OT: Re: Prime number algo... what's wrong?

Max Khesin max at cNOvSisiPonAtecMh.com
Fri Mar 28 16:21:43 CET 2003

I stand corrected on the last name thing - David wrote to me and it is very
clear that no insult was intended there. Really I would not pay any
attention to it if not for the 'implicit warmongering' comment. I respect
the opinion of those opposed to war, especially since this was definitely a
judgement call. On the other hand I do not respect ascribing shallow
psychological motivations to anyone who supports the war, like, (almost) all
of Eastern Europe, where I come from. And I also do not like being
manipulated by shocking pictures which Phil decided to greet us (US-based
IPs) with - any intelligent person knows that there are plenty of pictures
the other side could show here, too.

Thoughtless Imperialist Oil-thirsty Warmonger.

(BTW, I got your book last nite - looks very good! Thanks)

Max Khesin, software developer -
max at cNvOiSsPiAoMntech.com
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"Alex Martelli" <aleax at aleax.it> wrote in message
news:3QWga.32114$i26.828378 at news2.tin.it...
> Peter Hansen wrote:
> > Max Khesin wrote:
> >>
> >> David, I would prefer that my first name be used instead of treating me
> >> as a schoolboy.
> >
> > Just an FYI: this is perhaps more a cultural difference, than a sign of
> > impoliteness.
> >
> > In North America, it is common in, for example, journalism to refer
> > to an individual by last name throughout an article, after introducing
> > the full name the first time it is used.  Sort of like using an acronym
> That's the normal journalistic convention in Italy, too.  Using the
> first name instead would imply personal familiarity, "mock" familiarity
> (common with stars of the movie/TV/music worlds), or that you're speaking
> of the Pope, another sovereign (e.g. you might say 'Napoleon' instead
> of 'Bonaparte'), or one of the relatively few historical figures who
> ARE conventionally identified by their first names (e.g. 'Michelangelo'
> for 'Michelangelo Buonarroti', but NOT for 'Michelangelo Merisi', who is
> invariably referred to by his nickname of 'Caravaggio' instead -- no REAL
> reason, just the way tradition happened to develop, just as e.g. many
> use Dante for "Dante Alighieri" but NOBODY uses Francesco for "Francesco
> Petrarca", who's invariably referred to by his surname Petrarca instead).
> I don't think it's reasonable to say that e.g. Horatio Nelson is "treated
> as a schoolboy" because he's invariably referred to by his surname while
> for Napoleone Bonaparte both first name and surname are often used.
> Alex

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