Calculator Error?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Bibulous, Feb 23, 2005.

1. Bibulous macrumors 6502a

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#1
As I try to calculate the number of servings in a bottle and a half of wine, I enter into the OS X 10.3.8 Calculator:

.75 X 1.5 = (1.125)
convert volume (1.125) liters to fluid ounce = (38.0408135625)
Divide (38.0408135625) by 4 = (script line# 45)

I use this program all the time for simple calculations, and I remember hearing about other issues with this program. How reliable is this program and has anyone seen other errors?

(did I use the word program, yep x3)

Now it's #14 ?WTH

2. CubaTBird macrumors 68020

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#2
i get a diff error !

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3. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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#3
He-he, I got a different error...

The paper trail hints that the problem might be related to the conversion, and not the following division:
Code:
```.75 * 1.5
= 1.125

1.125(1.125 * 33.8140564999999995) / 4
= (script line# 7)
/
4```
Because if you copy the convertet result, and then divide by 4 it works fine:
Code:
```38.0408135625 / 4
= 9.510203390625```

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#5
I get script errors all the time when trying to use the exponentiation (x^y) function. I don't think Calculator is a very robust product.

How can Apple maintain programs like Final Cut Pro without having the ability to make a calculator work?

6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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#6
I'm thinking that in comparison to team Calculator, team FCP gets a few more of the big guns programmers. Maybe they should just open-source the calculator....

7. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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Originally, the Calculator code, as well as TextEdit, were included for developer examples.

I can't imagine that it can be quite so flaky but no one is getting paid to fix it. I suppose it shouldn't be a big deal for some since PCalc2 was part of the PowerMac/PowerBook software bundle.

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9. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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#9
I'd call this spam, but it's too strange to be spam. Well, at least they don't use Reverse Polish Notation....

10. clayj macrumors 604

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Hey now, don't be doggin' RPN. I still have a Hewlett-Packard HP28C that I've had since 1989 or so... still works like a champ. 15 ENTER 12 PLUS, baby.

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12. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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Google is becoming the Borg of the internet....I'm beginning to think resistance *is* futile.