Does the algorithm need to detect asteroids before or after they impact the earth?
The stolen passports likely have nothing to do with Freescale, but in regards to those passports, they've already determined that the two tickets purchased for those two identities where purchased at the same time - they have consecutive ticket numbers. Further, and oddly, the two had different final destinations.
A conceivable theory is that they were terrorists with explosives in their checked in baggage. The plan was for the explosives to detonate later than they did (but something caused one to detonate prematurely), thus taking down two flights and not just one. Further, they may have intended to disembark or not board those final flights while intending their luggage to continue on (perhaps they did a test run and found that luggage was not properly removed from the plane if a passenger did not board a connecting flight at the destination Chinese airport). There was a Chinese terrorist attack in the last couple weeks (the mass killings with knives) and this plane was carrying almost all Chinese citizens, and it was headed for China. If that speculation is correct, two planes would have been destroyed, doubling the amount of Chinese that were killed, and the destruction would have happened over China, thus potentially causing collateral damage.
Take two genomic pills and call me in the morning. Sounds affordable.
VPN called. It wants its acronym back.
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Fixed the summary for you.
It makes sense for him to keep them as bitcoins, especially given his personality and past experiences. It isn't real money until it's been converted into.... real money. Thus it can't be taxed at this point. There is no reason for him to try and cash out now when at least 50% of it would go to the government. It makes far more sense to only very gradually exchange a few bitcoins as needed for expenses as you go. Yes, the value of his bitcoins may depreciate significantly (which really hasn't been the case over the long term), but considering the option is to lose 50% immediately (and get scrutinized by the government, etc), it still makes more sense to hang onto them. Even if they devalue down to $1 each, he is still sitting on $800,000.
Yeah yeah. I have karma to burn.
Committing to a 3rd party library is a lot like adopting a child. It's a long term commitment that's not easily broken, and you can't ever have a thorough understanding of what the relationship will be like ahead of time. I started a long post about the 3 main reasons for going with a 3rd party library, but decided to delete my long-winded rant. I'll just say that for the most part it comes down to saving time (and thus possibly money). You're rolling the dice and hoping at the end of the day (whenever that is - 5 years from now, 10 years from now?) simply utilizing a 3rd party library will have saved you time and money.
I think I have a hard time with commitment (as in platforms, OSs, and 3rd party libraries), and that's probably to do with the number of platforms I've been involved with over the years, and the number that are now dead and gone. If you are the type to embrace and commit (like "I love Microsoft and I love C# and I'm going to jump in with both feet and that will be my universe") then sure, go ahead and use as many 3rd party libraries as you can. If you hope to have any kind of future portability of your code (as in compiling versions for Windows, iOS, OSX, Android, Linux) then you are entirely at the mercy of those 3rd parry libraries and what they will or won't support down the road. I mainly write code for myself (my own products I market), thus I consider the code I write as an investment. That is why I primarily use C++, because it is the only language I can create native applications in for all the platforms I just named (and more), and also why I look for public domain code or libraries with licensing and source code availability so I will know my future using that library is assured (I can build for other platforms, even if that means doing some work porting the code a bit).
I know that's not really answering you question ("How can I know if I can trust a 3rd party library"), and is more an answer to the question "Should I be using 3rd party libraries in the first place?"
research based on them is probably still valid
That's probably reassuring.
Like making it more difficult syntactically prevents SQL injection attacks either:
var sql="SELECT fname, lname from people where id='"+id+"'";
I do a lot of coding in PHP, and there's a lot of things I don't like about it, but your particular dislikes don't make a lot of sense.
Why in 2014, do I have to decorate variables with '$'?
It's not like PHP was written in 1965 and thus there was some hardware (memory footprint, compilation speed, etc) reason variables are prefixed with a dollar sign. It was a design choice. That's so you can do this:
echo "The total is $count.";
And you can use the same variable syntax in your code as in strings that are automatically parsed.
Why is the assiciative array syntax take two characters that look a comparison operator?
It doesn't "look" like a comparison operator if you actually know what the operators are. <= and >= are comparison operators, and => is not a comparison operator in any language I've ever used. A single equal sign looks like a comparison operator too, and woe to the developer that doesn't have the universal C-like basic operators (used in dozens of modern languages) memorized backwards and forwards.
Why do I need == and ===?
ANd vaiable confusion between $_GET, $_POST and $_COOKIE
I don't even know where to begin on this one. They are 3 entirely different things, with the most self-explanatory names I can think of. That's exactly as it should be. Look at $_REQUEST if it's too difficult to figure out which you should be using (and woe to your client if that's the case).
I picked up an (original) Mattel Football game at a yardsale last summer for 50 cents (and one of those baseball games with the removable wired controller for pitching to the other player, also for 50 cents). I forgot how much fun that game was. I still remembered the nuances of how to play.
Wow, why do I get the impression we shouldn't have restricted our questions to his music composition and instead asked him stuff about the meaning of life in general? LOL. He just seems to be very wise and down to earth.
Thanks for taking the time to answer!
By then, the PC was too far gone, because the heathens were actually building their own operating systems and programming languages! The horror! We might lose control of the demographics!
Wait a second. What operating system stole PCs away from Microsoft Windows? In order for what you say to make sense, Microsoft would have had to have lost control over PCs (which still hasn't happened) to Linux, and so in turn Microsoft decided to dominate Smartphones instead, which also has not happened. Smartphones actually caused the opposite. It wrested control away from Microsoft to an OS created by a competitor (iOS), and another OS that is open source (Linux / Android). Second, what programming languages? Most all serious software written for Windows is through Visual Studio (C++ and later C#), although to a very small extent (as in a tiny, tiny percentage of Windows Apps) Java applications. No other programming languages represent much more than a footnote in the millions of Windows applications.
In other words, it's exactly the opposite of what you said.
You can still part out a phone and make at least a hundred bucks off it. I'm sure they would continue to be stolen just for that amount of money alone.