Jeff Stahler for May 21, 2019


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    sanderling75  2 months ago

    Human or electronic, a hustle is a still a hustle. Wonder what the retention rate is for a single piece of information provided by one of these wizards in its audio presentation vs that which can be read at leisure in a book? Also wonder if, after hearing the specific answer, one will ask for more detailed info or if further research is more likely if one gets info from reading a reliable text?

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    DanFlak  2 months ago

    Yeah, I’m going to rush out to buy and install a piece of equipment that spies on me and then tries to sell me stuff.

    I had a discussion with a friend on gmail about photography. Within minutes I was inundated with ads for cameras and photography equipment.


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    Zen-of-Zinfandel  2 months ago

    I thought Alexa was ordering stuff without your permission.

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    Bookworm  2 months ago

    Writing papers with several volumes of an encyclopedia open in front of me, notes on lined 3×5 index cards, and my trusty (and refillable) Papermate Profile ballpoint (all metal, and made in the USA). In the late 50’s, I went high-tech when my parents presented me with a Royal (manual) typewriter. That typewriter would still work if I could find ribbons for it. “Spellcheck” in those days was proof-reading with a good dictionary at hand, and quick communication was a land-line telephone or an “Air Mail” stamped letter. Oddly enough, nobody died from this.

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    Rogers George Premium Member 2 months ago

    I used to sell World Book during the summer when school was out. That wasn’t our opening line, but it’s the right idea. Though with only a babe in arms, I might have gone for the Childcraft. We had a Childcraft set when I was a toddler. It had a profound influence on me.

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    Mr. Blawt  2 months ago

    we let them in to spy on us

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    The Wolf In Your Midst  2 months ago

    I shut my door on both of them. Last year, in an office raffle, I won an Amazon Echo Dot, and I gave it back- I’ve got no use for it; I’m perfectly capable of making my way to my computer to look up or order something, and then my computer doesn’t transmit everything it hears to the “home office”.

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    Concretionist  2 months ago

    It’s snooping. Selling may be the point though.

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