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  •  The Bell Telephone Science Hour. (19+ / 0-)

    Scientists at Bell Labs figured out climate change in the late 50s, and right about the same time, started developing what they first called "the solar battery," which we now know as the photovoltaic cell.  

    And Reagan's lawyers broke up the Bell System, which led to the downfall of Bell Labs, the world's leading private-sector science institution.  

    We got the future back.

    by G2geek on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 03:01:34 PM PST

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    •  Aye. Broke up the only corporate monopoly (17+ / 0-)

      that actually functioned to the benefit of its customers, too, what with people like me talking to their friends in California subsidizing cheap monthly local service for little old ladies to call for help.

      At the time, I thought the breakup was a plus--good, old-fashioned trustbusting. In retrospect, what a waste.

      (Aside: I knew a couple of the pro-breakup attorneys. They'd been at it so long, they had a regular softball game with Ma Bell's lawyers. The breakup guys had T shirts with their motto: "Reach Out and Crush Someone." Figured you'd like that story).

      Pardon our dust. Sig line under renovation.

      by Crashing Vor on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 03:07:37 PM PST

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      •  You know, I can remember (6+ / 0-)

        when BB [Big Bang] 'won' finally over SS [Steady State]. I was in the 7th grade, moved from upstate New York to Oklahoma over Christmas break. My science textbook in New York taught that the universe had no beginning, and might not have an end. When school started the second semester in Oklahoma, the book taught Big Bang.

        I remember that because my father was a physicist [applied] - taught for 3 years at the Citadel, served a rotation at the Pentagon. Once through the revolving door after retirement (Corning/Rand), he developed the original heat shielding tiles for the Apollo missions, worked with TI on the computers. He'd been a Big Banger all my life, so I was paying attention when the paradigm changed...

        Global Climate Change has been an issue for a lot of decades, but I also remember in the '70s it was primarily aimed at Global Cooling - the likelihood of another ice age. But since I'm over sixty and have lived in many places (this last one for 20 years today), it's been clear for some decades that overall warming was what was happening. USDA agrees, changed my climate zone this year to the next warmer.

        That's the "government" talking to those of us planning our crop rotations year to year. It's well past time they tell the rest of the general public what's happening.

      •  yep me too. (3+ / 0-)
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        Thought it was trust busting, and also thought that the competition for terminal equipment would cause a ripple effect that brought the standards of quality up for all other consumer goods, to the Bell System standard of "built to last forever," anti-obsolescent, and with a closed raw-materials cycle.  Hoo-boy was I naive.  

        I swear to Almighty God (if there is a deity) that I would trade in my @ 30 years in "interconnect" for a life of digging ditches with a shovel or sweeping streets with a broom, to have the Bell back in one piece again as it was before, especially Bell Labs.

        Thursday night while out with friends, I walked past a CO building and pointed it out... and thought about the days when that A-bomb-proof architecture was stuffed full of crossbar switches.  Sigh....

        We got the future back.

        by G2geek on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 02:29:00 AM PST

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