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tjgkg
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7/2/2016 | 5:15:58 PM
Re: Strategic?
LOL! Yeah, really good for the salesman who sold them to the military! He must have gotten some commission check!
Joe Stanganelli
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6/4/2016 | 10:29:07 AM
Re: Strategic?
Maybe they were really, really good wrenches.  ;)
tjgkg
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6/2/2016 | 12:55:14 PM
Re: Strategic?
@Joe: This reminds me of the military revelations with the $9000 wrenches. Too much money and too little common sense are a bad combination!
Joe Stanganelli
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6/2/2016 | 12:28:14 PM
Re: Strategic?
@tjgkg: I'm not so sure it's for the benefit of the students.

Recent example from my alma mater here: unionleader.com/UNH-says-$17,570-table-in-dining-hall-was-a-mistake
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6/2/2016 | 8:14:47 AM
Re: Strategic?
@Joe: I think with the public schools you wonder where the dividends and profits go from those endowment funds. Because the tuition and other expenses continue to go up faster than inflation. Some schools get exhorbitant sums from athletic programs and continue to build those programs but is that really the mission of a university?

Like you said with the non profit universities at least they have to plow their profits back into the university thereby improving programs which benefit students.
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6/1/2016 | 8:14:54 PM
Re: Strategic?
@tjgkg: I don't think greed or morality are really at issue; I think we just have to recognize as a society that "not-for-profit" is a pretty meaningless phrase

Actually, "non-profit" universities and other organizations are better positioned than many for-profit organizations because the former are more or less compelled to use their excess funds to build their organization and make it a market leader.  In this sense, non-profit can be a better business model -- as long as you don't care about things like exits and dividends.
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6/1/2016 | 2:17:15 PM
Re: Strategic?
@Joe: Racket is a good term. And it's sad how greedy "non-profits" can be in their pursuit of cash! Your example of the MIT endowment fund is a start. I remember hearing about Harvard's right about the start of the great recession. They were an example of great money management and they had even more than MIT. You would think with all that cash they could fund the salaries of the entire school with the interest and help keep costs down...
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6/1/2016 | 2:08:23 PM
Re: To Cortana or Not to Cortana ....
@Joe: I guess Apple has now made even Siri unavailable to the FBI unless you unlock your phone! I've had the same experiences as you asking Siri questions and then getting a google list back. That is another reason why i don't use it. The only thing i've gotten back that was useful was when i asked it what the current score to the Yankee game was. And even that i can get from pulling down my Today screen and checking the ESPN section. I also have a transit area there too so i know when the next train or bus is coming from wherever i am located. And it is quiet so nobody hears what i am doing.
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5/8/2016 | 12:00:34 PM
Re: Devil's advocate
Yes, DuckDuckGo -- I did forget that one. It's the only one that lets you search in true private, not the google "fake" private -- DDG doesn't track
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5/8/2016 | 11:58:09 AM
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@jastroff: You're forgetting a "main" search engine: DuckDuckGo.

I'm not particularly impressed by its ability to find things compared to the other search engines, but it offers the privacy and anonymity that Google and Microsoft and Yahoo do not.
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