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Comment Re:will never use it (Score 2) 800

I *DEFY* you to send a pdf from safari via e-mail.

If you want to attach the PDF, then all you need to do is:

  1. 1. Go to the PDF in Safari
  2. 2. Tap "Open in iBooks"
  3. 3. Click the action button (looks like a square with an arrow coming off of it).
  4. 4. Pick "Email"

Or you could just click the action button in Safari and pick "Mail Link to this Page".

Apple's portable devices (laptops excluded) are designed to make the stuff you do 90% of the time extremely easy (take notes, check weather, etc), but everything else (e-mail a pdf, copy a simply link from a google-search, etc) either requires 20 minutes of stupid crap or is simply impossible.

Both of your complaints are pretty trivial to do...I've already explained how to attach the PDF, and you can copy links from any website by pressing and holding on the link until Safari offers you "Open" / "Open in New Page" / "Copy" / "Cancel". (I'll give you a hint, you want to use "Copy"...) Or you could just go to the page you want to link, and use the action button in Safari and pick "Mail Link to this Page".

"I don't know how to do it" != "It's impossible."

Open Source

Open Source OCR That Makes Searchable PDFs 133

An anonymous reader writes "In my job all of our multifunction copiers scan to PDF but many of our users want and expect those PDFs to be text searchable. I looked around for software that would create text searchable pdfs but most are very expensive and I couldn't find any that were open source (free). I did find some open source packages like CuneiForm and Exactimage that could in theory do the job, but they were hard to install and difficult to set up and use over a network. Then I stumbled upon WatchOCR. This is a Live CD distro that can easily create a server on your network that provides an OCR service using watched folders. Now all my scanners scan to a watched folder, WatchOCR picks up those files and OCRs them, and then spits them out into another folder. It uses CuneiForm and ExactImage but it is all configured and ready to deploy. It can even be remotely managed via the Web interface. Hope this proves helpful to someone else who has this same situation."

OLPC Set To Dump x86 For Arm Chips In XO 2 274

angry tapir writes with this excerpt from Good Gear Guide: "One Laptop Per Child is set to dump x86 processors, instead opting to put low-power Arm-based processors in its next-generation XO-2 laptop with the aim of improving battery life. The nonprofit is 'almost' committed to putting the Arm-based chip in the next-generation XO-2 laptop, which is due for release in 18 months, according to Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of OLPC. The XO-1 laptop currently ships with Advanced Micro Devices' aging Geode chip, which is based on an x86 design."

Comment Re:The people have spoken (Score 2, Insightful) 311

Hopefully, with all of Ray Beckerman's submissions to Slashdot, a decent percentage of Slashdot feels this way; that for every Jack Thompson (who, thankfully, has been disbarred) there are lawyers who practice the law for more noble reasons.

Hopefully Canada doesn't catch the copyright madness the U.S. has; I'm glad to see that the DMCA is finally coming back to bite some of the politicians who voted for it.

Every country needs lawyers and activists fighting for the rights of the consumer; big business should not receive a lot of the special privileges that it receives.

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