Then I suggest you start a new thread proposing that everyone who can prove they are a certified engineer gets a special '100% REAL ENGINEER!!!' graphic under their avatar.The Duchess of Zeon wrote: Well, Starglider, this board is run by an engineer, so engineers have always had sort of an especially prominent position on it because of Mike's visbility.
No. Firstly because putting your life on the line to defend your countrymen really is a special and unique undertaking, and secondly because military threads attract a level of political heckling and tough-guy wannabes that no other profession does.Also, does this mean you think the MESS is completely pointless?
Yes, thank you, I am quite aware of that and it is not comparable. Possibly maybe killing some people if you get a design wrong is not the same as going out into a sweltering desert full of people trying to kill you, watching your friends get shot and blown up and then coming home to a reception of protestors throwing excrement at you. Of course most modern western military personnel have it easier than that, but lets face it, most engineers do not make safety critical decisions on a regular basis. I know plenty of electrical engineers and the safety aspect usually amounts to remembering to ground the case and specifying the right fuse.I'll point out that for all that the military is bound by a rigid code of ethics, so too is the engineering profession--military personnel must be trained to fight and kill and suffer deprivation, but engineers must be grimly aware of the fact that if they're tempted or cajoled into compromising on safety issues by penny-pinching managers and developers they could be responsible for the deaths of thousands
If you had got this forum I would have had to demand that programmers get a special forum, because we can't WHINE PROPERLY ABOUT THE LUSERS in G&C without irritating backchat from the plebs.