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Re: Session Privacy in Mathematica 8 w/ Wolfram|Alpha free-form input?

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  • Subject: [mg115276] Re: Session Privacy in Mathematica 8 w/ Wolfram|Alpha free-form input?
  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at wolfram.com>
  • Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2011 02:04:23 -0500 (EST)

No, it's not.  However, it was transmitted incorrectly due to the seemingly more
frequent equal-doubling that's been showing up in MathGroup posts (all of my
posts in the last few days have been affected similarly).

Correct input should be...

Plot[x, {x, 0, 1}]

<single equal sign>blur

Where <single equal sign> is replaced with the equal sign (which you should type
rather than copy/paste).  As I indicated in my previous email, you have to put
these in separate cells, and if it still seems like bad input, then you're
probably not using v8.

Sincerely,

John Fultz
jfultz at wolfram.com
User Interface Group
Wolfram Research, Inc.


On Wed, 05 Jan 2011 13:40:06 -0600, DrMajorBob wrote:
> The second input is incomplete syntax. Nothing happens.
>
> Bobby
>
> On Wed, 05 Jan 2011 04:47:24 -0600, John Fultz <jfultz at wolfram.com> wrote:
>
>> On Tue, 4 Jan 2011 18:52:16 -0500 (EST), Frank Iannarilli wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> How much session state or notebook content is shared with the
>>> Wolfram|Alpha server?  Is it just one's free-form input keystrokes?
>>>
>> No session state or notebook content outside of the query cell is sent
>> by
>> default without explicit prompts.  For example, evaluate the following
>> in
>> separate cells:
>>
>> Plot[x, {x, 0, 1}]
>>
>> ====blur
>>
>> The second input will prompt you to send session information by default.
>> If you answer yes, it will do so for the rest of the Mathematica
>> session. Incidentally, it doesn't send your inputs or outputs directly,
>> but it sends skeletal forms of the outputs.  So, in this case, it sent
>> enough information for W|A to know that it was dealing with a Graphics[]
>> expression, but not necessarily all of the data in the plot.
>>
>> The default setting for this can be controlled in the Preferences
>> dialog, in Internet Connectivity->Wolfram|Alpha Settings.
>>
>> Also, all queries send your activation key and some information about
>> the specific version of Mathematica being used. This is necessary to
>> make sure we can maintain the service for legitimate Mathematica users
>> and to properly version content as newer versions of Mathematica are
>> released.  And all queries are logged by IP address, which is just
>> standard practice for virtually any web-hosted server.
>>
>> Sincerely,
>>
>> John Fultz
>> jfultz at wolfram.com
>> User Interface Group
>> Wolfram Research, Inc.



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