I was registering for access to the Sencha forums (www.sencha.com) today when I saw the following on the registration form:
That's pretty advanced math for a CAPTCHA, isn't it?
So, is the math problem this:
6 – (2 x 3)
Or is it this:
(6 – 2 ) x 3
Having a degree in Physics and more than 30 years of experience as a professional software developer, I was certain I knew what I was doing. However, I'd be lying if I told you I got this right on the first try.
All of my years of experience with math told me that the actual problem I was trying to solve was this: 6 – (2 x 3). Everything I knew from high school and college told me that without parenthesis clarifying the problem, the more complicated math happened first followed by less complicated. Even Wikipedia confirmed this here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_operations.
The answer's Zero, right?
Nope, that's not the case. So, not only is the registration forum asking me to do more complicated math than simple addition, subtraction or multiplication – but it's also scoffing at normal precedence of operators and essentially forcing me to give the deliberately wrong answer which, according to them, is 12.
BlackBerry Facebook Application Broken
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What Were They Thinking #13 – VZ Navigator
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I was using it recently to navigate somewhere and noticed something about th [read] Keywords: application
The Solution to My Domino Server Configuration Problem
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Domino Server 405 Error
Update on My Domino Server Problems
Essentially, I was building a sample Sencha Touch application for an article series I’m writing for The View (www.eview.com) and the Sencha Touch proxy by default uses different HTTP request types for each of the CRUD operations. T [read] Keywords: domino
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"Mobile is the oncoming train of the future of computing. For more and more users their mobile device is becoming their first way to reach everything on the Internet. You need to be on-board with this. But there are three platforms to support: iOS, Android and Mobile Web."
I [read] Keywords: mobile
Update on My Domino Server Problems
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I updated the server document so it uses internet sites documents:
I now have an Internet Sites document with th [read] Keywords: agent
Domino Server 405 Error
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I’ve created a simple competitive information database in Notes and exposed it to mobile devices using several methods. I first built a Rhodes application (www.rhomobile.com) that synchronized data with the Domino server and wrote a series of articles about it. You [read] Keywords: domino
PhoneGap Essentials Korean Translation
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Anyway, apparently the book has been licensed for translation into Korean and Traditional Chinese. The Chinese version of the book was supposed to have been published months ago, but I don’t know what happened to it. I’ll receive a copy as s [read] Keywords:
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Wi-Fi Only Tablets
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I have to admit that I find that the Wi-Fi only devices never seem to have connectivity when I need it the most. At home (of course), at most airports and at many national chains (hotels, restaurants, stores), t [read] Keywords: connections
More on Email Message Format for Mobile Devices
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