<div dir="ltr">This is an excellent thread.  I hope to be able to read some of the links one day.<div><br></div><div>I use Excel for my day job, and it is killing our ability to innovate.</div></div><div class="gmail_extra">
<br><br><div class="gmail_quote">On Sat, Sep 28, 2013 at 3:55 PM, Eric Wolf <span dir="ltr"><<a href="mailto:ebwolf@gmail.com" target="_blank">ebwolf@gmail.com</a>></span> wrote:<br><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="margin:0 0 0 .8ex;border-left:1px #ccc solid;padding-left:1ex">
<div dir="ltr"><div><div><div>Hmmm... learn something new every day:<br><br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_operations#Exceptions_to_the_standard" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_operations#Exceptions_to_the_standard</a><br>

<br></div>Excel is considered one of the exceptions to the standard for -5^2. Oddly, I would have computed that the same way as Excel. However, if I saw -a^2, I would compute it the same as -(a^2) because the negative sign would be meaningless otherwise.<br>

<br></div>But what about -a^3? It's the same regardless of how you handle the sign. (-a) * (-a) * (-a) = -(a*a*a)<span class="HOEnZb"><font color="#888888"><br><br></font></span></div><span class="HOEnZb"><font color="#888888">-Eric<br>
</font></span></div><div class="gmail_extra"><div class="im"><br clear="all"><div>-=--=---=----=----=---=--=-=--=---=----=---=--=-=-<br>
Eric B. Wolf                           <a href="tel:720-334-7734" value="+17203347734" target="_blank">720-334-7734</a><br><br><br></div>
<br><br></div><div><div class="h5"><div class="gmail_quote">On Sat, Sep 28, 2013 at 1:44 PM, Stephen Kraus <span dir="ltr"><<a href="mailto:ub3ratl4sf00@gmail.com" target="_blank">ub3ratl4sf00@gmail.com</a>></span> wrote:<br>
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<div dir="ltr"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel#Pentium_flaw" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel#Pentium_flaw</a><br></div><div class="gmail_extra"><br><br><div class="gmail_quote"><div><div>
On Sat, Sep 28, 2013 at 3:34 PM, Justin W Elam <span dir="ltr"><<a href="mailto:justin.w.elam@gmail.com" target="_blank">justin.w.elam@gmail.com</a>></span> wrote:<br>
</div></div><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="margin:0 0 0 .8ex;border-left:1px #ccc solid;padding-left:1ex"><div><div><p>=-5^2+5^2 should equal 0<br>
In a version of Excel you get 50.</p>
<p>Here are some Horror Stories</p>
<p><a href="http://www.eusprig.org/horror-stories.htm" target="_blank">http://www.eusprig.org/horror-stories.htm</a></p>
<p>Of things you should watch out for. </p>
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Justin W Elam<br>
E-mail ::: <a href="mailto:justin.w.elam@gmail.com" target="_blank">justin.w.elam@gmail.com</a><br>
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