Calculator Error?

Bibulous

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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
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

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Mar 10, 2004
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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
 

Doctor Q

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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? :confused:
 

mkrishnan

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Jan 9, 2004
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Doctor Q said:
How can Apple maintain programs like Final Cut Pro without having the ability to make a calculator work? :confused:
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....
 

bousozoku

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mkrishnan said:
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....
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.
 

clayj

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Jan 14, 2005
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mkrishnan said:
I'd call this spam, but it's too strange to be spam. :p Well, at least they don't use Reverse Polish Notation.... :D
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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