In defense of NASA: was Re: Wirin' up blinkenlights

From: Sellam Ismail <>
Date: Fri Jun 9 17:32:59 2000

On Sat, 10 Jun 2000, Hans Franke wrote:

> > > Yeah, things like the Space Race and WWII did nothing for rapid
> > > technological evolution and development, the least of which benefitted
> > > from this was computers.
> > So many of these major discoveries were made purely by accident. Accidents
> > which might not have happened if Engineers and Scientists hadn't had the
> > freedom, and the funding, to take time with this or that strange phenomenon
> > observed in conjunction with an accident.
> Seriously, I doubt that any usefull development has been done by accident.
> None of these technologies have been invented because of the space race,
> it's plain old hard work to do it - and this will have happened anyway.
> Of course the space exploration did bring a vast amount of new knowledge
> about nature and the universe, but no new technology that wouldn't have
> been developed at all. Don't get me wrong, I'm 100% pro space exploration,
> we just should be smart enough to see marketing schemes when they creep
> around.
> > I certainly hope you're joking!
> He is :)

No, I'm not. As usual, I have no idea what Dick was blathering about.
But, the point is that WWII and the Space Race brought about unprecedented
advancements in many fields of technology, not the least of which was
computing technology.

This is moronically obvious and I am not making any sort of astute
observation here.

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