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Dennis Ritchie has died

Dennis Ritchie, creator of C and co-creator of Unix, has died. John Mashey writes: Dennis was an old friend, and I’d heard this yesterday from Doug McIlroy. See this for how Dennis, Steve Bourne and I evolved my PWB stuff into UNIX V7′s environment variables. Dennis in particular suggested the idea of just making them…

Making lace

A couple of my students have created a cool web page that lets you create beautiful lace patterns with a few clicks of a mouse. Well, pictures of lace patterns, but you can print out instructions for crocheting them. It also lets you create really ugly laces, but if you keep rating the patterns it…

Life imitates the Castle

The Sydney Morning Herald reports The High Court Computer games enthusiasts are free to modify their Playstations to run cheap games bought overseas or online, following a landmark High Court ruling. The court found that “mod-chips”- used to override technology that prevents consoles running games not purchased in Australia – are legal. The decision follows…

According to my logs, about half of the visitors here are using Internet Explorer. There is a critical security hole in Internet Explorer that allows a web site you visit to take over your computer. Secunia has the details and a test to see if you are vulnerable. If you are, the best solution is…

Oh, the irony

Tech Central Station has an article by Robert McHenry criticising Wikipedia for inaccuracy. Yes, this Tech Central Station. McHenry found an error in the Wikipedia article on Alexander Hamilton. Of course, within hours of his pointing out the error, it was fixed. Unlike the numerous and far more serious errors you see in Tech Central…

The think tank strikes back

Tom Giovenetti, the president of the Institute for Policy Innovation has responded to my story on the Microsoft-funded think tanks attack on open source. It’s rather an odd response—he’s angry that I dared to suggest that they were funded by Microsoft, but he’s not going to deny it. Anyway, here it is, with my comments:…

When Think Tanks Attack

Think tanks vs Open Source The Alexis de Tocqueville Institute’s attack on Linux is just the latest in a series of attacks on Open Source by think tanks: Date Think Tank Author/Title Extracts Sep 19, 2002 Competitive Enterprise Institute James DeLongSoftware Wars: Open Source And The New York Times Writing aps without incorporating some operating…

The Alexis de Tocqueville Institute’s attack on Linux gets taken apart in Lee Gomes’ Wall Street Journal article: An institute study issued last month ups the ante in Linux criticism. It tries to prove that Linux’s Linus Torvalds has always been contemptuous of intellectual-property laws, starting with the very birth of Linux. The implication: Since…

Ken Brown has a reply to the heavy criticism of his paper claiming that Linus Torvalds did not write Linux. ADTI introduce his reply like this: Experts from Andrew Tanenbaum to Linus Torvalds agree: a. they are much smarter than AdTI’s Kenneth Brown, b. IBM is good, Microsoft is evil, and c. Brown’s theory of…

John Quiggin has a heuristic to help detect outfits like The Alexis de Tocqueville Institute. ADTI claimed that Ken Brown’s attack on Linux was based on “extensive interviews” with “Richard Stallman, Dennis Ritchie, and Andrew Tanenbaum”. We already saw Tanenbaum’s repudiation of Brown. Now Groklaw has Stallman‘s and Ritchie‘s. The one from Ritchie is particularly…