This is one of those times that Slashdot nerds drive me nuts. There could be a lot of interesting discussion about the great things Knuth has done or some of the funny methods Carmack has written. But no, it's lame comment, after lame comment, "Oh my God, this can't really be the 14 best because X isn't on the List!" "I don't think Y is on of the 14 best programmer!"
So Slashdot nerds, do me a huge fucking favor. Just imagine the headline said, "Here is a list of 14 notable and arguably very talented programmers." I know these are not literally the 14 best programmers. No can actually compile such a list. You are supposed to understand that and not whine about it not literally being true.