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Invisible Formatting

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To avoid errors like this, we render all text and pipe it through OCR before processing, fixing a handful of irregular bugs by burying them beneath a smooth, uniform layer of bugs.
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denubis
126 days ago
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Ah, *TeX, the ultimate outcome of what I see is what I meant. (Also, if folks don't know about overleaf it... shockingly doesn't suck as an online LaTeX engine)
Sydney, Australia
awilchak
127 days ago
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#same
Brooklyn, New York
summerofjay
127 days ago
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So much THIS!

It's bad enough in native apps but browser-based services have taken it to a new level (looking at you, Confluence)
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sirwired
127 days ago
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God, I miss "Reveal Codes" from WordPerfect. It made fixing formatting problems *so* much easier over watching your entire document re-format because you delete a single paragraph break.
duerig
127 days ago
I thought about reveal codes as well when I saw this. I miss it sometimes, but it always brought out my OCD side. I was always tempted to spend time erasing codes that didn't actually impact the document.
fallinghawks
127 days ago
Reveal codes was awesome. My memory is of when word processors started to be able to apply HTML. An instant shitshow of massive amounts of repeated inline styling for a single character. You could not find the actual text in the mess.
reconbot
126 days ago
Let’s be clear, even if it didn’t impact the document removing unnecessary and unexpected codes is important work.
emdeesee
127 days ago
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The struggle is real. 😬
📌 Lincoln, NE ❤️️ Sherman, TX
philipstorry
127 days ago
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Yeah, I get this anxiety too.
And it can actually be an issue. The best case is that at some point in the future you click into that space and start typing, only to find everything in bold. Easily fixed.
The worst case is that you find one of the chaotic, baffling stupid dead ends in Microsoft Word's layout engine and lose hours fighting it to get what you're sure should be a relatively simple layout.
London, United Kingdom
Screwtape
127 days ago
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And this is why web developers keep opening the developer tools to look at the page markup, and why grey-beards fondly remember Word Perfect's "Reveal Codes" feature.
HarlandCorbin
127 days ago
I miss reveal codes. Word just hides them, tons of on/off tags hidden from view.
alt_text_bot
127 days ago
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To avoid errors like this, we render all text and pipe it through OCR before processing, fixing a handful of irregular bugs by burying them beneath a smooth, uniform layer of bugs.
alt_text_at_your_service
127 days ago
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To avoid errors like this, we render all text and pipe it through OCR before processing, fixing a handful of irregular bugs by burying them beneath a smooth, uniform layer of bugs.

A List of the 100 Most Important Technologies Ever

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From Paleofuture, “Technology, Ranked”, a list of the 100 most important technologies ever invented by humans. Among the items on the list (one of which is the top pick) are the fork, the electric guitar, cotton gin, nuclear weapons, anesthesia, GPS, Prozac, and the wheel. Fire is #2:

Ancient peoples harnessed fire in ways that allowed them to control their environment. For example, aboriginal Australians were able to keep bushfires under control by shaping and manipulating what they destroyed-reinvigorating the land and limiting the number of fires that had the potential to get out of control.

It’s fire. It’s kinda important.

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summerofjay
163 days ago
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What, no sliced bread?
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How to overcome procrastination

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It all comes down to the limbic systems and your prefrontal cortex. Your monkey brain vs. your human brain. And the one thing that has been shown to weaken your limbic response and strengthen the response of your prefrontal cortex? Mindful meditation. (via @christopherjobs)

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summerofjay
1033 days ago
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I'll watch this later...
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Horse

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Officer suspended from horse.
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yashimii
1738 days ago
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Das Leben ist kein Ponyhof!
fxer
1741 days ago
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We can't penetrate their horsefields
Bend, Oregon
fancycwabs
1741 days ago
Horse IS equal to mass times acceleration, after all.
summerofjay
1741 days ago
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Legal contracts will include clauses regarding Horse Majeure.
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0utis
1741 days ago
May the horse be with you.
chrisamico
1741 days ago
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I assume this browser extension will be released this afternoon.
Boston, MA
bronzehedwick
1741 days ago
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Alt text: "Officer suspended from horse."
Astoria NY

Astronaut Vandalism

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That night, retired USAF pilots covertly replaced the '62' with '50'.
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sness
1836 days ago
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space ^
milky way
xbai
1836 days ago
We should follow that direction:)
summerofjay
1842 days ago
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Ermagerd! My hometown is in XKCD!
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fancycwabs
1842 days ago
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What's an astronaut doing in rural Mississippi? Did they get kidnapped?
Nashville, Tennessee
fancycwabs
1842 days ago
ON THE OTHER HAND, if you meet Satan here and ask him to tune your guitar, you'll gain fantastic musical powers.
crazysim
1842 days ago
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ALT: That night, retired USAF pilots covertly replaced the '62' with '50'.
San Diego, California
sabinn
1840 days ago
I dont get it
crazysim
1840 days ago
That's what explainxkcd is for.

The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements

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The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements:

A fascinating and potentially important read — especially if, like me, you’re a vitamin taker.

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summerofjay
2154 days ago
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As my former father-in-law (licensed pharmacist) used to say - "the only thing vitamins do is make your pee & poop more expensive"
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ceeeeej
2154 days ago
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Wow - "In 2007, researchers from the National Cancer Institute examined 11,000 men who did or didn't take multivitamins. Those who took multivitamins were twice as likely to die from advanced prostate cancer."

Some studies say multivitamins have no effect, some say they potentially increase risk to die from cancer. Now I'm wondering if they increase the risk to get cancer in the first place?
Taipei, Taiwan