[TUHS] dmr note on BSD's sins
akosela at andykosela.com
Wed May 3 07:22:36 AEST 2017
On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, Diomidis Spinellis <dds at aueb.gr> wrote:
> On 02/05/2017 19:11, Steve Johnson wrote:
>> I recall a paper Dennis wrote (maybe more like a note) that was titled
>> echo -c considered harmful
>> (I think it was -c). It decried the tendency, now completely out of
>> control, for everybody and their dog to piddle on perfectly good code
>> just because it's "open".
> There's definitely Rob Pike's talk "UNIX Style, or cat -v Considered
> Harmful", which he delivered at the 1983 Usenix Association Conference and
> Software Tools USers Group Summer Conference. Unfortunately, I can't find
> it online. It's interesting that the talk's date is now closer to the
> birth of Unix than to the present.
This talk is today as legendary as Plato's "On the Good" lecture.
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