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Author: rorschach
Time: 08/06/03 12:58 PST
This is a reply to message no. 11776 by gerdb
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Microsoft Excel is WRONG!!! Beware...
personally, I like it when it asks for confirmation because they often put really dangerous menu entries near less dangerous ones and it is easy to pick the wrong one. what I hate is when it goes and does things without asking in the background and you have to pull your hair out to figure out what happened.

In response to the earlier poster concerning computation precision, sorry, but if you are working eight decimal places down and your design is that marginal, there is a MUCH bigger problem than your choice of solvers. In my experience you RARELY need to worry about stuff that far to the right of the decimal point. as a result, excel, which is relatively cheap and common, makes for a fine enginering calulator. but order of operation errors are a whole 'nother issue. Acroduster is right, this is a big deal. Maybe that explains Enron's $300 million loan that looked like a $300 million profit.....
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