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From: Chuck Simmons
Organization: You jest.
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Subject: Re: Registered professional engineer?
References: <3D8CDE33.6040503@BOGUS.earthlink.net> <3D8D2519.8080409@BOGUS.earthlink.net> <3D8D345C.F24B7DE0@xympatico.ca>
Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 03:27:00 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Sat, 21 Sep 2002 20:27:00 PDT
Joseph Legris wrote:
> Chris Carlen wrote:
> > Peter O. Brackett wrote:
> > > Aside... as some have noted, *software systems* have become so entrenched in
> > > our technology and society today, that in a lot of cases, especially of
> > > embedded software, a failure [bug] in a piece of mission critical software
> > > [fly by wire on your Chevy?] could endanger lives, and so as a responsible
> > > Profession we really need to help our software side to come to grips with
> > > this fact and to become more attuned to the production of reliable and safe
> > > software. Would you rather have a Registered Professional Software
> > > Engineer, if there were such a *beast* taking responsibility for the
> > > steering control of the aircraft on which you are flying or one of the
> > > MicroShaft Certified Engineers... ooops... my Window just went to the "blue
> > > screen of death".
> > >
> > > The true mark of a "Professional" is that he/she will not knowlingly take
> > > responsibility for any Engineering Work that may cause harm if he/she is not
> > > qualified to do so.
> > What a tragedy. We have Microsoft Windows being used to manage warfare
> > on modern US Naval vessels, and who knows where else.
> > Are those MS engineers certified professionals?
> > :-D
> Of course. They are certified my MS!
> To accept responsibility for anything is, well, unprofessional. One
> simply identifies the path of greatest gain/least lost and negotiates
> from there. P.Eng. status is just another bargaining point.
> Best regards,
> Joseph Legris
I are an ingunear. See! I kan splel it (eye tea).
... The times have been,
That, when the brains were out,
the man would die. ... Macbeth
Chuck Simmons email@example.com
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