Happy Birthday To Ya Internet

That’s right folks, today is the internet’s 40th birthday, for all intents and purposes anyway.

Just imagine how much time we have wasted, how much stuff we have learned, how many games we have played, how many times we became enraged, how many people we have met, how many people we have met who’s neck we would like to snap, how much crap we have bought, how much porn we have watched and how much fun we have had since the first time we hit that switch and joined billions of people all over the world in that big ol’ muddy messy morass called cyberspace.

Happy 40th to ya internets, we don’t know what we would have done had Al Gore not invented your ass.

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news.nationalgeographic.com–Everyone surfing for last-minute Halloween costumes and pictures of black Lolcats today—what you might call the 40th anniversary of the Internet—can give thanks to the simple network message that started it all: “lo.”

On October 29, 1969, that message became the first ever to travel between two computers connected via the ARPANET, the computer network that would become the Internet.

The truncated transmission traveled about 400 miles (643 kilometers) between the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Stanford Research Institute.

The electronic dispatch was supposed to be the word “login,” but only the first two letters were successfully sent before the system crashed.

Still, that humble greeting marked the start of a phenomenon that has become such an important part of modern life that many experts argue access to it should be a right rather than a privilege.

In fact, earlier this month Finland became the first country in the world to declare broadband Internet access a legal right for all of its 5.2 million citizens.

“I don’t think it’s quite on the level of food and water yet, but it’s pretty close,” said Jeffrey Cole, director of the Annenberg School for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California……

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