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Re: Lucent Technologies & Sun Microsystems

Rob Rodgers wrote:

> I like the NC concept -- it's time for a whole new generation to learn
> first-hand why time-sharing systems of the late-70s/early-80s were a bad
> thing, because people who should know better seem to have forgotten.

I had the same initial reaction. Didn't we do this before and hasn't the
decade been devoted to moving computing to the edge of the network? Then
realized that the transitor radio seemed silly until you could carry it
in a
shirt pocket. There are many pluses to networked computing. Like
(because we can introduce redundancy) and scalability and mobility. NO,
I think
the market will love NC -- it is definitely not time-sharing (which by
the way
was very successful for a time) in the same sense. Of course, its not
either. Notice that they cracked some encryption scheme a few months
back using
all the processors on the campus as a network computer.

Ian Bruce
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