Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Converting to A4 PDF

I had to resize some PDF file from an odd size to A4. I finally found out the right script:
convert -density 300 input.pdf input.ps
gs -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sPAPERSIZE=a4 -sOutputFile=output.pdf input.ps

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Nature article on open computer programs

"Our view is that we have reached the point that, with some exceptions, anything less than release of actual source code is an indefensible approach for any scientific results that depend on computation, because not releasing such code raises needless, and needlessly confusing, roadblocks to reproducibility."


Time zone database suit withdrawn

It's a fundamental principle of copyright law that facts are not
copyrightable, and Astrolabe should have known that,"

ref: https://www.eff.org/press/releases/eff-wins-protection-time-zone-database