qyron wrote:what gets me angry is that the program, according to a fellow student, when installed, creates a direct access to my machine, which the teacher can freely use to review work and, supposedly, grants access to the hard drive has well, to allow for copyright and plagiarism control.
qyron wrote:... and in a worst case scenario deploy a back-track attack?
I understand that what I'm asking goes way off what can be considered as ethical, so I'll fully understand if nobody can help me on this subject.
qyron wrote:Upon returning, none of these sordid details are made available to the public but SPSS is still the "recommended" software for that course and its stated that a license with no extra fees will be made available to the students taking the course, with Win, Mac and Linux versions being available.
dasein wrote:Before you go all nuclear [...]
dasein wrote:- The mere existence of an unsubstantiated claim doesn't make it true. Repeating an unsubstantiated claim doesn't make it true either. (Stated differently: the Sun isn't actually 32 miles (51.5 km) in diameter simply because some random idiot says so in a forum post. Repeating such a claim doesn't make you sound paranoid; it makes you sound stupid.)
dasein wrote:- Even if the alleged "backdoor" existed 10 years ago (a point I don't actually concede), at least one thing has happened to SPSS in the interim to make its continued existence extraordinarily unlikely. Go do some actual research to figure out what that might be.
dasein wrote:- Yes, the student version of SPSS self-destructs after a year. Just like the full-blown commercial version. But given that you would presumably use it only for the duration of this course, it's unclear why you find this prospect troublesome.
dasein wrote:- There is at least one compelling and not even remotely Nefarious reason to like the idea of having all students in a class (or even all students at a particular university) use a single, standardized software package. Think really hard for five consecutive seconds to determine what it is.
dasein wrote:- If allowing delusions to run your life is as important to you as you say it is, as several folks have pointed out already, you can run it in a VM or run it standalone off a dedicated USB stick. "Problem" solved.
deborah-and-ian wrote:If it's just recommended, why not take PSPP?
vbrummond wrote:I am going to chime a "me too" with using a virtual machine. Be like water and flow around your obstacles.
qyron wrote:Taken that "recommended" literature for the courses I've taken up until now takes on fully mandatory character when it comes to present papers, I'll take the "recommended" with a grain of salt.
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