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Ken Thompson – quotes – Reflections on Trust

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/12/21

Some of the [WaybackKen Thompson – Wikiquote entries come from a great [Wayback1983 ACM Turing Award Acceptance Lecture [Wayback“Reflections on Trusting Trust”.

That lecture used to be on

But it isn’t, and was not in the WayBack machine and neither in the Google Cache [] because of the [Wayback/] robots.txt. Historic link rot galore!

Edit 20210728: by now it is in the Wayback machine again; the earliest archived copy is from 2001, it also shows that as of april 2015 it is gone from the bell labs server.

The lecture is about [Wayback] compiler viruses and viruses actually did this at least a few times: Wayback: Delphi in 2009 and to [WaybackXCode in 2015.

A few nice links from [WaybackACM Classic: Reflections on Trusting Trust – Google Groups though:

And archived versions of (I hope accurate) copies of the article:

Finally I found a PDF copy of the original ACM prints that Greg Ganger of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University has online. It’s archived too.


Further reading:

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