NYTimes: How the Internet Got Its Rules
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 08 Apr 2009 11:50
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After all, everyone understood there was a practical value in choosing to do the same task in the same way. For example, if we wanted to move a file from one machine to another, and if you were to design the process one way, and I was to design it another, then anyone who wanted to talk to both of us would have to employ two distinct ways of doing the same thing. So there was plenty of natural pressure to avoid such hassles. It probably helped that in those days we avoided patents and other restrictions; withoutany financial incentive to control the protocols, it was much easier to reach agreement.
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