On 12/15/2013 10:59 AM, Port563 wrote: > I participated in sci.math a long time ago. Now, I am older and rustier, > and my rust has rust. > > When I was last by this way, Prof. Lounesto had passed (in 2002), alas. > > And James Harris (of FLT infamy) was still busy polluting the group all too > regularly. > > Only a few familiar names now - I note that the patient and tireless Arturo > Magidin is still here. What happened to JSH, Arturo? > > Did JSH apologize or retract, or just fade away?
I'm not Arturo but I'll respond also--- he just faded away. Tried for a while as I recall, under different names. But, we do have a similar, though less offensive, one in "Archimides Plutonium" (or whatever his moniker is) > > I recall some trollster suggesting that JSH was an alter-ego of yours. > With all due respect to you, no one - I mean, no one - is intelligent > enough (and depraved enough) to create a facsimile JSH. > > For newcomers who know not of what I speak - > http://cs.hamilton.edu/~rdecker/FLT/ > presents a highly sanitised view of one of JSH's less-appalling misses. > > > "Why do you take so much trouble to expose such a reasoner as > Mr. Smith? I answer as a deceased friend of mine used to answer > on like occasions - A man's capacity is no measure of his power > to do mischief. Mr. Smith has untiring energy, which does > something; self-evident honesty of conviction, which does more; > and a long purse, which does most of all. He has made at least > ten publications, full of figures few readers can critize. A great > many people are staggered to this extend, that they imagine there > must be the indefinite "something" in the mysterious "all this". > They are brought to the point of suspicion that the mathematicians > ought not to treat "all this" with such undisguised contempt, > at least." - "A Budget of Paradoxes", Vol 2 p129, Augustus de Morgan > > > > >