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C++

I am quite disappointed with the knowledge demonstrated by wannabe C++ programmers today. Hardly anyone knows what #x and x##y preprocessor directives do, and only few can explain the danger in preprocessor macros with parameters. If the things keep going this way, in 5 years no one will know what extern "C" means.

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Fate

For testing purposes a colleague of mine selected an LSE stock at random. The lucky winner was CRT.L - Chariot Plc, the new lottery runner, which failed miserably during the first public sale of its tickets. Having the luxury of Reuters feed on my workstation, I could easily check, that the new threat to Camelot started around 180 pence per share when they had their IPO in February, but today it

Bottoms up!

Working in financial sector in the UK definitely requires a strong liver, since visiting a pub is one of the most popular forms of socializing. It is made only worse by the fact, that quite often the drinks are sponsored by the company. When beer is free it is much harder to say no. And on the other hand you need to watch your tongue, since your boss might be sitting next to you and you don't w

Articles in Russian

Some of my articles are in Russian. There are two reasons basically. First, this is my mother tongue, and it's much easier for me to express myself in it. Second, I have been running a blog for years and wrote a few articles for it, so it seems like a waste not to publish them here. Eventually I hope to translate them into English (any volunteers? Your names will be mentioned with deepest exp