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Automata vs. automaton[edit]

I disagree with your alteration of the page Von Neumann universal constructor. Automaton is the particular pattern of cell states, which defines a particular machine of some function; this may be a self-replicator, a general constructor, a Turing machine, or some other, lesser capable machine. Automata is the general term, which for the cellular case refers to the total set of finite state automatons which are organised in a lattice network; the *chessboard* if you will. So, it is with cellular automata that I work, in the design and characterisation of cellular automatons, such as my partial constructor. William R. Buckley (talk) 21:14, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

An automaton is a machine, and automata is the general class. When one speaks of many automatons, then we have automata. For instance, a finite state automaton (see the article) is a singular device, and a collection of many of these are known as (a set of) finite state automata. Further, when referring to the collection of such automatons, and when they are organised into a rectilinear grid (lattice), we call them cellular automata. However, the specific pattern of a machine, as expressed within a system of cellular automata, is called an automaton. That many automata are used in the construction of a single automaton is quite irrelevant regarding the proper naming of such.
One clear source of reference to the naming given in my edits to Wikipedia articles are my papers. You might also consider the works of Daniel Mange, or the many others who have written on the subject of von Neumann cellular automata.
William R. Buckley (talk) 16:19, 19 June 2008 (UTC)
Consider, also, the definition provided here: William R. Buckley (talk) 18:06, 20 June 2008 (UTC)
Fairly simple, automaton is the Greek singular and automata the plural. In computing, finite state automata are common, but so is a finite state automaton. Automatons is just plain wrong (though perhaps in US English not, I do UK English and I am a bit picky with this kind of stuff?) SimonTrew (talk) 12:31, 11 May 2009 (UTC)

Charles Savage (DAB)[edit]

Hey there

I see you edited this on 12 April 2009 (which happens to be my birthday. 12 April 2008 was too. Odd, that).

You might want to take a look at it. I've added another entry which comes ultimately from Medellín but I am not too happy about it really, cos it gives undue prominence to a guy who hasn't even an entry in WP. But I am not sure how to fix it, you may have a clue. SimonTrew (talk) 12:29, 11 May 2009 (UTC)

RE: The Fellowship (Christian organization) and the AIDS Connection[edit]

Actually, I think your restored phrasing is pretty good. It merely implies a causal connection without outright attributing the rise in AIDS to the organization, which is consistent with the citation in Sharlet's book. Uncle Dick (talk) 18:23, 11 March 2010 (UTC)

Thanks. It's actually Sharlet's phrasing. It's the relevant sentence verbatim from pg. 328 of The Family. Davemck (talk) 19:35, 11 March 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for the helpful clean up on the Fellowship page.Likesausages (talk) 03:13, 18 April 2010 (UTC)

My pleasure. Davemck (talk) 22:34, 18 April 2010 (UTC)

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July 2011[edit]

Welcome to Wikipedia, and thank you for your contributions. One of the core policies of Wikipedia is that articles should always be written from a neutral point of view. A contribution you made to Robert Mecklenborg appears to carry a non-neutral point of view, and your edit may have been changed or reverted to correct the problem. Please remember to observe this important core policy. Thank you. --Demiurge1000 (talk) 17:25, 14 July 2011 (UTC)


I see you using "gm" as an edit summary. For what does that stand? LadyofShalott 17:37, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

  • Hi LoS. It's for grammar, as listed here: Wikipedia:Edit_summary_legend/Quick_reference. However, as it can obviously confuse even an administrator, I'll make it a point to summarize with "grammar" instead of just "gm" from now on. Thanks. Davemck (talk) 12:45, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

Knuth repeated[edit]

I see nothing humorous about the repeated name in the caption on Knuth's page. Also jokes aren't what Wikipedia is about. Perhaps you could explain the joke and say why it should be kept thanks. It would be good to put that in a a FAQ on the talk page so it could be referred to if there is some good reason. Dmcq (talk) 23:46, 18 December 2014 (UTC)

  • The humor is completely subjective; I find it mildly amusing, especially since it's in the section on Knuth's own legendary sense of humor. The 2nd Knuth is on Appelbaum's shirt. Of course, you could say that's not a real Knuth, only a picture of Knuth -- but that's true of the other Knuth as well. I personally don't care whether he's listed twice in the caption; my purpose was to point out that the caption has alternated between 1 & 2 mentions for a long time, as you can see from the history (most easily by looking for changes of 16 or 17 bytes). I won't attempt to change anything back, so be my guest. Davemck (talk) 13:29, 19 December 2014 (UTC)


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