Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 13th Oct 2011 00:28 UTC
General Unix Twitter is currently buzzing about the death of Dennis Ritchie, the visionary creator of UNIX and C, among other things. We hope it's just a false rumor. Story developing, we will be updating. Update: Unfortunately, it seems to be confirmed. Rob Pike, co-creator of the Plan 9 and Inferno OSes, who has worked with Ritchie in the past, and he's currently working for Google's GO language, posted this.
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Rumor?
by jacquouille on Thu 13th Oct 2011 00:59 UTC
jacquouille
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2006-01-02

If you suspect it's a false rumor, why is this story titled 'Dennis Ritchie Dead at 70'? This affirmative phrasing is how it will show up in search engines and be quoted.

Also, when someone is really dead, it usually doesn't take long for that to become an official fact... what's the point of publishing such a story until you're sure about it?

Edited 2011-10-13 01:00 UTC

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RE: Rumor?
by Eugenia on Thu 13th Oct 2011 01:01 in reply to "Rumor?"
Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

I have my reasons to believe that it's not false, that's why I went ahead with the story. But I hope it is false.

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