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Why Engineers Must Consider the Ethical Implications of Their Work

I_am_Rambi Author draws a false dichotomy (406 comments)

"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.

about a year ago

Plug vs. Plug — Which Nation's Socket Is Best?

I_am_Rambi Re:Depends on your criteria (1174 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago

Should Network Cables Be Replaced?

I_am_Rambi Cat6 (524 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago

Volvo Introduces a Collision-Proof Car

I_am_Rambi Accident-proof or Accident-resistant? (743 comments)

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.

about 6 years ago

New TN Law Forces Universities To Patrol For Copyright Violations

I_am_Rambi What is legally valid? (331 comments)

"...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.

more than 6 years ago



MLB.com drops Silverlight, goes to Flash

I_am_Rambi I_am_Rambi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I_am_Rambi (536614) writes "MLB.com, one of Microsofts' biggest Silverlight subscriber, is now going to Flash. "'Flash provides a TV-like experience. You turn it on and it works," said Bob Bowman, president and CEO of MLBAM. "We want it to be flexible so we can add features...and it's got to be scalable. We are the largest server of live entertainment in the country. Whether we are serving 20,000 for one game or 250,000 for another game, it's got to be scalable over periods of time like nothing else.'""

MPAA wants to prevent recording movies on DVRs

I_am_Rambi I_am_Rambi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I_am_Rambi (536614) writes "At the request of theatrical film makers, the Federal Communications Commission on Friday quietly launched a proceeding on whether to let video program distributors remotely block consumers from recording recently released movies on their DVRs. The technology that does this is called Selectable Output Control (SOC), but the FCC restricts its use. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) wants a waiver on that restriction in the case of high-definition movies broadcast prior to their release as DVDs.

Submit your voice before it June 25th! (Preceding #08-82)"

I_am_Rambi I_am_Rambi writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I_am_Rambi (536614) writes "Developing story: Bin Laden might have died of typhoid fever From the article: "According to a commonly reliable source, the Saudi police believe that Osama Bin Laden has died," said a Sept. 21 confidential note transmitted by the Directorate-General of External Services.""

I_am_Rambi I_am_Rambi writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I_am_Rambi (536614) writes "OpenOffice.org is set to get new features of Thunderbird, Sunbird intergration, connectors and more! "Second, and I think that although we have no clear roadmap for this yet (besides, our version naming scheme is going to change once again ), OpenOffice.org and StarOffice shall include the Mozilla Foundation's Thunderbird and Sunbird (calendaring application) in the future. Besides the inclusion of those two softs inside the office suite, connectors to Sun Calendar Server and Microsoft Exchange will also be developed accordingly.""


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