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    Re: Degree Calculator
    From: Paul Hirose
    Date: 2018 Dec 22, 11:34 -0800

    On 2018-12-21 21:01, Sean C wrote:
    > Regarding the Win 7 calculator: This is the standard calculator that was 
    packaged with Windows up until they decided to "improve it" (read: "make it 
    much less useful"). When you first open it, it is in "standard mode". This 
    presents you with only the most basic functions. You must switch to 
    "scientific mode" (using the mode menu or ALT+1) to get the degree and trig 
    functions.
    
    But that's only a one-time problem, right? When I installed Windows 8.1,
    the calculator was in standard mode the first time I used it. I switched
    to the scientific calculator and now it always launches that way.
    
    I think the simple calculator is the appropriate default for most people.
    
    The scientific calculator operates in extended precision: 32 significant
    digits according to Microsoft. This is far beyond even the IEEE 80-bit
    format. Occasionally I've found the extra precision useful.
    
    Just now I discovered the Windows calculator also has "programmer mode"
    and "statistics mode." They're in plain sight on the View menu, but I
    never noticed them.
    

       
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