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RE: st: RE: reshape problem


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: RE: reshape problem
Date   Tue, 9 Dec 2008 20:45:13 -0000

Come on, folks, seriously! 

Let's agree that the subject of pirating is taboo for the following
reasons: 

1. Ladies and gentlemen (and moral cyborgs) on the list should not ask
each other whether their copies of Stata are pirated. 

2. Nor do or should they ask StataCorp employees (who also are ladies,
or gentlemen, or moral cyborgs) to discuss how StataCorp combats
pirating. 
You won't get an answer in any case. 

On Richard's last question, however, there is one comment from me: the
dataset in question looked in complete good order and my guess is that
it would never have tickled any -reshape- bug. 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

Richard Williams

At 03:28 PM 12/9/2008, Kyle Hood wrote:
>I work as a statistical consultant in a computer lab, and I ran into a
>patron who had this problem on his computer.  (Reshaping data,
>specifically.)  After much head-scratching, we figured out that it was
>his version of Stata that was causing the problem, as when it was done
>on the lab machines it worked fine.  Later, he admitted to me that the
>version of Stata 10 that he had been using was pirated.  In general, I
>would be careful if you are not using a fully licensed version of Stata
>10, because I have seen this problem before, and Stata is very
>reasonably priced for researchers and students, anyway.  The reshaping
>worked fine on Stata 10 on the computer lab machines.  I'm not sure
what
>version it was exactly that he was using.

Interesting.  Does Stata deliberately sabotage pirated copies 
somehow?  Or perhaps pirated copies can't be updated and this is a 
bug that got fixed after the initial release?

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