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More like the 70's. Without UNIX, there would be no windows or Macintosh. No Android, iphone, etc.
No, people often over value important people. If it weren't for him creating C, then programing unix with it, then some one else would have made something similar soon after. May have been better or worse, but it wouldn't have put us back to much. We would maybe back in 2000-2005. Don't think it would be THAT drastic.
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No, people often over value important people. If it weren't for him creating C, then programing unix with it, then some one else would have made something similar soon after. May have been better or worse, but it wouldn't have put us back to much. We would maybe back in 2000-2005. Don't think it would be THAT drastic.
I have to agree with you on this.

He was an important person because of what he did. If he didn't do it, someone else would have. In some shape or another someone would've made a similar "product".

Even the 2000-2005 estimate seems a bit drastic. My estimate would be 2011 - give or take 2 years.
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I don't think so. Programming, operating systems and networking back then were a huge mess. There were a lot of other people who didn't do things right. If it weren't for pioneers like him which took things and did them right, we could easily still be way back, because future iterations of what was then would only be slight improvements, and not revolutions.
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No, people often over value important people. If it weren't for him creating C, then programing unix with it, then some one else would have made something similar soon after. May have been better or worse, but it wouldn't have put us back to much. We would maybe back in 2000-2005. Don't think it would be THAT drastic.
I wonder--if people were brought up on the idea that history is driven by prior events and the needs of people en masse rather than the actions and preferences of 'elite' individuals, how would the volume and tastes in production and consumption change?

Though this supposes that such indoctrination has any real influence.
    
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Thanks for this wonderful world called computing.
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I wonder--if people were brought up on the idea that history is driven by prior events and the needs of people en masse rather than the actions and preferences of 'elite' individuals, how would the volume and tastes in production and consumption change?

Though this supposes that such indoctrination has any real influence.
You're right, but since we have the luxury of being able to look back on history. We know that if C didn't make it as one of our most important programming languages. Another adaptation of B, Assembly, Fortran, PL/I, ALGOL68 probably would have.

We can look back and know that there were enough alternatives, therefor it seems improbable that no one could have come up with a similar basis for modern computing.
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Steve Jobs dies, Google puts a little memorial thing on their home page.

Dennis Ritchie dies and nothing. Damn shame Google
    
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Rest in peace good sir. While the rest of the world bathes in ignorance, we in the know salute you for your contribution to the world.
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R.I.P sir, you have revolutionized the computing world
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Code:
#include <stdio.h>

int main()
{
        printf("Goodbye World!\
");
        return thanks_for_everything;
}
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