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Ken Thompson

Kenneth Lane "Ken" Thompson (born February 4, 1943), commonly referred to as ken in hacker circles, is an American pioneer of computer science. Having worked at Bell Labs for most of his career, Thompson designed and implemented the original Unix operating system. He also invented the B programming language, the direct predecessor to the C programming language, and was one of the creators and early developers of the Plan 9 operating systems. Since 2006, Thompson has worked at Google, where he co-invented the Go programming language.

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I think the major good idea in Unix was its clean and simple interface: open, close, read, and write ...

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It is only the inadequacy of the criminal code that saves the hackers from very serious prosecution.

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If you want to go somewhere, goto is the best way to get there.

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SCCS, the source motel! Programs check in and never check out!

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So maybe I can go back to being a Gardeners' World addict again.

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There's a lot of power in executing data - generating data and executing data.

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That brings me to Dennis Ritchie. Our collaboration has been a thing of beauty.

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In fact, we started off with two or three different shells and the shell had life of its own.

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I still have a full-time day job, which is why it took me five years to write An Ear to the Ground, ...

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One is that the perfect garden can be created overnight, which it can't.

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The average gardener probably knows little about what is going on in his or her garden.

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One of my most productive days was throwing away 1,000 lines of code.

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The steady state of disks is full.

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There are no projects per se in the Computing Sciences Research Center.

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We tried to avoid, you know, records. We were told over and over that was probably the most serious ...

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