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Bob Metcalfe: I Was Terrified of IBM for 10 yrs But Ethernet Won Cause it's Open

darthcamaro (735685) writes | about a year ago

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darthcamaro (735685) writes "Ethernet inventor Bob Metcalfe drew a diagram on a piece of paper 40 years ago today that defined how Ethernet would work. In an event celebrating that milestone, Metcalfe today admitted that IBM's token ring networking system was his biggest fear for 10 yrs, but eventually it was outdone.

What IBM underestimated in their dominance was the power of an open standard," Metcalfe said. "In that old IBM, in its dark little heart it was not committed to open standards and its products were not interoperable."

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Metcalfe is a Douche (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | about a year ago | (#43796989)

This is the guy who thought it was clever to condemn free software as the "open sores movement." He also said, "When Windows 2000 gets here, goodbye linux." When he got called out on his doucebaggery he pulled out that old classic of the playground bully, "Just Kidding!" and then whined about all the "slashdot" persecution.

He also promised to eat his words if the internet didn't collapse during the 1990s. Wussed out by having them written in frosting on a cake.

I wouldn't be surprised if ethernet's openness had nothing to do with him, probably even fought against it at PARC.

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