Is there an open-source, Linux-native tool that lets you index a huge library of PDFs and then text-search across that library quickly? My wife writes medical courses and she needs to search quite a lot of huge books, but it seems the only software in existence that does this runs on Mac and is proprietary...

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#OTD 6 Oct 1932 during the Great Depression, banks were enforcing foreclosures in the midwest. In response, militant farmers began using the tactic of the "penny auction". The movement was so successful that authorities were forced to introduce moratoriums against foreclosures.

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Thank you, @ashfurrow , for this amazing adventure. You are a giant. And a gentleman scholar.

The prevailing theory is that ’s disease is caused by the buildup of amyloid plaques in the brain. However, new research finds that it is actually caused by a decline in levels of a specific protein.

Today we have a special visitor! Thanks little piggy for coming to see how we are doing...MOoooOooooo #happycowgifs #cows


I’ll never forget when the sent me to Penn Station to ask NYers their thoughts on fare evaders. Not one person cared. After I sent my notes to the rewrite desk, I got an angry call from an editor: “That’s not what we wanted.” The reporting didn’t fit their narrative.


A major credit rating agency jacked up interest rates in Jackson, Mississippi, curtailing infrastructure investments in the years leading up to the city’s recent disaster.

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