9 years ago | (#13510961)

It really shouldn't be surprising. To non-geeks, technology is something that is accepted on blind faith because someone with greater belief told them to. Seems a lot like a religion to me.

Re:snark (2, Interesting)

pthisis (27352) | about 9 years ago | (#13511040)

Interestingly enough, Microsoft has had people known as "Evangelists" for certain technologies for a long time. I didn't realize other companies were using this job title.


It's a very old usage, Bell Labs had evangelists and I don't think they were the first.

Re:snark (2, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | about 9 years ago | (#13510870)

"Chief Internet Evangelist? Really?"

Especially the "Chief" part... this implies a whole team of internet evangelists.

I guess Pat Robertson is diversifying his revenue sources...

Re:snark (1)

Nuclear Elephant (700938) | about 9 years ago | (#13511071)

I guess Pat Robertson is diversifying his revenue sources...

Pat's taken the Microsoft approach now and is more into assassinations than evangelism.

Re:snark (1)

sharkey (16670) | about 9 years ago | (#13511035)

Chief Internet Evangelist? Really?

Do-uh you ACK the-uh DiffServ as your personal-uh SAVI-UH?!?! Pray-uz the-uh QoS in the-uh TCP HEADERS-UH!!!

a case of mistaken identity? (5, Funny)

ChipMonk (711367) | about 9 years ago | (#13510726)

Vint has put his heart and soul into making the Internet happen.

Are they sure they didn't hire Al Gore by mistake?

Re:a case of mistaken identity? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13510768)

If he was Gore, I'm sure that Google would have noticed the wind-up key in his back, his wood-like rigidity, and his passion for making the Google campus all-solar.

So, no, I doubt he's Gore.

Re:a case of mistaken identity? (5, Informative)

Duncan3 (10537) | about 9 years ago | (#13510860)

Even funnier since I've seen Vint himself correct the Al Gore thing in a talk saying that Gore does deserve credit for getting the early internet funding that it needed. Vint even presented him an award.

But yea, the joke is funnier then the truth by far ;)

Re:a case of mistaken identity? (0, Flamebait)

Bearpaw (13080) | about 9 years ago | (#13511000)

But yea, the joke is funnier then the truth by far ;)

The truth is actually what made the joke funny, though probably not in the way the jokester meant it to be funny.

Purely unintentionally, it's the first actually funny Gore/Internet joke made since the original Repub exaggeration.

Re:a case of mistaken identity? (1)

The Iconoclast (24795) | about 9 years ago | (#13510891)

No, Al Gore is already at Apple [apple.com] . And as you know, both Apple and Google are cool, Not Evil (TM) companies, so they don't want to bump heads.

Re:a case of mistaken identity? (1)

javamann (410973) | about 9 years ago | (#13510940)

Once again let's clear up this STUPID RIGHT WING FUD. Al Gore was on the committee that helped in passing legislation in the late 80s that allowed the Arpanet (Internet) to grow by releasing military control and allowing commercial access.

Yeah, work with MS (1)

WindBourne (631190) | about 9 years ago | (#13510728)

Knowing Vint, he will tell Google to work with Bill Gates/Steve Balmer. Or maybe, just maybe, Vint will see that no monopoly is forever.

Re:Yeah, work with MS (1)

stevesliva (648202) | about 9 years ago | (#13510914)

The problem with Vint, though, is having sufficient decoupling and supply integrity. But I'm sure Google knows this, and has Vint hooked up to a regulator and a few nonofarads just to be safe.

Yay Vint Cerf!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13510730)

meow meow meow

this man is an icon to my dog

Now imagine... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13510735)

a Beowulf cluster of those...

So thats what 4 billion buys ya? (-1, Redundant)

cybrthng (22291) | about 9 years ago | (#13510740)

The largest champion of the net.

Also (5, Funny)

cloudkj (685320) | about 9 years ago | (#13510744)

Schmidt also mentioned that one of the most eye-catching items on Cerf's resume was his ability to dodge flying chairs.

Re:Also (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13511034)

More likely it's his inability to dodge flying chairs. Otherwise, Microsoft would have already gotten him.

Poor metaphor (4, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | about 9 years ago | (#13510747)

"I know he is going to jump right in here and start shoveling out new ideas for Google."

I can only think of one thing that people typically use the phrase "shovel out" with... and it begins with sh-.

I sure hope, for Google's sake, that he shovels out something else.

Re:Poor metaphor (2, Funny)

outsider007 (115534) | about 9 years ago | (#13510915)

just hide that shovel after your out of ideas because steve ballmer is coming to f***ing bury you.

Re:Poor metaphor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13511016)

If Apple had hired him, he could've worked on the iSpade.

Not good enough (-1, Redundant)

roman_mir (125474) | about 9 years ago | (#13510759)

They should also hire Al Gore, who could qualify as 'The Mother' of the Internet.

No gay jokes after this one, please.

Internet eh... (0, Redundant)

dynemo (650078) | about 9 years ago | (#13510765)

...I heard they have that on computers now.

Re:Internet eh... (1)

mcho (878145) | about 9 years ago | (#13510898)

That was great line from the Simpsons -- no one ever appreciates that joke when I tell it.

Re:Internet eh... (1)

dynemo (650078) | about 9 years ago | (#13510936)

I try and throw that one out at work every now and again at work. Not everyone gets it either when I spit it out there.

love or hate? (5, Funny)

jshaped (899227) | about 9 years ago | (#13510783)

I forget, do we love or hate google?

(are they becoming an unstoppable giant?)

Re:love or hate? (1)

chade01 (778465) | about 9 years ago | (#13510878)

hate.

Re:love or hate? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13510985)

Simple rules for Slashdot Slashbots:

We love Google. Always.

We love Apple. Always.

We love Linux past the point of sanity. There is nothing which couldn't be made better with Linux.

We love the FCC when they're regulating spectrum, except when they're actually selling a usage license. We hate the FCC if they're doing anything outside of that, like sneezing.

We hate Microsoft, always. If somebody in Redmond catches a cold,we gloat. If Microsoft releases a bug patch, it's an example of shoddy work (Whereas bug patches in open source are CLEARLY an example of high-quality work! No double standard there.).

We moderately dislike the Democrats, but since they're the party of opposition to Sat^H^H^Hthe Republicans, we champion them like they were Gods incarnate (Unless Libertarianism comes up, of course).

Novell is evil, except when they're doing stuff with Linux. Or against Microsoft.

IBM is totally awesome. Except where POWER chips and Linux aren't concerned, there they suck.

Anything but X86 is the best instruction set ever. Except for IA64, which was also made by Intel, so it sucks. X86-64, because it was made by AMD, rules however, and fixes all of the problems anybody has ever had with anything remotely close to X86.

Intel is always expensive crap. Except where the Pentium M comes into play. There they're just expensive.

AMD is always cheap and kickass. Except for the FX chips, which aren't cheap. And the Turion, which is just cheap.

NVidia is evil for not releasing open source drivers for Linux. NVidia is saintly for releasing solid support for Linux.

ATI is saintly for releasing open source drivers for Linux. ATI is evil for not releasing solid support for Linux.

Any mention of BSD is a troll, unless the story explicitly mentions BSD, because mentioning another Open Source Operating System draws glory from the wonder that is Linux.

And so forth and so on...

Re:love or hate? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13511021)

The correct answer is yes.

(Maybe)

Re:love or hate? (1)

guaigean (867316) | about 9 years ago | (#13511131)

It all depends on the day.

Vint (2, Interesting)

theheff (894014) | about 9 years ago | (#13510788)

"Vint Cerf is also working on the Interplanetary Protocol, which will be a new standard to communicate from planet to planet, which will be radio/laser communications that are highly tolerant to signal degradation."

This guy is amazing.

Re:Vint (1)

L. VeGas (580015) | about 9 years ago | (#13510971)

Interplanetary Protocol?

What's that? IPvGoogol?

Re:Vint (1)

SlayerofGods (682938) | about 9 years ago | (#13511019)

I'm not sure how that makes him amazing...
It doesn't really sound that impressive at all I mean we've been communicating with interplanetary probes for decades.
From a protocol standpoint how would it really be that different form what we do here on earth?
Now if he designed the hardware, that would be impressive.

The world is not enough... (5, Interesting)

hazee (728152) | about 9 years ago | (#13510794)

Obviously Google isn't content to simply dominate the internet on this planet, they want to dominate the interplanetary internet [wikipedia.org] too.

Context sensitive ads for Mars rovers anyone?

Re:The world is not enough... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13510944)

You down with IPP? Yeah, you know me.

Steve Balmer's comment was ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13510800)

... I'm going to fu...ng kill Google.

"At that point, Mr. Ballmer picked up a chair and threw it across the room hitting a table in his office," Lucovsky said in his statement. Ballmer also had a few choice words for Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

"I'm going to f---ing bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I'm going to f---ing kill Google," Ballmer apparently said.

Balmer Interview (0, Redundant)

dduardo (592868) | about 9 years ago | (#13510806)

I'm going to f***ing kill Vint Cerf!

Cerf at NASA on Google-like project? (3, Insightful)

Red Flayer (890720) | about 9 years ago | (#13510841)

FTA: "[Cerf] also will continue as a visiting scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he has been focusing on a very Google-like project _ trying to figure out a way to connect the Internet to outer space."

How is this project Google-like, other than seeming to be pretty cool?

Cerf has been working on a network utility issue with NASA. I wasn't aware that Google is in the network utility game at all.

Duh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13510894)

They'll beta test his work communicating with the Google Lunar Base. [google.com]

Duh.

Re:Cerf at NASA on Google-like project? (1)

ubrgeek (679399) | about 9 years ago | (#13510975)

Wasn't there an article the other day about Google buying up dark fibre and some speculation that they could be building either their own network or offering some sort of free Internet access?

Shoveling (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13510868)

Well, someone's certainly shoveling something around, and pretty heavily, too...

Now the bad news (1)

Deanasc (201050) | about 9 years ago | (#13510882)

MCI is sueing over his non compete clause. Can't Google hire anyone without starting a lawsuit.

No I'm kidding. Or maybe not?

Google Telecom? (1)

mparaz (31980) | about 9 years ago | (#13511080)

If MCI does, then Google is a competitor. Google could possibly be a customer of MCI - or since Google's traffic is that big, an IP peer.

The guy makes terrible puns (5, Funny)

keshto (553762) | about 9 years ago | (#13510926)

Look at the photo [washingtonpost.com] with the WaPo article (hint: look at the license plate).

Re:The guy makes terrible puns (1)

tomstdenis (446163) | about 9 years ago | (#13511087)

It's called ego.

I mean without him we'd all be cave dwelling heathens... There is a way to be proud of something without outwardly showing it ... oh what the hell is that called ...

oh yeah...

MODESTY

Apparently that's all lost. Though I blame the trivial media hero worship bullshit more than I'd blame Cerf. Though I'm sure he displays restraint when getting awards for trivial computer science accomplishments...

You think I'm a troll? Name the guy who invented the Y-modem transfer protocol. If you can do that, name how many awards he/she has received because of it.

Frankly yes IP and TCP are useful and sent us headlong into the info tech age... but it's just a comms protocol. Nothing genius. You send X bytes, I ACK X bytes, ... I mean seriously not that super.

Specially when you consider TCP has **NO** inherent security in place, uses trivial linear checksums and has no accomodations for ciphering.

Granted in 1973 block/stream ciphers were not that abundant so on the last point you can really cut the guy some slack.

Anyways, hero worship is annoying.

Tom

I met Mr. Cerf (1)

leather_helmet (887398) | about 9 years ago | (#13510931)

(by met, i shook his hand and introduced myself) at a talk he gave at SJSU several years ago - brilliant mind IMO and very nice fellow as well, took time to talk with everyone who wanted to meet him...

Google PBS commercial (4, Interesting)

peter303 (12292) | about 9 years ago | (#13510946)

I saw an interesting Google sponsorship of PBS NOVA Tuesday. In their 15-second infomercial a word typed into the Google screen about some natural phenomena and switched to a video clip of that phenomena. (I dont think Google does that right now, but will any month.)

Botht the Cerf and PBS thing shows Google is moving away from being just a startup and more of a community player.

Re:Google PBS commercial (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13511012)

It's called Google Video Search. And thanks for the insight.

Google TLD? (3, Funny)

op12 (830015) | about 9 years ago | (#13510956)

From the article: "Cerf will remain chairman of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the oversight agency for Internet domain names."

So how long before we get a .google TLD? or maybe .goo :)

Re:Google TLD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13511073)

I think .goo might be a popular TLD for bukkake websites :)

Re:Google TLD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13511083)

/me registers porn.goo

Re:Google TLD? (4, Funny)

ScrewMaster (602015) | about 9 years ago | (#13511129)

.GOO? But wouldn't that be more appropriate for ... oh, forget it.

He did what? (-1, Troll)

tomstdenis (446163) | about 9 years ago | (#13510963)

Invented the internet? Really? Wow....

Let's see, take a some medium like IEEE 802.3 ... hook up IP routing tables ... um

THATS WHAT THE NET IS... just really large scale. Why people pretend the internet is this magical construct is beyond me.

I mean I have a "network" between 9 computers at my home. that's about as big as the ARPANET was in 1973 ... :-)

But seriously, kudos for doing work THREE DECADES AGO. But let's not pretend for a second that it takes just one person to make the net.

According to the wiki he invented [among other things but primarily] TCP/IP ... well that's good but it took Naggle to figure out properly flow control, who actually made IP practical? Did he invent DNS? What about NAT and firewalls? etc, etc, etc....

To treat this guy as a god because 30 years ago he figured out that if you gave a box an address you could send packets to it ... my god, what a fucking genius! ...mumble.../rant

Tom

Re:He did what? (1)

putko (753330) | about 9 years ago | (#13511064)

I think the big deal is that he did TCP/IP before anybody else. He was the first.

Since then there are all sorts of protocols that fix flaws in TCP/IP. There are even protocols implemented in languages (not C) amenable to machine proofs of correctness. That's Ensemble (originally developed at Cornell) [technion.ac.il]

However, I suspect the main problem is getting those rolled out -- given that TCP/IP is jammed in the kernel, and given that we don't use exokernels [mit.edu] or something similar that would allow for radical experimentation with network protocols, we'll be using TCP/IP forever.

Re:He did what? (1)

tomstdenis (446163) | about 9 years ago | (#13511127)

you can do your own protocols on top of IP if you want. Since it's IP which is what routing boxes actually deal with [unless it's a NAT and/or firewall].

So you could do proto=111 and invent your own...

You can even do this userspace with libpcap and/or raw sockets.

But yeah, I'm not saying TCP/IP is worthless I'm saying he did it 32 years ago, 9 years before I was even born!!!

Talk about milking it...

Tom

Re:He did what? (1)

dAzED1 (33635) | about 9 years ago | (#13511076)

and a wheel is just a round object on the end of a shaft of some sort. I mean really, what's so inovative about that?

And flying! Birds have been doing it for millions of years! What the hell...screw the Wright Brothers. Where's the innovation?

Oh and please, just take the genetic material out of one cell, put it in an oocyte, and stimilate it to grow. What's so innovative about this whole "cloning" crap anyway?

Yeah.

ouch, such choice of wording! (1)

yagu (721525) | about 9 years ago | (#13510976)

From the post: I know he is going to jump right in here and start shoveling out new ideas for Google

I usually associate new ideas and shoveling only with Microsoft.

Ducks!

i miss irc.cerf.net (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13510992)

vint cerf is my hero, along with al gore - the inventors of the interweb!

VC, the MCI Spam Supporter (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13511036)

How can anyone hire an MCI (aka Worldcom, aka UUNET) spam supporter? Being with the worst spammy ISP ever should basically make you unemployable.

Something Big is Happening at Google (4, Insightful)

guaigean (867316) | about 9 years ago | (#13511037)

This is a much different strategy than the Microsoft sieze and conquer. MS takes over companies to get technologies, and then through culture the effectiveness of the subsidiary becomes null. Google, however, invests instead in obtaining highly innovative, creative, and motivated individuals, and they're doing it en mass. I know there is a lot of speculation about them working on an operating system or something similarly large, but whatever it is, it is big. There are too many bright minds there for it not to be.

Like the great stuff Alan Kay did for Apple? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13511061)

I think it's a sign of decay when a company starts collecting Big Celebrity Names.

Another hint at GoogleNet? (1)

ZP-Blight (827688) | about 9 years ago | (#13511070)

There have been rumors that Google is contemplating an internet alternative, buying darknet fibers.

Perhaps this is just another step in their effort to put up an alternative to the Internet itself.

no pressure! (1)

dAzED1 (33635) | about 9 years ago | (#13511125)

"Vint has put his heart and soul into making the Internet happen. I know he is going to jump right in here and start shoveling out new ideas for Google."

No pressure at all! Now, go innovate!
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