A Quick Rant about Copiers and Scanners

When I was a student at Carnegie Mellon University, the University Libraries had some very clever copiers where the glass ran to a beveled edge. This elegant and simple design allowed you to get a distortion-free copy of a book's pages without putting undue strain on the book's binding.

In the eight years since graduation, I haven't seen a single copier based on these designs, not even in copy shops.

Yesterday, I nearly ruined my copy of Sharknife to get a blurry, distorted copy of some interior pages, and it made me wonder — why isnt this design the standard. I can't imagine that the engineering costs are huge, or that Xerox has some sort of patent on copiers with beveled edges. Did publishers lobby against the design, to prevent people from making perfect copies of their intellectual property? I know I can't be the only person who'd kill for such a scanner...

Washington Nationals at Pittsburgh Pirates

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
WASHINGTON NATIONALS 1 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 7 12 1
PITTSBURGH PIRATES 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 4 10 0

W: L. Hernandez (10-2); L: M. Redman (4-5); S: C. Cordero (22)
HR: WDC — J. Guillen (12,13)

Well,the Pirates made it interesting in the bottom of the seventh, but this was clearly the Nationals' game to lose. But you know what? It's hard to quibble with a nice cool night at the ballpark.

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