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The Google barcode

It’s an anniversary people the world over, from shopkeepers to, er, people who own supermarkets, like J Sainsbury will be celebrating. We’re talking about the 57th anniversary of the first patent of the barcode, of course, a day where literally every you know will be going to shops and having things scanned by a barcode reader in honour of Bernard Silver and Norman Woodland (they invented the barcode).

What you’re all no doubt wondering is how search engine enormo-corp Google are celebrating the day. Well you’ll be thrilled to know that they’ve taken the imaginative leap of putting a barcode as their logo on the front page. The logo says Google in barcode form, apparently Code 128 encoded, which as anyone knows is a standard way of encoding ASCII character strings into a barcode. Exciting stuff, non?

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