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Comment: Re:What is the point? (Score 1) 79

by MicktheMech (#44665353) Attached to: How Engineers and Scientists Cluster In the U.S.
I suppose you can take it as confirmation of other research that American production is flat. Meaning that there isn't a lot of geographic variation (except in agriculture) in what people do in different states.

But then, even at the end of his post, Krugman concedes that there's not much point to the analysis.

Comment: Re:What the hell (Score 1) 759

by MicktheMech (#43260773) Attached to: Will Donglegate Affect Your Decision To Attend PyCon?

It's worth noting that Richard actions constitute libel in the U.K. I donno if her accusation of the forking remark constitute libel in the U.S., perhaps given that it's false. I'd assume that her accusation of the dongles remark does not constitute libel in the U.S., being true.

I'm pretty sure that looking at somebody funny constitutes defamation in the U.K. some way or another. I wouldn't use British defamation laws as an analog for any reasonable country.

Comment: Re:Hard Balls? (Score 1) 319

by MicktheMech (#38093834) Attached to: Toronto School Bans Hard Balls
Just in case that was a serious comment: Pucks are rarely used by kids outside organized leagues, because they only really work on smooth ice surfaces. Unfortunately, ice time is expensive and hard to come by.

Street Hockey (or ball hockey) is generally played with tennis balls or hard orange hockey balls. These would fall under the ban. However, in my experience, you'd have a harder time getting the sticks into the school, so it's kind of a moot point.

Comment: Not all engineers are professional engineers. (Score 1) 580

by MicktheMech (#37290282) Attached to: Mr. President, There Is No (US) Engineer Shortage
While the overuse and subsequent devaluation of the term "engineer" is deplorable, boiler operators (stationary/power engineers), locomotive operators and marine power plant operators (marine engineers) were here first and have every right to their traditional nomenclature.

Comment: Re:A couple of issues (Score 1) 913

by MicktheMech (#36568636) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: CS Degree Without Gen-Ed Requirements?
I am not American. There is no mention of the US in the question. How did this thread become all about the American system? Where I'm from, and in most non-american western countries the term engineer is strickly regulated. Engineers have legal authorities and obligations and it takes a lot of hard work to earn your license.

Comment: A couple of issues (Score 0) 913

by MicktheMech (#36567914) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: CS Degree Without Gen-Ed Requirements?
1) If you don't have a degree, there's no way you are an engineer in any sense of the word. Engineer actually means something. Don't drag us down to your level.
2) If you don't think further education in English, etc... would be useful to an engineer in his job you have absolutely no idea what an engineer does.

Those who claim the dead never return to life haven't ever been around here at quitting time.