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  • 06.20.2013
  • What is the biggest mistake you have made as an engineer?
  • Not understanding politics when working with technicians. 1)When a technician makes a mistake, is understood they are uneducated, and don't what is going on, so they are excused. 2) You as an engineer should have know better and stopped the technician. You get all the blame. Because of #1, technician likes to take short cuts. Biggest mistake is to go along with the "highly experienced" technician. Especially out in the field in Kazakhstan with a tight launch schedule.
  • 05.21.2013
  • 10 tips for a successful engineering resume
  • Funny, was just talking to someone that goes thru hundreds of resume. She immediately pass on one that she thinks wants to go quickly up the chain to managment. You can't get any quality work out of them because they are so busy trying to climb up. This is for a technical position of course.
  • 03.15.2013
  • 10 things you may not know about Tesla
  • That too is part of natural selection :) I think nature will always balance itself out. You never see the entire world dominate by tigers. Nature always seeks a balance. Human population has over dominated the world like pests. We are displacing and destroying all the rest of the animals and plants. Maybe we are looking at a mechanism where nature is reversing the domination of one specie.
  • 03.15.2013
  • 10 things you may not know about Tesla
  • Policies should not base their morals on what Hitler did or did not do. He has been dead for what, 70 years now. Time to give it a rest. That is history. It was propaganda for the period and nothing more. Let's not exaggerate his evil. Morals are base on what you think is right for society at the moment. Values always changes, and will continue to change. Gays were not accepted 10 years ago, but widely accepted now. Hankwitz brings up a very good point given medical technology we have. We are breeding a dependency on technology. The law of natural selection has shifted because we are enabling the weak to survive. Is a real problem, and not an imaginary one. Often I wonder about the explosion of peanut allergy in kids. We are using medical technology as a crutch for survival. Human race as a whole are getting weaker while technology is gaining. Open a cabinet, and there are shelf full of medicine just to help people make it through the day. That is a problem.
  • 03.01.2013
  • Can you engineer from home?
  • Neither one of your statement are true. Innovation does not happen with face to face. Face to face are for politics. Innovation happens when you take a walk around the park, or on weekends when nobody else are at work. Mainly, innovation require lots of hard work. I would not define face to face as a lot of hard work.
  • 08.03.2012
  • 5 Engineers: Is an engineer morally responsible for their work’s use?
  • Everything we do can lead to hurting somebody. Discussion of hammer and paper eventually hurting someone is getting too far fetched. Some say they won't work for defense industry. But every nation need defense. Is up to the voting public to decide when to start a war. To me is where you draw the line. This question will not apply to 99.9% of the engineers. Say you are asked to design a land mine to look like a toy so children will pick it up and play. They get hurt so parents have to take time to care for the children instead of fighting. True story of past wars in Afghanistan and probably other third world countries by the way. Say you are out of work, retirement funds are gone, house close to foreclosure. Kids need medical expense. There is a job opening at the spring supplier for that application. What will you do. That will be the real question.
  • 02.02.2012
  • Kodak's travails provide multiple lessons
  • Disagree with the fatalistic attitude. The entire article is don't even try, accept it because it can't be done. For a small company like Apple, is very difficult to go from computer to entertainment and cell phone, but it can be done. For a giant like Kodak with infinite resource is just a matter of if you want to. Reminder that in mid 90's Kodak was one of the first to sell digital camera. Remember the piggy back behind Canon SLR. They already have the digital technology. Could have easily bought Carl Zeiss. Then when they made consumer cameras, the were as ugly as you can possible make them. Pretty sure film division forced them to do it. Don't forget, Nikon and Cannon could have been gone just as well if they didn't jump on the wagon. They have no digital experiance unlike Kodak. Sony with zero camera experiance made it to shore. They used Carl Zeiss lense. Their cameras are great. As for film being a consumerable, camera are just as much disposable. People buy new cameras all the time and throw away the old ones. With such an advantage and yet failing so bad, Kodak is will always be a classic example of incompetance.