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Comment by Harry Warner on November 9, 2017 at 3:22pm
I think I'm fortunate I never took a bite of the Apple. ( I didn't see the pun till I saw it in print.)
Comment by Dave Gettman on November 9, 2017 at 2:35pm

Nothing like reality slapping you in the face(book).

Comment by Harry Warner on November 9, 2017 at 1:48pm
Interesting reading for all you Facebookers......
Sean Parker, who played a pivotal role in turning Facebook into a money-minting juggernaut, admits that he is now “something of a conscientious objector” to the social networking giant.

Facebook “literally changes your relationship with society, with each other,” Parker told Axios in a Wednesday interview. “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”

The 38-year-old tech tycoon — whose hardball exploits as Facebook’s first president were depicted in Aaron Sorkin’s 2010 Hollywood flick “The Social Network” — said Facebook is designed to exploit “a vulnerability in human psychology” to get its users addicted.

“The inventors, creators — it’s me, it’s Mark [Zuckerberg], it’s Kevin Systrom on Instagram, it’s all of these people — understood this consciously,” he said. “And we did it anyway.”

Parker, who is now founder and chair of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, explained that Facebook uses likes and shares to create a “social-validation feedback loop” that keeps users coming back.

“We need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever,” Parker said. “And that’s going to get you to contribute more content, and that’s going to get you … more likes and comments.”

Parker said he never anticipated the consequences of what would happen when Facebook grew to have 2 billion monthly users.

In its first few years, Parker said, people would tell him they didn’t use social media, and he would assure them that they would join the fold sooner or later.

“The thought process that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them, … was all about: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?’” he said.
Comment by Harry Warner on November 9, 2017 at 12:39pm
My pleasure Shannon. I was happily surprised to see the article. Sales tax in Jersey is near 7%, plus free shipping over $49. Sure beats a kick in the pants.
Comment by Shannon Ryan on November 9, 2017 at 12:30pm

Thanks for the heads up Harry

Comment by Harry Warner on November 9, 2017 at 8:24am
Comment by Harry Warner on November 9, 2017 at 8:20am
Vets can get tax-free online shopping for life

By Suzette Parmley STAFF WRITER
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Louis Zayon served in the Navy, stationed in Norfolk, Va., from 1972 to 1976, before he was honorably discharged.
This Veterans Day, on Saturday, will offer him and about 18.5 million veterans worldwide and their families a little something special: tax-free online shopping for life with AAFES, an acronym for Army and Air Force Exchange Service — the primary shopping center at U.S. military installations.
Until now, only those on active duty, in the National Guard, the Reserves, retirees, and those who were 100 percent disabled could shop online with AAFES.
“It’s appreciated,” said Zayon, 62, who lives in Northeast Philly. “I won’t have to pay the 6 percent sales tax in Pennsylvania, and the additional 2 percent sales tax when I make a purchase within the city of Philadelphia. It saves money, and every little thing counts.”
There were about 900,000 veterans in Pennsylvania
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and 393,000 in New Jersey who would be impacted by the change. Veterans can visit ShopMyExchange.com to verify eligibility and begin shopping tax-free online on Veterans Day.
Zayon is among 71,000 veterans in the Philadelphia area who are eligible for the tax-free online shopping benefit. His wife, Melissa, will also be eligible under his name.
“The prices are competitive with Amazon and other retail stores,”
Comment by Frank L Moseley on November 8, 2017 at 6:43pm

Good Afternoon Troopers ... ..

Checking in with the group.  I do want to wish all a Happy Veterans Day!  Toujours Pret!

Comment by Sigmund Fertig on November 8, 2017 at 9:57am

Yes Harold I do have windows live movie maker !

Comment by Sigmund Fertig on November 8, 2017 at 9:56am

Harold, I will check with the grand kids and my son in law !

 

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