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Old 10-13-2008, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Northern VA
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I don't see them on this site. I don't have a virus or adware. They're all OVER flickr. At first out of the corner of my eye, it looks like some kind of Asian symbols but then when I look at them, they're squares w/ either numbers or letters inside (can't tell which). Anyone else?
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Old 10-14-2008, 12:00 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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They are a particularly stupid iteration of unicode. I've been seeing them and not paying a whole lot of attention. Here is one that I saw on flickr:

Browser Test Page for Unicode Character 'HEAVY BLACK HEART' (U+2764)

Like it says, if you don't have the font, you won't see the character. Since I have no desire for sites downloading a bunch of fonts onto my computers, I see these characters when someone attempts to be cutsie.

Unicode is a very useful tool for extending the character set codes to different languages which use circumflexes, chinese characters, etc., but this is just a dumbing down to allow for codified trash.
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Old 10-14-2008, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Every once in awhile, I hit the edge of a key and hit another key. I'm not the best typist in the world. Sometimes I get one of those odd characters when it happens, but it happens so fast, it's kind of hard to analyze what I've done.
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Old 10-14-2008, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Northern VA
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They are a particularly stupid iteration of unicode. I've been seeing them and not paying a whole lot of attention. Here is one that I saw on flickr:

Browser Test Page for Unicode Character 'HEAVY BLACK HEART' (U+2764)

Like it says, if you don't have the font, you won't see the character. Since I have no desire for sites downloading a bunch of fonts onto my computers, I see these characters when someone attempts to be cutsie.

Unicode is a very useful tool for extending the character set codes to different languages which use circumflexes, chinese characters, etc., but this is just a dumbing down to allow for codified trash.
Thank you! That is EXACTLY what I'm seeing.
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Old 10-14-2008, 08:11 PM
 
Location: a primitive state
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They are a particularly stupid iteration of unicode. I've been seeing them and not paying a whole lot of attention. Here is one that I saw on flickr:

Browser Test Page for Unicode Character 'HEAVY BLACK HEART' (U+2764)

Like it says, if you don't have the font, you won't see the character. Since I have no desire for sites downloading a bunch of fonts onto my computers, I see these characters when someone attempts to be cutsie.

Unicode is a very useful tool for extending the character set codes to different languages which use circumflexes, chinese characters, etc., but this is just a dumbing down to allow for codified trash.
What are you supposed to see? All I see are hearts. Does that mean I don't have a font?
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Old 10-14-2008, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Northern VA
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What are you supposed to see? All I see are hearts. Does that mean I don't have a font?
It means you do.
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Northern VA
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How do I download it? anyone know? It's annoying to not be able to read stuff.
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