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(Daily Mail)   A 14-year-old student who is possibly smarter than 99% of us has figured out a way to save the U.S. government $400 million a year, just by switching the font they use to print out documents   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 191
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2014-03-28 08:22:40 PM
It's been proven that you don't actually need vowels to understand English, so why not ban them from government publications? That will save a lot of ink.
 
2014-03-28 08:39:55 PM
It's been proven that simple declarative sentences constructed of well chosen words and good grammar can use far fewer words. So put the $400M into decent language skills for kids.
 
2014-03-28 08:45:01 PM
Yes. So simple. Also working under the presumption that the government is a single, hyper-efficient entity that can change things like that on a whim.
 
2014-03-28 08:46:40 PM
It's been proven that Messicans took ur jurbs. So let's use the $400 M to send them bills for back taxes.
 
2014-03-28 08:47:24 PM
Also, the US Government Printing Office's budget is only about $130 million, so how are they going to save $400 million?
 
2014-03-28 08:49:50 PM
His damn Garamond looks like draft mode.
 
2014-03-28 09:03:36 PM
Brilliant.
This kid has no future in government.
 
2014-03-28 09:04:38 PM

itcamefromschenectady: Also, the US Government Printing Office's budget is only about $130 million, so how are they going to save $400 million?


They'll save $3 billion in inkjet ink.
 
2014-03-28 09:22:21 PM
Now there's a guy who is never going to get laid in his entire life.
 
2014-03-28 09:47:04 PM
Because the government only uses inkjet printers and buys single cartridges at retail prices. Surely no one in the government has ever heard of bulk purchasing. Or laser printers.
 
2014-03-28 10:39:28 PM

WelldeadLink: Brilliant.
This kid has no future in government.


He'll be deleted tomorrow with a key stroke.
 
2014-03-28 10:43:39 PM

Abzzstain: Because the government only uses inkjet printers and buys single cartridges at retail prices. Surely no one in the government has ever heard of bulk purchasing. Or laser printers.


Laser printers use toner.  It's the "ink" equivalent and it aint cheap.
 
2014-03-28 10:53:19 PM

itcamefromschenectady: It's been proven that you don't actually need vowels to understand English, so why not ban them from government publications? That will save a lot of ink.


So, you're suggesting a vowel resection?
 
2014-03-28 11:00:18 PM
HAHA! I'M WASTING YOUR INK!
 
2014-03-28 11:45:04 PM

Abzzstain: Because the government only uses inkjet printers and buys single cartridges at retail prices. Surely no one in the government has ever heard of bulk purchasing. Or laser printers.


Yeah, I was kinda wondering if that had been taken into consideration.
 
2014-03-29 12:03:02 AM

Ambivalence: Abzzstain: Because the government only uses inkjet printers and buys single cartridges at retail prices. Surely no one in the government has ever heard of bulk purchasing. Or laser printers.

Laser printers use toner.  It's the "ink" equivalent and it aint cheap.


Per page it's a HELL of a lot cheaper than inkjet.
 
2014-03-29 12:03:43 AM
I fully support this proposal, so long as all Congressional records are printed in Comic Sans.
 
2014-03-29 12:05:40 AM
Well  thats $400 mill going into someone's back pocket for sure..
 
2014-03-29 12:05:52 AM
I've always liked Garamond.
 
2014-03-29 12:06:05 AM
img.fark.net
 
2014-03-29 12:07:09 AM
Not a new idea. Also, things stay as they are, unless forced to change.
 
2014-03-29 12:07:35 AM
by day:
i.dailymail.co.uk

by night:
splashpage.mtv.com
 
2014-03-29 12:07:56 AM
...because making government documents harder to read benefits us all!
 
2014-03-29 12:08:14 AM
Eh, it's play money anyway. Fark experts explained to me last week why it was a wise investment for San Fran to build a temporary bike trail by a bridge for 9.8 million.
 
2014-03-29 12:08:25 AM
If they just used the first and last two letters of each word, and transmitted them using telepathy, the US would save like a bazillion dollars! We could pay off the debt! Pave the roads with gold! No! Wait! Buy 20 new 2000 ft long aircraft carriers! With 300 F-22s each! Expand the NSA twenty fold! Clone Reagan!
 
2014-03-29 12:08:28 AM
The final version of this bill would all but dismantle the GPO and set a requirement for the government to contract printing work out with massive overhead.
 
2014-03-29 12:09:08 AM
Of course, they'll spend 100 million licensing it from adobe..
 
2014-03-29 12:09:11 AM
Socialist, off to Guantanamo with her!
 
2014-03-29 12:09:23 AM
The opposite of progress.
 
2014-03-29 12:10:46 AM

Ambitwistor: I fully support this proposal, so long as all Congressional records are printed in Comic Sans.


http://bancomicsans.com/main/
 
2014-03-29 12:11:44 AM
You could save the same amount of money by cutting the Federal budget by 0.012%.

Yes, that's 12/1000 of 1%.
 
2014-03-29 12:12:14 AM
I wonder what the savings would be if we just switched to 11.5 font as the default.
 
2014-03-29 12:12:27 AM
This is just the type of thinking we need.
 
2014-03-29 12:13:32 AM
Reminds me of ecofont.
 
2014-03-29 12:15:51 AM
So that would make the ACA drop down to 100 pages opposed to 2400?
 
2014-03-29 12:16:20 AM
Wow, that's, like, 0.01% of the federal budget! Good job! That will pay for 2 F-35s!
 
2014-03-29 12:17:23 AM
WHAT?  SAVING MONEY FROM GUBMINT SPENDING?  Do you hate the black and the poor?  A pox upon you!
 
2014-03-29 12:22:49 AM

Fano: Eh, it's play money anyway. Fark experts explained to me last week why it was a wise investment for San Fran to build a temporary bike trail by a bridge for 9.8 million.


And you angrily ignored every single one, and are still pissed off about a bridge.  Godspeed.
 
2014-03-29 12:23:14 AM

Loucifer: This is just the type of thinking we need.


This story underlines the type of bold thinking we need to strike through unjustified government waste.
 
2014-03-29 12:24:33 AM
Sometimes switching fonts costs more.  A LOT more.
 churchrelevance.com
 
2014-03-29 12:24:34 AM
Too bad most print jobs are done on printers that are charged per page instead of paying for the ink. I'm even doing this at home now with HP instant ink.
 
2014-03-29 12:24:41 AM
I wonder if he has any ideas for the Gov to save money on redacting?
 
2014-03-29 12:24:42 AM
Does he think the government actually cares about saving money?  They have unlimited spending.
 
2014-03-29 12:25:10 AM

hchaos: Wow, that's, like, 0.01% of the federal budget! Good job! That will pay for 2 F-35s!

So because we can't cut as much as you want, we shouldn't attempt to save any money at all?
 
2014-03-29 12:25:29 AM
When my company was bought out, one of those consultants came in and had everyone print up what we did.

I gave her mine  in 6 pt small fonts.   I told her sorry about that.. Its what I usually print out so I can see more code on each page, plus it saved the company toner cost.
 
2014-03-29 12:26:18 AM

Zygar: [img.fark.net image 281x179]


never even got to the words in the article before i said "Holy shiat that's McLovin"
 
2014-03-29 12:30:12 AM

Ambivalence: Abzzstain: Because the government only uses inkjet printers and buys single cartridges at retail prices. Surely no one in the government has ever heard of bulk purchasing. Or laser printers.

Laser printers use toner.  It's the "ink" equivalent and it aint cheap.


If by "ain't cheap" you mean "is practically free", then you're right. If you print a lot, buy a laser printer. TCO is much, much lower for anyone who prints often.
 
2014-03-29 12:30:29 AM

itcamefromschenectady: It's been proven that you don't actually need vowels to understand English, so why not ban them from government publications? That will save a lot of ink.


President bm then?
 
2014-03-29 12:30:40 AM
I DNRTFA, but I have a strong opinion anyway and now I have to take shiat!
 
2014-03-29 12:33:21 AM

Rhaab: hchaos: Wow, that's, like, 0.01% of the federal budget! Good job! That will pay for 2 F-35s!
So because we can't cut as much as you want, we shouldn't attempt to save any money at all?


That seems to be the consensus
 
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