SPSS 16 = Stupid Pile of Stupid Shit x 16

I have always hated SPSS, the statistics program unaccountably popular in British Psychology departments. It is badly designed, it has very slow and very clunky interface. It has a very unintuitive set of menus with an untransparent way of operating. The results are shown in a very primitive and buggy viewer and you have to buy a new licence each year for the privilege of using this abysmal piece of rubbish. It wins the award as the most annoying application on my computer. I am guaranteed to shout at it at least once every time I am foolish enough to use it. And if I am not shouting I am despairing that something so widely used could get away with being so poorly implemented.

I thought it was bad enough that you can’t paste data in directly from Excel. WTF??? Even a child could manage to make that work. And it’s hardly a ‘nice to have’ feature. In anyone else’s world that would be a showstopper. Not for these cunts, they obviously want to piss us off. I didn’t think so at first but now I have proof.

It turns out that SPSS 16 can’t open output files created by earlier versions! They call them “Legacy files” but any sane person would just call them output files and not being able to open your own proprietary file types because you’ve ‘improved’ your product is madness and profoundly insulting to customers who because of the year by year licence are dragooned into upgrading.

Here’s the ‘answer’ from their tech ‘support’

Resolution number: 73752 Created on: Oct 15 2007

There is no Legacy Viewer for old output (.spo) files for SPSS 16.0 for
Macintosh. There are no plans for one to be created. We must ask that
you regenerate your old output in the upgraded version. If you feel
strongly about having this for SPSS for Macintosh, please contact
product marketing at suggest@spss.com. We apologize for the inconvenience.

I’ll say it again, they are a useless and possibly even evil bunch of CUNTS.

:crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy:

For new data, I have already stopped using SPSS in favour of The R Project for Statistical Computing and rather than re-running everything as they helpfully suggest. I think it is time to switch for good. So long, you bastards.

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Caspar is just one monkey among billions. Battering his keyboard without expectations even of peanuts, let alone of aping the Immortal Bard. By day he is an infantologist at Birkbeck Babylab, by night he runs BabyLaughter.net
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2 Responses to SPSS 16 = Stupid Pile of Stupid Shit x 16

  1. Andy says:

    I feel your pain 🙂

    Though R is currently spoiling my Sunday.

  2. Twir says:

    I agree spss 16 is rubbish and not recommended. Written by a fan of older spss versions

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