Please provide answer specifically for the cracked/ pirated versions and not about using free student versions and freewares. It is me (not the institution) who has downloaded and used the cracked software on my personal laptop to derive the results. Institution has no role in it.
Also I don’t think research publications and thesis writing does come under the category of ‘commercial use’. It should be ok if I use cracked software on my own laptop and publish the result.

About 5 years ago, Jake VanderPlas wrote an interesting and in my opinion, crucial, piece on why many academic cultures are unsustainable in the long run, and will eventually be outcompeted industry if not totally collapse due to excessive brain drain.

His key argument is that desirable academic skills are increasing indistinguishable from desirable industry skills, the difference is that industry pays more, and produces vastly more interesting results with higher impact. Thus raising the natural question: why stay in academia? For instance, why would any post-doc earn 40k when they can earn 200k using the same skillset working at IBM, Apple, Google, Uber, Ebay, Amazon, Yahoo, Etsy, Ali Baba….this list is endless.

This brain drain has been documented in recent articles such as:

  1. “Big tech firms’ AI hiring frenzy leads to brain drain at UK universities
    High demand at companies such as Google could leave fewer talented scientists to teach next generation, academics fear”

  2. “‘We can’t compete’: why universities are losing their best AI scientists A handful of companies are luring away top researchers, but academics say they are killing the geese that lay the golden eggs”

  3. “AI academic warns on brain drain to tech groups”

It seems the author’s prediction has by and large came to fruition.

Key excerpt from the first article:

With virtually the entire world utilizing the tools of data-intensive discovery, the same skills academia now ignores and devalues are precisely the skills which are most valued and rewarded within industry.

The result of this perfect storm is that skilled researchers feel an insidious gradient out of research and into industry jobs. While software-focused jobs do exist within academia, they tend to be lower-paid positions without the prestige and opportunity for advancement found in the tenure track. Industry is highly attractive: it is addressing interesting and pressing problems; it offers good pay and benefits; it offers a path out of the migratory rat-wheel of temporary postdoctoral positions, and often even encourages research and publication in fundamental topics. Most importantly, perhaps, industry offers positions with a real possibility for prestige and career advancement. It’s really a wonder that any of us stay in the academy at all.

Couple years ago I have read similar question being asked (perhaps precisely on this StackExchange), and at the time the common consensus was one of denial. A few prominent professors predicted that no such brain drain would occur due to historical tendencies they have seen in the students, in other words, a non-issue. But now it seems that the brain drain cannot be stopped, a quick survey of my fellow graduate students quickly revealed that none of them wanted to remain in academia after graduation.

Out of this denial and leadership vacuum in academia, a very insidious academic culture has developed: students would start a PhD degree just to take enough industry-oriented courses and then quickly leave for industry. I have personally witnessed this in many fellow graduate students.

So, once again, is there anyway for academia to stop or halt the one way brain flowing from academia to industry? What can academic culture change in order to attract bright and talent students to carry on with fundamental research?

this question is related to how you do your double blind marking for assignments, we are looking at the coursework plugin for moodle but are interested in how other other institutions do this. a specialist piece of software? paper? excel spreadsheets?

To clarify this would be two markers not being able to see the grades the other marker has assigned to the student, unless the grade is within a percentage.
This would be passed to a third marker if grades cannot be agreed upon.

this question is related to how you do your double blind marking for assignments, we are looking at the coursework plugin for moodle but are interested in how other other institutions do this. a specialist piece of software? paper? excel spreadsheets?

To clarify this would be two markers not being able to see the grades the other marker has assigned to the student, unless the grade is within a percentage.
This would be passed to a third marker if grades cannot be agreed upon.

I do not have a google scholar account, and I have tried deleting it from my gmail but it tells me i do not have an account. I saw that Google scholar can help find better information, so I tried it once. Since then my original google has changed and I do not know how to change it back. I do not want google scholar to be my main source anymore and I really need help to delete it off my chromebook so I can go back to my normal google homepage. Please Help.

I’m mostly using Mendeley, but after reading lots of ebooks with the Kindle app, I’ve noticed that I really like the feature that shows me the content of all highlights and the ability to jump to the relevant section.
Is there any software for reference/paper organization, reading and note taking like Mendeley which has this feature?

As an example, for those who don’t know this feature from e.g. Kindle, if the text above was part of a paper and the bold part was my highlight, I want to have a list that shows:

  • I really like the feature that shows me the content of all highlights
  • the ability to jump to the relevant section

and clicking on one of them should bring me to the respective section of the paper.

Any pointer much appreciated!