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Comment: All the same here (Score 4, Informative) 427

I have 2 junior engineers and 2 engineers-in-training working for me. One of each sex (like Noah's Ark really) and men and women in each job class are paid the same. I have one senior guy who is paid more, but he has 25 years in the field and a lot more knowledge and skills.

Comment: Re:N95 (Score 1) 156

by germansausage (#46379413) Attached to: Face Masks Provide Chinese With False Hope Against Pollution
Get a good mask. I use something like this https://www.acklandsgrainger.c... . It has big cartridges, silicone rubber face mask and a decent exhaust port. The right cartridges will protect you from just about anything and you can wear it all day.

On the other hand, it's probably not "Medically approved".

Comment: Professionally fitted??WTF (Score 2) 156

by germansausage (#46378871) Attached to: Face Masks Provide Chinese With False Hope Against Pollution
The author has never worn a mask or they wouldn't be spouting such nonsense. Professionally fitted? They usually come in small, medium and large. Pick the right one. They need to make a good seal on your face, so lose the beard if you really need a good seal.Other than that, keep them snug enough so that when you inhale, the air enters through the filter cartridges and not through leaks around the mask. Because the filters slightly restrict airflow the mask tends to pull in tighter as you inhale. Uncomfortable? I guess comfort is a personal thing, but I've worn a half mask with N95 cartridges all damn day without too much discomfort. It sure beats hacking up drywall dust for the next 3 days.

Comment: Re:well i'm reassured! (Score 1) 393

by germansausage (#46128625) Attached to: Confessions Of an Ex-TSA Agent: Secrets Of the I.O. Room
"beards and turbans for Muslims". ??? Beards and turbans are a fashion accessory for Muslims. For Sikhs, however, they are a religious necessity; part of the Khalsa. Are you mixing up Moslems and Sikhs? Americans often do that. FWIW Sikhs, with turbans,have a long military history and fought with distinction in the British, Indian and Canadian armies. See -

Comment: Re:This is a scam (Score 1) 399

There is no teacher shortage around here. The boomer's kids are all done high school and enrollments have been dropping for a decade. Because of the downturn in 2008 older teachers are working longer or coming back after retirement. New teachers can be on the spare board (1 or 2 days a month) for 3 to 5 years before getting a full time shift. And the universities keep cranking out teachers at the same pace as always.

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