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August 4, 2011: "The Most Expensive One-byte Mistake" Generates Buzz

Today's Topic: "The Most Expensive One-byte Mistake" Generates Buzz

Thursday, August 4, 2011


A column on the acmqueue website questions the decision by C/UNIX/Posix creators Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie, and Brian Kernighan to use NUL-terminated text strings. Bikeshed columnist Poul-Henning Kamp surveys the impact of this choice and its relationship to the frequent failure of the CS/IT industry to recognize and learn from mistakes.

The column went live this week and registered more than 70,000 views in the first three days. In that time frame it recorded 23,000 slashdot hits, and generated more than twice that amount of traffic to the acmqueue site.

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