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Gosling on Electrical Engineers

James Gosling may use emacs, but apart from that, he’s clearly not stupid:

computers were showing up in all kinds of embedded devices, like TVs, VCRs, elevators, locomotives and cellphones and all that. But it was all being done by electrical engineers and they were all reinventing computer science in the most crazy, retro backward way…. They were inventing network protocols that were just laughably stupid.