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Comment Re:Yeah, go ahead, blame TRUMP! (Score 1) 656

The Republicans do a good job of convincing voters that running a company is a bonus for a politician. Never mind that CEOs are responsible for many of the same things the voters are bitching about - outsourcing jobs, hiring undocumented workers, moving plants overseas, automating the jobs with robots, etc. (the automation is the primary reason many lower skilled jobs are going away, that far outstrips any effect from undocumented immigrants, but it's also the reason for a lot of growth at the same time)

There's a complicated dance being done during elections to both keep big business happy while not appearing to be keeping big business happy. It helps that voters are not bothered by cognitize dissonance (candidate taking money from wall street is bad, candidate actually being from wall street is good).

Comment Re:Yeah, go ahead, blame TRUMP! (Score 1) 656

Also, once past a certain size the business owners are very often not running the business. The stockholders and investors own the company and the board of directors has oversight, but the president/CEO actually runs the company and can be fired by the board. In general the president/CEO sucks up to the board, in the US the president often has an antogonistic relationship with congress, and congress is analogous to the board of directors

Comment Re:Yeah... but no. (Score 1) 656

The difference I think is that the general public expects "lawyer" to have passed the bar, and "doctor of medicine" to have obtained a license. It's not as common for the general public to assume that an "engineer" has been licensed by the state. The public is not being fooled and the person claiming to be an engineer is not trying to fool anyone. I agree that the licensing boards are upset that all of this is being watered down over time so that engineer is now a generic term, but that's the way it's been going.

Comment Re:(sigh) You people still think you're engineers (Score 1) 656

I started calling myself an "engineer" to friends and family once I started making more use of the engineering part of the Computer Engineering degree, meaning I wasn't just doing programming but also reading schematics, hooking up test equipment, doing some math, and so forth. After awhile, "engineer" started showing up in my job titles as well.

If someone with a license thinks the term is being watered down, then look to the hordes of electrical engineering graduates who don't have licenses, especially as electrical engineering jobs seem to becoming more and more about programming (VHDL, signal processing, encoding/decoding, image analysis, etc).

Comment Re:(sigh) You people still think you're engineers (Score 1) 656

I have noticed that those jobs requring an engineering license are often more technical and/or rote in nature and are not at the top of their profession. Once someone becomes a lead designer in many companies there's no longer the requirement for the license. Depends on the job of course, a bridge designer certainly needs the license, but th designer of an electronic board usually does not (the certifications however probably need an underling with a license to do the sign offs).

Some of the tests seem archaic in some ways. Why should an electrical engineer be required to pass questions about fluid dynamics? Engineering is about specialists now, whereas maybe 100 years ago engineers were more generalists.

Comment Re:Yes but (Score 2) 656

Also "engineer" is a very vague term. it covers a wide range of jobs. For instance "software engineer" isn't normally considered an "engineer", but there are also "computer engineers" that sort of straddle the border. I know electrical engineers that probably would never pass the basic engineering license exams in some states because it's been far too long since they had to use the mathematics on the tests.

A licensed civil engineer probably doesn't know much about traffic lights but someone who designs, builds, and maintains traffic lights might not have an engineering license while still being the expert. So why does the licensed engineer get the opportunity to talk about something he doesn't know anything about while the unlicensed engineer is ignored for not having a license?

The licensing can be a bit annoying because of the different states with different rules. An engineering license in one state does not always apply in other states, yet it is a large burden to keep licenses up to date when you move to a new state. So many corporations don't care about licenses when they hire most employees unless the actual job requires it (ie, the employee will be signing off on legal liability about safety).

Comment Re:Yes but (Score 1) 656

In many places you don't need to register to use the term, but you may have to be licensed to perform engineering functions for the public (ie, if you open up your own firm). But my company has put "engineer" on my title even though I have no license, I have a degree with the word "engineering" on it, and I work for the engineering department. So sometimes I call myself an engineer, but I'm only fooling myself and am not fooling the public. I am not taking any legal liability for my work, the company takes the legal liability and it does have licensed engineers on staff to sign off on the electrical safety of products. As such the state I am in does not require me to get a license before I can do my job.

The state doesn't forbid me from saying I'm an engineer, though I would be violating regulations if I claimed to be a licensed engineer and was selling my services as such.

Comment Re:AT&T (Score 1) 205

I'm AT&T mostly because I inherited it from a work account. It did have the best voice coverage of anything else in the state. I don't care about data plans though, so I bought the minimum allowed for smart phones, which I think is ridiculous (they should allow no dataplan if that's the customer choice, otherwise it's just another expensive tacked-on fee).

Comment Re: Give it to the Iranians to run! O gave 'em nuk (Score 1) 43

Keeping the money is called stealing. I doubt that would ever change a country's policies for the better. If having a regime that does not meet our standards is just cause to lock up their money, then there are many many allies of the US to do this to. Stop acting like Iran is the only country doing this. We only do this to Iran because they are not as economically important to use as Saudi Arabia or Russia. Go back in time and the US was very friendly with very atrocious regimes, as long as they cliamed to be anti-communist we would hug them with open arms.

Comment Re:It would be... (Score 1) 231

I know, I know. I am just saying that as a kid a long time ago, in a small town and not a city, that is what we were told to do. We didn't have that many pedestrians in residential areas and there were easy to see. It was easier to see cars backing out of their house driveway from the sidewalk than from the road where all the parked cars block your view. Cyclists meant 95% kids, they were not going full speed like modern tour-de-commute racers. There were ZERO bike lanes.

The reasoning to be on sidewalks was because it was indeed safer, in that time and place. Today though - NOWHERE is safe for bikes (unless it's a bike-only trail which are very rare).

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