Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 26th Jun 2009 18:15 UTC
Geek stuff, sci-fi... I guess the tragic death of Michael Jackson put the internet on hold or something, as the amount of news we can find has come to a grinding halt. I did find something interesting, though: HP has made several of its classic calculator models available as iPhone applications or as Windows applications. I'm personally not particularly versed in the world of mathematics (other than statistics), but I do know the love many geeks have for their calculators.
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I have a HP 15C
by unclefester on Sat 27th Jun 2009 05:42 UTC
unclefester
Member since:
2007-01-13

I don't know why HP stopped selling the 15C. They would cost less than $2 to make in China and would find a ready market at $50.

Nothing beats RPN. I use gcalculator in linux in RPN mode.

You can't take a phone into a university exam.

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RE: I have a HP 15C
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Sun 28th Jun 2009 00:54 in reply to "I have a HP 15C"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

My Physics adviser in College was sort of a prankster. He'd remind his new students that they needed a calculator for their exams, but if they forgot one, he had 10 they could borrow. Of course, they were all RPN a fact which he never mentioned. Those that forgot their calculators once, never did again.

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RE[2]: I have a HP 15C
by abstraction on Mon 29th Jun 2009 07:49 in reply to "RE: I have a HP 15C"
abstraction Member since:
2008-11-27

I am one of those that actually dislike the use of calculators in school.

During highschool we had to use calculators because the answers could not be described as a fraction 3/7 or an angle of 2*PI etc.

As soon as I enrolled at the university there was not even one subject that required a calculator. All the problems had a solution that could solved by hand even if the actual problem was way more complicated than anything we had ever done in highschool.

When looking back I came to the solution that the required use of calculators in highschool only added to the confusion when trying to understand math. I can not understand why the hell we had to use them because it is so much easier to understand math if not having to rely on the calculator to solve your problem.

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