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102 pages via one of the most annoying PDF readers on the planet? No thanks.

There are good, free, PDF readers for every major operating system and for every major mobile device. I wish people would just link directly to PDFs.

The author's page (http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Vinay_Deolalikar/) has now been updated to include a direct link to the PDF version (http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Vinay_Deolalikar/Papers/pnp_p...). He also notes: "The preliminary version made it to the web without my knowledge. Please note that the final version of the paper is under preparation, and is to be posted here shortly (in about a week). Stay tuned."

I converted the documented to HTML5 mode. Hopefully that makes it easier to read.

I wish people would just link directly to PDFs.

Agreed, and the benefit of doing that is you get a Scribd link come up on HN too :-)

Have you tried Scribd since they've transitioned to HTML 5? I now find it quite usable.

I got their flash viewer for this. I do sometimes get the html5 viewer, and I assumed the selection was based on a preference set by the uploader. Isn't it?

It seems they're A/B testing it. I got the html5 viewer all but one time viewing this.

This is not the point.

Sure it is. Scribd has succeeded in going from "the worst pdf viewer on the web" to something that's perfectly usable using HTML5.

Perfectly usable compared to what?

A big toolbar at the top, a big toolbar at the bottom, a big sidebar, none of which have any information I want to see; ads all over, and I have to sign up for their website to download the PDF.

That's not even as good as Acrobat (last I used it), never mind a lightweight PDF reader, never mind Chrome's integrated PDF rendering.

2 things.

- The html5 transformation is not instant. Everyone gets the Flash reader till the HTML5 version gets ready. Which can be anywhere between minutes to hours (I don't know the avg time).

- The HTML5 version or the Flash is worse than a plain old PDF viewer. Have you used the Integrated PDF viewer in Chrome lately? PDF under chrome makes reading PDF fun again, its the fastest/smoothest PDF viewer I have ever used

Also in order for me to download the PDF version I have to either register or sign in with my facebook account? What nonsense is that?

I have in the past for other sites. But now, sites that do decide to BugMe I choose Not to visit them.*

*NYT being the exception.

The best PDF viewer on the web is still not as nice as Preview.app. Just because hairs can be split doesn't mean we want that distraction.

+1 to that. Is there any point to Scribd other than putting ads on PDFs?

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