You are correct. A very common means of sharing data is the CSV (comma seperated values) file format. The file is structured so that commas seperate columns, and line breaks seperate rows.
The CSV is a very file-size efficient way of sharing data sets, but it stores literally no formatting information.
Excel is usually registered as the default application to open CSVs, and because there is no meta information about the data in the cells, Excel tries to be clever with its parsing of the information.
This leads to all sorts of fun issues - strings being interpreted as dates like in the article above, phone numbers being interpreted as numbers (and consequently losing their leading 0 if they're not in international format), fractional prices losing their precision when being rounded to 2 places, etc.
So... Your Noscript is almost certainly not blocking cookies.
Source: Web developer for 10+ years.
The mindset of these people is fucking disgusting. The virus won't threaten them and theirs, they can isolate in total luxury and buy the best medical attention in the world, so all it represents to them is a business opportunity.
Who cares if more people die because of a little misinformation? There's money on the table!
Maybe They'll Stop Identity Theft And Fraud This Time?
Actually Nintendo get exactly what they want: the site shut down and an implicit warning sent to all other ROM sites.
I watched a pretty in-depth video about Billy Mitchell on YouTube not too long ago. Several of his records got proven to be literally impossible, and instead of admitting to it, he doubled down, making threats and excuses.
Don't forget your eyeballs and just your whole face really.
If you ignore the scumminess, this is actually genius on Amazon's part. They only have to advertise to the top level of the police force - the lower level police will then take care of everything else for them. Additionally they'll collect so much data from this scheme that they'll be able to turn into even more revenue.
Epic is following EA with their Origin platform: it's spyware that dresses up as an honest platform, and lures victims with exclusivity. Hell Epic has been caught spying on your Steam traffic. Origin sleuths through your entire PC. They feel scummy to me, and the exclusive deals feel just as scummy as their applications.
Why's this always a big deal for you? I just recently decided to start getting more involved in the comments and you've already leaped all over my back twice.
People can be ephemeral on the internet - it costs us very little. I've joined, left, and later rejoined services many times.