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April 23, 2014

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Several World Nations Begin Multistakeholder Meeting on Future of Internet -

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

[WEIRDMEAN] 1518 Dancing Plague: Where Hundreds Danced to Their Deaths -

Friday, April 18, 2014

LIVE ONGOING COVERAGE: The Desperate Search for MH370 -

Monday, April 7, 2014

Earthquake Killing and Injuring Several Off North Chile Triggers Tsunami Alert. -

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

MH370: As Misinformation Grows, Malaysian Government Considering Action Against ‘Manufactured Reports’ -

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Parallel Universe Discovered and Confirmed With Science! War Imminent -

Monday, March 31, 2014

Japan’s Whaling Is Commercial and Not Scientific; International Court of Justice Rules -

Monday, March 31, 2014

What’s Behind the West and Their Anti-Russia Rhetoric Over Crimea? Oil, Power and Greed. -

Sunday, March 23, 2014

5 Dead After Small Plane Crashes in Australia -

Saturday, March 22, 2014

MH370: Maritime Authority Begins Searching Off of Perth After Satellite Shows ‘Debris-like’ Objects -

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church Dead -

Monday, March 17, 2014

US Threatens Russia With "a Very Serious Series of Steps" -

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Search for MH370 Boeing 777 Continues as Satellite Imagery Discovers Potential Wreckage -

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Oscar Pistorius Vomits as Court Hears Detailed Autopsy of Shot Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp -

Monday, March 10, 2014

Mysterious Disappearance of Malaysian Plane Becoming More Complicated -

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Lengthy and Agonising Search for Vanished Malaysian 777 Plane Continues. Long Oil Slick Discovered. -

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Russia, Crimea, Ukraine and the United States of America: Here’s What’s Going On. -

Friday, March 7, 2014

Schapelle Corby’s Parole May Be Revoked After “Profiting” From Conviction. -

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Conservatives Get Angry as Comedic Rock Band ‘GWAR’ Decapitate Tony Abbott Effigy -

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

[WORLD in PICTURES] the Extravagance of Viktor Yanukovych’s Mansion Shocks Ukraine -

Monday, February 24, 2014

Steve Jobs: Taking the Credit Over Those Who Also Died in 2011

 

OVERSHADOWED

When I and Stanford Engineering posted on Twitter last night regarding the death of Stanford professor John McCarthy – Appropriately known as the father of artificial intelligence, after he pumped so much skill into the project and even coined the actual term “AI” – I found it all too familiar that whilst Computer Scientists, Engineers and fans of his work knew about the technology innovators, the media still went on to compare him to Apple Inc’s co-founder Steve Jobs, and this caused the media to fail its promotion of more-advanced & life-changing programmers such as UNIX co-developer Dennis Ritchie’s, whose death was reported earlier this month.

One of my “most popular works” on the overrated-ness of Steve Jobs referenced my resentment of the media during its failure to know that Steve Jobs was not in fact as important to the world of technology as people thought.

McCarthy wrote the 2001 short story “The Robot and the Baby” which  light-heartedly explored the question of whether robots should have (or simulate having) emotions, and with this he predicted aspects of Internet culture and Social Networking and its effects on the coming decade if it were a success (and look at it now).

Then you have Dennis Ritchie who to Computer Science graduates (such as my-boast-soundingly-but-humble-self) is taught to be the god of Unix and The C Programming Language (and there are VERY few computer architectures for which C does not exist.) and of course anyone who has used or researched Software engineering, mobile device ‘hacking’ or even read about how software works may know the beginning of it all, “hello, world”- which prominently became the traditional first program that many people learn. All related courses through College, University and even High school teach the fundamentals of such a simple, yet mind-blowing introduction to the Computer we all know and love. In fact,  it is so simple that those who have no experience with computer programming can easily understand it, especially with the guidance of a teacher or a written guide (such as the “…For Dummies” series and any institutionalized study guide).

When Dennis Ritchie invented Unix, he unknowingly had coded the prequel to the Intel Mac OS X and the Apple OS Servers. Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS Mobile Platform and even Microsoft Windows runs under the “Unix-like” structure which is deemed as an adaptation or non-conforming version of Unix. Ritchie as one of the developers of Unix, had expressed his opinion that Unix-like systems such as Linux are de-facto Operating Systems to his Unix design. Further experts and researchers have even come forward and said that if it weren’t for Unix we would not have MAC OS, Windows or anything similar (which includes the vast collection of Linux distributions that are available today).

So I ask you, (especially if you don’t consider yourself computer literate) had you ever heard of McCarthy or Ritchie? Did you hear about their deaths? and furthermore, Did you hear about Steve Jobs and his death? I rest my case.

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Cask J. Thomson

Cask J. Thomson

Founder & Editor-In-Chief
As founder and editor-in-chief, Cask J. Thomson has exhausted his life as a graphics designer, political activist, freedom of speech advocate, anti-censorship promoter and a published author of several computer science books and a graphic novel. As well as running the publishing company linked to WordMean, Cask has several aspirations as a musician, producer and journalist. Thomson was born in the United Kingdom and currently resides between Sydney, Australia and Alicante, Spain.