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  • Smartphone Scolds | Irreal
    with friends acquaintances and loved ones Just because we prefer to text with our absent sister instead of listening to crazy Great uncle Ed expound again on the Illuminati doesn t mean that we re somehow impoverishing our lives One of the worst aspects is the hypocrisy That hypocrisy is perfectly captured in a scene from the television series Blue Bloods In it the Police Commissioner is talking to his granddaughter when the granddaughter s cell phone beeps Turn it off he says But what if it s important she asks Choose he says At that moment his cellphone rings and of course he has to answer it because he s the Police Commissioner and it might be important That s how it is with the smartphone scolds Those psychologists have to keep their cellphones on during Thanksgiving dinner because patients Those reporters have to keep theirs on too because breaking news In other words they re important and you aren t so turn off your phone and listen to Great uncle Ed while they check to see if World War III has broken out It s always been this way of course Television according the day s experts most certainly foretold the end of the family And don t even get me started about Rock and Roll Every new thing is seen as a sure sign of the Apocalypse The proper response is to ignore the doomsayers and text your pal Joey to see if his Thanksgiving dinner is going as badly as yours This entry was posted in General and tagged Tech Bookmark the permalink How The Paris Terrorists Really Operated The First Rule for Using Org Search for Recent Posts Elisp Summary Emacs for Prose FISA Abandons the Fourth Amendment Again Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=4756 (2016-04-25)
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  • How The Paris Terrorists Really Operated | Irreal
    super secret encryption transmitted on Play Stations just a bunch of people going about their business using their own names and documents Most were European citizens traveling legally with their own passports They rented the vehicles used in the attacks again legally using legitimate driver s licenses Most disturbingly many of the terrorists were already on watch lists but were nevertheless able to operate openly without detection Yet somehow this is all Snowden s and Apple s fault Or maybe it s just that our governments are lying to us Again This entry was posted in General and tagged Privacy Bookmark the permalink The Dumbest Op Ed of the Year Smartphone Scolds Search for Recent Posts Elisp Summary Emacs for Prose FISA Abandons the Fourth Amendment Again Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Recent Comments Mike Zamansky on Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola Phil on How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Sebastian Christ on European Quotation Marks NoonianAtall on A Hyper Key on Any USB Keyboard Kris on An Example of Why Reproducible Research Matters Links Useful Emacs Commands Archives April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=4753 (2016-04-25)
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  • The Dumbest Op-Ed of the Year | Irreal
    of the commercial sector and can t be said to have a profit motive To me the most infuriating part of the op ed is Foges failure to see government s culpability in what she sees as a crisis Before Snowden yes really it s all his fault the government could get a warrant and the bad guys were caught Even accepting that fairy tale that s not what was going on Instead government abused terms used secret courts and questionable interpretations of laws to snoop on everyone s communications They did that because they wouldn t have been able to get legitimate warrants Trust us Foges says but the government has repeatedly lied and abused the powers we gave it Why in the world would we trust it Now when people fight back and demand to be left alone in the absence of reasonable evidence of wrong doing the government whines that we want Isis to win and that Apple Google and other tech companies care only about filthy lucre and are willing to sell out the public s safety to get it The op ed as I said is full of errors Rather than list them here I ll point you to this righteous takedown from Techdirt It s a thorough fisking of an article that is almost too dumb to merit the effort UPDATE be we This entry was posted in General and tagged Privacy Bookmark the permalink The Truth About Open Offices How The Paris Terrorists Really Operated smitty Wait If you can t trust the government with your encryption can you trust it with your health care or much of anything else jcs Oddly I usually think of it the other way around Why would you trust the government with your encryption given their performance

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=4751 (2016-04-25)
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  • The Truth About Open Offices | Irreal
    the last two facts If you want to know how harmful they are look at all the other facts As usual the oft stated rationale of increased communication isn t supported by the facts Sadly there is probably little you can do to stop such plans once the bean counters see how much cheaper they are but perhaps the 100 loss in productivity will give them pause Perhaps This entry was posted in General and tagged Open office Bookmark the permalink Emacs for the CEO The Dumbest Op Ed of the Year Search for Recent Posts Elisp Summary Emacs for Prose FISA Abandons the Fourth Amendment Again Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Recent Comments Mike Zamansky on Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola Phil on How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Sebastian Christ on European Quotation Marks NoonianAtall on A Hyper Key on Any USB Keyboard Kris on An Example of Why Reproducible Research Matters Links Useful Emacs Commands Archives April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=4749 (2016-04-25)
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  • Open-office | Irreal
    ZD Net has a nice post on the evils of open plan office layouts That s a favored Irreal hobbyhorse of course so you might think I ve said just about everything there is to say about the Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Open office Leave a comment Finally Some Sanity Posted on March 28 2015 by jcs I ve written before 1 2 3 4 about the insanity that is the open plan office One would think that it would have withered and died by now but sadly it seems as robust as ever At least the successful Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Idiocy Open office Leave a comment Search for Recent Posts Elisp Summary Emacs for Prose FISA Abandons the Fourth Amendment Again Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Recent Comments Mike Zamansky on Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola Phil on How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Sebastian Christ on European Quotation Marks NoonianAtall on A Hyper Key on Any USB Keyboard Kris on An Example of Why Reproducible Research Matters Links Useful Emacs Commands Archives April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?tag=open-office (2016-04-25)
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  • Emacs for the CEO | Irreal
    and writes about why other CEOs might want to try Emacs too It s not for everyone he admits but if you re the right sort of person Emacs can revolutionize your work flow and make you more efficient and happier None of that will come as a surprise to us Emacsers of course but I wonder how many CEOs without a technical background will be willing to climb up the learning curve to get those benefits To make that climb a bit easier Stella spends some time describing how to install Emacs and goes over some of the basic navigation If you re looking for reasons why a non technical person might want to try Emacs Stella s post is an excellent place to start This entry was posted in General and tagged Emacs Bookmark the permalink Why LaTeX is Better Than Word The Truth About Open Offices Grant Rettke Are Emacs users called Emacsers I ve been wondering jcs That s what I call us If you start using the term too there will be at least two of us Grant Rettke This is an important topic because in our cognitive workspace it is silly to always refer to An Emacs User Python people have Pythonista so yea I wanted something shorter I started with Maccer because it is shorter than EmacsEr but there is the not appropriate American slang term Macker Then Macser but pronunciation might be weird Then Emaccer or EMacser Finally I ended up with Maxer Short kinda sounds right appropriate maximizer of good stuff Emaxer Emacser Emacsers Now there are two of us jcs Tomorrow the world Search for Recent Posts Elisp Summary Emacs for Prose FISA Abandons the Fourth Amendment Again Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola How to Keep Emacs Running Across

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=4747 (2016-04-25)
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  • Why LaTeX is Better Than Word | Irreal
    LaTeX s output Really a more accurate description is that the post highlights many of the typesetting errors that Word makes They are by and large small things but they add up to make a Word produced document much less appealing One of the things I learned from Rich Stevens is that while readers probably won t notice those small mistakes they will notice that the book or document looks less pleasing than it should Taraborelli s post compares things like kerning and small caps Take a look at the examples and see if you don t agree that LaTeX does a better job of producing pleasing typsesetting This entry was posted in General and tagged LaTeX Bookmark the permalink Mass Surveillance Emacs for the CEO Search for Recent Posts Elisp Summary Emacs for Prose FISA Abandons the Fourth Amendment Again Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Recent Comments Mike Zamansky on Blogging with Org Mode and Nikola Phil on How to Keep Emacs Running Across an X Crash Sebastian Christ on European Quotation Marks NoonianAtall on A Hyper Key on Any USB Keyboard Kris on An Example of Why Reproducible

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?p=4745 (2016-04-25)
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  • LaTeX | Irreal
    mode to LaTeX Continue reading Posted in General Tagged LaTeX Leave a comment Crossword Posted on August 18 2015 by jcs For all you puzzle constructors out there How to create a crossword puzzle in LaTeX http t co 0BdZcYhRyA TeX tips TeXtip July 7 2015 The cwpuzzle makes it really easy to typeset a crossword puzzle If you want to try your Continue reading Posted in General Tagged LaTeX Leave a comment LaTeX Templates Posted on June 8 2015 by jcs If you re a beginning or intermediate LaTeX user you can probably produce pretty nice looking documents as long as the document is one of the standard types If you want to produce slightly unusual documents a homework assignment or résumé say you ll Continue reading Posted in General Tagged LaTeX Leave a comment A LaTeX Tip Posted on February 23 2015 by jcs Here s something from John Cook that I didn t know Use phantom to insert white space the size of the argument For example phantom pi is an invisible pi TeX tips TeXtip February 23 2015 Posted in General Tagged LaTeX Leave a comment Using AUCTeX Posted on January 8 2015 by jcs Before I started using Org mode for most of my writing I typeset everything using groff I occasionally used TeX but very little LaTeX One of my New Year Resolutions is to learn more LaTeX My recent post on Piotr Kaźmierczak s Continue reading Posted in General Tagged Emacs LaTeX 8 Comments Using AUCTeX Posted on December 30 2014 by jcs Piotr Kaźmierczak has a nice post on why Emacs is the ultimate LaTeX editor1 The idea is that adding AUCTeX to the greatest editor in the world gives you an incredibly powerful LaTeX environment Kaźmierczak is a Mathematician so his

    Original URL path: http://irreal.org/blog/?tag=latex (2016-04-25)
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