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Calculator Chili?
Posted by Michael on 31 January 2004, 00:58 GMT

Hormel Foods Corporation has recalled its canned chili product because of external contamination. What was 104,000 pounds of chili contaminated with - Mad Cow Disease? No. Calculators. Sixteen states now have extra-special, super-mathematical cans of chili on their grocery shelves.

In unrelated events, a former ticalc.org staff member has reported that Nick lost his graphing calculator last week. After an unsuccessful attempt at late-night cow tipping, Nick was performing bovine mass computations. Upon leaving the pasture, he was subsequently unsure as to where had left his beloved 86.

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Re: Calculator Chili?
chemoautotroph Account Info
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Wow. I thought that was a joke, then I clicked on the link.

I wonder what kind of calculator it was... hopefully a low-end HP, I would hate to see a TI graphing calculator be multilated and spread among 100K+ cans of chili.

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 03:00 GMT

Re: Re: Calculator Chili?
Ivan Papusha  Account Info
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Well, it's about time that TICALC.ORG has posted a fake news item. It has not posted one for a few months.

Anyway, I have never used an HP or a CASIO(tm or R or something); what's so bad about them, aside from the fact that TI dominates the market with some of the most advanced calcs that are smarter in math than my 366 computer (although with good programming, my 366 could beat a V200 any day)?

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 04:04 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Calculator Chili?
Memwaster  Account Info

I'm not sure what's wrong (if anything) with HPs, but Casios are unusable.

The low-end models can't find minimum, maximum, intersect or zeros. (even a TI73 or 81 can do that - it's what a graphics calculator is designed for!)

The higher-range models can do these things, and have color (really crappy).

Another problem is that the on-calc BASIC is unusable. I don't usually have a problem with 86-style menus, but the ones on a casio have some wierd ways of selecting things. You also don't have the option of "typeable tokens" which are good if you cant find what you're looking for.

BUT, the main problem is the lack of user-upgradability. they haven't even published what processor is in there, let alone opened any holes for assembled or compiled programs.

To ensure you always stay with quality calculators, "Don't call it a Casio, call it a Crappio"

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 07:30 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Calculator Chili?
Brian Gordon Account Info
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I wouldn't say that the on-calc BASIC is unusable... its just a lot less powerful (as if tib was pwerful in the first place :)). The "functions" are more easily named, like RandNum instead of RandInt.

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 13:57 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Calculator Chili?
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Explain to me how RandNum is better than RandInt.

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 18:16 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Calculator Chili?
nolekid  Account Info

///You also don't have the option of "typeable tokens" which are good if you cant find what you're looking for.///

*cough*yet another reason why the 86 should be the main Z80 calc*cough*

Reply to this comment    1 February 2004, 20:00 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Calculator Chili?
cloudofstrife  Account Info

Typeable tokens aren't that great if you don't have a keyboard to type them in with (i.e. 92+/V200). It's nice, but not all that useful. 83+'s are much much more easy to use than 86's.

Reply to this comment    1 February 2004, 20:25 GMT


burntfuse  Account Info

They are that great-for example, for a shortcut program to a shell or some very commonly used function, you can name it Z or something on the 86, and when you want to run it, you just type Z and press enter. On the 83+, you would have to select it from the program menu, which can be hard if you have a lot of progs.

Reply to this comment    2 February 2004, 21:42 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Calculator Chili?
Morgan Davies  Account Info
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>> Well, it's about time that TICALC.ORG has posted a fake news item. It has not posted one for a few months.

Um, we had one earlier this month!!! Check the link!

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 09:36 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Calculator Chili?
Ivan Papusha  Account Info
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What I really meant was that TICALC.ORG has not posted a fake news item for a while before it started to post fake news items early this month. I hope that made more sense...

Reply to this comment    1 February 2004, 00:55 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Calculator Chili?
chemoautotroph Account Info
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I was just kidding, while supporting the stereotype ph-so-many TI users have against the other brands. I would love to have an HP49G+, and have you seen the ClassPad300? click the URL above.

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 15:21 GMT


~!@#$%^&*()_+
ti_is_good_++  Account Info

We've seen it. We've looked online at its bid specs. We think it's a PDA, not a calc, and doesn't belong here. Anyway, I know an HP-49G+ owner, and he is constantly swearing at it, while it gives off little irritating beeps instead of error messages and he doesn't know what he's doing wrong. He's read the manual-such as there is one-and cannot figure the calculator out. He can barely do four-function work with it (he's never opened the text editor, used the link, graphed an equation, etc), and that's when the weather is mild enough so that the keys don't melt or freeze. That calc is an irritating waste of time. If you need a new one, get an 89Ti when they come out and put PedroM, Morvlon 3.00, and some external memory on it.

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 16:37 GMT


Re: ~!@#$%^&*()_+
BullFrog Account Info
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Ahh, yes. I turned the beep off.

If you want, have your friend e-mail me and I'll help him with his 49g+. I don't have all of it worked out yet, but I can at least help him get started using it. (Actually using it, not yelling at it or whatever...)

Reply to this comment    3 February 2004, 02:12 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Calculator Chili?
Zachary Milyardo Powers  Account Info

Well you 366 can kiss my 486's shiny, silicon (bad word).

Reply to this comment    1 February 2004, 21:31 GMT

burntfuse  Account Info

The poor calc. :'-(

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 13:57 GMT


Re: Re: Calculator Chili?
Matt M Account Info

I didn't believe it for a while and several other people didn't from the look of some of the chats.

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 22:23 GMT

It happens to all of us.....?
The Muffin Man Account Info
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I've lost my calc before too, 83+ for a few weeks...
I found it later in a black bag. (wtf?)
Good luck finding it. (Finding being the keyword, might be stolen)

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 03:24 GMT

Re: It happens to all of us.....?
Chivo  Account Info

Nick losing his 86 is the joke. The calculators in the chili is real, though.

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 03:39 GMT


burntfuse  Account Info

Sure....*rolls eyes*

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 13:58 GMT


BUT IT'S TRUE!!!
Matt M Account Info
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I suppose that USA Today posts "Fake News"

The link shows a USA Today article which talks about a TRUE CHILI RECAL DUE TO CALCULATOR PARTS CONTAMINATING CHILI.

I suppose you still don't believe it. (though I doubt it was a calculator which someone lost ... correct me if I'm wrong, I didn't read the whole story.)

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 22:06 GMT

Re: BUT IT'S TRUE!!!
Matt M Account Info

Sorry, broken link. It's too ling to put in the URL box on this form so you all will have to copy the parts below to the "Address Bar" (where you type www.ticalc.org to get here) and delete the spaces (not dashes '-' but spaces ' ') to make it work.

USA Today

http://www.usatoday
.com/money/industri
es/food/2004-01-29-
hormel-recall_x.htm

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 22:17 GMT


Re: Re: BUT IT'S TRUE!!!
swtaarrs  Account Info

>"Address Bar" (where you type www.ticalc.org to get here)
Thanks, I wasn't sure what the address bar was. :)

Reply to this comment    1 February 2004, 01:28 GMT


Re: Re: Re: BUT IT'S TRUE!!!
Matt M Account Info

If that's directed at me--FYI there are some people (yes, this is hard to believe) that don't know what the "address bar" is.

Example conversation in computer lab with one of these people:
person-- I think there's somthing wrong with my computer.
teacher-- why?
person-- the mouse won't move
teacher-- try turning it off and back on
person-- how? I can't move the mouse
teacher-- hold in the power button
person-- where is that?
teacher-- will someone help [student] re-start the computer

Reply to this comment    4 February 2004, 20:33 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: BUT IT'S TRUE!!!
Matt Daubenmeyer  Account Info

ok... THAT is wrong in elmentery school their IS a small basic computeing class where they teach you to type porperley AND show you where a pwoer button is!

Reply to this comment    4 February 2004, 20:39 GMT


burntfuse  Account Info

Sorry, I hadn't checked the link yet when I posted that :-[. (I do believe it now...)

Reply to this comment    2 February 2004, 21:44 GMT


Re:
Matt M Account Info

Sorry if people thought I was complaining or trying to find fault, because I was not. I just wanted to point it out to those who didn't know or (like me at first) didn't follow the link to the "real news" article. I rarely read past the headline.

Reply to this comment    3 February 2004, 18:55 GMT


Re: It happens to all of us.....?
Ben Cherry  Account Info
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Someone at my school actually made money by stealing graphing calculators from other students' backpacks and then selling them for half-price or so...

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 04:06 GMT

Re: Re: It happens to all of us.....?
Brian Gordon Account Info
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a hundred or so lunches have been stolen from the lockers in my school... I wonder if they'll be sold back?

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 13:58 GMT


Re: Re: Re: It happens to all of us.....?
W Hibdon  Account Info

Lunches?!?!?! People brreak into others' lockers to get -- lunches?!?!? That is a horrible waste of time!

-W-

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 15:51 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: It happens to all of us.....?
ti_is_good_++  Account Info

What if someone's lunch is poisoned just to see who is doing this aforementioned theft?

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 16:41 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: It happens to all of us.....?
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Exactly... that's why I would never steal a lunch (well, I wouldn't do it in the first place).

That would also be the exact type of thing that I'd do if I was being terrorized by someone who stole lunches. :-D

Now, where did I put that rat poisoning?

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 18:20 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: It happens to all of us.....?
Final_Epsilon  Account Info
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you could try using laxitives instead of killing the person. it would be much funnier.

Reply to this comment    6 February 2004, 03:59 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: It happens to all of us.....?
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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No kidding! Well, I buy lunch, so I'm safe. And they can't steal my money either. We use an "account" system with a pin number (like a bank, almost) for our school lunches.

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 18:19 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: It happens to all of us.....?
W Hibdon  Account Info

As do we. But for those of us who have free lunch (not me, my friend Richard, who does not eat lunch has it, so I use his number) do not need to keep money in out account.

-W-

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 20:00 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: It happens to all of us.....?
nolekid  Account Info

I remember when we had to use PINs in middle school, even if we brought money. That sucked. Then, in high school, we had to start wearing IDs, and they used the barcode for lunch. That sucked worse because if you didn't wear an ID, you went to ISSP.

Reply to this comment    1 February 2004, 20:05 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: It happens to all of us.....?
Zachary Milyardo Powers  Account Info

I hate those ID's, Ilost Five of them this year already

Reply to this comment    1 February 2004, 21:38 GMT

Re: Re: It happens to all of us.....?
coinmanz  Account Info
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Wal-Mart is an easier victim. I made a killing from hot 89's and 83+SE's 2 yrs ago, along with most of their other electronics. I no longer steal though. Watch out for Seklorea, the newest in-development 86 shell. Already support for TIMM and Viewer files (launchers unnecessary); a sound player (from strings); uncompressed, VRLE, and RLE 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 bit picture viewer (from strings); chatter; FTP module; variable editor; game level recognition/protection; file (de)compression; and pw protection....It'll be the sh*t! Sorry to hear so much chili was contaminated...I pissed in a vat of Spaghettio's at a factory tour once.

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 16:12 GMT

Re: Re: Re: It happens to all of us.....?
coinmanz  Account Info
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oh, yeah! A plug-in periodic table and possibly a 3D grapher are planned. Sound, Video, file management...who knows what else?!

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 16:19 GMT

Re: Re: Re: It happens to all of us.....?
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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OMG... that is so sick. I hope you ended up eating the Spaghettio's too.

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 18:21 GMT


burntfuse  Account Info

I don't know if he was serious about that part...but if he was, I hope so too.

Reply to this comment    2 February 2004, 21:47 GMT


Re: Re: Re: It happens to all of us.....?
KermMartian Account Info
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Y'now, I'm not even surprised that you steal...

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 22:03 GMT


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coinmanz  Account Info
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The point of my post was advertising Seklorea...the tour was in New York, NY area Kerm; I believe that's your hood ;-) Cool beans everybody, i'm glad Nick is posting more often.

Reply to this comment    1 February 2004, 00:26 GMT

Re: Re: It happens to all of us.....?
Umm... Yup Account Info

yeah...that happened at my school last year...
some people stole a bunch of 83+'s, then sold them on ebay

I think they eventually caught the people when someone bought back their stolen calculator

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 16:59 GMT


Re: Re: It happens to all of us.....?
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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It would be very stupid, then, of the person who stole the calculator to try to sell it to the person that orginally owned the calculator. People who steal calcs are bad.

Reply to this comment    31 January 2004, 18:18 GMT


burntfuse  Account Info

To that last part: YES!!!!!!!

Reply to this comment    3 February 2004, 22:41 GMT

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