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"Policy makers had recognized a constitutional (and economic) imperative to protect American property from theft"
I wonder if recognition would have come if the Old Media Industries had not bribed - err lobbied - the policy makers in the first place.
In all these years and hours spent in compiler madness and dependency hell you never wondered if there had to be a better way? Keeping track of memory and pointers, or objects and threads? Compiling code? yuck. You may have to drop some acid or go off to an ashram and THEN you'll be ready to embrace the psychodelic world of callbacks and prototypes and json.
Some more serious advice: CSS and HTML are best left to specialists or you'll lose the little hair you have left. You will want a basic understanding, in particular, how they relate to the document object in js. MSDN and Mozilla have decent refrences, as does W3schools.
Economies of scale? Australia has 1/10th of the population of the US, so even though the distance is shorter the unit cost of shipping is likely to be lower when shipping goods to the US than to Australia. You also have to consider any import tariffs imposed by the respective government.
I don't understand the furor. This appears to be a case of market economics. Australia has a population of ~25 million people, while the US has a population of ~300 million. The EU, likewise has a population of about 300 million. Simple economy of scale arguments provide a rational answer: Apple's cost per unit to ship products to the US and the EU is going to be lower than its cost per unit shipping to Australia, and those savings (or burdens depending on which side of the world you are in) get passed onto consumers. Not to mention the infrastructure costs of setting up stores, corporate offices, advertising, and a market presence in country with 1/10 of the population of the US or the EU. Which again will all result in a higher cost basis per unit sold in Australia. Finally, higher tax rates on corporations in Australia, higher employee taxes on business, and other regulatory issues are likely to drive up prices. Let's not forget the dreaded GST which makes the end price for consumers even higher.
Rather than whine about it, Australian MP's may consider what they can do to create a more favorable market for high tech products in Australia by providing tax benefits to offset the higher costs of doing business in a small and over regulated market.
I love it. A good ole lets duke it out between C and C++ programmers. Such a gentleman's sport compared to the (more full of opinionated ignoramii) java vs python vs ruby vs perl debates - or even worse - the dreaded apple fanboy vs linux geek vs windows pro debates that have become the predominant news on slashdot these days.
Why, exactly, is using STL a greater good from a compiler side?
Same as for any other large programming project: It makes it easier to write and maintain.
How, exactly, is easier to write and maintain code a greater good from a compiler side?
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Somewhere in Redmond someone is sighing a long sigh of relief. Finally they say - finally - they stopped picking on us!
Hardware floppy drives are indeed obsolete. Welcome to the wonderful era of virtualization where he can have as many windows 98 "boxes" as he likes, all with their very own virtual floppy disks.
I beg to differ. It is a matter of adjusting your expectations and your IDE layout - like we haven't done that before. In my case I have learned to like and prefer the advantages of wide over tall given a single screen limitation. On a 1920 wide screen it is easy to place two or three editor views side by side in eclipse - useful for example when dealing with multiple related classes like manager, entity and DAO classes for a given "object" in a typical enterprise app. (Just drag the document tab for a class sideways and off the main editor panel). It's not ideal - vertical space is still important - especially with the proliferation XML config files and chatty bean setters and getters, but getting used to using code folding and ouline views helps. In the end, enough that I prefer wide over tall.
(Disclaimer: my 'primary' desktop workstation has three widescreens with one oriented sideways for max vertical scrolling power - I never said I did not like vertical space).