.. fucks up data handled in program. Film at eleven.
Honestly, this isn't really news. I consider quite a few pieces of contemporary software on the brink of unusable.
That also includes modern Word processors, Excel and the Facebook UI. (I use facebook sporadically with a spoof account)
A software that tries to think for me without communicating this, that tries to babysit me (remember Clippy?) is bound to be somewhere between extremely annoying and dangerous, depending on the situation you want to use it in.
The first thing you do in Excel is turn off autocorrect entirely. I don't know if that works, but it should, otherwise Excel is more than worthless.
And, of course, in a spreadsheet autocorrect should be disabled by default. In fact, autocorrect should only run when users specifically tell it to, wether in a word processor, spreadsheet or whatnot - that's my opinion anyway.
This is not the first time that a modern Spreadsheet - or shall we just call it by it's name? - Excel has screwed up scientific data or other more-or-less critical data big time.
Excel is a powerful tool often used incorrectly or in situations where it simply doesn't fit. It's a highly complex tool and if it's got rounding errors or similar problems and doesn't tell you how to handle them when they arise with big numbers then somebody has built a shit product. Which with MS would not really a surprise to be honest.
I'd say a modern spreadsheet should warn you if you're using numbers that are to large for the programms math engine to handle without rounding errors or such. And you probably agree.
I do see fault in the scientists. After all, they should know the tools that they are using and not mess around like some n00b. Although it was probably some unpaid and overworked doctorate who entered the data and there's little to blaim those. ... But I do also see the fault with MS and their mediocre software that has only been banking on it's quasi-monopoly for the last 18 years.