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[#] Thu Oct 13 2011 08:04:40 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Wow. RIP Dennis Ritchie, a man whose contributions to computing absolutely dwarf those of Steve Jobs.

[#] Thu Oct 13 2011 09:20:00 EDT from Ladyhawke

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Guess a new era is dawning



[#] Thu Oct 13 2011 11:56:34 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Here's why it's bugging me.

Steve Jobs was a misanthropist who used sweatshop labor to build shiny things.
Upon his death, he was practically beatified by his fans and by the mass media.

Dennis Ritchie was a real computer scientist whose work laid the very foundations for modern software; it is probably impossible to do anything with an electronic device today that does not have some C or UNIX somewhere in the process. Upon his death, he is pretty much being ignored by the mass media.

It's a sad statement about our society. Not that I didn't expect this, though.

[#] Thu Oct 13 2011 18:58:45 EDT from triLcat

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Steve Jobs was a celebrity. Dennis Ritchie was a behind-the-scenes kind of guy. 

Michael Jackson was a sleazeball and yet the world mourned his death.

The janitor from my high school was an amazing guy, and his death went all but unnoted. 

Thu Oct 13 2011 11:56:34 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar
Here's why it's bugging me.

Steve Jobs was a misanthropist who used sweatshop labor to build shiny things.
Upon his death, he was practically beatified by his fans and by the mass media.

Dennis Ritchie was a real computer scientist whose work laid the very foundations for modern software; it is probably impossible to do anything with an electronic device today that does not have some C or UNIX somewhere in the process. Upon his death, he is pretty much being ignored by the mass media.

It's a sad statement about our society. Not that I didn't expect this, though.

 



[#] Fri Oct 14 2011 03:57:04 EDT from triLcat

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posted by a friend on Facebook

Alissa (last name removed to protect privacy)

For me, this is bigger news than Steve Jobs. I remember briefly working at Bell Labs when he was there; when he would walk by, there was a palpable sense of "there's the man." If you don't know who Dennis Ritchie is, read this. You think Jobs revolutionized the way we use computers? You wouldn't even be reading this without Ritchie. RIP

http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2011/10/thedennisritchieeffect/



[#] Fri Oct 14 2011 09:12:03 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Hmm. Despite having been published in McWired, that article seems to be a fitting tribute.

[#] Fri Oct 14 2011 10:53:37 EDT from dothebart

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if, you shouldn't post a link to her profile ;P but nice pic from underwhater.

you know, tinymce is a lot of cleverer than most of us ;-)



[#] Mon Oct 17 2011 06:08:53 EDT from triLcat

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oops



[#] Mon Oct 17 2011 12:15:39 EDT from dothebart

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IG, do you own a _real_ snow blower or just a toy?

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3xTlkKK27Y&feature=related



[#] Mon Oct 17 2011 14:54:01 EDT from dothebart

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while stallman might not be the cleverest guy in producing headlines, he still is right with his post about steve jobs.

I rather like it that way:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-B4x0dzVV2jw/Tph7NhzG-TI/AAAAAAAAAEY/ZXKVacJIdVQ/s640/76RkJ.png



[#] Thu Oct 27 2011 20:51:46 EDT from Animal

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[#] Fri Oct 28 2011 09:25:27 EDT from zooer

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Is that a camera on the bottom right of the sign?



[#] Fri Oct 28 2011 09:25:38 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Nice. You've made the big time (but no one knows it's you!)

[#] Fri Oct 28 2011 20:27:41 EDT from Ladyhawke

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We know!

Slime, you're famous!



[#] Sat Oct 29 2011 10:42:34 EDT from Sig

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Re: yesterday's History thing, I think the Gateway Arch is one of my very favorite monuments. Definitely worth the time to go up to the top if ever you find yourself in the area.

[#] Sat Oct 29 2011 22:19:41 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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"Frost on the pumpkin" ?  How about six inches of snow on the pumpkin?

[ Go to https://plus.google.com/u/0/107027477281187068618/posts/G2f1yVpPbuy?hl=en if you can't see the photo ]

...and in October !!  WTF?  Someone please stab Al Gore in the face with a Buick.

 

And of course, our power is out ... again.  And here's why:

[ Go to https://plus.google.com/u/0/107027477281187068618/posts/DWckN8ZTpaa?hl=en if you can't see the photo ... actually, go there anyway for the hi-res version and check out the fact that the lines are actually on fire ]

13,000 volts of fun!  And the best part is, I have to be at work tonight for a service window!



[#] Sat Oct 29 2011 22:55:09 EDT from Ladyhawke

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The downside of living in that gorgeous wooded area.  We've got tidal issues over here.  :-(

So long as the electric stays up so the pumps keep going, we'll be shaken and a bit stirred, but ok.   I'm actually starting to consider one of those auto-start natural gas generators, just for the peace of mind.  Not that it's affordable, but...

Damned pervect coon-ions.  Next time ply them with treats and wood nymphs, please, so they'll keep their tricks to themselves!



[#] Sun Oct 30 2011 22:20:28 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Still no power. Spent last night in a dark cold home but tonight we're staying wi family in another town.

That does it. We're buying a generator.

[#] Mon Oct 31 2011 09:06:51 EDT from dothebart

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awww... Enjoy the hot shower..



[#] Mon Oct 31 2011 09:35:28 EDT from fleeb

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Grr. That sucks, IG. I hope they get that repaired soon.

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