Are you certified as an engineer?
You mean to say licensed. Regarding terms, "license" means a government grant for one to perform work. "Certified" means have passed qualifications usually by a non-profit non-legislative body. i.e. doctors need a license to practice, certificate from Microsoft shows you are knowledgable about a specific software (ok there are many pros and cons on this one). Regarding "Engineer" you need to be licensed to practice engineering. In fact you can't call yourself an engineer unless you are licensed. But then, i.e. Silicon Valley, who cares as there's lots of engineers that do engineering. Except for civil engineering, they are very critical and demanding on being licensed.
One thing about being licensed if you screw up, people can contact Dept of Consumer Affairs and make a fuss. They also can find out where you are so before you pound that PE stamp on those drawings, you are probably going to be sure it is all been performed above minimum competency.
But it all comes down to what can you do? Are you competent? Do you know your stuff? Can you address problems to management or the customer so it doesn't end up as surprise disaster? Or are you simply stuck in a Dilbert situation which sounds like many of the programmers were in this healthcare.gov website.
Solyndra went bankrupt in 2011 and 'coincidentally' prices plummeted at the same time.
A discussion I heard from someone that lives in east SF bay area said the *big* unwritten story of Solyndra is they were driven out of business when China flooded the market with cheap solar panels. Solyndra's panels work on cloudy days but were expensive. They received federal funding to help with their business, China was concerned so with heavily subsidized panels they were able to flood the market because it was very good deal for buyers. However those cheap Chinese panels don't work on cloudy days, made of poor construction. Solyndra couldn't compete in such a market so they went bankrupt. I heard Solyndra still has the IP and could restart when all these people that bought the cheap panels then realize these were really not cheap (there's installation costs, loss of use on cloudy days especially for those in Seattle area). Another item this person mentioned is most of the jobs created by Solyndra are those bolting panels to rooftops as much of the manufacturing is done by robots.
...will be really bad? Other day southbound 280 in Cupertino area had couple accidents so I took Homestead and it was worse. I imagine Stevens Creek was terrible as well. I heard Apple has 10,000 employees scattered about in numerous buildings throughout Cupertino but here they will be gathered in one location. Agg, traffic in that area may be so bad cars will not work, faster to walk.
But then I remember back in 20th century when HP was ran by Bill and Dave, and those buildings slated for the chute had the best engineers ever working in them. Test equipment that was premium, much of that stuff from back then still sells high value even when it is all beat up with 20 year old cal stickers.
everyone under 40 has no idea what you are referring to. for those that do, what about Agent 99?
I suspect youtube has had a massive spike in traffic in the past year or so. And not like 20% more, more like 500%. I suspect a LOT of people are doing what I'm doing.. Not watching regular TV at all,
well gee thanks, all those youtube groups you listed will cause another 500% spike in traffic. But I agree regular TV has become superbad, and youtube has all kinds of cool stuff from ant colonies to classic movie clips (and when Discovery Channel had interesting programs).
This is the T-38 trainer. It's not a combat aircraft.
there is the F-5 which is an export fighter. Northrop developed the F20 (same as F5 but with big engine), supposably this was submarined by other companies. I remember back in 1980s on ABC or NBC or CBS about debate on F20 vs. F16, couple of the panelists were getting into this argument, "they came up with the J79 engine to ram this program down the Air Force's throat..." and all this other stuff that is very esoteric to viewer unless they are involved with aviation or regularly read Aviation Week.
astronauts (they were issued T-38s as personal transportation)
Michael Collins wrote the T38 was "trainer, transport, and toy."
I actually had a date to a drive-in! Late 1970s to the Skyview Drive-in near Santa Cruz, CA. and even did a little making out. But she thought it all was a "conspiracy" because the movies (they showed two back in those days) was "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and something else. Maybe she thought I was rushing (hey, don't we all young guys do that?) because she had blonde hair and star of that movie the same. oh well, not much happened after that but at least can say for what it's worth I have drive-in experience! I also liked to watch Dolly Parton in those beautiful dresses like what actresses of the 1950s wore.
I've been to Skyview several times, between movies they showed those corny snack bar clips and a very dated film on seriousness of stealing the speakers (these are corded with a durable steel cable that will tear your window if forget to put back on post). The film said every part has a serial #, they are really right. One time buddies and I went to the drive-in (they were showing a Green Hornet movie made from the TV series to cash in on Bruce Lee popularity), we took apart the speaker and sure enough ***every*** part had a unique number. We put it back together. Potentiometers and brackets are not worth much. Also on Saturdays were flea markets, bought me telephone ("Property of Bell System") for five bucks and wired up the phone in my room (disconnected bell so the TPC doesn't detect another phone), and having two phones in the house was really something.
Another drive-in for you all Silicon Valley people was Winchester Drive-ins used to be a Camdem and Hwy 17, huge complex with 5 or 6 screens, large snack bar with the worst hot dogs and junk food. Long gone and recently drove around that area but no remains as completely redone with roads and buildings. The days when the Russians were our enemies and the Iranians our friends.