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Study: Pre-release torrent leaks actually benefit album sales (Wired UK)

Monday, May 21, 2012
Category: Business

From www.wired.co.uk

Over a nine-month period, Hammond searched for newly-released albums on a private BitTorrent tracker to find out if they had been leaked; the minute they had propagated onto the web; and the number of downloaders, leechers and seeders.

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Living Photography Oscillator, Scientific American Blog Network

Monday, May 21, 2012
Category: Hacks

From blogs.scientificamerican.com

Like other bacteria, many species of photosynthetic cyanobacteria can swim and swarm to move towards areas where more foodâ€"sunlightâ€"is available. Shading some regions will quickly clear them of bacteria, reproducing which areas were bright and which were dark, creating a living photographic image.

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Accidentally Released - and Incredibly Embarrassing - Documents Show How Goldman et al Engaged in ′Naked Short Selling&pri

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Monday, May 21, 2012
Category: Business

From www.rollingstone.com

“Fuck the compliance area â€" procedures, schmecedures,” chirps Peter Melz, former president of Merrill Lynch Professional Clearing Corp. (a.k.a. Merrill Pro), when a subordinate worries about the company failing to comply with the rules governing short sales.

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Homemade Revolving Shotgun

Monday, May 21, 2012
Category: Engineering

From www.neatorama.com

Using chambers cut off 12 ga. scrap barrels and a new $10 bbl for an Italian auto shotgun, the only other gun part is a scrapped hammer from a 1857 Remington perc revolver. Loads like a SAA Colt but underlever rotates and cocks it.

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What Makes Countries Rich or Poor? by Jared Diamond The New York Review of Books

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Monday, May 21, 2012
Category: World

From www.nybooks.com

The fence that divides the city of Nogales is part of a natural experiment in organizing human societies. North of the fence lies the American city of Nogales, Arizona; south of it lies the Mexican city of Nogales, Sonora.

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The peculiar legacies of Walter Scott TLS

Monday, May 21, 2012
Category: History

From www.the-tls.co.uk

It was Scott who, to add “aboriginal” colour to George IV’s “jaunt” to Edinburgh in 1822, invented the cult of the clan tartan (“the ancient Highland costume”) â€" arguably one of his finer works of fiction.

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This Column Is Not Sponsored by Anyone - NYTimes.com

Monday, May 21, 2012
Category: Society

From www.nytimes.com

When public schools are plastered with commercial advertising, they teach students to be consumers rather than citizens. When we outsource war to private military contractors, and when we have separate, shorter lines for airport security for those who can afford them, the result is that the affluent and those of modest means live increasingly separate lives, and the class-mixing institutions and public spaces that forge a sense of common experience and shared citizenship get eroded.

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