Strictly speaking, things like talking variable names aren't "necessary", the code will compile just find if you rename "error_flag", "sample_index" and "accu64" to "joe", "bob" and "alice".
Your coding standard might require that even blocks with single statements are enclosed in braces.
My personal choice: If it's a single statement, it's in one line including braces. If it's more than one statement, braces get their own lines.
Only if they're ex-KGB. If they are, then they will keep their part of the deal (and possibly book touristy space flights just to keep up the conspiracy).
Otherwise, they are merely tolerated by the Russian version THEM and this tolerance can be withdrawn if their behavior is inappropriate.
Hey, this is fun if you don't seriously believe in it
Well, considering that the US must have made some kind of deal with the Soviet Union about playing along with the whole moon landing thing, I'm sure that keeping Russian oligarchs in line can be outsourced to the Russian version of THEM.
Never underestimate the imagination of conspiracy afficionados.
That's comparatively simple. "Here's your few 100 grand back, and a couple million extra. And if you don't pretend to have been in space, THEY will find you and have a little chat with you."
Well, at least in this case it was quite clear that a crime was committed, and when.
At least in criminal law, the statue of limitations is also meant to prevent law enforcement (and hence, taypayer-funded) resources from getting tied up by prosecuting crimes probably won't get solved or that are so far in the past and not serious enough to warrant decades-long prosecution.
What's the statute of limitations on the crimes the guy allegedly committed?
Then again, I also work with small targets (couple of ten kB RAM, couple of hundred kB Flash).
Oh, and I switch to Matlab script occasionally, when determining what the small devices should actually do.
The premise was that calling is not optimal and email or text chat should be preferred. Sure, with a cell phone you could call tech support, but if the problem can be resolved more quickly by email or text chat, you could use the internet connection of the phone for that purpose.
From my experience, calling tech support with a cell phone is even more of a nightmare than calling from a a landline due to the inferior quality.
If a machine can help me solve a problem better than a person can, please please let me chat with the machine.
Unfortunately, this threat only bears a lot of weight in heavily regulated industries (e.g. medical devices, where the respective regulatory bodies can shut down factories, ban the sale of products, force recalls, etc), but not so much in the typical "my internet stopped working" case.
Or, even worse, a cut and paste that answers a completely different situation and it should have been obvious to anyone reading the original question that the cut&paste is not helpful at all.
Well yes. The calls are being monitored for uhhh quality control purposes.
Now someone will eventually start a service for phone tech support people that will call them, faking a mock conversation that only requires a pattern of "Yes." and "No." answers from the tech support person.