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RLDavies
785549.  Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:01 am Reply with quote

tchrist wrote:
Although it would be a very different Internet without TCP

It would surely be a much dirtier internet without TCP. And it's dirty enough already.

 
karl
807295.  Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:57 am Reply with quote

Every source I have seen says that the word "internet" first appeared in 1974, even though what we now call the internet was created in 1969. However, the 1973 film Don't Look Now contains a reference to the internet. About 10 minutes into the film, in a scene in a Venetian restaurant, Jonh (Donald Sutherland) asks his wife Laura (Julie Christie) if she would like him to put the letter that she has written to their son "on the internet". I realise that in actuality it would have been impossible for a father in Venice to communicate with his son in England via the internet in 1973. A work colleague (who knows far more than I about the internet and computers generally) insisted that I had misheard the line, but I replayed it numerous times on DVD with a friend and the word is clearly used. I would be delighted if anyone could explain this baffling reference.

 
Neotenic
807296.  Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:59 am Reply with quote

Did you try turning the subtitles on?

 
Efros
807326.  Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:31 am Reply with quote

Just checked the subtitle file no mention of internet anywhere. The internet (the www bit at least) as we know it didn't come about 'til Tim Berners-Lee started messing about in CERN in the 80s.

 
soup
807341.  Tue Apr 19, 2011 11:21 am Reply with quote

Karl wasn't the "invention" in 1969, Arpanet?

 
Efros
807352.  Tue Apr 19, 2011 11:32 am Reply with quote

No mention of any sort of net, inter, intra, arpa or indeed fishing! Bloody good sex scenes though and one of the most shocking climaxes to a film if you've never seen it before.

 
AlmondFacialBar
807388.  Tue Apr 19, 2011 2:53 pm Reply with quote

Ian Dunn wrote:
An interesting area to look at with regards to the internet is Wikipedia's "List of Internet phenomena".

There is a huge list which includes Rickrolling, the "This is Sparta" line from 300 and the badly translated video game Zero Wing with it's famous line: "All your base are belong to us."

One of the most "disturbing" is something coming from what is known as the "Rule of the internet". The most famous of these is Rule 34: "If it exists, there is porn of it. No exceptions."

Now, if you have just read that last bit, you may be wondering about something perhaps involving Stephen and Alan. If you are, the answer is, "Yes. There is QI porn."

I've just come across a LiveJournal account called "britpanelslash" which contains slash fiction involving panel shows including QI. I'm not going to link to it, but it is there, and I apologise for putting any disturbing thoughts into your heads.

Still, I think it is something that would make a quite interesting question.


Too late... I've just used up a complete bottle of brain bleach and still can't get the utterly disturbing idea of Fravies porn out of my head. And that's coming from someone who enthusiastically writes Hilson geronto slash fic. *three sads*

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
nicholasjwest
807455.  Tue Apr 19, 2011 6:29 pm Reply with quote

Nothing could convince me to Google that, and where can I charge the industrial solvents that I had to use to remove that... image from my mind?

But on topic, I recall that around 81% of emails are spam (at 247 billion emails per day).

70% of mobile internet use occurs in one's home.

20 hours of Youtube footage is uploaded every minute.

There are 600 tweets per second.

Those are some interesting facts that stuck in my mind, though I think the spam statistic has already been in QI.

 
Stefan Linnemann
817877.  Fri May 20, 2011 4:39 pm Reply with quote

Efros wrote:
Just checked the subtitle file no mention of internet anywhere. The internet (the www bit at least) as we know it didn't come about 'til Tim Berners-Lee started messing about in CERN in the 80s.


You're confusing the Internet (coded packages transmitted across network cables) with the World Wide Web (a hypertexting protocol). The internet existed before TBL started his little hypertexting idea, it was only universities and the US military, back then.

Stefan.

 
Efros
817888.  Fri May 20, 2011 5:03 pm Reply with quote

True but i did say as we know it. My post still stands as there is no reference to the internet in the film "Don't Look Now".

 
Stefan Linnemann
817897.  Fri May 20, 2011 5:24 pm Reply with quote

Efros wrote:
True but i did say as we know it. My post still stands as there is no reference to the internet in the film "Don't Look Now".


I agree, there. But the internet, the underlying structure, as we know it now, was very much the same as it is now, only way, way smaller. That is the point I was making. A visionary might have conceived of sending an email or a Usenet post from Italy. Using the internet. He'd had to have been in Academia at the time, though.

Stefan.

 
Efros
818112.  Sat May 21, 2011 12:13 pm Reply with quote

I just dug out my copy of "Don't look now" and at 9:44 Donald Sutherland asks

"Do you want me to put something on the Internet?"

or at least that's what it sounds like. The subtitle file has it as

"Do you want me to add something?".

Another subtitle set has

"You want me to put something on the end of that?"

'end of that' could be interpreted as internet.

Only found a single other internet listing referencing this snippet and they were asking the same question as the previous poster. Incidentally I found the first reference to the internet in Hansard was in 1919, but apparently that was a typo. Non typo first reference appears to be 1990.

 
WordLover
844994.  Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:13 am Reply with quote

Neotenic wrote:
I think one of my favourite web-related nuggets of recent times was Mr Berners-Lee admitting that the '//' at the start of every web address is completely pointless.
Well, not at the start, but following the "http:". Which is what that article's author Murad Ahmed should have written, instead of
Quote:
directly infront of the “www” in every internet website address

Many web pages have URLs that don't have "www" after the "http://", and the web page containing the text of that article is one of them.

 
ChicGeek
917043.  Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:11 am Reply with quote

OK so I first watched the clip from 9 minutes in and it sounded like 'internet'. then played it from 8minutes in to get the context. Julie Christie is writing a letter to her child. She's telling DS what she's written. he gets up to close the door from the draught and then says to her 'do you want me to put something on the end of that?' to which she replies 'no, why don't you send him/her a card yourself'. Problem solved! context is everything ...

 
mikeholden
1128567.  Thu Apr 09, 2015 11:33 pm Reply with quote

WordLover wrote:
Neotenic wrote:
I think one of my favourite web-related nuggets of recent times was Mr Berners-Lee admitting that the '//' at the start of every web address is completely pointless.
Well, not at the start, but following the "http:". Which is what that article's author Murad Ahmed should have written, instead of
Quote:
directly infront of the “www” in every internet website address

Many web pages have URLs that don't have "www" after the "http://", and the web page containing the text of that article is one of them.


Strictly speaking, the http: part isn't the address, it's the protocol, or connection method. The address comes after that bit, so the original statement, as worded, is correct.

The colon on it's own would make a perfectly good separator, functionality-wise.

 

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