The long, sordid tale of Sun RPC, abbreviated somewhat, to protect the guily and the irresponsible.

Once upon a time (1984), Sun created an RPC implementation for Unix, with the intent of implementing RFC 707 (High-level framework for network-based resource sharing). Now, in those days, a good way to ensure that people used code that you wrote was to upload it to usenet, and in 1985, Sun did that.

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