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#1 Noggie

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 02:16 PM

Today, a Google search of "Ted Stevens" and "tubes" produced over one million links. That number will go higher as the days pass. The internet community is roasting Senator Stevens's understanding of the 'tubes'. According to Senator Stevens, "they want to deliver vast amounts of information over the internet. And again, the internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a truck. It's a series of tubes."

Yes, he did say that ... and there was more. Part of what Senator Stevens had to say is available here ( http://www.publickno...ge.org/node/497 ) . Obviously, Senator Stevens needs to become a bit more familiar with the information highway.

One might take into account that Senator Stevens is in his early eighties. He came upon computers and the internet at a later stage in life. Nevertheless, he is the Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee. As such, he has a strong role in determining the rules that govern the internet, such as net neutrality. One would think that it would be in the best interest of all concerned that the Chairman was a bit more familiar about the topic which he is charged with regulating. It should frighten each and every one of us that the Chairman of a regulating committee has such a poor understanding of the fundamental issues.

At first, Ted Stevens is unintentionally humourous. Upon a closer look, he is frightening. Is this how government works?

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#2 TheJoker

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 03:29 PM

Considering Arthur C. Clarke's dictum that "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic", where does that apparently put the Senator's knowledge level :(

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#3 dave38

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Posted 15 July 2006 - 04:33 PM

Probably at about the same level as most politicians! Incidentally, remember the second part of Clarkes law. "Any technology that can be distinguished from magic is insufficently advanced "
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Posted 17 July 2006 - 06:32 AM

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Posted 17 July 2006 - 08:18 AM

Googled 'It's a series of tubes' and got this:
http://www.boldheade...echno_tubes.mp3
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Mind you, I guess the ability to believe something that's totally evidencially unsupported but happens to concur with the wishes of big business is quite an asset for today's politicians. :gack:
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#6 hornet777

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Posted 17 July 2006 - 03:54 PM

Maybe he's confusing the internet with the earliest electronic computers (the English term would be "valves")? Or maybe he is simply clueless. My wager is on the latter, but we shouldn't complain since we have the best politicians money can buy.

Edited by hornet777, 17 July 2006 - 03:55 PM.

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 01:27 PM

we have the best politicians money can buy


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#8 Swandog46

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 01:39 PM

Does he stay bought?


or she

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 04:24 PM

LOL you guys; I thought I was the cynical one here :)
I had another thought: maybe he meant pneumatic tubes, like at a drive-up bank teller, or inter-office mail delivery? (me just being goofy as usual...)
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Posted 30 July 2006 - 07:41 PM

Well, hornet777, that isn't so far fetched, considering that many department stores had tube systems in the 20s and 30s...
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