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Comment Re:This is retarded conservatism to help 'coal' (Score 3, Informative) 374

"something that is dying because of market forces"
I'm not sure that's /precisely/ true? Market forces?

Coal is dying because of massive government investment and subsidies compared to the other industries.

As much as we'd like to simply 'declare' that coal is dead, the only reason we can afford the other technologies is ... because we're staggeringly wealthy and can afford to blow money on them.

"U.S. Energy Information Administration data shows that:
- solar energy was subsidized at $231.21 per megawatt hour
- wind at $35.33 per megawatt hour
- coal at $0.53 per mwh
- natural gas/petroleum at $0.67 per mwh
- hydroelectric power $1.47 per mwh
- nuclear power $2.10 per mwh"

Comment Re: Correcting myself (Score 1) 664

You should be aware that you don't need to be an engineer to perform most work. The exceptions where you do need to be an engineer are things like designing industrial machinery and bridges.

Or medium- to high-voltage electrical equipment, which is what anyone claiming to be an "electrical engineer" is asserting that they're competent to do.

Really, it should be required for anything where poor design can negatively impact the public. At a minimum, that should include safety-critical things like the software running on medical equipment, but I would argue that the scope should be much broader, e.g. by holding IoT device makers accountable for their product's lack of security.

Comment Re:Cry me a river (Score 1) 255

Suicide doesn't seem like an appropriate answer to a stressful job. He probably had problems well beyond Uber's bad HR policy. Loosing a job, your house, your car... isn't the end of the world. Anyone rational enough would realize this. But suicide is usually from problem well beyond external problems which needs to be treated.

Comment Re: Correcting myself (Score 1) 664

So because of falling bridges, you can't solder your own radio?

That's a strawman argument. You can solder your own radio all you want, obviously.

What you can't do is offer your radio-building services to the public, claiming that your expertise as an engineer means they can trust that the radios you create will be (a) electrically safe (which is an issue once you're talking about stuff with more transmission power than a cellphone or walkie-talkie) and (b) comply with FCC regulations.

such for specific projects rather than for extremely vague words such as "engineer" in a broad sweep?

Except for low-voltage electronics (that have only become prevalent relatively recently -- i.e., in the least few decades), the vast majority of things engineers do are safety-critical! Claiming to be an "electrical engineer" is claiming to be competent to design things like high-voltage electrical substations, or (if you want consumer product examples) at least cathode ray tubes, microwave ovens or switching power supplies -- i.e., stuff that actually can kill people if someone screws up the design. It's not just about insignificant shit like integrated circuits and PCBs.

Comment Re: Correcting myself (Score 1) 664

and saying "I'm am engineer" to lend his letter more weoght.


If you haven't proven yourself to be competent (e.g. by earning the license), you don't deserve to have more weight lent to your opinion. Claiming to be something you're not in order to gain advantage is fraud.

Comment Re:Frame Job (Score 1) 130

How do we know the killer didn't wear the fitbit himself for an hour and put it back on the corpse to frame the husband?

Very often in any investigation, science- or criminal-, there isn't one clear "Proof" of what happened, but there are many, independant sets of data that all agree, and which together point to the same conclusion. It is quite possible that each data set is not all that conclusive, when they all point the same way, it would be amazingly hard to imagine that they would all be wrong.

Comment Re:Netflix and chill gets a completely new meaning (Score 1) 17

When can we expect free Marxism lectures there?

Not any time soon, but you don't need them. Whether you believe it or not, you get practical lessons in what Marx wrote every day, from the rich, privileged, global upper class who sit on everything and control power from behind the scenes. Marx didn't think up a huge, revolutionary idea out of the blue - he wrote about what everybody could observe, and those same things are still clearly visible today. And before you jeer back at me, think about this: I'm not asking you to believe my words, I only hope that you will look around you with an open mind and make up your own opinion without fear. I feel strongly that you will reach the same conclusions as I did - and Marx, for that matter.

Comment Re:The Ministry of Truth (Score 2) 110

Fact checking is something every thinking person should do; a fact checker is only ever a tool that makes it easier for people to do so. What you are saying is that making it easier for people to follow up on facts is somehow "censorship". I hope everybody can see how absurd that position is.

Comment Re: The Ministry of Truth (Score 2, Informative) 110

I see they are hooked into fact checkers with a liberal bias. If facts are facts, surely adding a conservative source wouldn't hurt, and would generate identical results.

The problem with that is that what is called "conservative" too often means "in denial". As you say, facts are facts, but the facts tend to drown in the overload of disingenious "conservatism" - as the (only half joking) saying goes: Reality has a strong, liberal bias.

We have for several years now seen the same problem with creationists trying to introduce religious doctrine into the teaching of science in school, under the slogan "Teach the controversy". I think every teacher and scientist would be fine with that, if it was genuinely about teaching the controversy, because scientific theory as it stands today is the result of surviving centuries of fierce controversy. However, what the creationists really mean is, "Let's try to muddy the waters with things like 'Evolution is only a theory'". And it's true, but the point is - creationism isn't even that; a theory is testable, so it can be right or wrong, but creationism isn't testable - it is not even wrong. Same goes for what you call "conservatives": you don't have the courage to present the naked facts and expose them to the world - and accept when you are wrong. Us so-called liberals do.

Comment Re:Yes but (Score 1) 664

I think it is obvious that this case is about petty bullying, nothing more than that; whoever this guy wrote to felt he personally was being criticised in a way that he couldn't tolerate, and he used a petty and narrow interpretation of a law to get revenge. I would expect that if this goes to court, then the guy will be fully exonerated; this is certainly what should happen, since he was not in any material sense trying to practise engineering for fraudelent purposes.

The purpose of protecting certain titles and job descriptions is to protect the public against fraudulent and dangerous malpractice - it is obvious that you should only practise as a medical doctor, if you know what you are doing, and likewise for many other, important areas of life. Bad, legal advice costs serious money and poorly engineerind constructions of any kind can kill people. However, 'engineering' has been diluted to an extreme degree - in popular usage it simply means anything that requires some level of technical skill - hence the term SW Engineer, who rarely is registered with any professional body, and probably in most cases wouldn't be able to, since they don't work with the things you need a formal engineering education for.

Comment They are also often newer (Score 1) 161

That is another huge determining factor. The big cost is laying the infrastructure. The kind doesn't matter so much. So, if you are doing new deployments, fiber is more likely. The cable company here is all FTTH all the time for new build outs. However once that shit is deployed a replacement is a lot of money that you'd rather not spend. So they are less inclined to do it.

Well new developments also tend to not be low income. Usually middle and upper class is what they target. No surprise then that is where you see more of it.

There are plenty of rich neighbourhoods where I live with no fibre. The one right next to me is a good example. About 2 blocks away, and they have the same cable and DSL offerings I do in my cheap condo. Neither the telco nor cable company feels there's enough money to be made in ripping up and redoing the lines in either place, despite the fact that those houses are almost all 7 figures.

Go out in to a new subdivision though, and it is usually FTTH.

Also when they do rip things up and replace, of course they target the rich places since those people are more willing to spend the money. Offer someone low income the option of $100/month gigabit or $20/month 1.5mbit and they will likely go with the 1/5mbit. Ya it is way more per bit and annoyingly slow on the modern Internet, but it gets the job done and $80/month is a lot in the budget of someone low income.

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