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+ - Dennis Ritchie has died->

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rjh writes "Dennis Ritchie, father of both C and UNIX, has died at age seventy. (English-speaking news outlets haven't yet picked it up yet, but Google Translate does well with the link.) In a career that not only spanned modern computing but defined it, he developed many tools and systems that we take for granted today. He received a Turing Prize in 1983 for his services to the industry, but even then he didn't slow down: he had a sterling career with Bell Labs and Lucent until finally retiring in 2007."
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+ - RIP, John Backus.

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rjh writes "John Backus has died. During his epic career he developed FORTRAN, invented the BNF syntax for describing programming languages, pioneered functional programming — oh, and even picked up a Turing Award here and there. This ends a career that can only be described as legendary. See you around, John, and thanks for all the elegant hacks. We'll miss you."

Of course you can't flap your arms and fly to the moon. After a while you'd run out of air to push against.