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THE TAURID METEOROID SWARM: Earth is about to have a close encounter with a meteoroid swarm. In June 2019, the gravelly Taurid Swarm will make its closest post-perihelion approach to our planet since 1975. There's growing evidence that the swarm may be hiding large objects such as the Tunguska impactor that leveled a forest in Siberia in 1908. Astronomers plan to peer inside the swarm using large telescopes to find these hazards--if they exist. Visit Spaceweather.com for the full story.
From another thread I realized that it's now time to rename C++ to "Templates with C". It started out as "C with Classes" then "C++", and now "Templates with C". Before long it's going to become "Templates without C", then it'll just be "Templates, B$tch".
A string constant in the "Templates without C" language:
The downside of C/C++ macros is that there is no specific syntax to invoke them. So they can just randomly rename things in your code because you happened to name something the same as some macro that you never even knew existed.
I'm sure most C++ programmers have had some scenario, if they are interacting with system APIs, where they get an error saying that XYZ doesn't exist but you don't have anything in your entire code base named XYZ. And it turns out there's a macro that translates ABC to XYZ, and you named something ABC.
"the debugger doesn't tell me anything because this code compiles just fine" - random QA comment
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Due at the end of the year as a 10-part TV series: Star Trek: Picard - Wikipedia[^] - I guess it depends what it is concerned with whether it's any good (I can't see 10 hours of "Winemaking in the 24th Century" being that enthralling).
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Bad command or file name. Bad, bad command! Sit! Stay! Staaaay...
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