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Dennis Ritchie, an icon in the programmming and IT business, has died today. Ritchie was part of Bell Labs' development of UNIX, from which modern computing evolved. He was also responsible for the development of the C language. From the WaPo article:

Dennis Ritchie, the inventor of C programming language and co-developer of Unix, died after a long, unspecified illness Wednesday. He was 70.

Dennis Ritchie poses after receiving the 2011 Japan Prize at Bell Labs headquarters in Murray Hill, N.J., in May. (Victoria Will - AP Images for Japan Prize Foundation) Ritchie is likely to be best remembered, however, for his famous “hello, world” program, which is used in programming textbooks as an example of a very simple computer program, and has spread to ordinary folks as a phrase to use when starting something new.

After news of Ritchie’s death broke, words of remembrance came in for the man known to many as “dmr,” which was his e-mail address at Bell Labs, where he spent most of his career.

/****************
So, for all of you Kossacks out there that have written a "Hello World" program, our world has grown smaller today.
*/
main()
{ printf("Hello World");}

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