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Father of Lisp and AI John McCarthy has died

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Father of cloud computing dies

"If computers of the kind I have advocated become the computers of the future, then computing may someday be organized as a public utility just as the telephone system is a public utility... The computer utility could become the basis of a new and important industry."

— John McCarthy (speaking at the MIT Centennial in 1961)

It's been pointed out that McCarthy used the term "utility" rather than "cloud", but many of us would argue they are one and the same. Indeed Wikipedia defines it as:

"Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network (typically the Internet)."

In any case, can anyone think of anyone more deserving of the honour of the title "father of cloud computing" than McCarthy? I certainly can't.

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Cisco cuddles all clouds but one

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WTF?

In other news...

Trend Micro trademarks the Intercloud™ http://bit.ly/7N8V1

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Microsoft loudly disses secret 'Cloud Manifesto'

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Update

Thanks for clarifying my [lack of] involvement with the offending manifesto - most appreciated.

Sam

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Apple preps netbook 10-inch touch screen thingy

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Alert

They say a picture's worth a thousand words...

Crystal Ball: Apple's $599 "iPad Touch" Netbook (with pictures)

http://samj.net/2009/03/crystal-ball-apples-599-ipad-netbook.html

Sam

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Blogger fights Psion's claim to 'netbook' name

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Psion Teklogix may lose Netbook trademark

But wait there's more (from /. post):

"Psion Teklogix, who own international trademarks on the term "netbook" relating to a product that was discontinued in 2003, had recently sent cease and desist letters to "literally hundreds" of recipients, including netbook enthusiast sites. The Save the Netbooks campaign was launched by an Australian firm "to fight the impending trademark threat" and has since declared victory and retired after only 48 hours. Having already had some success in their first mission to reverse the AdWords ban, they were in the process of filing a petition to cancel with USPTO when they discovered they had been beaten to it by none other than Dell Computer (who we discussed last year on the other side of a similar scandal relating to the "cloud computing" trademark). In the petition, in addition to abandonment and genericness Dell also alleged fraud, claiming that a Sr Product Manager at Psion Teklogix had given a false declaration of use under penalty of purgery back in 2006. In any case it is now very likely that the term "netbook" will be unencumbered and free for all to use (for better or worse)."

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