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Edit: Ignore the following. It succeeds in one or two ways but fails in too many other ways to be useful. However, it has helped me understand how Android Browser is becoming this decade's Internet Explorer.

Android Browser has a bug involving paragraph tags; in some circumstances they're rendered at 50% of their container's width, regardless of their inferrable or explicitly defined width.

Only known fix is to set a background property to the paragraph tags, which has undesirable complications of its own, and makes it hard to slot a generic fix in a CSS reset document...

The best I've gotten to a universal fix is the following CSS:

p { background-color: rgba(255,255,255,0.004);

So far from my testing, the paragraph's background will be fainter than the browser is capable of rendering (which makes sense: The difference between a light grey and a light grey with 1/4000 of a white color overlay is going to be below the threshold of a 24 bit color palette). Note that if you make the alpha value any fainter, (eg, an opacity of 0.003), the hack doesn't work. The background can be translucent, but it can't be /too/ faint. Even if it's effectively imperceptible.

For light text on dark, use a black rather than white color value. Or maybe a middle gray will work everywhere. Dunno yet. Browser targeting isn't necessary because the color value isn't visible on any browser I've tried.
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I would swear all up and down that I'd read this in an old old old Mathematical Games column, but can't be bothered to look it up right now. It's still great, though, and I like the statistical finagling in the extra-dice variations.

http://singingbanana.com/dice/article.htm
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#hm. #google #plus #has #hashtags #now. #what #could #possibly #go #wrong?
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Happy to report that +Maciej Ceglowski just added support for the #gopher URL format to Pinboard. Sample: https://pinboard.in/u:vielmetti/b:7fb419764b79 .
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Not sure if I'm the only one who's read about Windows 8's contracts model and immediately flashed back to OpenDoc.

Note that this might be a deft dance around the question of how IE 10 will be made extensible if it won't support plugins: It's possible it will be extensible by subscribing IE 10 to standalone quasi-applet objects that would also be available to, say, Office (so you could have Silverlight embedded in your spreadsheets).
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Throbbermania!
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Thanks, guys, I needed that. Seriously.
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If you're an internet slacktivist, this is a good thing to be a slacktivist about.
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A head-shaking classic.
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I need a good chili recipe that uses ground beef and canned beans.
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Garnish with Beak is at http://www.waider.ie/misc/recipes.ps - has been on my site for years despite predating my presence in t.b somewhat.
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Another Mac OS X update, another round of the laptop forgetting that I don't want the keyboard backlights on ever, under any circumstance.

Lion ups the ante by not even providing a "Don't turn the keyboard backlights on ever, under any circumstance" setting. I hadn't realized keyboard backlights were such a necessity, but I prefer the comfort of my delusions and want those damn lights off.
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Yeah. Indexing the backup volume is an unnecessarily excessive time/cpu sink here (you can see if it's in action in the Time Machine menubar item), but I'm leery about disabling its indexing, in case that affects the ability to recover.

I could wipe my archive on Time Capsule and start over since that seems to be known to work, but it's a scorched earth approach and I'm not to happy to consider it.

On the other hand, I'm getting tired of walking into the office first thing in the morning and hearing the fan whining at top speed, the computer too hot to touch, and that it obviously hadn't gone to sleep when it was supposed to.
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Michael S. Hart, the inventor of electronic books and founder of Project Gutenberg, died today. A tragic loss for everybody.
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Oh my goodness. I was on the listserv for a long time. He was heck of a guy from what I can tell, and this news saddens me.
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