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Re: [News] [Rival] Microsoft, in Debt/Near Debt, is Milking Fired Employees

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____/ Chris Ahlstrom on Monday 23 February 2009 12:35 : \____

> After takin' a swig o' grog, Roy Schestowitz belched out
>   this bit o' wisdom:
>> Microsoft wants severance pay back from some fired staff
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>>| Microsoft is trying to get severance money back from some employees it laid
>>| off last month.
>>| In letters written to an unspecified number of laid off Microsoft workers,
>>| the company says that due to an administrative error the company paid them
>>| too much severance.
>>| "... An inadvertent administrative error occurred that resulted in an
>>| overpayment in severance pay by Microsoft," the letter states. "We ask that
>>| you repay the overpayment and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience to
>>| you."
>> `----
>> http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/microsoft/archives/162529.asp?source=rss
> Those are the wages of Excel!

Yes, proprietary software is very sloppy and buggy. Nobody can check the code
to validate.


Buggy Microsoft Excel Patch Causes Bad Math

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| A bug in this week's MS08-014 patch causes Excel to return zeroes instead of 
| the correct number when certain types of macros are run within the program. 


Fractured YEARFRAC and Discounted DISC

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| So Excel is off by 2% or so. Do we really care. It's just money, right?
| The problem is that the function in OOXML is defined incorrectly, from the 
| financial perspective. The discount rate is the discount from the redemption 
| value, not the discount from the purchase price. So the first term in the 
| formula should be (redemption-par)/redemption, not (redemption-par)/par. If 
| you make this change, then the calculated value matches the value Excel 
| gives.     
| [...]
| What would be normal practice would be to take the definitions, as given in 
| the OOXML text, and to calculate the values according to the definition 
| provided in the text, and then to compare the resulting values with what 
| Excel returns. That would provide a useful double-check of the definitions in 
| the text. But OOXML doesn't do that. The example here are mere fluff and 
| provide no additional assurance to the implementor.     
| The discrepancy here also indicates that no one has actually reviewed these 
| formulas for accuracy. Errors like this are immediately evident, but only if 
| you look. The fact that things like this have escaped the notice of 
| Microsoft, Ecma TC45, their Project Editors, 80 NB reviews, the BRM experts, 
| and the eagle eyes of ITTF, should make one have considerable concerns over 
| the the sufficiency of the Fast Track review and approval process.     


Trouble In Microsoft World Over Calculator

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| The calculator post seems to be a reaction to a MS KnowledgeBase article 
| titled Incorrect Calculator Results When You Use the Percent Key which 
| implies the percent function screws up your results when you use it along 
| with + or – in any combination. Way to go Microsoft!   


Microsoft Excel fails math test

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| Microsoft Corp.'s Excel 2007 spreadsheet program is going to have to relearn 
| part of its multiplication table. 


Microsoft: Excel Bug Doesn't Add Up

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| If you've been depending on your Microsoft Excel software to do your number 
| crunching for you, you might want to grab a calculator and review your 
| spreadsheets before you send the document out the door. That's because the 
| latest version of Excel is housing bugs that are dead set on ruining your 
| reports.    


[OOXML] Mathematically Incorrect

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| So when it comes to comparing MSOOXML and ODF v1.0 on the basis of the 
| inclusion of "Formula Definitions", it becomes clear that the anti-ODF folk 
| have not much to shout about. In fact MSOOXML's "Formula Definition" is 
| deficient and inaccurate.   


OOXML: The Formula for Failure

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| As I've shown, in the rush to write a 6,000 page standard in less than a 
| year, Ecma dropped the ball. OOXML's spreadsheet formula is worse than 
| missing. It has incorrect formulas that, if implemented according to the 
| standard may cause loss of life, property and capital. This standard is 
| seriously messed up. And shame on all those who praised and continue to 
| praise the OOXML formula specification without actually reading it.     


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                ~~ Best of wishes

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