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Comment: Re:Ban power users! (Score 1) 125

by hugh9954 (#41571439) Attached to: Spreadsheet Blamed For UK Rail Bid Fiasco

(shrug) sometimes people push their spreadsheet way beyond what it was ever meant to do - either because they're in a hurry, or because they don't know other tools exist.

As a co-op student 15 years ago, I wrote an indoor cellular-propagation simulator in Excel. It was terribly slow, but it worked and printed pretty pictures and got us a half-million-dollar contract that we would otherwise have lost because the customer didn't think my manager's hand-drawn sketches looked techie enough.

Loan-department manager: "There isn't any fine print. At these interest rates, we don't need it."

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