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Comment Re:Maybe we should mimic civil engineering (Score 3, Interesting) 280

As a practicing structural engineer for 30 years who also writes structural engineering design software, let me answer this for you. When an engineer signs/stamps a design, they are not certifying that it is perfect. In fact, it is generally recognized that no set of plans is ever error free. What you are asserting by your signature is that 1) You were in charge of and supervised all the work going into the design and 2) The design was performed in accordance with the standard of care for the work being performed. Standard of care is NOT a standard of perfection, by rather "that degree of care and skill ordinarily exercised under similar conditions by reputable members of our profession practicing in the same or similar locality." TL/DR; An engineer cannot sign/stamp shoddy work, but is not expected to perform perfection.

Comment Re:You think the housing collapse was bad (Score 1) 917

My wife worked full time (admittedly defined as 36 hours per week) and went to school full time for two years while she got a masters degree at Boston College. She did not borrow a penny during this time period (she took out just in case loans that were never spent and paid back the month she graduated). It is not too hard to believe this model could be extended to four years for a bachelors degree. OTOH, this meant she had to actually devote her life mostly to school and work, and live a poverty lifestyle during this time period. Oh the horror for the precious snowflakes! Additionally, anyone who borrows money to got to a private school is an idiot, unless you are getting a degree that pays the bills (engineering, etc.).

Comment My sense of direction is so good .... (Score 1) 520

... that I can distinctly remember the single time that I have been lost, trying to navigate across Boston in a rental car the first time I ever visited. It was after dark, and I was trying to follow Route 2 from the Airport to Alewife Station (don't ask) and got off track somewhere in Cambridge. In 44 years, I have only been lost this one time.

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