[LINK] Einstein's fridge an example for NICTA?

steve jenkin sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au
Tue Dec 12 16:15:12 AEDT 2006

Jan Whitaker wrote on 11/12/06 10:49 PM:
> At 09:46 PM 11/12/2006, Roger Clarke wrote:
>> Unfortunately, many of us perceive the "sparse research funding" to
>> be a result not only of an overall reduction, but also a diversion of
>> a significant proportion of what remains away from the competitive
>> arena into a pool earmarked for NICTA.
> Question: since there is only so much money to go around, 
I'd dispute the assertion that research and innovation have to be funded
- that they are money-sinks.  I'd like to think that done 'right', they
would make money [and a lot of it] - not just break even...

Bell Labs for many decades (longer?) not only paid for itself, but made
money [don't have references]
They made a motza licensing just the transistor...

There's a simple proof by existence...
    The Bell Phone company kept them around because they got value out
of them.
    The value wasn't just monetary, but eventually places that lose
money will be disbanded...
    Example: PARC,

> is there any evidence to support the idea that the moneys that used to
> be put into the competitive pure/applied research that was unaligned
> with commercial interests into subsidies in the private sector? Has
> the CRC experiment failed?
> Jan
> PS: I heard today that Monash Uni sacked 60 academics and staff in
> their IT department. Can any linkers comment?
> Jan Whitaker
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