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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RE[3]: horrible to hear
by yoshi314@gmail.com on Thu 13th Oct 2011 04:28 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: horrible to hear"
yoshi314@gmail.com
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2009-12-14

sadly, probably because it's not sensational enough. ;)

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RE[4]: horrible to hear
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 13th Oct 2011 06:58 in reply to "RE[3]: horrible to hear"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

sadly, probably because it's not sensational enough. ;)


Invent the C programming language and UNIX, then die: nobody gives a shit.

Market other people's technologies to rich white kids, then die: HE WAS LIKE FCUKING EINSTEIN ZOMG EDISON WTFBBQ.

I don't want to live on this planet any more.

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RE[5]: horrible to hear
by Almafeta on Thu 13th Oct 2011 07:56 in reply to "RE[4]: horrible to hear"
Almafeta Member since:
2007-02-22

Invent the C programming language and UNIX, then die: nobody gives a shit.

Market other people's technologies to rich white kids, then die: HE WAS LIKE FCUKING EINSTEIN ZOMG EDISON WTFBBQ.

I don't want to live on this planet any more.


You're hearing the grief for Steve Jobs because Richie did his job well and well enough. That in and of itself is a fitting tribute to his legacy.

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RE[5]: horrible to hear
by MacTO on Thu 13th Oct 2011 08:04 in reply to "RE[4]: horrible to hear"
MacTO Member since:
2006-09-21

In all likelihood, Jobs will be virtually forgotten twenty years from now. A hundred years from now, Ritchie will be remembered. The reason is simple: historians have a tendency to choose the significant figures and ignore the rest. Ritchie was a significant figure because he helped to define programming languages and operating systems. In effect, he was a 'nation builder.' Yet Jobs was more of a pop culture icon. His real contributions were in the 1970's and 1980's when he helped to build a business that popularized computers. But the reality is that there were hundreds of people waiting to step up and take his place. You can't say the same thing for Ritchie.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I saw one post comparing the death of Mr Jobs to the death of President Kennedy.

A man who has had cancer for a decade and was really good at selling blinky lights and branding compared to a US president who died suddenly and violently infront of millions of whitnesses and who's murder never has been fully solved.

You want to talk about blowing things out of preportion.

Yeah, stadly, this is just the passing of someone who gave us modern computing and one of the most popular programming languages.. no biggie..

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RE[5]: horrible to hear
by tupp on Thu 13th Oct 2011 17:18 in reply to "RE[4]: horrible to hear"
tupp Member since:
2006-11-12

Steve Jobs dies and then Dennis Ritchie dies.

Yet another example of the *nix camp copying Apple!

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