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The birthplace of Silicon Valley has been closed. Mountain View residents passing by 391 San Antonio Road - the original site of the Shockley Semiconductor Lab - will find the building is now off-limits. The International Produce Market that had been operating on the site has been boarded up with no word provided as to what …

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Anonymous Coward

Ashlee, how much do you cost?

Quote: "It ships in September, but you can buy her now" ;-)

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A Shame

I drive past there at least once a week. The whole area is slowly being redeveloped. The large shopping center next door is about to undergo a fairly extensive Retro-fit with Sears being replaced by the MOA-Home Depots.

(And as an aside, a Burger King is unlikely as there are both a BK and McD's within about 200 yds of that site - the BK is, IIRC owned by an ex-49ers player).

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Another possibility

Instead of a Burger King, perhaps Dittmer's German Deli across the street can relocate to this building? Mmmm, love their smoked turkey!

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Anonymous Coward

Shockley's views

Perhaps they can post a sign at the site about William Shockley's views on race, breeding and eugenics. He proposed, for example, that individuals with IQs below 100 be paid to undergo voluntary sterilization. He also donated sperm to a "genius" sperm bank in hopes of spreading humans' best genes. He was once quoted to remark “Just as the autobahns were a good thing, maybe there were some other good things about Hitler.” Then again, rather then celebrate Bill Shockley, maybe they should tear the place down.

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Shockley's Views

Shockleys views were obviously silly. If the individuals IQ's were less than 100 they could be easily conned into sterilization and no payment would be required!

They used to say that Mussolini got the trains to run on time...

Beware of discounting the worth of someone because he has formed views which don't correspond to todays "enlightened" political correctness. The 50's were a very different place to today and people who have a habit of thinking about things have a habit of sometimes getting it wrong. At least they are thinking, and so they may be amenable to correction.

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Anonymous Coward

Shockley's views

Shockley's semiconductor inventivenes was in the 1950's, not his eugenics views. He was making pro-eugenics statements well into the late 1980's, a supposedly more enlightened decade.

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Memo to Brett

I thought it was that Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal Pasha , alias

Ataturk, who got trains to run on time by giving the drivers a good whipping.

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