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Roughly tied with "Fanny".
http://www49.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=fannie+maude

Nifty comparison graphs. We haven't picked a hard rule for "older", but Maude looks a little older to me.
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Any 50-year old Dwaynes on the the outpost?
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Old male name: Gus
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Matilda is pretty good. Not as good as Maude though:
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Winner! Mayme!

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One more post on names and then I'm done.

Fidel.

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Strange. Did the United States experience pulses of Central and South American immigration in the generation preceding WWI? Rodger, Esteban, Ernesto, raul and Ricardo follow that pattern but I can't find any female baby names that do.
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Here's some opinions - some of Wolfram the man and some of Wolfram|Alpha the service:

http://groups.google.com/group/comp....t=gplain&pli=1

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He told me that Lisp was "inherently" (I'm pretty sure even after all
this time that this was his exact word) 100 times slower than C and
therefore an unsuitable vehicle. I tried to explain to him that this
was implausible. That he could probably construct an argument for 2-5
that he could at least defend in some prima facie way, but that 100
was ridiculous. (This was in the heyday of Maclisp when it had been shown
to trump Fortran's speed, so probably even 2-5 could be refuted, but at least
taking a position in that range would have left him with some defenses in
a debate. He didn't cite anything credible that I recall to back up this
factor of 100 problem.

I tried to explain why and was not clear why a person smart enough to
"maybe win a nobel prize" couldn't entertain a discussion on the
simple set of concepts involved, whether or not schooled in
computation. It was quite frustrating and he seemed impatient.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/05/19/dziuba_wolfram/

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Wolfram Alpha - a new kind of Fail

Wolfram Alpha, the not-quite-search-engine from self appointed mathematical genius Stephen Wolfram, launched last Friday, and oh my, has it been a great weekend for software reviewers. I took some time to play around with Wolfram Alpha, and aside from being the best damn Wikipedia search engine since Powerset, the only noteworthy thing about it is that so far, Alpha is the finest example of the tragedy that results when an academic tries his hand at building a successful web product.
....
For someone like me (and in the web market, there are a lot of people like me), Alpha is breaking ground in a New Kind of Uselessness.
http://crookedtimber.org/2009/05/21/...ng-plagiarism/

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I wouldn’t read any of this as a considered statement of principle – more an attempt by Wolfram Research, as per usual, to state a maximally aggressive claim for their perceived intellectual property. While they are insisting on proper citation here, in the past they have actually threatened legal action against scholars for citing to the mere existence of a mathematical proof that they claimed was a trade secret. Even so, their policy raises some interesting issues about what plagiarism actually involves in an era where complex data query tools are widely available.
http://easwaran.livejournal.com/506376.html
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Especially given the way he's treated other people that should have gotten "primary credit" for various results printed in his A New Kind of Science. (See the first review on Amazon for just the basic overreaches on Wolfram's part. Lots of specific results that he puts forward as his own have been alleged to have been proved by former employees or collaborators or others that get no credit.)
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