Innovation in the shadow of the Nuke

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Researching my forthcoming book on the history of the ‘Net, I’m investigating the nuclear context. By the mid 1960s the Air Force had upgraded its early nuclear missiles to use solid-state propellants. The new solid-state weapons brought the launch time down from eight hours to a matter of minutes. Yet while US missiles were becoming easier to loose on the …

The MP3, its origins, and its impact

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Continuing on the music theme for my forthcoming book, and the disruption caused by the Internet to established industries… In 1996, the song ‘Until it sleeps’ by Metallica became the first track to be illegally copied from CD, encoded as an MP3, and made available on the Internet by a user operating under the nickname ‘NetFrack’. NetFrack announced the revolution …