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Dennis Ritchie and John McCarthy Speaking to computers Dennis Ritchie and John McCarthy, machine whisperers, died on October 8th

Dennis Ritchie and John McCarthy
Speaking to computers
Dennis Ritchie and John McCarthy, machine whisperers, died on October 8th and 24th respectively, aged 70 and 84

NOW that digital devices are fashion items, it is easy to forget what really accounts for their near-magical properties. Without the operating systems which tell their different physical bits what to do, and without the languages in which these commands are couched, the latest iSomething would be a pretty but empty receptacle. The gizmos of the digital age owe a part of their numeric souls to Dennis Ritchie and John McCarthy.
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