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Comment Learn to use some macros (Score 1) 823

I regularly take notes in my advanced undergraduate math classes using LaTeX. The key is to (a) use macros --- make them up on the fly and just start using them. e.g. \pd{f}{g} for \frac{\partial f}{\partial g}, for instance, or \cF for \mathcal{F}, or \sHom for \operatorname{sHom}... (b) don't compile --- compiling during class will just confuse you. Make sure you've got enough info in the .tex file for you to understand what the notes are, and then fix typos and errors afterward. To tie back to (a), actually write the definitions for your new set of macros after class. (c) use Emacs --- if you're doing a lot of TeX you'll be happier with emacs and auctex. (d) type faster. If you can't go fast enough (or the lecturer is whipping through the blackboard faster than you can type), go back to paper & pencil. It's not that bad.
The Courts

Sweden to Make Denial of Service Attacks Illegal 108

paulraps writes "Sweden is to pass legislation making Denial of Service attacks illegal. The offense will carry a maximum jail term of two years, and is thought to be a direct response to the attack which crashed the Swedish police's web site last summer. Nobody was charged for that, but the fact that it came shortly after a raid on the Pirate Bay's servers was thought by many to be not entirely coincidental. Sweden's move follows the UK, which is even tougher on web attackers — there the sentence can be over five years in prison."

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