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Coffee Break

March 14th, 2012 by in Images, Links

6 Mind-Blowing Ways Poop Created the Modern World[Cracked]

An Exclusive Look At 10 Secret U.S. Forces[BuzzFeed]

Encyclopedia Britannica Ends Printed Editions – [LA Times]

Encyclopedia Britannica is closing the book on its print edition. The move may be the single most powerful symbol to date of our rapidly changing media world, a world in which hard copies of books could become a quaint thing of the past.

Today, we clutch iPads and Kindles and Nooks, bragging about how they lighten our load and encourage us to read more. When we want to “look something up,” we’re far more likely to reach for our laptops than walk across the room to thumb through a reference book.

And that unquenchable desire for convenience makes for a world in which a set of the Encyclopedia Britannica — the oldest English-language encyclopedia in existence — no longer has a home.

Lost Boy Uses Google Earth to Find His Way Home After 25 Years[Gizmodo]

In 1987, five year old Sanroo Brierly and his brother boarded a train that was supposed to take them home after a long day of begging on the streets of India. But the boys fell asleep, the train rolled on, and hours later they were deposited clear across the country. Twenty-five years later, Brierly has finally found his way home. And he did it with Google Earth.

How to Use Pinterest without Breaking the Law – [WSJ]

There’s no doubt that Pinterest has exploded in popularity in recent months. But with that boom has come concerns for some users about copyright law. Pinterest allows its users to create virtual bulletin boards by pinning content from across the web, including photos and recipes.

Some lawyers say that could potentially leave Pinterest users vulnerable to lawsuits — if they don’t have permission to use the content.

Ex-Goldman Sachs Exec: “Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs”[NY Times]

TODAY is my last day at Goldman Sachs. After almost 12 years at the firm — first as a summer intern while at Stanford, then in New York for 10 years, and now in London — I believe I have worked here long enough to understand the trajectory of its culture, its people and its identity. And I can honestly say that the environment now is as toxic and destructive as I have ever seen it.

To put the problem in the simplest terms, the interests of the client continue to be sidelined in the way the firm operates and thinks about making money. Goldman Sachs is one of the world’s largest and most important investment banks and it is too integral to global finance to continue to act this way. The firm has veered so far from the place I joined right out of college that I can no longer in good conscience say that I identify with what it stands for.

Related: Darth Vader: “Why I’m Leaving The Empire”

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