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Speaking languages[edit]

I don't think he speaks "every language known to man and aliens", so i changed the statement back to the one that looks most sensible, but I left the citation needed. Not used to wikipedia, so hope i didn't do anything terrible wrong. 84.202.199.164 (talk) 02:09, 22 April 2009 (UTC)

One of my students pointed me at this page at the page when it said I speak hindi. I'm not quite sure what the etiquette is regarding correcting things in the discussion pages for your own wikipedia page, but if anyone is interested I don't speak hindi, and I don't speak German (well, I can count in German, but not much else). I speak a moderate amount of Swedish (from when I was an exchange student in Arvidsjaur), and I've taught it to my wife as well, but I'm not completely fluent (I can read Swedish newspapers for example, but my writing level is perhaps like a young child)

Interestingly, someone recently sent me a Samba bug report in German. Maybe they'd read this page and thought I would understand it! I was tempted to reply in Swedish :-)

Cheers, Tridge —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.233.226.134 (talk) 00:37, 7 May 2009 (UTC)

I have spoken to andrew tridgell, and indeed confirmed it was him who wrote this comment. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 121.223.193.130 (talk) 12:12, 24 March 2010 (UTC)

Reverse engineering[edit]

Please don't use the term reverse engineering; tridge says this is not an accurate analysis of what he does.

Andrew was my lab partner in second year physics at the University of Sydney! :-) -dmmaus 23:50, 14 May 2005 (UTC)

He didn't object four years ago...
Linux Magazine: The most interesting thing about Samba is the amount of detective work that goes into trying to reverse engineer SMB.
AndrewTridgell: Yeah, I love it. Whenever we find a spec for something, a little part of me is disappointed. I know we'll get more work done and produce better code with the spec, but in some ways it's more fun discovering things. [1]
Could you point to a source where he objects to the "reverse engineering" phrase? AlistairMcMillan 20:07, July 16, 2005 (UTC)
[2] is a recent one. I (and some journalists) personally often use "reverse engineering" to refer to Tridge's activity, but I think it's clear that he does not. A wide variety of activities have been described as "reverse engineering", and Tridge seems to believe that it would be useful to be more specific about which activity is meant. Either view may have some political implications in the long run. See also [3] (another description by Tridge of how he analyzed the SMB protocol, also without calling this process "reverse engineering"). Eventually it would be great to discuss some of these issues at reverse engineering along with the views of various legal systems and communities of programmers on the propriety of different techniques of analysis. --Schoen 08:23, 22 July 2005 (UTC)
AFAIK, he uses the term "protocol analysis" to describe his activities. Gronky 01:14, 3 March 2007 (UTC)

Removed pict[edit]

because it doesn't exsist. Bawolff 03:33, 30 December 2005 (UTC)

"I use Emacs" quote anyone?[edit]

Does anyone have a document to cite to confirm that Gosling is an Emacs user? Thanks. Gronky 01:14, 3 March 2007 (UTC)

Swedish?[edit]

Is Andrew Swedish or is his wife Swedish? On page 3 of his ph.d thesis it says: "Till min kära fru, Susan" --Ysangkok (talk) 21:12, 19 November 2007 (UTC) He is able to speak Englisch and Schwedish, but also speaks hindi and deutsch. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 120.16.80.167 (talk) 01:29, 18 April 2009 (UTC)

In this discussion tridgell states that he can speak swedish and his wife some. But this does not mean that he is Swedish. Perhaps his ancestors were? I think we need a family tree as part of the biography. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 121.223.193.130 (talk) 09:16, 23 March 2010 (UTC)

People's self-assessment of their language abilities is often waaaaaaayyy too generous. A possible proof would be if he gave a presentation in the language or if there's a public mailing list on which he's held conversations in the language. Gronky (talk) 04:29, 26 March 2010 (UTC)

Just because you Gronky only speak English, does not mean that other people cant speak multiple languages. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 58.169.37.97 (talk) 07:01, 26 March 2010 (UTC)

When I learned my first new language as an adult, after a bit more than a year I rated my ability at "half-way there". Two years of lessons later, having made massive progress, I gave my ability the same rating. When you haven't done it, you really underestimate how much learning is required to learn a language. It's very easy to think you know a language or have a good level of a language. Writing a paper in that language is another thing altogether. The effort required is very approximately that you have to make it either the number 2 or 3 priority in your life for about five years. Gronky (talk) 08:03, 26 March 2010 (UTC)

"Citation Needed" White Noise[edit]

Why does a Wikipedia editor think that this phrase needs a citation?

  "something that, seemingly, no-one else had previously thought to try"

The line is in the last sentence under the "Projects" subsection. Using the word "seemingly" is an adequate modifier. I think the editor will agree if he/she reads the sentence more carefully or looks up "seemingly" in a dictionary. For those of us who actually read footnotes, the excessive use of "citation needed" in Wikipedia is a bit wearing. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 70.128.183.42 (talk) 02:45, 30 December 2007 (UTC)

I'd say that, at best, "seemingly" makes this line unencyclopedic. Not only that, it doesn't take much thought to realise it's also wrong - clearly at least one person had "thought to try" - namely whoever implemented the "HELP" command... Given that, I'd suggest the sentence should end at "HELP." DrVxD (talk) 01:03, 29 January 2008 (UTC)