Monthly Archives: December 2013

RTFM

Some time ago1, I noticed that the Org footnote mechanism was not working correctly. As with similar footnote facilities, you add a footnote by marking where you want the footnote to appear in the text and then adding a paragraph … Continue reading

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Mickey on Emacs 24.4

As he has for the past several releases, Mickey over at Mastering Emacs has perused the NEWS file for the upcoming Emacs 24.4 and produced an informative post on what's new. There are a couple of good reasons to read … Continue reading

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Progress on the Discrete Logarithm Problem

A team of French mathematicians and computer scientists have developed a new algorithm that makes substantial progress on certain types of discrete logarithms. The general discrete log problem is given a and b from a finite field find n also … Continue reading

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No

Why not?

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LispStick!

If you're a Windows user and want to try Lisp, getting started can be a bit of a hassle. Now Patrick Krusenotto has come to the rescue with LispStick!, a Zip file that has everything you need to get started. … Continue reading

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Data Loss and Reproducible Research

As long-time readers know, I'm a big fan of reproducible research (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). The aspect that I'm particularly interested in is keeping the data, software, and other supporting material together with the source for the … Continue reading

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Emacs 24.4 Draws Nigh

Not quite in time for Christmas but a new Emacs is coming our way. Stefan Monnier has announced the feature freeze for Emacs 24.4 on the emacs-devel list. I am hearing that things are pretty much working now so if … Continue reading

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Tor Best Practices

Over at Digital Era there's a nice post on Tor best practices. While the Tor protocol and software are reasonably secure, you can't use them blindly. The most recent example of what happens when you do is demonstrated by Eldo … Continue reading

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Git Bisect

Over at randyfay.com, Randy Fay has a great screencast on debugging with git bisect. If you're not familiar with git's bisect command, the idea is to find the git commit that introduced an error. The process is basically a binary … Continue reading

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A Talk with Linus

In June of last year Linus Torvalds held a Q&A session at the Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship. It's a far reaching and interesting talk. Torvalds talks about tool building, the beginning of Linux, how the project is run, why Linux … Continue reading

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