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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
23 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
22 days ago
Is engadget a proper text site or an SPA?
cbenard
17 days ago
Appears to be proper text site. Content is in <div class="article-text c-gray-1" >
jlvanderzwan
17 days ago
Hmm, you're right, it loads just fine with JS turned off. Then I don't now either :/
Brstrk
24 days ago
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Saw this. Immediately checked this feed I follow that never fetched right. It's perfect now. Kudos
davebelt
24 days ago
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Awesome. I love that an already-good feature is still up for being improved
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Timeline – 1965 Part 2

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Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, February 14, 1965.

Lt. Fuzz attempts to get the men fired up for battle in this vintage Sunday page. As always, he is easily fooled by his own vanity and no matter how hard Fuzz tries, Sarge shows he is the one who has the true grit.

In an interview from 1984, Mort Walker explained the creation of Lt. Sonny Fuzz: “It is a humorous situation to have a young, eager, newly-minted lieutenant arrive and start bossing around the old grizzled incumbent first sergeant. I was twenty-one when I did it and I know who won…the sergeant!”

This drawing is from a model sheet Mort created in the early 1960s.

Fuzz’s youthfulness is conveyed by his lack of facial hair and innocent expression. He provides an ideal contrast to Sarge’s rough nature and the conflict between the two is a fertile source for gag situations.

Stay tooned for more classic episodes from 1965 in our Timeline series.

– Brian Walker

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Brstrk
153 days ago
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I love those following texts with each strip. I wish all comics I followed had something like this.

Phone Numbers

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Texting should work. Unless the message is too long, in which case it gets converted to voicemails, and I think I'm locked out of my voicemail.
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toddgrotenhuis
298 days ago
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me IRL
Indianapolis
Brstrk
299 days ago
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#4 is for whenever I have to enter a number and think I'll be bombarded with robocalls, unless the call starts with a magic package, in which case it's forwarded to my laptop to wake it up.
Covarr
299 days ago
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What about #2?
Moses Lake, WA
tsuckow
298 days ago
It's the Google voice number
chrisrosa
299 days ago
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this in a nutshell
San Francisco, CA
CallMeWilliam
299 days ago
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voicemail is terrible.
alt_text_bot
299 days ago
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Texting should work. Unless the message is too long, in which case it gets converted to voicemails, and I think I'm locked out of my voicemail.
adam8797
299 days ago
You're my new favorite bot.
Aissen
299 days ago
@adam8797 Author here. Glad you like it! I forgot it was still running ! You probably don't need it anymore since on mobile you can long press images to see the alt text now.
samuel
298 days ago
Heh, this is a great bot. Keep it!
Aissen
297 days ago
@samuel I have no intention to stop it for now, it just runs itself :-)

Life Goals

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I got to check off 'Make something called xkcd' early.
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Brstrk
389 days ago
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- Learn to cast Xyzzy
Covarr
389 days ago
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play SimCity 2000 without using the "porntipsguzzardo" cheat code.
Moses Lake, WA
zippy72
389 days ago
I never knew that existed. Now I will have to see if I can find a Sim City 2K disk again and try it out :)
ryanbrazell
389 days ago
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I take issue with the last one ... you're not really trying if you're not getting punched.
Richmond, VA
alt_text_bot
390 days ago
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I got to check off 'Make something called xkcd' early.

Coffee

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Remind me to order another pack of coffee filters from Dyson. Man, these things are EXPENSIVE.
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Covarr
405 days ago
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Step 1: Go to starbucks
Moses Lake, WA
Brstrk
405 days ago
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Oh. So that's why my workplace's coffee taste funny.
rtreborb
405 days ago
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If I had to count the number of times someone gasped when I mentioned I don't drink coffee...
tedder
407 days ago
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"we're basically fake adults"
Uranus
darastar
407 days ago
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This is me. I'm not a coffee drinker and feel awkward trying to make it.
foilman
407 days ago
Same here! Luckily there's usually someone around who knows what they're doing.
Cthulhux
407 days ago
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This must be fake, there's no hilarious amount of caramel in it.
Fledermausland
gradualepiphany
407 days ago
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I guess this is why those god-forsaken coffee pod abominations are a thing.
Los Angeles, California, USA
alt_text_bot
407 days ago
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Remind me to order another pack of coffee filters from Dyson. Man, these things are EXPENSIVE.

Work

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Despite it being imaginary, I already have SUCH a strong opinion on the cord-switch firing incident.
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brico
410 days ago
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A curiously bureaucratic and teleological vision from Randall; I look at these and see evolution, not design. The gooseneck lamp goes back well over a century. And the glass tumbler and the wooden table with aprons are even older forms.
Brooklyn, NY
Brstrk
411 days ago
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No mention on any documentation processes. Some heroes just go unsung.
duerig
411 days ago
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He missed designing for manufacturability. "This shape was chosen because it is easy to stamp out of sheet metal." or "These two parts snap together in order to eliminate two screws."
duerig
411 days ago
Also, I found out how they make plastic soda bottles recently. First, a test-tube shaped piece of plastic is cast. Then before it has cooled, they stick it at the opening of a mold and blow air through it until the sides conform to the shape of the mold. For large bottles (2-liter), they have a rod that automatically pushes the bottom of the tube down deeper into the mold as air is blown in. It is like automated glassblowing with plastic, done countless times over and over for a disposable bottle.
infini
411 days ago
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supernormal design as jasper morrison and naoko fukusawa would call it
Asia, EU, Africa
dukeofwulf
411 days ago
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Related: "I, Pencil." http://www.econlib.org/library/Essays/rdPncl1.html
Covarr
411 days ago
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An artist spent several minutes deciding what objects to put on this table.
Moses Lake, WA
ossiander
411 days ago
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I could see this.
magicseth
411 days ago
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On point
mburch42
411 days ago
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My life.
reconbot
411 days ago
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Truth behind objects
New York City
alt_text_bot
411 days ago
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Despite it being imaginary, I already have SUCH a strong opinion on the cord-switch firing incident.
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