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Member Since 07 May 2003
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In Topic: Trump Is The Republican Candidate - Now What?

Yesterday, 12:41 PM

And now Trump has effectively called for Russia to cyber-invade the United States.

Wow. Just... wow.

In Topic: Flying Inside A Rotating Torus Space Station (Artificial Gravity)?

26 July 2016 - 01:14 PM

Centrifugal force only works when you're attached to the thing rotating

No. "Centrifugal force" is just the apparent acceleration relative to a rotating object caused by your inertia. If you were in a rotating wheel station, and you dropped an object, the object would still "fall" to the floor, though possibly not via the same path as it would under normal gravity. So, if your craft started out sitting on the rotating part of the station, then it would still have a tangential velocity - this would manifest as an apparent tendency to "fall". If the craft's tangential velocity from the rotation was somehow nulled completely, THEN it would just sit in zero-G, but I think it should be possible to have a "helicopter" that nulls just enough tangential velocity to appear to "hover."

In Topic: Trump Is The Republican Candidate - Now What?

25 July 2016 - 07:09 PM

Not only that, but there are some who would suggest that Trump could prove to be the real traitor here:

You do not need to think conspiratorially in order to understand why the Russian government badly wants Trump to win this election. His deep business connections to Russia have been documented. As I wrote last week, his stated policy positions — temper U.S. support for NATO, stop advocating democracy, withdraw support for Ukraine — are exactly what Russia wants. Russia’s primary foreign policy goals are to weaken the European Union, soften up NATO and make the European continent safe for corrupt Russian money. President Trump would make all of those things possible.


*dramatic music*

In Topic: How Do You Protect Your Eyes?

24 July 2016 - 05:00 PM

Look at something at least 50m away for 30 seconds every 10 minutes.

In Topic: When you realize how dumb a bug is...

20 July 2016 - 04:38 PM

C++ allows overriding your parent's privates.

With public methods? That seems smelly. In that case, maybe this post should be in the "why didn't somebody tell me" thread.

[edit] Wait... How does Callee not generate an error when it calls a protected function??

In the actual code, Callee is a method on a friend class of Base (but not Derived). Thought it would be simpler to omit that. This isn't code I'd expect anyone to run through a compiler. ;)

[edit2] how are you passing a Derived& to a function that takes a Base*? :P

Whoops. Fixed.

Anyway, upon further reflection, this may not have even been the problem. That would be in line with what I get for jumping to conclusions after only 15 minutes.