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A Microsoft researcher has received the Turing Award in recognition for his pioneering work in personal computing hardware and networking technology development. Chuck Thacker, 67, received the computing industry's equivalent of a Nobel prize on Tuesday for his work on the Alto personal computer and Ethernet networking at …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Gates Horns


    Have ANY of their software developers ever won this award?

    1. Don Mitchell

      Turing Awards

      The Turing Award is generally given to researchers, not developers. Jim Gray and Butler Lampson are the only other Turing Award winners who have been at Microsoft, that I can think of.

  2. Nahmani

    Proofreading? I've heard of it.

    I'm French, so perhaps i'm not aware of all the intricacies of english, but "A Microsoft researcher was received the Turing Award" and then "Thacker [..] expressed surprising "?

    Has the language really evolved that much while i was looking away?

  3. Lottie


    Dude sounds like he deserved it much sooner!

  4. The Other Steve
    Gates Horns

    And cue

    The whiny freetards complaining about this going to someone associated with Microsoft.

    1. Martin Owens


      His work was done at Xerox Parc.

      1. The Other Steve


        Thanks Martin, I did read the article

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Microsoft. Boffin

    Sounds like an oxymoron to me..

  6. Paul_Murphy


    >'expressed surprising at receiving the award'

    >'before going on to focus of developing a'

    This article is like a beta release with a note to the testers to report the bugs!

    fume fume

    Only popped back to see if the first line had been corrected - I don't know why I bothered.

    Ok, Ok, I'm going....


  7. The First Dave
    Dead Vulture


    Not sure what they mean about inventing the tablet PC - did he build the Apple Newton, or the original Palm Pilot, or what?

  8. Anonymous Coward


    When they were collecting to erect a statue to Turing, the Microsoft talking head didn't even know who he was. No Turing award should ever go near any Redmond denizen!

    Why is there no "mildly grumpy" icon? I am sure it'd get a lot of use..

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  10. Steven Knox

    Turing Award?

    So, in a simple conversational test, the interviewer was unable to distinguish between the responses of the programmer and those of an actual human being?

    That is truly amazing!

  11. Rufus Nice

    Twas ever thus

    Oh here we go again. All we hear about is Turing Award. Chuck Thacker I really feel for you. This just shows us Microsoft's real agenda. No... Just No.

  12. Ascylto

    Prints all over it

    'expressed surprising at receiving the award'

    'before going on to focus of developing a'

    Yep, this is Microsoft alright!

    Never mind, there'll be a patch next Tuesday or whenever.

    Whiny Freetard.

  13. wsm

    More boxes

    When someone tries to be clever and tells you to think outside the box and if you can restrain yourself from doing him damage, do you ask "what box?" Or do you simply make more boxes.

    This fellow has made more boxes for the rest of us to escape. Not a bad career move, but still just one which makes another set of limitations.

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