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Comment: Re:"Certificate", not "License" (Score 1) 312

by dukeblue219 (#45883515) Attached to: No. of vehicle license types I hold:

Not in America -- while it may be commonly called a PPL that is incorrect wording. It definitely does not say the word license anywhere on the certificate (and until recently they WERE paper certificates). Also, they never expire, which is why it is a certificate recognizing your training, not a license to perform an activity for a certain period of time.

Comment: Seems fine with me. (Score 5, Insightful) 599

by dukeblue219 (#45332815) Attached to: Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

I don't have a problem with this. The company may have been dumb to put this much power in one person's hands, and perhaps they got what they had coming in someone's eyes, but it doesn't excuse this behavior. If I had the only key to the server room and got fired but didn't turn in the key, I would expect retribution of some form, especially if the office had a steel door that took weeks to break down.

Comment: Re:The Shutdown is a lie (Score 4, Informative) 87

by dukeblue219 (#45034783) Attached to: MAVEN Mission To Mars Will Proceed, Despite Shutdown

"And there is indeed an exemption for certain government employees (I just know of Congress and its staff having a specific exemption)."

Congress does not have an Obamacare waiver. In fact, Congressmen and their staffs are now *required* to purchase health insurance from the new health care exchanges and have lost their existing government health plans. This is a bizarre misconception I hear all the time from the right, so I'm guessing it's coming from talk radio but I have no idea. Yes, the government is subsizing part of their coverage just as most other employers do, but I will repeat: Congress is REQUIRED to purchase health care provided by the ACA.

Comment: Re:Why Wouldn't It Be? (Score 1) 401

by dukeblue219 (#44260189) Attached to: Electrical Engineering Labor Pool Shrinking

High unemployment? What part of the country? Folks have to be willing to go where the jobs are. I moved to the DC area after grad school and don't know a single unemployed, moderately-qualified EE. Despite all the sequester madness we're still seeing older employees leave faster than we can replace them.

Comment: Re:They all end up as devs anyway it seems (Score 1) 401

by dukeblue219 (#44260131) Attached to: Electrical Engineering Labor Pool Shrinking

What part of the world? Was it more of a "EE = computer programming" degree? It just depends on the school. So many of the folks I know who graduated recently with legit EE's from good schools in the Southeastern US are working for power companies, for GE, Siemens, or some of them for the large semiconductor companies like TI/National. It was the rare exception that went into software development because that's not what we were taught as EE's. Many of them had multiple offers on the table, which leads me to believe that there is a "quality-gap" between the EE's churned out from most schools versus schools that have solid reputations and long-term co-op programs (like a Georgia Tech, for example).

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