Raymond Tomlinson, inventor of email, died yesterday

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    Mar 07, 2016 3:47 AM GMT
    http://www.oregonlive.com/today/index.ssf/2016/03/email_inventor_raymond_tomlins.html#incart_river_home

    Made the world a lot smaller in one stroke.
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    Mar 07, 2016 3:55 AM GMT
    Kinda important to know who made these things happen. It wasn't all Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.
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    Mar 07, 2016 4:12 AM GMT
    Well, if you invent something while you work for a corporation, you get $1 for signing over all your patent rights. (On paper, anyway. I never got the actual dollars.) Then your boss gets a bonus.

    Like all of the stuff that "Thomas Edison" supposedly invented.

    Kerry Mullis got $1 for inventing the polymerase chain reaction, but at least he eventually got the Nobel Prize money.
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    Mar 07, 2016 4:53 AM GMT
    mindgarden said
    Like all of the stuff that "Thomas Edison" supposedly invented.

    Thomas Edison is a mixed bag. He likely did invent multiplexing all by himself. And the original inspiration for a lot of the stuff that his team at Menlo Park actually created, for which he grabbed sole credit. The idea for the phonograph appears to his, too.

    But the light bulb wasn't all that original, Edison just made it work. Same with motion pictures. And he did create the 35mm film format, in conjunction with George Eastman (Kodak), that also subsequently became a standard of still photography until recent times. Thanks to the German optical company Ernst Leitz and their 35mm Leica cameras of the 1920s, before the digital revolution made film for still photography nearly obsolete.
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    Apr 01, 2016 12:49 AM GMT
    I didn't see this in the mainstream media. Thanks for posting.
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    Apr 01, 2016 2:58 PM GMT
    I didn't see this in an email blast either.