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10.4: Be aware of a Calculator widget bug
Authored by: itcomesinwaves on May 24, '05 09:28:45PM

"This will be my third post saying it"

..and this is the third time I've cringed reading it. You clearly have missed the point:

- the widget emulates a cheap, non-scientific calculator
- these type of calculators can NOT perform more than one operation at a time
-- (when you press an operator key, it totals the previous operation.)
- this absolves the calculator of any responsibility to obey 'order of operations' because it can only evaluate ONE operation at a time. The responsibility rests with the user to use this "one-operation-at-a-time' tool properly. The order of operations remains unchanged, the calculator works as it is meant to (I.e., with limited scope).


Do you understand now?



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10.4: Be aware of a Calculator widget bug
Authored by: starwxrwx on May 26, '05 02:46:45AM

It's not strictly a bug, but it is a very poor decision by Apple.

Cheap, crappy calculators should be outlawed.

Any decent calculator gets the order of operation correct (which, by the way, is called BIMDAS here in Australia). You should not have to think about the order of operation before typing in your calculation.

Anyone who defends a calculator not doing its job properly (and hence has not passed primary school maths) is not qualified to enter the debate in the first place.



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