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Still, they had more funding than they expected, and would have been able to deal with these costs. Unfortunately, the bill of materials for their final product clocked in way higher than they expected. They would have had to sell the device at about $350 each, when they were originally targeting a $99 price point. (And that figure assumes good sales — with a smaller production run, price per unit goes even higher.) The company is now going to refund the remaining money left over from its Kickstarter campaign — about 20% of the total. They're also open sourcing the software and sharing the PCB designs and schematics.
I was going to say that that's what our Federal Air Marshall Service is for, but I did some Googling on it, and found things like less than one half of a percent of U.S. carrier flights actually have an air marshall on them (and before 9/11 there were all of around 30-something of them for the entire U.S.), and employees complaining about poor training and corrupt, malicious bosses and joke levels of standards and being over-scheduled and tired all the time (that is, those in the service who don't have the desk jobs, as administrators).
A real pisser is that even for socialistic things that I would actually acquiesce on, like nationalized in-flight security, we can't even have those things done right.
So to your suggestion I'd say yeah, we need that, but not without some hesitancy. In a classroom for example, the only way I'm going to die from friendly fire is on the unlikely chance of being hit directly by a stray bullet. But in a pressurized cabin at altitude? Unless Hollywood exaggerates (!), maybe they should be rubber bullets or something, on planes.
Thank you RG. I'll probably take my sis up on her offer before I end up moving out of California, though; she was/is a recovering Leftie, and as such had a phobia over guns, and so found an ex-Seal dude in town who gives group and private lessons, to ease her into it gently, and she's offered to cover the cost of a session for me. (She and her hubby are very well-to-do, and they pay other people to do things I didn't even know there were people for.)
C++ is very complex, and whole swaths of the language can be safely ignored.
But I wonder about why the very particular constraint of "classic OOP compiled". I don't think I'd recommend any of those anymore; aside from specialized applications, if what one is going to be writing is large enough to utilize OOP, then VM'ed languages are much more relevant these days.
Part of the problem is the lack of a proven strategy to guide physicians in counseling parents. “Unfortunately, we don’t have a solid evidence base in terms of how to communicate to patients about vaccines,” says Saad Omer adding that although he does not sanction the use of alternative vaccine schedules, he understands why primary care physicians keep treating these patients — just as doctors do not kick smokers out of their practices when they fail to quit. Dr. Allison Kempe, the study’s lead author and a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Colorado, thinks the time has come to acknowledge that the idea that “vaccine education can be handled in a brief wellness visit is untenable” and says that we may need pro-vaccine parents and perhaps even celebrities to star in marketing campaigns to help “reinforce vaccination as a social norm.” "Whether the topic is autism or presidential politics," says Frank Bruni, "celebrity trumps authority and obviates erudition.""
"What we are alleging is occurring is that there are individuals and organizations that are profiting from the storage and the exchange of child sexual exploitation material," Scott Tod, Deputy Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), told Motherboard at a conference late last month, after speaking to a crowd of defense specialists. "They store it and they provide a secure website that you can log into, much like people do with illegal online gaming sites."
I personally have never killed anything larger than a bug in my life; I suspect a lot of other people haven't either. I've never had to, because there have always been other people who are willing to do those unpleasant tasks for me, in exchange for modest amounts of money.
You're safe; I'm sure in our dystopian zombie future, the phones will still need sanitizing.
Bzzzzt, try again, IEC 80000-13.