Things overheard at the useR! meeting

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Here are a few things I overheard at the useR! meeting. These comments and quotes do not necessarily represent my opinions (although many do) and since many of them were overheard in informal discussions and rants I will not name the people who expressed them.

R is not only free – it’s priceless.
Stay away from SAS!
Real men eat pork!
Bob’s question (someones brother in-law): So what is it you really do?
Bob’s follow up question: And how did you convince [name of your employer] to pay you to do that?
I rather provide an approximate answer to the right question than an exact answer to the wrong question.
There are three types of statistical errors, Type 1, Type 2, and Type 3, i.e. when you answer the wrong question to start with.
A consultant will ask you for your watch to tell you the time…, and then he’ll leave without returning it.
My university gave me $30 for this meeting, after this cab ride I’ll have $5 left.
Replace slow parts with native code!
I’d like to believe that I did this better than Paul Murrell.
Post your question on the mailing list and if you don’t get flamed by Brian Ripley you might just get a useful answer.
It’s like having a hundred mini-Brian Ripley clones running around.
The Debianiziation of the word.
We don’t spend nearly enough time teaching faculty to teach.
Octave is 15 years behind MatLab.
SAS is where it was 30 years ago.
To me software interactivity is the command prompt.
GUI’s are evil!

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