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Joe Stanganelli
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5/7/2016 | 8:13:07 AM
Re: Strategic?
@tjgkg: Indeed, all "not-for-profit" means is that you're restricted in how you can use your profits if you want to retain your tax-exempt status.

(It is, in other words, a colloquial "racket.")

Another, grander example in headlines today: MIT -- which already has a $13.5bil endowment, is presently in the midst of a fundraiser for an additional $5bil!  (And they've already raised $2.6bil so far.)
Joe Stanganelli
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5/7/2016 | 8:09:35 AM
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Metacrawler (if I am remembering the name of the tool correctly) used to take and aggregate all the major search engines (there were several back then -- heck, remember Lycos???).  You'd get all kinds of results that you'd never get on your usual search engine choice.
vnewman2
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5/6/2016 | 5:28:39 PM
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@Joe, I don't know - is there any kind of history that's not unadulterated?  The textbooks I had as a kid were far worse.
Joe Stanganelli
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5/6/2016 | 2:49:31 PM
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History's great, but I'm not a fan of editorialized, "pushed" history.

I feel like I learn more and broaden my horizons more impactfully when I just play around on Wikipedia clicking "Random article."
Joe Stanganelli
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5/6/2016 | 2:48:18 PM
Re: To Cortana or Not to Cortana ....
@tjgkg: The worst part about using Siri to search, regardless of the search engine used, is just how slow and obstinate the UX is:

ME: Siri, Google 'gas stations in Byfield, Massachusetts.'

SIRI: You'll need to unlock your iPhone first.

ME: (enters passcode)

SIRI: (assuming Siri hasn't forgotten the original request by this point) If you like, I can search Google for "Hutch Station son by fields Massachusetts"

(and only once Siri repeats this all to me does she actually start to do any work)
vnewman2
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5/6/2016 | 1:29:24 PM
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@Joe - you are not alone - there are whole website dedicated to "I hate Google Doodle."

But don't you see any value in the historical representations and being able to easily research the topic by clicking on it?  I feel like Google is trying to tap into our collective unconscious by addressing past events.  The past is at our fingertips - I love that idea.  But then again, I'm a history buff...maybe not everyone's cup of tea.
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5/5/2016 | 9:34:21 AM
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I never liked Metacrawler, but Alta Vista was a primo search engine -- it lost ground quickly when DEC could not keep up with Google c. 1998. But when doing a deep search of the Web for whatever, I use all three main search engines -- Bing, Yahhoo and Google -- I'm often surprised that Bing returns things Google doesnt, or buries. There are other search engines, but the point is there needs to be more than one to choose from
tjgkg
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5/5/2016 | 8:34:28 AM
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That is so true! My girlfriend works in a Christian nursery school that is supposed to be non profit. Because of their excellent programs the enrollment has quintupled over the years and the board is beside itself with how to use the newfound cash (profits)!
tjgkg
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5/5/2016 | 8:31:25 AM
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And a lot of the search engines and map programs were specific to a particular country. I go to Britain quite often and there were some excellent programs that are no longer available-they were bought up by Microsoft! Supposedly they were incorporated into Bing, but not really. Maybe they will be in the future.
Joe Stanganelli
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5/5/2016 | 7:35:18 AM
Re: Devil's advocate
@jastroff: We used to have more search engines.  A bunch, actually.  17 years ago, Altavista and Metacrawler were my search engines of choice.  Both of those are gone now.
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