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Comment Re:The anti-science sure is odd. (Score 5, Interesting) 676

"The authors of the paper note it’s particularly interesting that global warming keeps winning the bet despite ocean cycles, solar activity, and human aerosol pollution all acting in the cooling direction over the past 15 years. Human-caused global warming has become so strong that it’s consistently overcoming these natural short-term cooling factors... In other words, betting against global warming is an almost sure way to lose money at this point."

https://www.skepticalscience.com/betting-against-gw-sure-way-to-lose-money.html

Comment Re:Of course. . . (Score 1) 442

Be sure to place a monetary wager and profit on your knowledge!

https://science.slashdot.org/story/16/08/02/0124236/climate-change-contrarians-lose-big-betting-against-global-warming

Ignore this, though: "The authors of the paper note it’s particularly interesting that global warming keeps winning the bet despite ocean cycles, solar activity, and human aerosol pollution all acting in the cooling direction over the past 15 years. Human-caused global warming has become so strong that it’s consistently overcoming these natural short-term cooling factors... In other words, betting against global warming is an almost sure way to lose money at this point."

https://www.skepticalscience.com/betting-against-gw-sure-way-to-lose-money.html

Comment Re:Not strictly Excel's fault (Score 1) 344

"I can change the column when/if I need to"

Actually, I have major problems trying to convert text to a number format once it's in the spreadsheet program. (I use LibreOffice, but I assume Excel functionality is the same.) If I take a column that's text-formatted, and click Format > Cell > Number, then all of the numeric stuff gets a single quote prefixed, sabotaging the attempt to treat it as a number. Your proposal would generate a massive user outcry for that and other reasons.

Comment Re:It was user error, not a spreadsheet problem .. (Score 5, Insightful) 344

It could rather be a conversion error. For example, if you have the original in a CSV file (possibly output from one program) where strings have no lead colon, and then load into Excel or LibreOffice, it will (by default) turn everything it can into a numeric format. One needs to be aware of that and ask that the column be converted to text -- which is easy to overlook if you have a column that's mostly non-ambiguous, but somewhere far below is a single date-like name.

I've gotten hit by this many times with CSVs coming out of our school's learning management system, with long numeric student IDs that get turned into scientific notation in the spreadsheet application. In some sense that's easier to catch, because it will hit a whole column of data at once; but even so it's distressing how often I need to backtrack to resolve that.

Comment Re:WSUS offline + PortableUpdate (Score 1) 400

Are you sure that the security-only update will be accessible that way? I thought it was for enterprise users only, unavailable to home users.

(And if they continue on this trajectory of Trojan-ing feature changes as security updates then I'm not sure how much even that buys us.)

Comment Re:Isn't it obvious why they're doing this? (Score 1) 275

On the other hand, the IT at my university are the biggest Windows-boosters I've ever seen. Apparently never heard of anything open-source. Push "free" Microsoft trial products on everyone at any turn. Had the head of IT in the last semester claim at a department meeting that, "Windows 10 was entirely rewritten from scratch so it's much more secure." Updated all the classroom computers to Windows 10 a few weeks back.

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