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Comment Re:Something something question in headline equals (Score 2) 568

Is there a Professional Engineering Exam for software engineering now? When I was a college senior in computer engineering (which incorporates both hardware and software, I chose to specialize more on the software side) 11 years ago, I recall a professor saying that one was in the works but not ready yet, so if we wanted to get a PE certification we had to do it in a different discipline or the general engineering test. Some of my classmates who specialized more on the hardware side probably took it using the electrical engineering discipline, but most of us didn't bother. I checked online a few years ago, and I found no evidence that the PE board ever added another test with any kind of computer focus.

I have worked on projects tangential to aviation software that had to be DO-178B certified. That is rigorous beyond the point of programming in a straight jacket. The code must be completely deterministic from its inputs, which meant that networking was limited to UDP. TCP was thought to introduce non-deterministic aspects that would kill the certification.

Comment Re:Ugly (Score 1) 50

That was my first thought too, but if that's the case, why a cockroach? Sure, it has a small size that can go unnoticed much of the time, but if someone sees a cockroach their first instinct is to kill it, and crunching down on a bunch of electronics is going to have a different sound and feel than squishing a real cockroach. At that point the spies are suspected.

I'd choose something cute, cuddly, dumb, and not particularly agile, like hamsters.

Comment Re:Dogfights?! What year is it?! (Score 1) 843

The days of air-to-air combat are long gone because the US and allies haven't fought anyone who was competitive in that area in decades. If the US cedes superiority in dogfights, then opponents in future wars will be sure to dogfight every chance they get. Is the F35 good enough at stealth to avoid it? Are the long range missiles effective enough against countermeasures? Are the detection, range, and speeds appropriate enough to find and destroy enemy planes before they get into dogfight range? What if the opponent makes advances in stealth?

I'm not at all an expert in this area, but I think we should be very careful that we aren't just fighting yesterday's wars.

Comment Re:You should title this "Patriot act to be repeal (Score 1) 188

Graham's bread and butter is military. He's been in the reserves for a long time. In the 90s he was a pretty typical conservative all around. He's gotten a reputation for working across the aisle over the past decade, notably on immigration, and that's gotten him into trouble in Republican primaries here. His recent comments that he'd use the military against Congress to get things done if he were president has him in my dog house, so I won't be voting for him in any presidential race. Most residents here don't want him to run for president, but his potential candidacy has much of the political class tied up who would otherwise be endorsing Bush or others.

Comment Re:You should title this "Patriot act to be repeal (Score 1) 188

Career-wise he has paid lip service to those factions until the past few years when they have become more extreme. I live in his home state and not far from his original House district, so I remember him as a House freshman elected under Gingrich's Contract with America in '94, and I remember him pushing the Defense of Marriage Act in '97.

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