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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Spawning

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Click here to go see the bonus panel!

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THIS IS LOVE, FISHIE! THIS IS LOVE!

New comic!
Today's News:

The book tour is at an end. Tomorrow morning, we fly home. Thanks to everyone who said hi or sent encouragement. What a crazy adventure this has been.

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francisga
13 days ago
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"It's not great!" Ha! Don't miss the bonus comic.
Lafayette, LA, USA
jlvanderzwan
10 days ago
Thanks for reminding methat the bonus comics also exist with the collaborations!

Improved Text view story extraction

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The Text view is one of the most popular NewsBlur features. It’s available on all three platforms and gives you the full text of the original story, even in truncated RSS feeds. Up until today, NewsBlur’s implementation of the Text view used Readability’s open source text extractor.

Starting today, all stories will be run through Postlight Labs’ Mercury Parser. That means that not only will the full text be more likely to correctly pull the entire article, but it will also do a much better job with extracting full size images in stories.

Take a look:

A welcome improvement. This new text extractor and parser also does a better job of handling Unicode and Chinese characters. And when it doesn’t extract text as well as the old text extractor, NewsBlur will automatically fallback on the old method.

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Technicalleigh
29 days ago
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I was hoping this would fix the longstanding issues with engadget.com, but no such luck. :-/ But on other feeds I use Text View for, there is improvement. :)
SF Bay area, CA (formerly ATL)
jlvanderzwan
27 days ago
Is engadget a proper text site or an SPA?
cbenard
22 days ago
Appears to be proper text site. Content is in <div class="article-text c-gray-1" >
jlvanderzwan
22 days ago
Hmm, you're right, it loads just fine with JS turned off. Then I don't now either :/
Brstrk
29 days ago
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Saw this. Immediately checked this feed I follow that never fetched right. It's perfect now. Kudos
davebelt
29 days ago
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Awesome. I love that an already-good feature is still up for being improved
earth dimension c-138

Lessons for S’pore on the rise and fall of empires

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When Singapore became independent in August 1965, it was an accidental nation, unplanned in its creation and unexpected in its survival, said former top civil servant Lim Siong Guan. The question now is what kind of nation Singapore wants to be in the coming...
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Self Driving

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"Crowdsourced steering" doesn't sound quite as appealing as "self driving."
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petrilli
51 days ago
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So much this.
Arlington, VA
mkalus
52 days ago
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"Crowd Sourced Steering" doesn't quite sound as appealing as "self driving".
iPhone: 49.287476,-123.142136
JayM
52 days ago
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Ha
Atlanta, GA
tante
52 days ago
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Outsourcing AI work to people
Oldenburg/Germany

Obsolete Technology

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And I can't believe some places still use fax machines. The electrical signals waste so much time going AROUND the Earth when neutrino beams can go straight through!
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JayM
66 days ago
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Oh how true. :(
Atlanta, GA
alt_text_bot
66 days ago
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And I can't believe some places still use fax machines. The electrical signals waste so much time going AROUND the Earth when neutrino beams can go straight through!
ManBehindThePlan
66 days ago
There is certainly a case for "technology apt for the requirement". As long as maintenance costs don't eat you alive...
Cthulhux
66 days ago
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Some banks still use COBOL software instead of JavaScript web applications. No wonder there are financial crises all the time!
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XPav
66 days ago
The idea that JavaScript web apps will prevent financial crises is..... wow.
duerig
66 days ago
At least it is better than COBOL. Wait. I guess that is a low bar. Hahaha. But to be real for a second, this does make me wonder what the high frequency traders are programming in. Maybe C for raw speed. So the next financial crisis might come to us courtesy of a buffer overflow.
rraszews
66 days ago
About 12 years ago I applied for a job writing Matlab code for a futures trader.
PeterParslow
65 days ago
Back in the 80s, I was surprised that the guy next to me was programming a missile launch system in Basic

xkcd Phone 6

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We understand your privacy concerns; be assured that our phones will never store or transmit images of your face.
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emdot
71 days ago
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finally, screen that goes past the edge. also, pore strips.
San Luis Obispo, CA
alt_text_bot
71 days ago
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We understand your privacy concerns; be assured that our phones will never store or transmit images of your face.
Covarr
71 days ago
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Is there a wide-ruled edition?
Moses Lake, WA
CaffieneKitty
65 days ago
That would be the 4s.
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