Thursday, March 02, 2006

The Internet Never Forgets

The ACM announced the 2005 Award Recipients. Looks like it is for real this time, here is the press release on Peter Naur's Turing Award.

What happened last week? I got an email pointing to the awards site and suggesting that I congratulate Omer Reingold in the weblog. I agreed and put up the post and mentioned a few other winners as well. It wasn't until several hours later that I discovered, via an anonymous comment on the post, that the awards site went up by mistake. By that time the damage had long been done so I decided to just leave the post.

Inadvertent announcements have always occurred but the Internet makes the news travel faster and further and impossible to undo.

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