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  1. The documentation is a bit confusing. The "offset" is the offset in the array that you supply, not the file you're reading.
  2. printf("\n The model predicts with an initial population of %i, a birth rate of %d\n" " and a death rate of %d, the population will be %i\n" " in %i years." "\n\nEnd: Model # %i", population, births/1000, deaths/1000, (population/1000000) * pow((exp(1.0)),(time * (births - deaths))), time, model); Is it just me, or are there seven arguments after the string and six placeholders in the string?
  3. I don't know that I'd use exceptions for checking input. You should expect that someone will try to send garbage to your function, so I think it might be dangerous to just use whatever you get and hope that it's stopped by an exception.
  4. How is it a security problem? What if you wanted to send someone a gift that you "paid" for with Air Miles? I don't see what you're complaining about since the system did exactly what you told it to do.
  5. As has been pointed out, infinity is not a number. My Calculus professor mentioned an incident with his son that illustrates this well... <Son> "My teacher said that infinity is the biggest number." <Professor> "Tell her that infinity plus one is bigger."
  6. 1. #include <vector> 3. You can still use malloc/free, but new/delete are considered "better" for some uses. Here's the FAQ entry for it.
  7. Obviously the University of Manitoba is superior ;) Even without Dr. Axworthy!
  8. I'll be brief because many others have already replied. If you have not already sent a letter, I suggest that you do not send that one. As someone who did not witness any of the situations involved, it makes me feel as though you are unstable. Gloating about your programming ability makes you seem arrogant to me. I would consider what you hope to accomplish with this letter and skip the summary of past events. If you only want an actual explanation of the reasons, just ask for one.
  9. Jack Layton and Gilles Duceppe will be pissed... ;)
  10. Quote:Partly solved by convention (e.g. ALL_CAPS for non-function-like macros) and habit (lots of parentheses). Also, I've never understood the type-safe argument. This is an honest request, similar to Conner McCloud's request for a type-safe macro. Can someone show me where macros are not type-safe? #define PLUS(X) (X++) int main(void) { printf("%s\n", PLUS("cheese")); return 0; } Maybe the compiler would complain, but the macro preprocessor wouldn't care.