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Old Man Yells At Cloud


On Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 11:23 PM, Dan Sommers <dan at tombstonezero.net> wrote:
> How relevant is the "people use calculators to do arithmetic" argument
> today?  Okay, so I'm old and cynical, but I know [young] people who
> don't (can't?) calculate a gratuity without an app or a web page.

I use a calculator all the time - not for calculating a tip though.
Sometimes I use bc (when I can't find my calculator in the morass of
my desk).

True story - the other day I was in a store and my total was $10.12. I
pulled out a $20, and the cashier (probably age 23 or so) immediately
entered $20 as the amount tendered. Then I said "Let me see if I have
the $0.12." I did not, but I had $0.15 so I handed her $20.15. She
literally froze in place with a classic deer in the headlights stare.
I said "$10.03" She said "What?" I said "$10.03 is my change." She
said "What?" I said "Just give me $10." She did not reply, opened the
drawer below her register, rummaged around and came out with one of
those giant key calculators, and with a look of dogged determination,
did the calculation, looked at me and said proudly "$10.03 is your
change."