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: A truly sad week
by BallmerKnowsBest on Thu 13th Oct 2011 14:34 UTC in reply to "A truly sad week"
BallmerKnowsBest
Member since:
2008-06-02

Just waiting for Stallman to say something shitty about Dennis Ritchie...


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/10/10/stallman_glad_jobs_gone/

...wow. I didn't think that even Stallman would sink so low as to exploit someone's death for a PR stunt. Then again, I doubt he'll be the last - after Apple cynically exploited George Harrison's death for a marketing attention-grab, you can be DAMN sure they'll eventually do the same with Jobs' death.

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RE[2]: A truly sad week
by tylerdurden on Thu 13th Oct 2011 18:52 in reply to "RE: A truly sad week"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

I respect Stallman's principles, he stands by them regardless of wether they are popular or not.

A person dying is not an excuse to subsume principles or opinions. It is a very hypocritical expectation, especially in America.

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RE[3]: A truly sad week
by BallmerKnowsBest on Mon 17th Oct 2011 16:59 in reply to "RE[2]: A truly sad week"
BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

I respect Stallman's principles, he stands by them regardless of wether they are popular or not.

A person dying is not an excuse to subsume principles or opinions. It is a very hypocritical expectation, especially in America.


You know, if your statement is taken at face value (and in context with the comment you've replied to), then you've just implied that Stallman has no principle against gloating over someone's death.

Nicely done!

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