It is not much we can learn from the "design flaws" mentioned in the article. It would have been very hard for Thompson and Ritchie to predict CDROM, sockets or distributed file systems.
The beauty of the original design was its simplicity. This made it possible to later extend the design.
If we want to look at bad designs there are better examples. I would suggest SYSV IPC or curses. Or maybe look outside Unix. See how the equivalent of read(), write() and mount() were done on CP/M or DOS 1.0.
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