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Comment: Not just this one. (Score 5, Informative) 99

by Skidge (#42898809) Attached to: Collaborative LaTeX Editor With Preview In Your Web Browser

While the summary makes it sound like this is some breakthrough idea, there are several similar sites out there:

https://www.sharelatex.com/

http://spandex.io/

And others, I'm sure. Is the submitter the owner of this particular version? The marketing speak is a bit over-the-top.

I used sharelatex for a group project last semester and it worked fine. Several features were added since then that make it likely I'll use it again.

Comment: Re:Whiteboards are critical, you see the mistakes. (Score 1) 372

by Skidge (#42867959) Attached to: Professors Rejecting Classroom Technology

I've just gone back to school to work on a PhD. My previous schooling was in the late 90s, before PowerPoint was used regularly in classrooms. This time around, I've had classes with older professors who use the chalkboard and young ones (younger than me) who rely on a presentation. It is vastly easier to follow a proof when it's being written out on the chalk/whiteboard as it's being explained than when it's just sitting on a projection screen being pointed at.

Comment: Re:Can't... (Score 1) 680

by Skidge (#32501616) Attached to: Anti-Speed Camera Activist Buys Police Department's Web Domain

In Germany, people know how to drive. It costs more than $1500 to get your license, which includes many hours of driving lessons and a driver must me 18 or older. It's much more serious business than in the U.S., where you can start driving in some locales when your practically just old enough to see over the steering wheel. American drivers, in general, couldn't handle driving like they were in Germany.

Handhelds

+ - Amazon Introduces Wireless E-Book Reader 1

Submitted by What'sInAName
What'sInAName (115383) writes "As anticipated, Amazon has just released Kindle , their wireless e-book reader. The reader can apparently download books wirelessly (via Sprint's EVDO network). Utilizing electronic paper, Kindle is said to provide a crisp black-and-white screen that resembles the appearance and readability of printed paper. The screen works using ink, just like books and newspapers, but displays the ink particles electronically. It reflects light like ordinary paper and uses no backlighting, eliminating the glare associated with other electronic displays. The cost is $399, and some books seem to be going for $9.99. This would make a nice stocking stuffer!"
Quickies

+ - Amazon Introduces Amazon Kindle, a Wireless Reader-> 1

Submitted by
Tech.Luver
Tech.Luver writes "Amazon.com today introduced Amazon Kindle, a revolutionary portable reader that wirelessly downloads books, blogs, magazines and newspapers to a crisp, high-resolution electronic paper display that looks and reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight. More than 90,000 books are now available in the Kindle Store, including 101 of 112 current New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases, which are $9.99, unless marked otherwise. Kindle is available starting today for $399 at Amazon/Kindle. — Downloads Content Wirelessly, No PC Required, No Hunting for Wi-Fi Hot Spots The Kindle wireless delivery system, Amazon Whispernet, uses the same nationwide high-speed data network (EVDO) as advanced cell phones. Kindle customers can wirelessly shop the Kindle Store, download or receive new content — all without a PC, Wi-Fi hot spot, or syncing. ( http://techluver.com/2007/11/19/amazon-introduces-amazon-kindle-a-wireless-reader/ )"
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Power

+ - Hybrid Cars to Get More Realistic Mileage Ratings

Submitted by
Skidge
Skidge writes "Wired is running a piece showing the drastically reduced mileage ratings for hybrids after the upcoming changes in gas mileage calculations by the EPA. While the cars themselves aren't changing, plugging these new numbers in to the equation makes a hybrid much less cost effective: "The two top-selling hybrid vehicles, the Prius and Honda's Civic Hybrid, will lose 12 and 11 miles per gallon respectively from their city driving estimates." The new values come from more realistic testing; the old, over-inflated ratings were higher in part because the cars idled a lot, allowing the hybrids to completely turn off their engines. The new ratings should be more in line with what hybrid drivers are actually seeing."
Privacy

+ - Dangers of Online Ads: Privacy vs. Personalization

Submitted by
Skidge
Skidge writes "Wired is running an article on the dangers of online advertising by Jennifer Granick, executive director of the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society. There's a fine balance between providing "useful" personalized advertising and protecting the privacy of internet users. While an anonymous record of a user's browsing history may seem harmless, oftentimes the information that can be pulled from such a source can be pieced together into a not-so-anonymous picture of the user. Online advertising is here to stay; as the article says, "it's time to consider whether current regulations are adequate to protect consumer interests, while still allowing informative and effective online ad campaigns.""
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+ - Six-legged hermaphrodite calf born in Nebraska

Submitted by
Skidge
Skidge writes "A calf born several days ago on a central Nebraska farm is just as frisky as the rest of the newborns there, only the farmer say, "He's a real freak." That's because it was born with six legs and two sets of sex organs. Likely a product of the fusion of twin embryos, cows born like this are rare and generally suffering from many internal problems. This one seems to be fine so far, however. "I'm curious to see what happens," the farmer said."
Music

+ - Pandora blocked outside of U.S.

Submitted by
Skidge
Skidge writes "Pandora, the popular personalized internet radio station, has blocked users outside of the US, UK, & Canada from accessing their music streams. From Pandora blog post, "It's hard to think of anything more anathema to who we are than turning off someone's radio, but the current legal realities leave us no choice. While the DMCA provides us a blanket license in the U.S., there is no equivalent in other countries.""

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