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Re: Mathematica 8 Home Edition

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  • Subject: [mg116224] Re: Mathematica 8 Home Edition
  • From: AES <siegman at>
  • Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 06:06:15 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <iibdtu$nol$> <> <iilvbg$3hq$>

> > "Mathematica Home Edition is a 32-bit program available for Windows
> > (XP/Vista/7), Mac OS X (Intel), and Linux. *** It is not licensed for
> > commercial, nonprofit, academic, or government use. *** For those who want
> > to integrate Mathematica into their teaching, research, or work,
> > Mathematica Professional is always available."

In other words, if one of your children does a Merit Badge or Charm 
project for the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts using Mathematica and is  
invited to present it at a local -- or maybe a national -- meeting of 
those major nonprofit organizations, they need the Professional, not the 
Home, version.

If a teacher in one of your local public schools spends extra, unpaid 
overtime at home evenings preparing some special project or display 
using Mathematica to enrich one the academic classes they teach, and 
takes it to school next day, they need the Professional version, not the 
Home version they bought with their own funds.

When I, as an emeritus (aka now unpaid) university faculty member, 
continue to do significant research calculations in my home office, 
using my own personal computer, and am then invited to come back over to 
the university and present these results at one of their seminars (which 
are in fact official academic classes), I need the Professional, not the 
Home, edition in order to present or discuss any of Mathematica-derived 
results, right?  [This is _not_ a hypothetical situation.]

Living on a university campus in a large empty-nester house, in 
retirement, my wife and I have converted 2/3 of our house into 3 rental 
studios which are rented to students or visiting Fellows.  I keep some 
of the management and financial records for this income-earning (ergo, 
"commercial") activity in Mathematica.  Clearly need the Professional 
version, right?

The number of silly situations resulting from the silly policy that's 
officially stated above is near-infinite.

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