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When photocopiers alter documents

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Poor programming is causing some copiers to change numbers on documents.


It seems like the designers of the machine got too clever for their own good. A normal photocopier will merely scan a document as an image and reprint it as an image. But it would appear that these models are employing OCR technology and compressing images by storing identical characters on a document in the file only once. This is a dandy means of reducing filesizes, but the problem is that OCR technology is not perfect and if it thinks your 1 is a 2... well, it's going to print a 2 in the copy even if it was supposed to be a 1. Oops.


Only a computer could screw things up like this.

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To err is human, to really screw up takes a machine?  A computer is only as good as its programming.  Why is it that passing garbage through a computer system somehow sanctifies it.  Garbage in, holy garbage out, Batman.

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