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Comment: Flattr addresses this problem (Score 1) 978

by Velimir (#43133125) Attached to: Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Flattr which was made to address this exact problem. Of course, the issue with Flattr remains that it is opt-in so only those that really care will use it, and a low user base will mean content creators don't put Flattr buttons on their websites.
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+ - LaTeX templates make creating beautiful documents easy

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Velimir
Velimir writes "We recently saw that LaTeX is moving into the cloud to make compilation and collaboration much easier. Another way to make LaTeX easier to use is to use templates designed for specific document types and extensively commented for easy editing. LaTeXTemplates.com provides such a collection of free Creative Commons licensed templates for LaTeX. Whether you want to typeset your CV, thesis, book, cover letter, assignment or virtually any document type, there's a template available. Templates can also be used in the cloud compilers, meaning that not only do you not need to worry about creating document structure from scratch but you also don't need to worry about maintaining a LaTeX installation on your computer either."
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+ - LaTeX templates make creating beautiful documents easy->

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Velimir
Velimir writes "We recently saw that LaTeX is moving into the cloud to make compilation and collaboration much easier. Another way to make LaTeX easier to use is to use templates designed for specific document types and extensively commented for easy editing. LaTeXTemplates.com provides such a collection of free Creative Commons licensed templates for LaTeX. Whether you want to typeset your CV, thesis, book, cover letter, assignment or virtually any document type, there's a template available. Templates can also be used in the cloud compilers, meaning that not only do you not need to worry about creating document structure from scratch but you also don't need to worry about maintaining a LaTeX installation on your computer either."
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+ - If Extinct Species Can be Brought Back... Should We?-> 2

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retroworks writes "Rebecca J. Rosen interviews experts in this edtion of The Atlantic, to ask about the ethics and wisdom of using cloning, backbreeding, or genome editing. Over 90% of species ever to exist on earth are no more. The article ponders the moral and environmental challenges of humans reintroducing species which humans made extinct."
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Science

+ - LaTeX Needn't Be So Hard->

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Velimir
Velimir writes "Few among us would argue that LaTeX is useless, but I'm sure we can agree that it is not the easiest way of creating a document. It can be frustrating and time-consuming to create a document from scratch for a specific purpose such as a CV, assignment or thesis. This is where templates come in handy since they capture the necessary elements of the document type and clearly point out where user content should go. Unfortunately, no one has created a single easy-to-use resource for LaTeX templates until now. I created LaTeXTemplates.com as a free resource of templates licensed under CC which aims to help new users of LaTeX get started making documents more quickly and to allow veteran users to focus on content over structure."
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Technology

+ - Increasing the Usability of LaTeX With Templates-> 1

Submitted by Velimir
Velimir (1680794) writes "LaTeX produces beautiful high-quality documents but anyone who has used it casually can attest that it can be cumbersome and time consuming to create a new document from scratch. We use templates for websites and Word documents, so why not for LaTeX? A template should capture the main elements of the document type it is written for and display these elements in a stylish way. It should also be easy to edit with commenting on almost every line and clear instructions for where to place user content. If this is done correctly, the template allows both novice and advanced LaTeX users to focus more on content rather than layout. This article explains what a LaTeX template is, why you should use one and introduces a new resource for LaTeX templates."
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Science

+ - Helping Bring LaTeX to the Masses->

Submitted by Velimir
Velimir (1680794) writes "LaTeX produces beautiful high-quality documents but anyone who has used it casually can attest that it can be cumbersome and time consuming to create a new document from scratch. We use templates for websites and Word documents, so why not for LaTeX? A template should capture the main elements of the document type it is written for and display these elements in a stylish way. It should also be easy to edit with commenting on almost every line and clear instructions for where to place user content. If this is done correctly, the template allows both novice and advanced LaTeX users to focus more on content rather than layout. This article explains what a LaTeX template is, why you should use one and introduces a new resource for LaTeX templates."
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Science

+ - Increasing the Usability of LaTeX With Templates->

Submitted by Velimir
Velimir (1680794) writes "LaTeX produces beautiful high-quality documents but anyone who has used it casually can attest that it can be cumbersome and time consuming to create a new document from scratch. We use templates for websites and Word documents, so why not for LaTeX? A template should capture the main elements of the document type it is written for and display these elements in a stylish way. It should also be easy to edit with commenting on almost every line and clear instructions for where to place user content. If this is done correctly, the template allows both novice and advanced LaTeX users to focus more on content rather than layout. This article explains what a LaTeX template is, why you should use one and introduces a new resource for LaTeX templates."
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Science

+ - LaTeX needn't be so hard->

Submitted by Velimir
Velimir (1680794) writes "Few among us would argue that LaTeX is useless, but I'm sure we can agree that it is not the easiest way of creating a document. It can be frustrating and time-consuming to create a document from scratch for a specific purpose such as a CV, assignment or thesis. This is where templates come in handy since they capture the necessary elements of the document type and clearly point out where user content should go. Unfortunately, no one has created a single easy to use resource for LaTeX templates until now. LaTeXTemplates.com aims to provide such a resource to help new users of LaTeX get started making documents more quickly and to allow veteran users to focus on content over structure."
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Science

+ - We Come From Earth Bearing Life

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Hugh Pickens writes writes "About 65 million years ago, Earth was struck by an asteroid some 10 km in diameter with a mass of well over a trillion tonnes that created megatsunamis, global wildfires ignited by giant clouds of superheated ash and, the mass extinction of land-based life on Earth. Now astrobiologists have begun to study a less well known consequence: the ejection of billions of tons of life-bearing rocks and water into space that has made its way not just to other planets but other solar systems as well. Calculations by Tetsuya Hara and his collegues at Kyoto Sangyo University in Japan show that a surprisingly large amount of life-bearing material ended up not on the Moon and Mars, as might be expected, but the Jovian moon Europa and the Saturnian moon Enceladus also received tons of life-bearing rock from earth. Even more amazingly calculations suggest that most Earth ejecta ended up in interstellar space and some has probably already arrived at Earth-like exoplanets orbiting other stars. Hara estimates that about a thousand Earth-rocks from this event would have made the trip to Gliese 581, a red dwarf some 20 light years away that is thought to have a super-Earth orbiting at the edge of the habitable zone, taking about a million years to reach its destination. Of course, nobody knows if microbes can survive that kind of journey or even the shorter trips to Europa and Enceladus. But Hara says that if microbes can survive that kind of journey, they ought to flourish on a super-Earth in the habitable zone (PDF). "If we consider the possibility that the fragmented ejecta (smaller than 1cm) are accreted to comets and other icy bodies, then buried fertile material could make the interstellar journey throughout the Galaxy," writes Hara. "Under these circumstances fragments could continue the interstellar journey and Earth origin meteorites could be transferred to Gl 581 system. If we take it is viable, we should consider the panspermia theories more seriously.""
Science

+ - Helping bring LaTeX to the masses->

Submitted by Velimir
Velimir (1680794) writes "Few among us would argue that LaTeX is useless, but I'm sure we can agree that it is not the easiest way of creating a document. I would like to introduce a new resource for users of LaTeX or those that are interested but have been put off by the time required to master it: http://www.latextemplates.com./ I have made this website to provide a free resource for LaTeX templates which look great and are easy to edit. The idea is that you download a template, fill in your content where instructed and hit compile to generate a completed document. I believe this makes LaTeX more accessible to everyone and is of use to the LaTeX community."
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Science

+ - Making LaTeX Easier to Use

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Velimir
Velimir writes "After noting a distinct absence of a dedicated, well-designed, resource for LaTeX templates, I decided to create one. LaTeXTemplates.com aims to provide a free resource of templates for a variety of applications. I believe that providing templates acts to take the hassle out of learning and using LaTeX and promotes learning by doing. It has been my goal to produce a high quality, easy to use website with templates that are well-commented and easy to edit. I hope this is of use to the LaTeX community."

+ - Making LaTeX Easier to Use->

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Velimir
Velimir writes "After noting a distinct absence of a dedicated, well-designed, resource for LaTeX templates, I decided to create one. LaTeXTemplates.com aims to provide a free resource of templates for a variety of applications. I believe that providing templates acts to take the hassle out of learning and using LaTeX and promotes learning by doing. It has been my goal to produce a high quality, easy to use website with templates that are well-commented and easy to edit. I hope this is of use to the LaTeX community."
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Science

+ - A new resource for LaTeX Templates to take the hassle out of LaTeX->

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Velimir
Velimir writes "After noting a distinct absence of a dedicated, well-designed, resource for LaTeX templates, I decided to create one. LaTeXTemplates.com aims to provide a free resource of templates for a variety of applications. I believe that providing templates acts to take the hassle out of learning and using LaTeX and promotes learning by doing. It has been my goal to produce a high quality, easy to use website with templates that are well-commented and easy to edit. I hope this is of use to the LaTeX community."
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