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Cartoon-Off: XKCD

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| Last night I was out shopping for groceries at my local grocery store when I 
| ran into none other than Randall Munroe, creator of the webcomic XKCD (and, 
| it might be noted, the guy in the grocery store who pushes his cart extra 
| slow and then stops right in the middle of the aisle, so you can’t get over 
| to the candy section!). Before I could muster the courage to challenge him to 
| a cartoon-off, as I knew I must, he had already removed his glove—a long 
| silky stocking of a thing—and lofted it against my cheek, mouthing the 
| words “cartoon off.” The game was on.       



Textbook Piracy Grows Online, Prompting a Counterattack From Publishers

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| So far the publishing group has not sought to take legal action against
| individual student downloaders, as the Recording Industry Association of
| America has done in its campaign to stamp out the illegal trading of music at
| colleges. The book-publishing group has not sought to shut down entire Web
| sites that offer downloads either, said Mr. McCoyd. Instead, officials are
| doing research on the extent of the problem and asking Web-site owners to
| remove individual files. "We've just tried to keep sweeping away these
| infringements as they continue to come online," he said.

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