Professor Brian Kernighan is computing heavyweight: he worked at Bell Labs, helped develop Unix and was one of two authors of the C programming language. Here, he talks with one of the UK’s foremost computer science professors, Professor David Brailsford. Time to geek out.
For the most part, Jurassic Park isn't the kind of movie you'd want a chance to live out, what with the mortal danger and velociraptors and all that. But thanks to the amazing Jurassic Systems website, you can experience of of Jurassic Park's safer thrills first-hand: getting hacked by Dennis Nedry.
YouTube has decided to celebrate its upcoming Geek Week event by giving its site an, um, underhaul—and making it look like Unix.
A long time ago, when people dialed (as in telephones) into Unix machines in some closet or college campus, they used a command called "w" to see who was also on the machine.
In less than a week, the world has lost two tech pioneers. Last week, we mourned the passing of Steve Jobs, and now we say goodbye to computer scientist Dennis Ritchie who also recently died.
Twenty bucks for a terminal emulator when there's already a perfectly serviceable one on your Mac? Secret Geometry's "Cathode" makes a good case for itself. It can look like nearly any terminal on any old flickering CRT monitor.
So, how exactly did Microsoft—those bastards!—end up patenting Sudo, a years-old Linux command line tool, without someone stepping in to stop them? Easy! They didn't.
Forget the Mayans and their silly 2012 doomsday scenario. The real end of the world will happen because of that most venerable of operating systems: UNIX.
We're not sure why nobody's caught this bug until now, but OpenBSD developer Marc Balmer has just closed the book on a 25-year-old flaw affecting BSD file systems. He found it when an OpenBSD user emailed him about SAMBA crashing, which he then traced to a workaround SAMBA used to function correctly on BSD systems,…
SCO, those bastards who filed many lawsuits under the recently debunked claim that they owned the UNIX trademark, have filed for bankruptcy. Good riddance. [Yahoo!]
Novell, unlike SCO, says they won't file dumbass suits against companies now that a judge ruled that they own the Unix copyrights. Good news for everyone. [PCWorld]
Today, SCO's stock is tanking, hitting a 52-week low of ~$0.45. Last week a judge ruled that Novell owns the UNIX copyright, not those SCO bastards. [Ars]
The special edition of Japanese Dreamcast/Playstation 2 game Rez included a device called the "Trance Vibrator", which plugged in as a controller and was meant to go under a couch pillow and vibrate from there, so someone playing Rez would feel like they were in a club. People soon found another more obvious use for…