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(Marketwatch)   Texas Instruments suffers severe 3Q 535507   (marketwatch.com) divider line 18
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2013-10-22 07:13:50 AM
Texas Instruments is still in business??

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2013-10-22 07:37:11 AM
Let me bust out my TI-85 and calculate their loses.
 
2013-10-22 07:41:55 AM

xanadian: Texas Instruments is still in business??

/5318008


This comes up in every TI thread. They're not a calculator company any more than GE is an incandescent bulb company. They're one of the largest semiconductor manufacturers in the world amongst other things.
 
2013-10-22 07:44:23 AM
Also, subby needs a new calculator if "20% lower profits" = "severe losses"
 
2013-10-22 07:49:26 AM

dukeblue219: Also, subby needs a new calculator if "20% lower profits" = "severe losses"


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2013-10-22 08:21:59 AM

dukeblue219: xanadian: Texas Instruments is still in business??

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This comes up in every TI thread. They're not a calculator company any more than GE is an incandescent bulb company. They're one of the largest semiconductor manufacturers in the world amongst other things.


Exactly. I just picked up their new Launchpad microcontroller. Haven't played with it but with how cheap the chips are I can see using these in my tinkering projects for dedicated functions. Don't know if they are quite worth replacing aurdino yet though.
 
2013-10-22 08:24:34 AM

stuhayes2010: Let me bust out my TI-85 and calculate their loses.


I think I've got a BASIC program on my TI-99/4A that can figure it up.
 
2013-10-22 08:30:17 AM
Oblig: ( for T.I thread)

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2013-10-22 08:58:48 AM

dukeblue219: Also, subby needs a new calculator if "20% lower profits" = "severe losses"


Not really, that sort of thing is part of America's new "Quarterly Profits Über Alles" corporate culture. It's also the reason why an increase of profits that is not larger than the previous increase in profits is considered a "loss. "
 
2013-10-22 09:07:03 AM

xanadian: Texas Instruments is still in business??

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Most appropriate boobies ever.

I was just talking about this with some friends the other day (I know a high school teacher) -- they still don't really have a competitor in the graphing calculator business.  You'd think someone could come up with an iPhone or Android app that does all the stuff that TI does, but that hasn't happened yet.  Either that or the processing power that the graphing functionalities would need is much greater than any other app requires, and a smartphone can't devote all its processor power to a single app when it has all those background processes running.  Maybe eventually there will be something on the "cloud"?

dukeblue219: Also, subby needs a new calculator if "20% lower profits" = "severe losses"


It's an accounting error, not a math error.

//or reading comprehension.
 
2013-10-22 10:15:57 AM

King Something: Not really, that sort of thing is part of America's new "Quarterly Profits Über Alles" corporate culture. It's also the reason why an increase of profits that is not larger than the previous increase in profits is considered a "loss. "


No it's not. Nobody calls a decrease in profits a loss. I hear what you're saying that quarterly profits are the be-all-end-all of corporate management, and nobody is more annoyed at that than I. But a loss means negative profit, not negative profit growth.
 
2013-10-22 10:21:02 AM

Arkanaut: I was just talking about this with some friends the other day (I know a high school teacher) -- they still don't really have a competitor in the graphing calculator business.  You'd think someone could come up with an iPhone or Android app that does all the stuff that TI does, but that hasn't happened yet.  Either that or the processing power that the graphing functionalities would need is much greater than any other app requires, and a smartphone can't devote all its processor power to a single app when it has all those background processes running.  Maybe eventually there will be something on the "cloud"?


I believe it's the physical-keyboard interface and instant-on capabilities. There are programs for the iPhone, including perfect TI-89 emulators, which do everything a graphing calculator can do, but they each have their limits. I work as an electrical engineer, and have many powerful computing tools at my hands, but for a quick answer I grab the ancient TI-89 on my desk. I wouldn't use it for graphing any more, but for quick calculations or occasional solving it's still faster than anything on my phone or computer simply because it's right there ready to go.

I can assure you the processing power is not the problem -- a TI-82 uses a 6 MHz Z80 processor, and even the fancy TI-89 uses a 16 MHz Motorola 68k with 188kB of RAM. I suspect an iPhone could solve anything the TI-89 can do a thousand times faster, if not more so, probably while playing a YouTube stream in the background.
 
2013-10-22 02:19:09 PM
As a university instructor, there's no way I'd let my students use a phone app on an exam, so it makes sense that TI still rules the day.
 
2013-10-22 05:15:55 PM

Msol: As a university instructor, there's no way I'd let my students use a phone app on an exam, so it makes sense that TI still rules the day.


I knew guys with HP 48 SXs who used to send answers to each other over infrared. The GXs had the range degraded to around 3 ft for this reason (or so the urban legend goes).

My current calculator has a comms range of 1200 ft over UHF, but it's a little bulky...
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2013-10-22 05:25:11 PM
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2013-10-22 07:46:54 PM
Dammit--now I'll NEVER see a sequel to "Hunt the Wumpus."
 
2013-10-22 10:19:46 PM
If I were Texas Instruments, I'd be putting all my R&D into Android / iOS calculator APIs for examination apps on school-owned devices. And getting my patents in order.
 
2013-10-23 12:27:48 AM
Maybe even Texas Instruments thinks that I'm coplanar
 
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