[R] R in the NY Times

Thomas Adams Thomas.Adams at noaa.gov
Wed Jan 7 21:25:10 CET 2009


Wacek,

One would hope that if someone were to use software to "build engines 
for aircraft", that said person would sufficiently test the software to 
have confidence in it, whether it had a "Warranty" or not — at least 
that's my mode of operation…

Cheers!
Tom

Wacek Kusnierczyk wrote:
> Kevin E. Thorpe wrote:
>   
>> Zaslavsky, Alan M. wrote:
>>     
>>> SAS says it has noticed R’s rising popularity at universities,
>>> despite educational discounts on its own software, but it dismisses
>>> the technology as being of interest to a limited set of people
>>> working on very hard tasks.
>>>
>>> “I think it addresses a niche market for high-end data analysts that
>>> want free, readily available code," said Anne H. Milley, director of
>>> technology product marketing at SAS. She adds, “We have customers who
>>> build engines for aircraft. I am happy they are not using freeware
>>> when I get on a jet.”
>>>
>>>       
>> Thanks for posting. Does anyone else find the statement by SAS to be
>> humourous yet arrogant and short-sighted?
>>     
>
> there must be something wrong with me, but i can't find anything
> 'humorous yet arrogant and short-sighted' in the idea that engines for
> aircraft be built with software that does not advertise itself with
> 'ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.'
>
>
> vQ
>
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