|You could design one simpler, the HP-0C|
Message #15 Posted by NH on 18 May 2003, 4:17 p.m.,
in response to message #14 by Ernie Malaga
You could design one much simpler than the HP-10U.
It would calculate only in base 0 .
Therefore, the only number it would accept is 0.
Since no matter whether you add or subtract
or multiply by zero, then the result is still
zero, so it doesn't need any buttons at all.
Also it doesn't need any display, since you can
just presume that the display, if it had one
would be reading "0".
I think HP executive management is working on a close
cousin to a calculator of this nature....
reflecting the need for increasing profits while
having less to manufacture, they may soon release
a virtual base zero calculator. You buy it for $150,
and when you open the cardboard box there is nothing inside.
I hear that marketing and management are very favorable
to the increase in projected quarterly earnings that this
new model might create, with executive perks and bonuses
all around .
If anybody should question the wisdom of such a unit,
like, wonder if they got a good deal, they would have to
take that up with the virtual online owner's manual.
Since the website disconnects when you try to access it,
then there wont be any complaints from the customers.
I think it is going to be called the "HP-0C" .