[Bioperl-l] The Power of R

Mark A. Jensen maj at fortinbras.us
Wed Jan 7 14:14:59 UTC 2009

Quote from article:
"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."

Ignoring for the moment that avionics is probably in the 'high-end' category, 
I'm wondering how much "freeware" (ahem..) is controlling mission-critical 
operations around the world.

I would choose "freeware" by Venables, Ihaka, and Gentleman (not to mention, 
say, Wall...) over bloated, slow, overpriced, etc etc etc, anyday. Hey, in fact 
I do!

(Thanks for the oppy to vent.)
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Chris Fields" <cjfields at illinois.edu>
To: "Mark A. Jensen" <maj at fortinbras.us>
Cc: <bioperl-l at lists.open-bio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2009 12:04 AM
Subject: Re: [Bioperl-l] The Power of R

> Now if we can only get a decent Perl-R interface which isn't a PITA to 
> install...
> chris
> On Jan 6, 2009, at 9:33 PM, Mark A. Jensen wrote:
>> So says the New York Times:
>> http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/07/technology/business-computing/07program.html
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