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10.4: Be aware of a Calculator widget bug
Authored by: krove on May 24, '05 01:41:13PM

This discussion, while fervent, is pure semantics: bug versus not a bug. It is quite amusing to see how worked up both sides are in arguing their points. Here's what it boils down to:

  1. Order of operations are not being taken into account.
  2. Nearly *ALL* simple, cheapo calculators that this widget emulates do not understand or adhere to order of operations.
  3. Nicer calculators (usually ones with a few or more scientific functions) certainly do understand order of operations.

Now, this discrepancy (left out feature, whatever) on the part of Apple certainly could be improved in the future. But if they didn't: it really doesn't matter because it is a dumb calculator just by its looks, and as such, falls clearly inline with number 2 in my short list above.



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FWIW...
Authored by: MattHaffner on May 24, '05 01:56:24PM

Until Panther or so, going back as far as I remember using a Mac (Finder 4.1 or something), the calculator desk accessory/app has *always* done math this way. No, it's not how many of us (even slightly) tech-inclined like a calc to work, but at least it's historically accurate :)



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10.4: Be aware of a Calculator widget bug
Authored by: szabesz on May 25, '05 09:21:44AM

" it really doesn't matter because it is a dumb calculator just by its looks"
I STRONGLY agree! I am never going to use it! There are lots of other and better freeware alternatives around. Why should we bother at all? :)



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