Talk:David J. Farber

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Proposed Merge[edit]


It's proposed that David Farber be merged into this page rather than the other way around. They both refer to the same individual, but his web pagelists him as David J. Farber. (This page includes useful information not available on either existing page.) Searching on both terms turns up more results for David J. Farber. Jim 22:13, 16 February 2006 (UTC)

Yeah, just do it. I know this guy (Farber) personally, and both articles are quite definitely referring to Prof. David J. Farber. I'd set "David Farber" as a redirect to "David J. Farber" unless/until such time as another famous "David Farber" arises, requiring a disambiguation page. Sames goes for "Dave Farber", which is how most people refer to him informally. I'll let someone else who's done a merge successfully tackle this, otherwise I would have just done it already. Don't want to break anything! User:SMcCandlish 16:11, 23 February 2006 (EST)
I know him too - both articles are the same Dave - and so I've merged them. Jim


I think Farber's a great guy, but so far as I know he doesn't have an earned doctorate. Should the references to "Dr. Farber" not be changed to "Prof. Farber"?

Microsoft Trial[edit]

Farber testified at the Microsoft trial. My recollection was that he made very conservative claims about what an operating system is or is not. Around that time he was presented in the media as an "inventor of the internet", although I don't know if he makes that claim anymore (CSNET was more about UUCP email exchanges over phone lines between some universities, but they did develope a program that interfaced their UUCP system with the actual internet). DonPMitchell 22:22, 12 November 2007 (UTC)

like any other prof[edit]

seriously, any CS/engineering prof at any major school will have a similar background and level of scholarship. he's not a nobel laureate, he doesn't have any major public reputation outside CS. here's mit's CS head: . he doesn't have his own article, but his background is at least as notable. mr. farber's article is basically a CV of some prof with an overeager student fanbase. (talk) 04:35, 1 July 2011 (UTC)

Dave Farber is one of the founding fathers of the internet. He's obviously notable. Raul654 (talk) 04:47, 1 July 2011 (UTC)
Farber, notably, was appointed the FCC's Chief Technologist in Jan 2000. The official announcement notes that, amongst other awards, he has received the John Scott Award putting him in a class with "Albert Einstein, G. Marconi, Madam Curie, the Wright brothers, and Thomas Edison." The logic that since another possibly notable scientist doesn't have an article, his peers also should not, is not even remotely valid. If it bugs you, write the damn article! Wwwhatsup (talk) 06:04, 1 July 2011 (UTC)
See WP:PROF. Amongst other criteria, he is an IEEE fellow.--Oneiros (talk) 14:30, 12 June 2012 (UTC)
seriously, you're full of shit... saying Dave Farber is like any other CS/engineering prof is the stupidest thing i have read on Wikipedia this year... his contributions to the art and science of networking, hardware, and programming languages make him one of the pioneers who will be long remembered, not to mention the students he has mentored who are among the founders of Arpanet and the Internet... plus the dude is the Kevin Bacon of computing (IMHO), he seems to be connected with everybody in the computer world (or was at one time) 2602:306:3284:3F60:21BB:542E:6631:98DB (talk) 15:13, 1 April 2017 (UTC)