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This is what I was trying to tell people years ago. Facebook is far and away the worst offender in privacy violations. This article is about the craziness involved with people using Facebook for their own personal use.

But Facebook is also becoming less useful for the businesses I work with. The reach of posts I make as a business page has dropped from about 20% of the followers of the page to around 1-2% in the last three years. The reason is pretty transparent.

They're trying to nudge (read "shove") all businesses into paying to promote their posts. Not only is that unfair to small businesses and non profits, but there's no guarantee you'll actually get any performance out of your promoted posts. There's no way to know if the users your posts are reaching are even real people. The promoted posts look like spam to users, who will be less likely to take that post seriously. And all it takes is a small chunk of users - real or not - reporting your post as spam to do damage to your brand on Facebook.

I'm still waiting for everyone to get off of Facebook because of this. Yeah, my job relies on Facebook right now. But I would much rather rely on Google+, Twitter and all the other social networks.
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Young people seem to like other platforms better...older people just dont like change.
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What in the hell. What. In. The. Hell.

This is so gross. I can't even believe. I can't. What the hell. 
"Ttongsul" is a Korean rice wine mixed with the fermented turd of a human child. It has an alcoholic content of around 9 percent. A quick "Ttongsul" Google search will provide you with little more than internet-land hearsay and a flimsy Wikipedia page. Intrigued, we set out to discover if the rumors were true.
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Is it probiotic? lol
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Dammit! I missed Orion's flight test launch thing! I always miss the cool ones.
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Yeah, me too. I watched for two hours yesterday. It was under 4 minutes and they kept aborting due to wind. Missed out today.
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I just read an interesting article on +WIRED​. But the mobile website is painfully slow to load, and a full screen ad popped up about 30 seconds into my reading the article. That kind of ruined the experience a little bit.

So I will never be clicking on a link from WIRED again from my phone.

I would have sent this as feedback to them personally, but that's not an option.

Good job, guys! Its not like technology is something you focus on or anything.
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I wish newspapers, especially the New York Times, would switch to non profit, donation based systems like NPR. I think at least the New York Times could thrive using this model. 
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If you don't have +Inbox by Gmail and you want an invite, do this!

I just got it a few days ago and it's pretty cool.
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Emailing is still functional. Its nicer to look at and lays out information in an easier to digest way. And if you don't like it just use Gmail.
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Internet Explorer: I hate your guts. Why do you even still exist?
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I think it's so we can always have a browser that will be compatible with Strom Thurman's legacy website.
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Uh oh. Watch out, Rosetta Stone.
Learn languages completely free, without ads or hidden charges. It's fun, easy, and scientifically proven.
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Maybe they should also crowdsource the school-appropriateness of the localization targets by asking after translation, "Was this article appropriate for a 4th grade audience?"  My recommendation of a language that we will all need to speak in the very near future would be Klingon.
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This American Life strikes again!

I figured out +WakeUpNow was a pyramid scheme pretty quickly after visiting their website. But they seem to be doing it in an even more crazy roundabout way than the other ones!
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Check out this embarrassing photo from the era where I'm posing in front of my parents' idiotic poster that they customized with the slogan from their pyramid scheme du jour:  http://i.imgur.com/irfNMOO.png
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Oh my god. This is awesome. I can't wait for the update so I can spend way too much the exact right amount of time in space!
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The Style of Elements
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Data doesn't have to be big to be complex. In 1869, Mendeleev created the first "periodic table"--an arrangement of elements based on fewer than 70 data points. In fact, the most interesting thing about the original periodic table might have been the data it didn't include: the "holes" in the original chart turned out to be a kind of treasure map, pointing the way to undiscovered elements.

Although the periodic table is one of the classic visualizations, it still provides a chance for designers to play with new ideas. The Big Picture visualization group (http://goo.gl/vxsUdU) was fascinated with this version (http://goo.gl/8ozrj8), which allocates elements bigger or smaller areas to give a qualitative picture of how common they are in the Earth's crust.

Because the numbers behind that chart were only approximate, we decided to design a precise, quantitative view. (We're going to get into the weeds on this--visualizers gonna visualize--but you can skip to the last paragraph if you don't want to read the details of the design.) We quickly discovered that using area to represent abundances didn't give a good sense of the differences between elements: they covered so many orders of magnitude that all but the most common elements disappeared entirely. (The earth's crust has 170,000 times as much oxygen as uranium.) Using a logarithmic scale had the opposite effect: it flattened out the scale so that differences didn't seem as significant.

But we found that using volume to represent size produced a readable and interesting result. It also felt natural and direct when we looked at other data related to the elements. After all, how better to show the volume of 1 gram of an element than by volume itself?

Those experiments led to the visualization you see at http://goo.gl/5RCSmj. For fun, we let you choose between representing data with length or with volume, so you can see for yourself the difference the encoding makes. And as a bonus, we've added a view of electron shells, so you can see how Mendeleev’s visualization beautifully reflects atomic structure.
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Yep this show is awesome.

I was kind of worried it wouldn't be as cool/weird as the original two parts. But then it was! Good job!
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Aaaand this is amazing.

Wow, +Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. I didn't think that would actually work.
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+Boris Svetiev If that was feasible with today's technology, Siri wouldn't have been such a hype and calling my ISP would be more pleasant.
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Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
It was good. I'm not vegan (or vegetarian) so that's saying a lot. Fake bacon is pretty good!
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Pretty good food. Had beer. People were friendly.
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Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
I generally like this place. It has good beer and liquor and all that (Malört for the win). But the guy who's always on the phone (seriously I haven't seen him without a phone in his hand), is the worst. Just the worst person. There have been times where he has refused to sell me things because I wanted to pay with too many one dollar bills. Most of the time he just talks to the person on the phone and ignores whoever is at the counter. This last time, I gave him $8.75 for an $8.51 sale and instead of giving me change he just walked to the back with the phone. I get it. You talk to people, eternal phone guy. But there are other people who exist and are in your store! And we have money!
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
This place opened a week or two ago. While I was doing some work on Madison Street I popped by just to check it out. The atmosphere was really nice. I got a Chai Latte and it was very good!
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