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Comment Re: Correcting myself (Score 2) 345

1) do you think the bare ancient common word "doctor" should be reserved for people who have completed a doctorate degree? Or is it cool with you if some high school dropout starts calling himself a doctor and dispensing medical advice despite not having any education, experience or certification to do so?

Doctors with a doctorate? It's a funny word that way, but at least in my country, medical doctors are technically masters.

2) He was fined for claiming to be an engineer when he was not registered as such. As someone who has an engineering degree (but is not a professional engineer) I find it difficult to believe he's a legitimate engineer and yet had no idea you can't claim to be an engineer without being registered. I don't know where he was trained, but it was made expressly clear to me that I am not allowed to do that.

Of course you can. In non-stupid places. (Another thing is that "engineer" is actually also a degree level in my country, in addition to all the other meanings you know from English, but I digress...)

3) It was decided that applying math and physics to problems requires registration because if you let just any asshole that swears he knows what he's doing sign off on it, bridges and buildings collapse and people die.

So because of falling bridges, you can't solder your own radio? Isn't it much more meaningful to require certifications and such for specific projects rather than for extremely vague words such as "engineer" in a broad sweep?

Comment Re:Denial-of-Service? (Score 1) 102

Few here are probably old enough to actually know how those stickers helped.

Of course the stickers themselves did little. But the requirements to be allowed to glue those stickers to your gear are as described on the sticker. And before the stickers, electric gadgets interfering with each other was a big deal. Even well after WW2 high frequency interference from electric tools was still a big issue. Today, with electric appliances working on FAR lower voltages and using FAR less electricity, along with better parts that create less noise, this problem doesn't really apply anymore, and the FCC sticker is pretty much obsolete, because pretty much any and every power tool will be able to pass.

It wasn't always that way. And people did actually bother to check whether something had that sticker after getting burned (not necessarily only figuratively so) by electronic devices of a lower quality standard that didn't earn that FCC badge.

Comment Re:Denial-of-Service? (Score 1) 102

Understand that this was a very different time than today. When back then someone hacked you, it was for shits 'n giggles. You did it to show off, or you needed a few MB of space online so you created a backdoor to a server where you and a friend could move some data to and from. The damage was negligible. What we did was mostly repurposing resources for our own little benefit.

What you're dealing with today is criminal organizations aiming for money. To draw a parallel, what we did was going out in our little fishing boat and catching a fish because we were hungry. What's going on today is fleets of trawlers stripmining the seas because they want to sell the fish worldwide.

Comment Re: Correcting myself (Score 5, Insightful) 345

1) Reserving bare ancient common words such as "engineer" is idiocy of the highest order.

2) In the state of Oregon, James Watt would have been apparently fined for not being "good enough", so this man is in a mighty fine company.

3) Again, what brainless assmonkey came up with the idea that applying math and physics to problems requires registration?

Comment Re:I hope he wins his suit (Score 2) 345

Technically, it is possible to get into med school with only three years of undergrad education, and a fraction of a percent of M.D. degrees are actually awarded to people under those circumstances, but realistically, you won't get into medical school to get an M.D. without first obtaining an undergraduate bachelor's degree. Similarly, you won't get into law school to get a J.D. degree without an undergrad degree.

You could certainly argue that they're equivalent to Master's degrees, but they most certainly are not undergraduate degrees.

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