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The origins of the Internet date back to research commissioned by the United States federal government in the 1960s to build robust, fault-tolerant communication via computer networks. The primary precursor network, the ARPANET, initially served as a backbone for interconnection of regional academic and military networks in the 1980s. The funding of the National Science Foundation Network as a new backbone in the 1980s, as well as private funding for other commercial extensions, led to worldwide participation in the development of new networking technologies, and the merger of many networks. The linking of commercial networks and enterprises by the early 1990s marks the beginning of the transition to the modern Internet, and generated a sustained exponential growth as generations of institutional, personal, and mobile computers were connected to the network. Although the Internet was widely used by academia since the 1980s, the commercialization incorporated its services and technologies into virtually every aspect of modern life.
Internet use grew rapidly in the West from the mid-1990s and from the late 1990s in the developing world. In the 20 years since 1995, Internet use has grown 100-times, measured for the period of one year, to over one third of the world population. Most traditional communications media, including telephony, radio, television, paper mail and newspapers are being reshaped or redefined by the Internet, giving birth to new services such as email, Internet telephony, Internet television music, digital newspapers, and video streaming websites. Newspaper, book, and other print publishing are adapting to website technology, or are reshaped into blogging, web feeds and online news aggregators (e.g., Google News). The entertainment industry was initially the fastest growing segment on the Internet. The Internet has enabled and accelerated new forms of personal interactions through instant messaging, Internet forums, and social networking. Online shopping has grown exponentially both for major retailers and small businesses and entrepreneurs, as it enables firms to extend their "bricks and mortar" presence to serve a larger market or even sell goods and services entirely online. Business-to-business and financial services on the Internet affect supply chains across entire industries.
The Internet has no centralized governance in either technological implementation or policies for access and usage; each constituent network sets its own policies. Only the overreaching definitions of the two principal name spaces in the Internet, the Internet Protocol address space and the Domain Name System (DNS), are directed by a maintainer organization, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The technical underpinning and standardization of the core protocols is an activity of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), a non-profit organization of loosely affiliated international participants that anyone may associate with by contributing technical expertise.
Houston teen shot dead during internet gun challenge: police
Soooo much wrong with this,
Somehow gets out on bond for aggravated robbery
Shoots friend in brain dead internet challenge
Hopefully more of his homies do the same.
Some of you all seem pretty tech savvy:
We’d like to record over the air (OTA) TV, while watching another channel. Any simple and inexpensive way to do this?
Figure we need a USB drive & a tuner, but all the tuners/programmers I’ve seen do not let you watch 1 channel while...
I had to format my computer tonight (desktop) and after doing so downloaded Chrome and I see a lot of changes.
For one could not log onto NWFA as I got a massive security message. I had to choose the override option and while now on the forum I get a red triangle with a exclamation point and a...
I am curious if anyone is working from a satellite Internet connection and can provide some feedback on how you like it, what service you are using, etc.
The last I worked with such a connection was the late-90s to the early-2000s. The connection and service then, frankly, sucked. However, a...
I'm not sure where to post this but where I'm at right now uses comcast as their ISP and I am currently unable to connect to cabelas, sportsmans warehouse, gun broker, etc. while on wifi. If I switch to mobile data it loads just fine. Anyone else having these issues? Seems kind of fishy to me.
I was sitting here and realized I do the same things every time I sit down at my computer..
I look at NWFA, A couple of local news sources, Google news, Craigslist and ZeroHedge.... Thats it. it and it's almost always all of them every time I sit down at the computer.
Sometimes I have...
I have a buyer wanting me to ship a revolver I have listed for sale from my FFL here to his FFL in Nashville, TN. I have bought a couple firearms online before, but have never sold one. I have a few questions for those of you who have.
1) What is the most secure way to get payment? PayPal...
This is true for Chrome, Firefox, and more.
A company is going around buying abandoned Chrome extensions from their original developers and converting these add-ons into adware. The latest case is the <broken link removed> Chrome extension, a simple tool that allows users to change the UI and...
I probably spend too much time sucking in YouTube videos - it's a lot of my internet time honestly watching fishing, cooking, bushcrafting, and firearms stuff - crap to keep me entertained when I'm not out actually fishing, shooting, camping, or cooking. I've more or less replaced television...
Remember when Net Neutrality went around?
I'm not sure what happened with that but it appears that we are getting backhanded now with our home internet providers.
Starting November 1 2017 the bastards (Comcast, from here forward will be referred to as bastards) will be limiting your household...
Latest action by Gun Owners of America Obama moves to Transfer Effective Control of the Internet to the United Nations | Current Alerts
The UN, Guns, the Internet, Obama . . . what could go wrong?
It's a small effort to make a few clicks; who knows if our representatives even read these, but...