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+ - Dennis Ritchie, co-creator of Unix and C, has died-> 5

Submitted by mikejuk
mikejuk (1801200) writes "Dennis Ritchie the designer and original developer of both the C programming language, and co-creator of Unix has died at age 71 after prolonged illness.
It seems incredible from today's perspective that two people, motivated mainly by enthusiasm, should develop both an operating system and a programming language but that's exactly what Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thomson achieved.
Unix and the Unix way of doing things eventually transmuted into Linux and is now the server OS that powers industry and the Internet.
C on the other hand has been the basis for all of the C-like languages we all know and use every day — Java, C# and of course C++. Whenever you write a three-parameter for loop, for(init;test;inc), you owe a debt to C and should think of the fun that Dennis Ritchie had inventing it and making it all work."

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Unix

+ - Dennis Ritchie died->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Dennis Ritchie, co-creator of Unix and the C programming language, died last saturday, according to Rob Pike Google+."
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+ - Scubaboard sued over post content

Submitted by Beardo the Bearded
Beardo the Bearded (321478) writes "In early 2008, several SCUBA divers were injured (one killed) due to contaminated air provided by a dive boat. Old news is exciting, but legal gears grind slowly.

The operator of the dive shop has filed suit against the owner of the board in an attempt to discourage discussion about the bad air, the fatality, and the conditions of the dive operation. Part of the issue is that the operator closed ship and moved to another company in January of 2010. The posters on scubaboard found that it was the same person and started warning divers against using the new company altogether.

Is it possible or reasonable to hold public forums accountable for the posts of its users?"
Lord of the Rings

+ - Tolkien Trust Okays Hobbit Movie

Submitted by saudadelinux
saudadelinux (574392) writes "Last year, the Tolkien Trust which administers JRR's estate, bellowed stentoriously, "Youuuu shall not make The Hobbit!" and sued New Line Cinema for "a reported $220m (£133m) in compensation, based on breach of contract and fraud." New Line, chastened, has settled for an undisclosed sum of money. The Trust has given its blessing to New Line for Guillermo del Toro to film "The Hobbit" and for New Line to make other films based on Tolkien's work. Much rejoycing!"
The Internet

+ - Anonymous Targets Australian Government Censorship-> 1

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SkiifGeek
SkiifGeek writes "The Australian Federal Government plan to introduce national-level Internet censorship may already be floundering in the parliament, but now Anonymous have set their sights on the government and will be taking currently-unpublicised actions today to try and get their demands met, namely the resignation of current Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, and the abolition of the blacklist that forms the basis of the censorship plan. In a country famed for its laid back attitude towards life, are Anonymous' actions going to have a long term result?"
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