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Comment: Re:Peso vs. Dollar (Score 4, Informative) 108

by lithis (#47251403) Attached to: Unicode 7.0 Released, Supporting 23 New Scripts

Many of the stylistic duplicates, for example the half-width and full-width latin forms that you mentioned, are only in Unicode because of backwards compatibility with pre-Unicode character sets. If there hadn't been character sets that had different encodings for half- and full-width forms, Unicode never would have had them either. So you can't use them to argue for more glyph variations in Unicode. The same applies to many of the formatted numbers, such as the Unicode characters "VII" (U+2166), "7." (U+248E), "(7)" (U+247A), and "1/7" (U+2150), and units of measure ("cm^2", U+33A0).

(Oh, for Unicode support in Slashdot....)

Comment: Re:Klingon in more useful (Score 2) 108

by lithis (#47251331) Attached to: Unicode 7.0 Released, Supporting 23 New Scripts
There is already at least one effort to extend Unicode beyond the current maximum of 1.1 million characters: The UCS-X Family of UCS Extensions. It defines UCS-G, which supports over two billion characters, UCS-E with over nine quintillion, and UCS-Infinity with no upper bound. They each support 8-, 16-, and 32-bit variable-byte encodings (e.g. UTF-E-32, UTF-Infinity-8). Itâ(TM)s been a while since I read about them, but I believe they are all compatible with UTF- 8, 16, and 32.

Comment: Re:On the contrary (Score 1) 208

by lithis (#35604542) Attached to: Improving Productivity (With Science)

There's a link to the Windows version of Divvy on the Mac Divvy page.

I use WinSplit Revolution, though. It's a free Window app that is similar to Divvy.

What I really wish I had, when I must use Windows, is a Windows version of xmonad. It has excellent support for arranging windows within large screens and on multiple monitors, once you get used to it.

Comment: Re:Not sure I'll buy it. (Score 2, Interesting) 216

by lithis (#34054744) Attached to: <em>Diablo 3</em> Hands-On

I purchased Diablo II. The DRM wouldn't let the game run without the CD-ROM in the drive, even though I did a full install so all the files were on my hard drive. The game was intentionally crippled, making it less convenient to play. (What if I had another CD-ROM in my drive? What if I wanted to listen to an audio CD?) I installed a no-CD crack.

A couple years later I reinstalled it. It wouldn't play; it kept failing because the DRM said the disc was not in the drive. It was. I had to crack my purchased copy to play it.

Comment: Re:LyX (Score 2, Informative) 823

by lithis (#29916913) Attached to: How To Enter Equations Quickly In Class?

I second this. If you don't know TeX math commands, there are toolbar buttons, menus, and dialog boxes for everything. But once you do learn the commands (and the TeX commands are listed in the menus and appear as tooltips over the buttons), you can just type them. So instead of pressing the subscript button, you press _ and the display switches to subscript mode. Instead of clicking the sine function, you type \sin. Instead of clicking the fraction button, you can type \frac.

Also, text entry is pretty easy. For example, after creating a fraction two empty blue squares appear--the numerator and the denomerator. Focus is in the numerator, and you can press Tab to switch to the denomerator. Pressing the spacebar exits the fraction, putting the cursor just after it.


Spammer Alan Ralsky Pleads Guilty 144

Posted by kdawson
from the big-fish-landed-and-gaffed dept.
Czmyt sends the excellent news that one of the US's most notorious spammers has pleaded guilty and could serve 6 years in jail. "Five individuals pleaded guilty today in federal court in Detroit for their roles in a wide-ranging international stock fraud scheme involving the illegal use of bulk commercial e-mails, or 'spamming'... Alan M. Ralsky, 64, of West Bloomfield, Mich., and Scott K. Bradley, 38, also of West Bloomfield, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and to violate the CAN-SPAM Act. ... Ralsky and Bradley also pleaded guilty to wire fraud, money laundering, and violating the CAN-SPAM Act. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Ralsky acknowledges he is facing up to 87 months in prison and a $1 million fine..."

Comment: Re:The way math is structured is disconnected from (Score 2, Interesting) 677

by lithis (#28394791) Attached to: A Mathematician's Lament &mdash; an Indictment of US Math Education

If you read the Wikipedia article on Maya numerals, linked to above, you will see that it is not like Roman numerals. It is, in fact, a base-twenty positional system that happens to have logical symbols for its digits (zero notwithstanding).

Comment: The Guardian Legend J Password (Score 1) 261

by lithis (#28292397) Attached to: Videogame Places You're Not Supposed To Go

The Guardian Legend NES game had a password system to save your progress. If you entered all Js as your password, you started in a strange location 80% of the way through the game with almost no health. I think the area was reachable in normal gameplay, but you needed a key that you didn't receive when using the password. (Therefore, you were locked in when using the password.) My friends and I spent much time wondering what it all meant.

Recently, zoogelio has reverse-engineered the password system and figured out how to get to off-map areas (he calls it the Lost Frontier, finding all sorts of glitches and weird places.

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.