gormster wrote:thatguy_ wrote:I had to wikipedia TI. Here in Australia, it seems every calculator is a Casio.
I would have to disagree. All the calculators at my school are currently TI-83+, but they are slowly being fazed out in favour of TI-84s. It still annoys the hell out of me that pretty much every student has a phone with more power than a TI, yet we're still forced to pay $100 for a second hand one bought from the school's hire program, and it has the mental capacity of a chimp. Surely an update is required by now, considering that the technology is now so updated....
But anyway, blah blah blah etc.
tuckels could be doing that thing that I also do, where My Town == Australia. I know for sure that where I live pretty much all the calculators are Casio.
finity wrote:What is with TI's current trend of locking out programmer hobbyists? I'm sure their calculators produced a large group of geeks fluent in computerese who all got their start on TI.
College Board issues aside, I have fond memories oi TI-BASIC, writing in it a 3D graphing engine and a stock market analyzer. With enough patience, I could make anything ... but friends. (Although with my chatterbot experiments, I certainly tried.)
wagner wrote:finity wrote:What is with TI's current trend of locking out programmer hobbyists? I'm sure their calculators produced a large group of geeks fluent in computerese who all got their start on TI.
It's all about the standardized tests. In order to curb cheating by storing content on such devices, I've heard that you are required to reset your calculator memory in front of the proctor. If you can write compiled code, you can bypass any such measures they put in place. They offer a signing process (for a fee of course) that allows you to write compiled code that can be loaded onto the calculator and is exempt from the wipe.
sillydreamer wrote:As a math teacher, it's actually really nice that this technology has NOT changed. I can teach my students on the calculator that I learned on and maybe one of them will teach a future math student on a TI-83+ as well.
emanaton wrote:... so - *someone* has to mention it: is "oi" a typo (meant to be "of"), or am I missing something?
peutetre wrote:There is a typo. "oi" in alt-text, instead of "of"
Frédéric Bastiat wrote:Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
Through my college-math career--Precalc, Analytic Trig, DIscrete I and II, and Calc I and II--I never had a single instructor insist on clearing calculator memories.
freddyfish wrote:does anyone besides me still think the ti-89 is the hack for ALL math( except stats because its just hard to type in the data on that calc))?
BTW, makes me wonder: why isn't there some decent ipod touch/adnroid phone replacement for a HP 50g / TI-89? Doesn't seem that hard to program one...
Fritzed wrote:I got the distinct impression that in the last panel the guy was essentially turning to the camera like he was questioning TI directly as they read the comic. Looking back, I see absolutely nothing to signal this, it's not like he has a face. I have to know, did other people see him turn to look at you?
DesperatMezures wrote:I've thought about this very situation, and been saddened that CollegeBoard allows TI to keep their monopoly unopposed. It's really up to them to break it, because until they allow other calculators in, the most friendly, fair, modern, cheap calculator won't be a success due to the test restrictions. TI is freaking printing money with the prices they charge for this terrible, old hardware!