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Tuesday, March 20th, 2001
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I hate writing. There's no process to writing; it's just write, write, write, die. I haven't got the attention span for write, write, write, die. On the other hand, code, compile, execute, debug is easy to do for extended periods of time.

This is probably why I like LaTeX, since you can write, process, view and get some feeling of satisfaction in comparing the current build to the last. But nooOO, I have to write it in word so the teacher can use the automajiCk plagarism detector on it.

I was seriously considering doing the paper in TeX, EBCDIC encoded, written to a 5.25" Commodore 64 floppy disk, but funny jokes and passing English seem to be mutually exclusve :P
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[User Picture]From: pvx
2001-03-20 05:49 pm (UTC)
automagiCk plagarism detector? boo?
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2001-03-20 06:17 pm (UTC)
Don't ask me, just following orders directions. Presumably, it's a database of already written papers and an application to grep your paper for them, which presumably costs the school somewhere on the magnitude of $10^5 plus update fees.
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[User Picture]From: pvx
2001-03-20 06:23 pm (UTC)
Hmm, huge-ass database of papers? Heh, I wanna sign up :P

I wouldn't be able to do any of the essays if my school used that, as I refuse to use a word proccessor which heats my laptop to the point where the keys burn to the touch, which no other application (including games, raytracers, etc) do.
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[User Picture]From: teferi
2001-03-21 08:40 am (UTC)
Word does that for you? Evil.
I've found that Rain (don't remember the address) helps a -lot- in keeping laptops cool.
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[User Picture]From: teferi
2001-03-21 08:43 am (UTC)

Even better...

Turn in, encoded in EBCDIC, on a cassette tape (not audio, I know my old TRS-80 can use tapes like disks), the source code for a program in INTERCAL that when compiled and run, outputs the uuencoded TeX source for your paper.
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[User Picture]From: rory
2001-03-26 09:35 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry that you are forced to use a specific word processing program for your paper. I used LaTex for a number of my papers in college. I used to edit it on one of my shell accounts at the school, so it gave me the flexibility to work on my paper from a variety of different computers and places, and the combination of the default formatting and font made my papers just look cool.
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