Oct 13, 2011 at 1:43pm UTC
Turns out last week was a really tough week for the tech world. I just found out that Dennis Ritchie died on the 8th (last saturday). As he was lead a primarily private life I'm glad his death didn't get the coverage that Steve Jobs' did, but honestly it's hard to imagine the level of impact his work has had either directly or by extension on the computing world. I would loved to have been able to shake his hand and say to him "thank you for C, and all that you contributed to foundation of Unix"
Oct 13, 2011 at 2:12pm UTC
DMR RIP and thanks for C.
“ UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity.”
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Oct 13, 2011 at 2:13pm UTC
Oct 13, 2011 at 4:38pm UTC
Yay to his life. Meh to his death. Yuck to this thread.
Oct 13, 2011 at 8:50pm UTC
I actually agree with how you feel about all three things. I hadn't intended for this thread to become a 'pay homage to the dead' sort of thing.
Oct 13, 2011 at 10:10pm UTC
didnt see that coming :(
Oct 14, 2011 at 12:17am UTC
Sucks that he died. Won't pay homage to him because technology has shown us that if he or Jobs hadn't developed what they did someone else would have.
Oct 14, 2011 at 12:34am UTC
Title yes, I didn't think the post did.
Oct 14, 2011 at 12:47am UTC
You're kidding right? Your entire second half of the post is about thanking him for his contributions to computing...if that's not paying homage...then...whatever.
Oct 14, 2011 at 1:29am UTC
Eh, I used the wrong term there... I was referring to the whole "RIP We'll miss you" sorta crap.
Oct 14, 2011 at 1:56am UTC
Don't want to start an argument, but I'd say that Steve Jobs is nothing, absolutely nothing, compared to Dennis Ritchie.
I seriously believe that anybody could have developed what Jobs did, but not many others would have developed what Ritchie did.
Oct 14, 2011 at 2:06am UTC
This is a shock to me too! I guess Jobs got more attention due to his appearance on stage! How about his former software partners Brian Kernighan and Ken Thompson?
Oct 14, 2011 at 11:51am UTC
I wouldn't go so far as to say that what Jobs did was easy - the man was a marketing genius - but certainly Ritchie's contributions were more important.
Oct 14, 2011 at 12:13pm UTC
Jobs and Ritchie worked in different fields, so comparing the two is pointless.
Oct 14, 2011 at 2:56pm UTC
Different fields? Did Jobs ever even touched a computer professionally other than to sell it?
Oct 14, 2011 at 3:06pm UTC
Yes. He didn't start out as a hipster mogul, you know.
I don't like the Apple brand, but I have a lot of respect for Steve Jobs.