Do not use Microsoft Excel for important research

Microsoft Excel is malware

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@bgcarlisle Errors in some Excel formulas created the notion that 90% debt/GDP ratio klls future economic growth. And that led to austerity policies...

@mplouffe @bgcarlisle

I use that example in my "intro to research data management" ALWAYS!

and the genomics example (Excel irreparably fucked up gene sequencing data by thinking the sequences were dates and people didn't have the original data")

@vickysteeves @mplouffe @bgcarlisle

I once had to deal with a CSV file of product data that included the client's internal product codes which should looked like `618J-05` and `661E-01`. But Excel had helpfully normalized the second of those to `6.61E+01`.

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