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ramoss
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Message 121 of 815 (641847)
11-22-2011 9:49 PM


Anne Mccafferty dead at 85

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Message 122 of 815 (641855)
11-23-2011 12:25 AM


Lynn Margulis
Lynn Margulis is dead, and say what you like about her (which I shall start doing again after a brief period of respect for the dead) she did figure out the endosymbiotic origin of organelles.

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Asgara
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Message 123 of 815 (641889)
11-23-2011 9:10 AM
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11-22-2011 9:49 PM


Re: Anne Mccafferty dead at 85
So sad, her books have been a staple part of my life (and my childrens' lives) for decades.

Her son Todd has some big shoes to fill.


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Dr Jack
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Message 124 of 815 (641932)
11-24-2011 4:39 AM
Reply to: Message 122 by Dr Adequate
11-23-2011 12:25 AM


Re: Lynn Margulis
RIP

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Message 125 of 815 (641935)
11-24-2011 5:04 AM


Dennis Ritchie
RIP Dennis Ritche. The world would not have looked the same without him. The programming language he created are the worlds most widely used and the operating system he cocreated is boss.

He died a few days after Jobs died, i was sad that it didnt get any media attention. Afterall, Jobs was nothing but a businessman.


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Percy
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Message 126 of 815 (641943)
11-24-2011 6:21 AM
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Re: Dennis Ritchie
rbp writes:

He died a few days after Jobs died, i was sad that it didnt get any media attention. Afterall, Jobs was nothing but a businessman.

Where I work it got attention right away.

You may be selling Jobs a bit short. He was the Thomas Edison of our time.

--Percy


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Message 127 of 815 (641954)
11-24-2011 9:34 AM
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11-24-2011 6:21 AM


Re: Dennis Ritchie
dmr could be said to have invented one or two things as well.

Anyone so limited that they can only spell a word one way is severely handicapped!

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Dr Jack
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Message 128 of 815 (641961)
11-24-2011 10:12 AM
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11-24-2011 6:21 AM


Re: Dennis Ritchie
You may be selling Jobs a bit short. He was the Thomas Edison of our time.

You have to be kidding me. No-one will know who Jobs was in 2091; they'll still know who Edison was.


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Message 129 of 815 (641966)
11-24-2011 11:37 AM
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11-24-2011 6:21 AM


Re: Dennis Ritchie
You may be selling Jobs a bit short. He was the Thomas Edison of our time.

I can buy that analogy, and let's take it one step further. Dennis Ritchie is the Nikolai Tesla of our times (minus the weird stuff). I cannot fault anyone who would value Tesla over Edison.


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Percy
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Message 130 of 815 (642348)
11-27-2011 10:21 PM
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11-24-2011 10:12 AM


Re: Dennis Ritchie
Mr Jack writes:

You may be selling Jobs a bit short. He was the Thomas Edison of our time.

You have to be kidding me. No-one will know who Jobs was in 2091; they'll still know who Edison was.

I've been reading Isaaacson's biography of Jobs and just came across this near the end:

Isaacson writes:

Was he smart? No, not exceptionally. Instead, he was a genius. His imaginative leaps were instinctive, unexpected, and at times magical. He was, indeed, an example of what the mathematician Mark Kac called a magician genius, someone whose insights come out of the blue and require intuition more than mere mental processing power. Like a pathfinder, he could absorb information, sniff the winds, and sense what lay ahead.

Steve Jobs thus became the greatest business executive of our era, the one most certain to be remembered a century from now. History will place him in the pantheon right next to Edison and Ford. More than anyone else of his time, he made products that were completely innovative, combining the power of poetry and processors. With a ferocity that could make working with him as unsettling as it was inspiring, he also built the world's most creative company.

And he wasn't just a business man. Jobs is listed as one of the inventors on 212 different patents (Edison has 1093 patents).

But I agree with you rather than Isaacson. Jobs worked in an arena of short product lifetimes, and nothing he invented was iconic in the same way as movies, the phonograph, and light bulbs, so I don't see why he would be remembered by anyone but historians a century from now. Still, he was responsible for products like Apple II, the Mac, the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad. He bought Pixar, drove animation technology forward, and made the company successful. He created industries like on-line music stores and app stores. It is for these reasons that I agree with Isaacson in ranking him way up there with Edison and Ford.

--Percy


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Dr Adequate
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Message 131 of 815 (643555)
12-08-2011 6:27 AM


Dermot Morgan
He was only 45.

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Artemis Entreri 
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Message 132 of 815 (643580)
12-09-2011 10:44 AM
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12-08-2011 6:27 AM


Re: Dermot Morgan
but he died 13 years ago, I thought this was for recently passed.

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Message 133 of 815 (643590)
12-09-2011 11:51 AM


Harry Morgan
Harry Morgan dies at age 96

http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/...organ--dies-at-age-96.html

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LOS ANGELES – Emmy Award-winning actor Harry Morgan, who played the crusty yet sympathetic Col. Sherman T. Potter in the sitcom “MASH” and the hard-nosed LAPD Officer Bill Gannon in the television drama “Dragnet,” died Wednesday. He was 96

I remember him in both roles.

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Message 134 of 815 (643595)
12-09-2011 12:18 PM


Jerry Robinson
RIP, Jerry Robinson, 1922 - 2011, iconic comic book artist and creator of the Joker.

Full tribute here.

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Message 135 of 815 (644189)
12-16-2011 12:07 AM


Christopher Hitchens - 62

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