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Scotland's $2 Billion Salmon Industry Is Thriving — But At What Cost?

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A worker heads out to hand-feed fish at a Scottish salmon farm, a method that is unusual among fish farms.

The growth of the country's farmed salmon sector has reached such a critical point that, if not addressed, may cause "irrecoverable damage to the environment," a government report says.

(Image credit: Eileen Guo for NPR)

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sirshannon
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Um... $2 billion, you just said so. Pay attention!

Lawsuit Claims Facebook Inflated Ad Metrics Up to 900 Percent

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Ethan Baron:

Not only did Facebook inflate ad-watching metrics by up to 900 percent, it knew for more than a year that its average-viewership estimates were wrong and kept quiet about it, a new legal filing claims.

A group of small advertisers suing the Menlo Park social media titan alleged in the filing that Facebook “induced” advertisers to buy video ads on its platform because advertisers believed Facebook users were watching video ads for longer than they actually were.

That “unethical, unscrupulous” behavior by Facebook constituted fraud because it was “likely to deceive” advertisers, the filing alleged.

If true, Facebook’s big “pivot” to video was really a scam. Again, Facebook is looking more and more like a criminal enterprise. A Silicon Valley racket.

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sirshannon
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If you still use Facebook, you are an asshole.

How many jokes are there about DIE being german for THE?

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Jamie, I only have to put up with you for six more issues. SIX MORE ISSUES.

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sirshannon
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:’(

Now This is Great Art

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Of all of the parodies of Trump’s tacky dogs-playing-poker-but-for-presidents painting, I think this is my favorite:

My only objection is that Lincoln should have been replaced by John C. Calhoun.

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MeFi: The Bermuda Triangle of Wealth

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"The promise, the deal, was almost unheard of: "work hard, work smart, create value for society, and you'll become wealthy, your own master for all eternity." The slave works for his owner. The indentured servant for his master. The communist for everyone. The American for himself. It's a powerful idea, a powerful motivator, and a powerful system. [...] And they make perfect competitors.
For those who have forgotten their first Economics lecture:

Perfect Competition: 'In a perfect market the sellers operate at zero economic surplus...This equilibrium will be a Pareto optimum, meaning that nobody can be made better off by exchange without making someone else worse off.'

Oh. Right. That sounds fun.
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Microsoft Opens Its Patent Portfolio

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Nat Friedman:

Microsoft is pledging our massive patent portfolio – over 60,000 patents – to Linux and open source by joining OIN this morning. If you're looking for signs that we are serious about being the world's largest open source company, look no further.

Erich Andersen:

We know Microsoft’s decision to join OIN may be viewed as surprising to some; it is no secret that there has been friction in the past between Microsoft and the open source community over the issue of patents. For others who have followed our evolution, we hope this announcement will be viewed as the next logical step for a company that is listening to customers and developers and is firmly committed to Linux and other open source programs.

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sirshannon
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decisOIN to jOIN OIN
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