Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Bell Labs - RIP

Bell Labs - Requiescat in pace
On August 28, 2008, Alcatel-Lucent announced it was pulling out of basic science, material physics and semiconductor research and will instead focus on more immediately marketable areas including networking, high-speed electronics, wireless, nanotechnology and software.[3]

So .. what did Bell Labs do for you, anyway?

Radio astronomy. Transistor. Laser. Information theory. UNIX. C. GPS.

And where are we to look for new innovations and fundamental research?

National laboratories and universities. With federal research grants.

That is, the same people that run the DMV and invented the IRS are funding physics research.

Well, that's a big ol bit of Fail.

Fail (19/08/07 137) by The Happy Robot.

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