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Re: Mathematica and some General Comments

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  • Subject: [mg97281] Re: Mathematica and some General Comments
  • From: Peltio <peltio at>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 05:32:54 -0500 (EST)
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Ingolf Dahl wrote:
> Some of these alternatives can only be considered to be free as long as you
> count your own time as free.
Free as in 'free beer', but also as in 'free speech'. As more functions 
get moved into the kernel, customization becomes hard if not 

> To reinvent the wheel must always be considered
> as unprofessional malpractice.
Agreed. But when the student leaves school can he still afford the pro 
tool? Is the company he is applying for a job willing to buy it because 
he says it's good?

> Will you get ready within finite time with the task you might do
> in a week using the professional tools?
I agree with this. But what if one does not see a favorable return on 
the investment?

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