You credit the environment, which was certainly spectacularly nurturing at Bell Labs. But don't conflate that with the sort of corporate development that produced these new languages (Swift, Go, Hack). Corporate entities may produce invaluable Technical Journals etc. but rarely, if ever, elegant, inspiring ideas, products, or books like K&R.
Bell Labs didn't develop C; in fact I think Bell Labs hardly knew what to do with it. Two (brilliant) people -- Keringhan and Ritchie -- working in Bell Labs wrote C and developed Unix so that they could do what they wanted, better and quicker, on the minicomputers around their labs. Their slim volume "The C Programming Language" is amazingly engaging, concise, and deeply instructive. Modern IDEs are great for many things but they also constitute a significant hurdle to actually coding, which K&R had you doing pronto in a succinct, introductory tutorial chapter.
you are joking but damn if it doesn't sound pretty interesting...even before you drop a *nix distro on it...
absolutely -- everything is in the race. It's like suggesting more complex beings (e.g. humans) are "more evolved", when in fact they (we) were pushed out of the simpler niches by "better evolved" organisms. There's virus that uses 5 of the 6 available reading frames along a stretch of its genome... THAT is good coding (humans use 1, very rarely 2, and often none (non-protein coding)).
Oh, Reagan would say plenty of rah-rah things about toughing it out and standing up to the bad guys. But once a few hundred marines got killed, he'd cut-and-run like he did in Lebanon.
The B1 was a huge waste of money -- about $100 billion back then, probably over $200 billion in today's dollars. It was obsolete before it was built because low-level (below radar) bombers were impractical. Carter cancelled it and pushed the stealthy B2 but Reagan wanted to buy toys for his "Defense" Department and needed to pay off contractors, mostly in SoCal. The B1 has hardly ever done anything and never anything that couldn't have been done by another plane.
How many Macbook Airs are used as business machines? Less than 2% at a guess..
Yippee! I'm in the 2%!
(Mostly I use Citrix to connect to the corporate environment but also Word and Excel on the Air. Mine is over 3 years old -- (still) a great laptop; instant on/off with the cover, reliable, good keyboard, very light weight.)
Yep, higher cost, but the money stayed in the local economy. IMHO, that's the most important aspect of all, even if it had cost more after 5 years.
Companies like SAP, a giant German company that sells software to thousands of American firms, might worry about where that argument leads....
or like Apple puts their proprietary OSX atop the open source Darwin, which they forked from BSD? Self-interested, sure, but hardly "evil".
...when he proposed to tax shutters and wake people at sunrise by ringing bells and firing cannons. In his recounting, he had gone "home, and to bed, three or four hours after midnight, with my head full of the subject" (of artificial lighting), as well as probably a few bottles of French wine. The premise is that he is surprised that the sun comes up so early and doubtful that anyone gets up before noon ("it will be difficult to induce them to rise before noon").
Translation here: http://www.webexhibits.org/day...
Thus, Franklin demonstrated the challenge of using satire to communicate your ideas; even a genius will be often misunderstood (QED).
...The second worst thing is that it tries to pretend that you can eliminate biased people, rather than acknowledge that bias exists and tackle how to be open about it.
Doesn't the fact that Wikipedia "tries to pretend that you can eliminate biased people" necessarily include that they "acknowledge that bias exists"? Full disclosure: my bias is that I love Wikipedia (and send them money every year).
Similarly, I would recommend David Halberstam's "The Coldest Winter" about the Korean War. Only a few years after the WWII triumph on two fronts, the US was completely unprepared in Korea and woefully led. Military reductions played a role but careerism within the military, and particularly toadyism within MacArthur's staff, was even more to blame. The book helped inform me about this little-remembered war and political era in the US.
What this country needs is a good five cent microcomputer.