Re: Declaration of Indigenous Peoples on Genome Project

Todd N Nims (nimstod@MAIL.AUBURN.EDU)
Wed, 8 Mar 1995 14:37:25 -0600

Has everyone forgotten whythe US started its Space program in the first
place? Whydo you think we sent people into space?? And if youhave no
idea why I am talking about the space program then I suggest youexplore
where a huge majority of the technological advances of the past 30 or so
years have come from. Most specifically the computer technology we know

Todd N. Nims
Auburn University, AL

On Tue, 7 Mar 1995, Peter D. Junger wrote:

> On Mon, 6 Mar 1995, Todd N Nims wrote:
> > If the US hadnt had the insatiable desire
> > to get one over on the Soviets (and also have the ability to destroy
> > them) neither you nor I would be using a computer today or surfing the net.
> Leaving aside the fact that all contrafactuals are logically true, this
> statement seems very dubious. The computer that I use is a direct
> descendent of the old NorthStar Horizon, wooden cased, Z80, 56k CP/M box
> that was my first computer (which was put together as piece-work in
> somebody's garage) and which in turn descended from the Altair hobby
> machine.
> My initial net-surfing was on Bitnet and occasionally on DECnet, neither
> of which was particularly influenced by or a product of the military, and
> though the Internet Protocol was first developed by academics funded by
> DARPA, the military applications were, as far as I know, purely defensive,
> since they were designed to allow communications channels to survive an
> attack (or an earthquake or a hurricane). And it seems likely that the
> IP protocol and something like the current Internet would have been
> developed without DARPA funding, although perhaps the net would not have
> caught on quite so extensively without the boost that that funding gave.
> --
> Peter D. Junger--Case Western Reserve University Law School--Cleveland, OH
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