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Ken Thompson's Profile

Brief about Ken Thompson: By info that we know Ken Thompson was born at 1943-02-04. And also Ken Thompson is American Scientist.

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There are no projects per se in the Computing Sciences Research Center.

Tags: Center, Projects, Research

We have persistant objects, they're called files.

Tags: Files, Objects

I have to keep up with the scientific literature as part of my job, but increasingly I found myself reading things that weren't really relevant to my academic work, but were relevant to gardening.

Tags: Gardening, Job, Work

I still have a full-time day job, which is why it took me five years to write An Ear to the Ground, and why I won't have another book finished by next week.

Tags: Book, Job, Why

Unauthorized access to computer systems is already a serious crime in a few states and is currently being addressed in many more state legislatures as well as Congress.

Tags: Few, Serious, State

We tried to avoid, you know, records. We were told over and over that was probably the most serious mistake and the reason was the system would never catch on, because we didn't have records.

Tags: Mistake, Reason, Serious

When in doubt, use brute force.

Tags: Brute, Doubt, Force

One of my most productive days was throwing away 1,000 lines of code.

Tags: Away, Days, Productive

I wanted to separate data from programs, because data and instructions are very different.

Tags: Data, Separate, Wanted

It is only the inadequacy of the criminal code that saves the hackers from very serious prosecution.

Tags: Criminal, Hackers, Serious

There's a lot of power in executing data - generating data and executing data.

Tags: Data, Executing, Power

In fact, we started off with two or three different shells and the shell had life of its own.

Tags: Fact, Life, Off

You can't trust code that you did not totally create yourself.

Tags: Create, Trust, Yourself

A well installed microcode bug will be almost impossible to detect.

Tags: Almost, Bug, Impossible

Grant, if we edited Fortran, I assume that you'd put a column thing in there.

Tags: Assume, Edited, Put

I also have an idea for a book on biodiversity, and why and how we should be conserving it.

Tags: Book, Idea, Why

I am a programmer.

Tags: Programmer

I am a very bottom-up thinker.

Tags: Thinker

I think the major good idea in Unix was its clean and simple interface: open, close, read, and write.

Tags: Good, Simple, Write

I wanted to avoid, special IO for terminals.

Tags: Avoid, Special, Wanted

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