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Mr Torvalds

Posted May 15, 2009 12:01 UTC (Fri) by man_ls (guest, #15091)
In reply to: Random numbers for ASLR by nix
Parent article: Random numbers for ASLR

and this last-names kick gets seriously silly when you find yourself referring to Linus by his last name.
If you are referring to Jake as the author of the article then I have to disagree. A consistent naming convention (first name or last name) adds to the clarity of the story. I find it mildly distracting when Jon refers to Linus by first name in an article, even if it is completely justified given the circumstances.
Not even the Economist did that.
How come?

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Mr Torvalds

Posted May 15, 2009 12:21 UTC (Fri) by hppnq (guest, #14462) [Link]

You too?! Edge, you mean.

Mr Torvalds

Posted May 15, 2009 18:32 UTC (Fri) by man_ls (guest, #15091) [Link]

But I am not a reporter, my friend :D I try to follow the usual (altough perhaps outfashioned) rule: use first name for those people with whom I have had personal contact (maybe not too personal, even an exchange in a public forum qualifies); and family name elsewhere. So you see, when I say "Linus" I am actually being a bit pretentious. And of course I have had several pleasant exchanges with Jon and Jake.

Mr Torvalds

Posted May 15, 2009 14:47 UTC (Fri) by jake (editor, #205) [Link]

> Not even the Economist did that.

Yeah I was a bit puzzled by nix's comment, assuming, without any real knowledge, that the Economist did its normal 'Mr. Torvalds' on second reference. Which your link would seem to bear out.

There is, after all, more than one 'Linus' working on the kernel. So far, I haven't run into a problem with folks sharing the same last name in a particular article, but first names do collide from time to time.


Mr Torvalds

Posted May 15, 2009 18:16 UTC (Fri) by nix (subscriber, #2304) [Link]

My memory is failing, it seems: that link was pretty persuasive.

(I'm surprised the kernel hasn't run into the Rasmussen/Smith problem yet:
in my experience family names are a *lot* more limited in supply than
personal names. This is especially notable in China.)

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