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The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

fliptout Re:I'd love to talk to you in more detail (183 comments)

Just for everyone's reference, there is no requirement that the PE who signs off for you must have taken the same test as you.

about 4 months ago
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The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

fliptout Re:Licensed Software Engineer new in USA. Ethics o (183 comments)

Yes and no. There should be barriers to entry for professions where lives are on the line.

Frankly, getting a PE license is not difficult, provided you are not a totally shitty engineer.

about 4 months ago
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The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

fliptout Re:Licensed Software Engineer new in USA. Ethics o (183 comments)

This is less of an issue than you make it out to be. I got my PE license with the computer engineering test, and I'd happily sign off on somebody taking the software engineering exam. I would have taken the software engineering PE exam, except it was not offered in my stated at the time (Texas). Coincidentally, Texas was the first to offer that exam.

about 4 months ago
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Graphene Conducts Electricity Ten Times Better Than Expected

fliptout Re:We don't know that. (161 comments)

What replacement?

about 6 months ago
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Map of Publicly-Funded Creationism Teaching

fliptout Re:Texas Barely Registers (544 comments)

I see this line of reasoning often, and it's a case of projecting one's values and way of thought on others, assuming they reason in the same way you do. You are making too many equivocations.

about 7 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

fliptout Re:Biology workbook (770 comments)

That's called cognitive dissonance, and it's not restricted to Americans.

about 7 months ago
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Why We Think There's a Multiverse, Not Just Our Universe

fliptout Re:My God... (458 comments)

Perhaps it wasn't your purpose, but your post smacks of what characterizes American-style anti-intellectualism. You argue that any pursuit of knowledge that does not have immediate practical application should be eschewed in favor of more pressing matters.

Where would we be if out of the box thinking were suppressed?

about 7 months ago
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China Creates Air Defence Zone Over Japan-Controlled Islands, Issues War Threat

fliptout Re:Don't appease aggression (519 comments)

There was a war between the two in 1979 regarding Cambodia. The Khmer Rouge (Communist government of Cambodia) made the mistake of attacking battle hardened Vietnam, and the Vietnamese responded by invading and taking over Cambodia. Cambodia's communist government was supported by China, and tacitly by the USA, so China decided to teach Vietnam a lesson for interfering. One positive byproduct of the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia was to stop the genocide of counter-revolutionaries.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sino-Vietnamese_War

about 9 months ago
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The Neuroscientist Who Discovered He Was a Psychopath

fliptout Re:Or, perhaps the test is not 100% selective (241 comments)

My anecdotal experiences contradict your statement.

Consider doctors must slog their way through 4 years med school, 4 years residency, 2 years or so of fellowship, ~200K of student debt, and the threat of lowering wages due to healthcare reforms. All that, and they don't start their career in earnest until around age 32.

Most likely, doctors don't put up with that unless they want to help others to some degree. If they are driven purely by greed, there are other lucrative careers with more immediate earning potential- banking, law.

about 9 months ago
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Winamp Shutting Down On December 20

fliptout Re:Awww (400 comments)

I saw him perform in Austin around 2002. My Taiwanese gf and I had a jolly good time. Even better was overhearing guys in another band gripe about how Wesley Willis pulled in more fans than them.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Cheap Second Calculators For Tests?

fliptout Re:Calculator (328 comments)

Not a bright idea for a certification/license exam.

about 9 months ago
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The NSA Is Looking For a Few Good Geeks

fliptout Re:world ramifications... (388 comments)

Because I'm not as intellectually complacent as you.

about 9 months ago
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The NSA Is Looking For a Few Good Geeks

fliptout Re:world ramifications... (388 comments)

Perhaps so, but why can't people think of more creative arguments rather than the crass obvious?

about 9 months ago
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Critics Reassess Starship Troopers As a Misunderstood Masterpiece

fliptout timely discussion in light of Ender's Game (726 comments)

Having been a huge fan of the book Starship Troopers, I was sorely disappointed with the movie when it came out. I was 18 at the time. As I matured, I grew to love the movie version. The movie fits in so well with Verhoeven's other scifi flicks Robocop and Total Recall, and serves as the perfect riposte Heinlein's naive jingoism. Plus, I find it delicious how people continue to this day to take Starship Troopers at face value. The satire is way over the top and still relevant today.

I really wish the movie of Ender's Game got the same treatment. The book is terrible, but I think if the movie had properly satirized the source material, the movie would be a classic.

about 9 months ago
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Taiwan Protests Apple Maps That Show Island As Province of China

fliptout Re:And if they change it they will still be wrong (262 comments)

Yes, they do. I remember telling a group of Chinese doctors that I thought it strange that Taiwan has its own currency, defense force, and government if it was part of China. Oh, China liberated Tibet from an oppressive regime, too.

about 10 months ago
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Crossing the Divide From Software Dev To Hardware Dev

fliptout Re:Run! (105 comments)

FWIW, many states' engineering licensing boards are starting to offer a software engineering licensing exam.

about 10 months ago

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