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mac os x[edit]

just wanted to say nice trim on the mac os x intro there.

good work! :)

--Yoasif 17:26, 25 November 2005 (UTC)

Ah, thank you! It's sometimes hard to get the essence of the article into the intro without removing good information. I hope it was an improvement!
MFNickster 17:35, 25 November 2005 (UTC)

I'm sorry, but you trimmed out a fundamental information about Mac OSX, being that OSX cannot be considered an operating system on its own. That has to be specified. Please refer to the discussion page of MAC OSX and Darwin OS. Luxiake 19:14, 25 November 2005 (UTC)

I did try to keep that in the article, as I think it was already implied by the information on Darwin OS. It doesn't really belong in the introduction, which should be as concise and non-confusing as possible. Anyway, I've made another revision to include that perspective explicitly in the 'Description' section, which I hope will be an acceptable compromise. MFNickster 22:53, 25 November 2005 (UTC)

OK I apologize if I flamed in the discussion/editing. You are a good guy, you did a very good work. You included my claims in the description good night Luxiake 23:40, 25 November 2005 (UTC)


Please read this (fingers crossed that link works for you). Does it seem to you that Rhapsody was intended as a codename? AlistairMcMillan 12:07, 11 December 2005 (UTC)

Never mind. [1] AlistairMcMillan 12:18, 11 December 2005 (UTC)
Hi Alistair! Thanks for your diligence. At the time, Apple had already been using music-themed code names for the OS strategy (Copland, Gershwin, Sonata, etc.) and hadn't released anything under its code name. The biggest change was from "System 7.x" to "MacOS 7.6." Also "Rhapsody" sounds to me like it might be more suitable for an application, not system software - so I guess while it's possible they had intended it as a release name, it seemed pretty unlikely to me. MFNickster 16:33, 11 December 2005 (UTC)

Parallel GPUs[edit]

I saw you edited out my comment about GPUs being parallel. You say some are not, and I ask which? Every chip since 1999 or so has contained superscalar pipelines, while those were integer only. Today every mainstream graphics processor I know of is floating point-based with many parallel pipelines, certainly all that are being used for GPGPU work. The inherent ability to parallize graphics functions is what has gotten the tech to where it is today. --Swaaye 00:53, 17 January 2006 (UTC)

Hi, thanks for your comments. You didn't actually specify GPUs, you wrote "graphics chips" which could include things like the VGA controller and even the old Atari and Amiga chips. You also didn't specify "today", so rather than try to guess what you meant, I reverted it. I did think you probably meant GPUs (from context in the discussion about GPGPUs). Feel free to have another go - but please take care that your addition doesn't repeat information already in the article. It has too many redundancies as it is (we should probably condense the "History" and "Current GPU capabilities" sections). - MFNickster 02:12, 17 January 2006 (UTC)
Yeah I can see where you're coming from. I was a bit too general. Perhaps I will write up something a bit more specific. --Swaaye 02:36, 17 January 2006 (UTC)

Marking reverts as minor[edit]

FYI - regarding your revert to the Margaret Sanger article, it is considered poor etiquette to mark reversions as minor. Even though you felt it was a clear correction, others may have felt otherwise. I personally would only mark reverts as minor if I was correcting vandalism. See Help:Minor edit for details.

Okay, thanks! I wasn't aware of that. MFNickster 14:09, 30 January 2006 (UTC)

Margaret Sanger[edit]

You quickly removed the reference to Katharine Houghton, who also had Corning, NY connections. You might want to check out [Katharine Hepburn|Katharine Houghton] and you might realize your error. Katharine Houghton was the mother of actress Katherine Hepburn, a suffragette, and birth control advocate, who, along with Margaret Sanger, helped to found the organization that became Planned Parenthood. Please restore Margaret Sanger's page to include the reference to Houghton, as Sanger did not create Planned Parenthood on her own. Thank you for your consideration.

Hi, thanks for your comments. Feel free to sign them with four tildes (~). I understand Houghton's role in the movement, but technically Margaret Sanger didn't create Planned Parenthood either. There were a number of organizations which continued to change, split, and merge, and at the time (1922) if I'm not mistaken, Katherine Houghton was involved only with a Connecticut organization that later became part of Planned Parenthood. She didn't actually meet Sanger until 1928, and she was not on the board of the ABCL or an officer in the organization. Any other information you have is appreciated, but we should probably put it on the discussion page for the article, not here. MFNickster 18:09, 30 January 2006 (UTC)
I am good with that. It sounds like you have more information about this matter than others. Thank you. MChiBro 19:03, 30 January 2006 (UTC)

Margaret Sanger update[edit]

Excellent job on your edit to the Legacy section of the Margaret Sanger article. That is exactly what that article needs: a more NPOV tone and better citation. I appreciate the effort! --JerryOrr 21:05, 20 February 2006 (UTC)

Thanks, Jerry. It's difficult to keep the factual information without cites, but it's also difficult to find cites sometimes because so little is written about her objectively. Especially regarding the quote situation - the 'anti-Sanger' sites tend to feed on each other without giving primary references. MFNickster 21:52, 20 February 2006 (UTC)


Wikipedia is not a dictionary. There is a link to wiktionary entry. This is a disambiguation page for navigation between articles about subjects than may have the same name, not a list of abbreviations. Please read wikipedia:Disambiguation policy. You can have hundreds of abbreviations in wikrionary, which is the proper place for them. I am not at all a censor here. For example, I have been working hard to keep the picture of poop in the Human feces article. `'mikka (t) 06:04, 4 April 2006 (UTC)

That makes a certain amount of sense, but then why did you not remove the entries for carton, contact, and Cryptologic Technician, none of which have existing articles to elaborate? MFNickster 06:08, 4 April 2006 (UTC)
I did remove some, on a quick glance. The first two may go as well, you are right.`'mikka (t) 06:58, 4 April 2006 (UTC)


You're right. My mistake on the unsigned notice. jareha (comments) 08:10, 17 May 2006 (UTC)

talk atheism[edit]

I understand your plyth, however please refrain from "interjecting" your comments with-in the statement I made. This would be greatly appreciated. Somerset219 05:12, 2 August 2006 (UTC)

I do that to address a point without having to follow text that goes beyond the point I'm addressing. As long as it's indented properly, I don't think there's anything wrong with it - but feel free to move my comments around as you please (just leave them intact). MFNickster 05:34, 2 August 2006 (UTC)
P.S. - what's a plyth? MFNickster
I apologize, I meant plight; obviously I rarely use the word. Somerset219 01:11, 3 August 2006 (UTC)

I understand where your coming from, however when you start a seperate debate with in someones statement it can become unreadable. Not only that, the argument/debate can last so long as you wont be able to know who made the original statement; as their signature was at the end, now no where to be seen. just giving you a heads up. Somerset219 01:50, 3 August 2006 (UTC)

I am looking for support to the idea that religion should not be listed on the biographical entries for every American politician. In federal politicians. To me it's personal information that is irrelevant to our elected officials. There seem to be some users here who have taken it upon themselves to identify the religion of most federal office holders. One place this is evident is on the infoboxes, for example


Don't know what your opinion on this might be, but looking for some support to try to take religion out of politics.--Utahredrock 21:27, 20 November 2006 (UTC)

Unspecified source for Image:Sagan_Viking_parody.jpg[edit]

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Margaret Sanger[edit]

Your last edit to Margaret Sanger was reverted, for testing please use please use the the sandbox. Thank you--Migospia 02:31, 8 June 2007 (UTC)

Hi, what is your basis for reverting my edit? Do you have some suggestions to improve it? Thanks. MFNickster 02:31, 8 June 2007 (UTC)

Query about Sanger page: That page is so contentious I don't want to get involved over there... but the final sentence of the starting/summary paragraph : "However, her racist ideology and advocacy for eugenics are positions which have not survived her." I honestly don't know what it means. Is there not racism today? Is eugenics not a real position (unpopular, discredited, yes) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:05, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

Weasel Program article[edit]

I've added the following to the talk page for "weasel":

Identification of beneficial change in biology?

The program is a vivid demonstration that the preservation of small changes in an evolving string of characters (or genes) can produce meaningful combinations in a relatively short time, as long as there is some mechanism to identify and preserve desirable changes while allowing undesirable changes to be removed or replaced. This is intended to serve as an analogy to natural selection's action on randomly mutating genomes, with the "desirability" (or fitness) of any given change being determined by the organism's interaction with its environment.

The struck-out words correspond to an edit I made on the article, with this comment: "No necessity for identification of beneficial change, therefore removed."

This change was reverted by MFNickster with this comment: "(rv - in the case of the Weasel program, yes, comparing the phrase to a target amounts to identifying such improvements)"

I think it should be clear that the stated reason for the revert is unjustified. 1. The section in question is not specifically about "weasel"; it is about biology as well, and there is no "identification" of beneficial parts. 2. Even in "weasel", there is no "identification" of the part that conferred benefit. The string match does not cause particular desirable changes of the "genome" to be preserved, contra the article's statement. This constitutes an error in the article, and should be removed expeditiously. --Wesley R. Elsberry (talk) 05:13, 27 November 2007 (UTC)

List of Carbon applications[edit]

Hello. Since you have contributed to this article in the past, could you spare a minute to discuss the fate of this article? xpclient (talk) 12:21, 18 April 2008 (UTC)

Wind & Wuthering[edit]

A) User:MarkRae is a sockpuppet and was just identified as such, leaving me free to reinstate the correct information. B) Where is the proof for a 1976 release? The liner notes for the 1976-1982 box set clearly state a UK release date of January 7, 1977. The album didn't enter the US charts until January 22, 1977 (rather a late entry for a disc that was supposedly out since December 27, 1976). BGC (talk) 02:44, 20 August 2008 (UTC)

You had your chance to discuss this on the Talk page, and you declined. It's far too late to undo your edit warring. MFNickster (talk) 02:48, 20 August 2008 (UTC)
OK, "MarkRae". BGC (talk) 03:12, 20 August 2008 (UTC)
All right, if you want some references:
MFNickster (talk) 03:23, 20 August 2008 (UTC)
IMO, the first of the links above ought to be sufficient proof since it points to the band's official website. User:BGC seems to believe that the liner notes for the 1976-82 box set are more accurate, yet anyone who knew anything about Genesis would spot straightaway that they are absolutely riddled with errors.
MarkRae (talk) 08:05, 21 August 2008 (UTC)
Hi Mark. I don't have the box set myself, so I haven't compared it to any other sources. I started a discussion on Talk:Genesis discography about the Wind & Wuthering problem if you want to help work it out there. Thanks! MFNickster (talk) 14:31, 21 August 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for doing this. I have contributed to the discussion, and the correct information has been restored on the various Genesis pages. However, don't be surprised if User:BGC undoes these (even though he's been warned against doing so) as soon as his ban is lifted...
MarkRae (talk) 20:27, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

Genesis Wikiproject[edit]

Hello! I am just wondering on if you would be interested in joining a Genesis Wikiproject, if I were to make one. I am currently thinking about starting one, as I think it would be nice to get all Genesis fans to work together and collaborate. If you would be interested in the idea of having such a project, please respond to me on my talkpage. Thank you, and have a nice day! CarpetCrawler (talk) 22:56, 5 September 2008 (UTC)

That's OK, we'll certainly be looking for any contributions we can get! Research/citations/references are the first priority for most of the articles, at this point! At any rate, thank you for responding! CarpetCrawler (talk) 00:25, 13 September 2008 (UTC)

Mac OS X[edit]

Hey mate I completely agree, but I think it's a case of not feeding the trolls at this point as my warning about bad faith was completely ignored. Oh well.. Nja247 07:33, 12 March 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for the warning! I don't think he's trolling, though. Still, you may be right. :) MFNickster (talk) 14:21, 12 March 2009 (UTC)
Well feel free to carry on then as it's an interesting discussion regardless, lol ;) Nja247 05:21, 13 March 2009 (UTC)

Seeking final consensus[edit]

We're trying to reach consensus on whether either of these two work for you:
1) Mac OS X (pronounced /mæk oʊ ɛs tɛn/, as the 'X' is a Roman numeral)[1] is a line of computer...

2) Mac OS X /mæk ɛs tɛn/[1] is a line of computer...
Thanks! Nja247 05:21, 13 March 2009 (UTC)

94.9, Big Sonic Chill, Midori[edit]

Hey, I was wondering what happened to Midori too. I was looking to see if shes "Big" enough to have her own article on Wikipedia, but I didnt see any links for her on the KBZT article. I do know that you can hear her voice as the call letter announcer for an internet radio station called chilled on 181.FM, which is basically the same mix as BSC. Perhaps she is running this project, in my wishfull thinking. (talk) 04:59, 25 March 2009 (UTC) Sandy

Hi! I have chatted with Midori online in the last couple months. She says the station decided not to renew her contract because they "wanted to take the show in a different direction." As far as I know, she hasn't found further full-time work in radio yet. MFNickster (talk) 22:01, 25 March 2009 (UTC)

"Multics family"[edit]

No, I don't think this is a good idea. UNIX is only tangentially related to MULTICS; to quote the MULTICS article: Superficial influence of Multics on Unix is evident in many areas, including the naming of commands (such as "ls" to "list segments" or files). But the design philosophy was quite different, focusing on keeping the system small and simple, and so correcting some perceived deficiencies of Multics because it facilitated high resource demands on the limited computers of the time. Therefore, I don't think reclassifying UNIX-derived operating systems as members of a "Multics family" is particularly useful - UNIX was a reaction to MULTICS, not a derivative. Letdorf (talk) 12:39, 16 September 2009 (UTC).

Why are you entertaining User:Validbanks 34?[edit]

The guy is obviously taking the piss. He objects to Unix in the Mac OS X article but then suggests Multics because he alleges it is the parent of Unix? If there is no link between Unix and Mac OS X as he argues, then how can there be a link between Multics and Mac OS X through Unix? AlistairMcMillan (talk) 18:11, 16 September 2009 (UTC)

I would say that I have nothing better to do...but I have lots of better things to do, which must be why I'm wasting time jousting here! MFNickster (talk) 18:46, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
Obviously, he was taking the counter-argument to a logical extreme. All I did was call his bluff. MFNickster (talk) 18:59, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
Don't "call his bluff" again, then. It merely increases the amount of time that is wasted on this particular piece of nonsense. Chris Cunningham (not at work) - talk 19:17, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
Look, if he insists that all "Unix-like" systems should be lumped under the "Multics" family, and we can point to a resounding NO consensus, I believe that would put a stop to it more quickly than simply arguing on the talk page or reverting/blocking him endlessly. MFNickster (talk) 19:38, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
It is not my experience that editors who are pushing the truth are prone to caring about consensus. What they do care about is being given time and space to repeat themselves, which is made easier by taking a conversation which was confined to one forum and spreading it across multiple other pages. Chris Cunningham (not at work) - talk 19:52, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
Point taken - sorry about that. In my experience, ignoring them does not make them go away, it only makes them shout louder. MFNickster (talk) 19:54, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
We started ignoring him last time and he lost interest. The worst thing he can do is force his edits into the article which will result in his being banned. Either way works for me. AlistairMcMillan (talk) 21:03, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
Perhaps; if it is indeed the same person, he obviously has not lost interest. MFNickster (talk) 21:08, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
If it is the same person, he went quiet for months because we stopped entertaining him. AlistairMcMillan (talk) 13:01, 17 September 2009 (UTC)

Barnstar of Diligence[edit]

Barnstar of Diligence.png The Barnstar of Diligence
For outstanding, neutral, painstaking, high-quality work on Margaret Sanger (one of my heroines) over the years! --Noleander (talk) 02:22, 27 September 2009 (UTC)


I just reverted and re-reverted an edit you made to Talk:Margaret Sanger, calling it vandalism. I was actually responding to a slightly older edit. Your edit was fine. Sorry. PhGustaf (talk) 23:19, 18 June 2010 (UTC)

No worries. I was afraid I might have reverted someone's ant-vandalism edit with my edit! MFNickster (talk) 00:36, 19 June 2010 (UTC)

User Page[edit]

Why is your user page just a period? Apple & TWC Fan (talk) 14:35, 7 January 2011 (UTC)

Because I don't want to put anything on my user page, but I also don't want the links to it to appear red. :) MFNickster (talk) 23:51, 7 January 2011 (UTC)

Talk:Margaret Sanger/GA1[edit]

A GAN on Margaret Sanger is on hold to allow time for editors to improve prose, inline citations and presentation and formatting before the review looks at accuracy, POV and coverage. SilkTork ✔Tea time 22:14, 1 October 2011 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg This user helped promote the article Margaret Sanger to good article status.

Good work. Well done. SilkTork ✔Tea time 21:26, 17 October 2011 (UTC)

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