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Re: PG: Hackers and Painters
Geoffrey Knauth <email@example.com> writes:
> I've heard "old-timers" express one beef about some young'ns: CS
> professors lament some of their students do things they insist are new
> that were first done ages ago. When children learn to walk or talk,
> do we parents squash their joy (and ours) with a "You aren't the
> first!" Hardly.
Children see others walking and talking, but it doesn't squash their joy
to see that they aren't the first. I think it depends on the attitude
with which old-timers tell the story. You remember someone coming up
with the same idea 30 years ago? It must be a really good idea to be so
memorable. All the more credit to someone who reinvents it.