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Re: st: RE: RE: Picketing StataCorp


From   Bill Rising <brising@louisville.edu>
To   "Stata Listserve" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   Re: st: RE: RE: Picketing StataCorp
Date   Wed, 12 Feb 2003 13:24:04 -0500

On 2/12/03 12:37, FEIVESON, ALAN H. (AL) (JSC-SD) (NASA) wrote

>Thanks, Lee for superbly articulating my own views. I concur completely (and
>especially with the 1 - 5 rankings). I might add that No. 4 is essentially
>in effect now (except for the SPSS /SAS part).  With new Stata versions
>coming out every two years and the pressure to keep current, we have to pay
>what amounts to a two-year subscription. 
>

I suppose, be we only feel the pressure to remain current because 
StataCorp actually updates their software with tangibly useful gains. A 
student can get a copy of Stata for a class, and use it happily for as 
long as the hardware & OS keep supporting it (one really big reason to 
have students learn stats with Stata).

Now... when Stata corp starts bringing out useless updates (like many of 
the other BG updates), that'll be the day my questions start with "I'm 
still using an old version of Stata....", and I make my way to Texas with 
picket in hand.

Bill 
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