Why Engineers Must Consider the Ethical Implications of Their Work
"When doctors or nurses use their knowledge of anatomy in order to torture or conduct medical experiments on helpless subjects, we are rightly outraged. Why doesn't society seem to apply the same standards to engineers?"
If the doctor uses their knowledge of anatomy to conduct medical experiments, do we blame the person that created the tool, the tool, or do we blame the doctor? When someone uses a weapon to kill someone, do we blame the person that created the weapon, the weapon, or the person using the weapon.
Too often we will blame the doctor if they did something wrong, in modern day history if someone did something wrong it is not their fault. Its the weapon, the parents, etc.
Engineers are tasked with creating an item (be it a weapon, or a car) to be safe as possible to the user. They have no moral obligation to prevent it from being used incorrectly.
Plug vs. Plug — Which Nation's Socket Is Best?
The best plug is a Speakon connector. You twist to make the connection, it locks in place. If modified (for a ground pin) you could easily have the ground connect first in any plug.
With the design, its hard to have any key or item go into the either plug.
Now only if they could be used for power instead of just for audio/video.
Should Network Cables Be Replaced?
Just like any cable, cables will break. So, yes, they do get old.
Also, there is cat6 cables out with better specs and can handle at least up 10gb/sec.
Volvo Introduces a Collision-Proof Car
Have Volvo engineers ever driven in ice and snow? If they haven't then they know that no vehicle is accident-proof. Accident-resistant maybe, but not accident-proof.
Accident-proof == No matter what conditions you drive in, and no matter how you drive, you will not get into an accident.
Accident-resistant == Depending on the conditions and driving patterns, there are extra features to help prevent an accident.
If this car is accident proof, then I would expect to go 70 mph down an icy road and expect to stop in the same about of time that I expect to stop in excellent conditions without hitting the stopped car in front of me or going into the ditch.
New TN Law Forces Universities To Patrol For Copyright Violations
"...if such institution receives fifty (50) or more legally valid notices of infringement as prescribed by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998..."
According to a recently lawsuit against the RIAA on the legality of their tactics, I would question if the notices are legally valid or not.