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Re: Re: Useful Dumb User Questions

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  • Subject: [mg9115] Re: [mg9057] Re: [mg8988] Useful Dumb User Questions
  • From: Mark Evans <evans at>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Oct 1997 23:33:27 -0400
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Ernst U. Wallenborn wrote:
> Mark Evans <evans at> writes:
> > In one day I have received several answers to my post.  Three out of
> > four are in agreement, while Jens-Peer Kuska's reply is a shining
> > example of exactly the condescension I am talking about.
> You mean he didn't agree with you and you have a problem with that.

	JPK offered one straw-man argument, and this is another one.

> > The comparison of Mathematica with Microsoft Windows is nearly exact.
> > Both products have a commanding lead in their field, both are hard to
> > use in many ways, and both have a lot of hidden behaviors that only the
> > home company knows about.  Both also claim to make your life easier!
> And both are totally different products with totally different
> goals.

	I adduced four precise parallels, and there may be more.
	I would only call two products "totally" different if no
	parallels existed between them.

> [snip]
> > Version 3 is an amazing product, but keep in mind that other programs
> > have allowed typset input for a long time, although I won't name names
> > because of the way in which this newsgroup is moderated.
> Is it? I didn't know that.
> --
> Ernst-Udo Wallenborn
> Laboratorium fuer Physikalische Chemie
> ETH Zuerich

	That's why I qualified my comments.


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