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Good news...you don't need a fancy video card to play wow anymore. That 13" macbook air will do just fine.
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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post


Bullshit.  The most expensive version for students is $1000 for a perpetual license, but what you would need it for at school the $100-200 versions should be plenty

http://www.stata.com/order/new/edu/gradplans/student-pricing/

Yeah...stata has such a big place in academia precisely because it is cheap.

SAS is the one that currently runs almost $10k for the starter package for an individual user...although they now offer a free version for students.

Of course now that R exists...that is changing. R is free, so while older folks (and thus people like your TAs, teachers, and advisors) might be more familiar with Stata, it becomes harder and harder to argue that a class should be based on something that costs $$$ when there is a free option that works just as well and is widely used both in industry and academia.

Also, I am not fond of Stata. Wasted a bunch of time recently trying to replicate results from a dataset converted over from Stata...because Stata has fucking case sensitive variables and it turned out I was using the variable named order instead of Order...and they represented completely different things.
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Walked away from WoW for the third time February of 2012 and have not played any video game since.

:(

post #55504 of 57356
WoW was such a guilty pleasure for me. I loved the game for the setting and sense of exploration. I like how they took nature and tried to make it look more beautiful and perfect. It's like a Thomas Kinkade painting in the sense that you feel embarrassed to admit that you enjoy looking at it so much. Made me take up hiking in my 20s.
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Walked away from WoW for the third time February of 2012 and have not played any video game since.

That's how I was with Skyrim. I hadn't played a video game since the '80s, then bought an Xbox for my kids and got hooked on Skyrim for about a year.

I played through Fallout 3 after Skyrim, but then had to step away. I figure I won't touch another game until the next Elder Scrolls comes out.
post #55506 of 57356
I've got to say: the new Rubio's that opened here in town a couple of weeks ago makes a good cheap shrimp soft taco. My kids just swung by the office and brought me a couple and they were tasty indeed.
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

Yeah...stata has such a big place in academia precisely because it is cheap.

SAS is the one that currently runs almost $10k for the starter package for an individual user...although they now offer a free version for students.

Of course now that R exists...that is changing. R is free, so while older folks (and thus people like your TAs, teachers, and advisors) might be more familiar with Stata, it becomes harder and harder to argue that a class should be based on something that costs $$$ when there is a free option that works just as well and is widely used both in industry and academia.

Also, I am not fond of Stata. Wasted a bunch of time recently trying to replicate results from a dataset converted over from Stata...because Stata has fucking case sensitive variables and it turned out I was using the variable named order instead of Order...and they represented completely different things.

We used R in college stats.

SAS (at my work) is $10k per user. It's like Bloomberg terminal.
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Btw, WoW was a cake walk compared to EQ. The time sinks and cockblocks in EQ were sadistic.
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Originally Posted by VaderDave View Post

I've got to say: the new Rubio's that opened here in town a couple of weeks ago makes a good cheap shrimp soft taco. My kids just swung by the office and brought me a couple and they were tasty indeed.

Might want to keep those kids.
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Might want to keep those kids.

I'm strongly considering it. biggrin.gif
post #55511 of 57356
So it looks like my participation in the Adventures in Online Dating thread will be limited to voyeurism, mockery and advice-giving from here on in.



A related thank you to our buddy @in stitches -- who, it turns out, knows a bit about jewelry with an "el" as well.
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Congrats, LD. Happy to have been of service.
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And tinder weeps
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Originally Posted by venividivicibj View Post

And tinder weeps

The field is open, dudes.

Le roi est mort, vive le roi and all that.
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So it looks like my participation in the Adventures in Online Dating thread will be limited to voyeurism, mockery and advice-giving from here on in.



A related thank you to our buddy @in stitches -- who, it turns out, knows a bit about jewelry with an "el" as well.

That's great, dude! Congrats!
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