Also worth mentioning that not only does C run on the most different processors, C is the most portable between languages.....that is, if you write a library in C, it can be used in basically every other language.
There can actually be surprising gotchas regarding portability. Good examples:
That's definitely not to say that you *can't* write portable code, just that C libraries may not be as plug-and-play as you'd like, often in surprising and dangerous ways.
Free government funded...
Just to clarify, did you mean free or did you mean government-funded?
I replied to another comment later in this discussion sticking up for my former employer against this hit piece.
Further, I said that (I'd imagine quite a few current and former Amazonians feel compelled to say something.) in response to the implication that current employees are being compelled by the company to speak up, and to the implication that them speaking immediately after the article was written is equivalent to "working on the weekend."