Oh, man, you vick-rolled me!
1998 may be a "convenient" mile post but it doesn't reflect reality. There was a lot of large scale development going on in C++ in the early & mid-90's. By your measurement, C++ is younger than Java!
I learned C++ in 1987. The original Stroustrup book came out in 1985, so more like 30 years old.
The foreign debt is in Euros.
Yes, yes it is. And that's why Greece is f*'d. Entering into a currency union with a bunch of other nations that have very different economies and politics was a really stupid idea.
Also, government bonds are usually denominated in the country's currency. That means you can always run the printing presses to pay off your foreign debt (something people often forget when discussing US government debt).
That doesn't really help. If they print more than they produce, the currency will drop in value.
That's the whole point. Devaluing the currency means everyone in the country takes a pay cut, at least with respect to imports. but internal prices don't change (at least not immediately). This has the effect of discouraging imports and encouraging exports. Taken to extremes it will mean hyperinflation and financial collapse but used judiciously it's a good economic tool.
Kind of mundane, but they're built to get installed in the middle of nowhere and keep working.
Only if he builds a giant "laser" and calls it the "Alan Parsons Project" - or maybe Operation Bananarama
Encryption was defined as a weapon until '97. There were a number of interesting end runs around that, including a book with all of the PGP source code in it. Since you could print the definition for a 3D gun, banning 3D files for guns should run into the same legal restrictions that banning the publishing of encryption software did.
It's funny, but it's been this way for ages - the phone company will essentially give you unlimited credit. Mr Dorff is living on about $1500 a month. How many credit cards with $25K limits do you think he has? I don't understand why phone companies don't just set a max for your bill and then shut you off if it goes over that, at least for billable items like long distance.
You'd fit in at Verizon
If you read the support article, you'll see that it mentions that it may not be able to get your heart rate if you have tattoos, not that you'll have to keep entering your PIN because it thinks you've taken it off your wrist.
I regard the threat to my privacy and civil liberty by criminals like Mark Rowley as much more significant than that posed by terrorists. Snowden didn't make companies add more encryption. Overreach by government agencies caused it. They're just trying to shoot the messenger but they created the problem by circumventing or ignoring the law.
Imprisonment is irreversible as well - you can't get your time back.
Do the math - bottled water doesn't even move the dial compared to agriculture. Total US consumption of bottle water per year = 10 billion gallons or about 31,000 acre feet. An acre-foot is about what one household uses per year, so it's the equivalent of a small city. In contrast, California uses 38 billion gallons a DAY. Stopping bottled water will not solve the water crisis. Alfalfa would certainly have a bigger impact.