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Comment Re:Rehashing all the old arguments.... (Score 1) 568

In some jurisdictions, you cannot call yourself an Engineer without a license. Civil Engineers, for example, have to take the EIT exam, gain some experience, and then apply for the Professional Engineer designation and license.

It would be great to enact similar rules for software engineers.

The IEEE recognizes me as a professional member but it's not quite the same thing.

Comment Re:Rehashing all the old arguments.... (Score 1) 568

My diploma from the university says "Master in Science of Engineering, Software". So I guess I'm an engineer.

But very little of what I've seen in my professional career can be labeled engineering with a straight face. The business is just not mature enough to do its business to engineering standards. I hope it'll grow up with time.

Comment Re:Economics isnt science. (Score 3, Informative) 157

Marx was a drunken idiot whose economic "theories" didn't have so much as a means to correctly communicate value.

His value theory is totally bonkers but much of his diagnosis of the ils of the capitalistic system is fairly good. Where people go wrong, is in looking for the solution in his works. There is a lot arm waving but hardly any coherent solutions.

Comment Re:Yeah, Heh Heh (Score 4, Funny) 167

For some insane reason, I've been binge reading books related to the Manhattan project. The takeaway is that much of the time they were flying blind or wearing blinders due to the extreme time pressure.

Sometimes they were plain reckless. The criticality experiments is a good case; adjusting the distance between two semi-critical cores with a screwdriver jammed in between. Great fun until the screwdriver slipped and the core went critical. Didn't go boom but killed a guy. For good measure they repeated the experiment and killed another guy.

Comment Re:If Google happens to be an EU corporation ... (Score 2) 334

What EU really wants to achieve is to break America ...

Nice conspiracy theory but we can't even get along internally over here. Herding all the cats into a unified, secret attack on the US would require a coordinated act by several deities.

I'm afraid any break up is self inflicted. The US is already even more fractured than EU.

Comment Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (Score 5, Insightful) 334

Not only that, but the EUSSR doesn't seem to understand that an American corporation has nothing to do with European communists. They should go and re-read their history books and remember how close all of Europe was to speaking either German or Russian.

I could have moderated your drivel to hell but that wouldn't help much.

The EU commision can't tell US companies to do anything but they can set conditions for allowing them to operate within the EU. It's called sovereignty and the US does it too all the time. Having a beef with virtual or actual monopolies is not exactly a communist thing either. A monopoly is a direct attack on the free market and therefore upsets true free market believers.

The US have a long, although not resent, history of cracking down on monopolies. The Standard Oil case is the poster child for this kind of policy.

Comment New SSL root certificate authority (Score 2, Interesting) 129

A nice step ahead would be the establishment of a new set of root certificates and an accompanying authority that signs other peoples certificates. All located in a country that doesn't play ball with NSA and other thugs.

This would do a lot to dampen the routine man-in-the-middle we see these days.

Hotels are tired of getting ripped off. I checked into a hotel and they had towels from my house. -- Mark Guido