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Re: Missionaries of the GNU Testament (was Re: ITP ptolemy?)


From: Craig Sanders <cas@taz.net.au>
#  On Tue, Jun 19, 2001 at 11:56:24AM +0200, David N. Welton wrote:
#  > Sounds like an idea for a niche free software business -
#  > training/mentoring/auditing and consulting in general for scientists
#  > who need help...
#  possibly....except for one small detail. most science is done on very
#  limited budgets - when given the choice between paying for programming
#  and buying the shiny new thingamatron that they need, the scientist will
#  never fail to remember that they have access to undergraduates who can
#  be made to program.
# craig

  Maybe not a detail : the price of a thingamatron + assistance from
programming professionals is probably not so different from that of a
few -say- "matlab" licences. Replace "matlab" by gnu "octave" (or
other freely available tools) and the budget seems to expand.


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