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As a Swiss citizen I'm not buying it!
Most of LHC ring is in France. The second biggest accelerator, the SPS, is almost entirely in France too. The CERN Control Center, where all accelerators are operated, is in the CERN's site of Prevessin, in France. Out of the four main LHC experiments, three are in France...
Still, to simplify we usually say CERN is just in Switzerland.
It's somewhat funny (but also convenient) that we use Swiss electricity plugs, and Swiss cell-phone network coverage all over CERN.
"The cost [...] has been evaluated, taking into account realistic labor prices in different countries. The total cost is X (with a western equivalent value of Y)" [where Y>X]
src: LHCb calorimeters : Technical Design Report
ISBN: 9290831693 http://cdsweb.cern.ch/record/494264
CERN has poor working conditions?
Drop the nationalism, the world will become a better place.
Not only that, but they're willfully destroying it with laws like HADOPI 2, LOPSI 1 and LOPPSI 2 which are entirely like SOPA and PIPA. With DNS filtering, packet inspection, they're essentially building a Great FireWall of France, or rather a digital Ligne Maginot (with basically the same efficiency, consuming resources and missing the target).
We went throught the entire process of trying hard to raise awareness and educate people and politics but lacked the oomph that was shown against SOPA/PIPA, so the laws passed. But more laws are to come so it looks like we French will again need the help of you, citizens of the world.
France really does not hold up to the values of humanism, rights, and freedom we're so proud of.
"So although, strictly speaking, France is the birthplace of the web it would be fair to say that it happened in building 31 at CERN but not in any particular country! How delightfully appropriate for an invention which breaks down physical borders."
... not argue which country can take the credit (which is absurd as TBL is a person not a country).
A British person.
The Web was invented as part of an international scientific effort, there's no need and usefulness to link it to one flowerpot over another.
PS: My understanding of the thing is that CERN was created to be a project between France and Swiss (although they say european on wikipedia) => the sites were build between the two country and that it doesn't make any sense to say internet was invented by french/swiss in France/Swiss. It's a cooperative project.
Let's face it, the Web is the most visible aspect of the internet. Even email is used by many people through their web browsers.
This whole debate is worthless.
I think it's a bit like internal combustion engines: They existed before cars, but people associate motors with cars, and even companies named themselves after them "Ford Motor Company", GM, etc... They became synonymous.
I wonder how it feels to wake up every day and know that you have, in your lifetime, completely changed the way the world functions and, long after your gone, those changes will be traced back to you.
What an amazing human being.
The web as we know it today owes its success to being an open, multiplatform graphical standard. There were all sorts of similar standards, even graphical, but maybe less open and therefore less multiplatform. Students created with sweat the multiplatform stuff that was then openly given away and improved upon around the "rest" of the world. It was the work of many, built on the ideas of many. It was very much of an organic development, not somebody waking up in the morning changing the world.
But then it wouldn't make such a nice success story, which is essential to branding, for PR.
btw: I am almost convinced, that Robert C. was aware of the beautiful, but forgotten story about a Belgian from '30s, who was swept away in WWII. He really had the ideas nailed about what the internet is today, for which others (in the U.S.A.) took the credit for after WWII (ARPA, V.Bush, memex, IEEE etc.). Actually, the Universal Decimal Classification found in almost every library, or documentation system.
Short story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwRN5m64I7Y
Long story: http://www.archive.org/details/paulotlet
It goes without saying that the internet was not a one-man creation. You said it.
Who the hell cares what country, especially when european borders are quite fluid?