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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Re: A couple of other famous engineering based crimes
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   7/2/2013 2:22:08 PM
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Don't forget Dennis Nedry the evil programmer at Jurassic Park: (Hello, --Newman...) but oh yeah, that's just fiction ... Actor Wayne KnightDennis Nedry

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Unfortunately creating a stereotype.
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   7/2/2013 2:30:12 PM
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Sobering is the number of cases related to Chinese nationals committing theft of corporate documents. It creates a very negative stereotype.

 

Bob53
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Re: Great article ROW in Cram's case
Bob53   7/2/2013 3:46:21 PM
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http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(1tx43m55stxdk4i1tpuyef55))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=mcl-257-649 

 

257.649 Right-of-way; rules; violation as civil infraction.

 Sec. 649.

(5) The driver of a vehicle traveling at an unlawful speed shall forfeit a right of way which the driver might otherwise have under this section.

 

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somehow unclear
Seff   7/2/2013 4:08:03 PM
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I thought beeing an Engineer mean mostly the ability to link different related thing in order to make something work )
Here we have a strange example of linking totally unrelated things.

Hope you agree that being an "engineer" and being a "good human being" is not exactly the same thing.
Also the very same meaning of  the "being a good human being" could vary from one culture/country to another which also in no way related to being an "engineer".

Though I admit your article could provoke some discussions.
Guess that was your intention.
Well done then )

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Tool_maker   7/2/2013 4:13:05 PM
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  I worked for a very short time at McDonnell-Douglas before it was bought by Boeing. I worked in a mock-up department and we had to use a numeric code to enter the shop. I had visions of James Bond type action, but was told what was most feared was industrial espionage from other domestic aircraft manufacturers.

  On another note, I was also shocked at the number of Chinese Nationals represented in this collection. Furthermore, any judge who would sentence people for not being able to predict an earthquke should be caned in the public square.

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The perfect crime, the serious temptations
William K.   7/2/2013 6:04:49 PM
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Mostly engineers don't  "go bad", or step over to the "dark side", instead, mostly the poorer ones just do incompetent stuff that makes messes for others to deal with. All of those earlier comments about traffic laws, and those incredibly rambling responses, show what I mean about that.

But the temptation is that as engineers we often do know not only how things work, but how to get around things designed for security. Once we know how things function we can know how to get around those functions. Like that pick proof lock that we sometimes see advertised, although not so much any more. As an engineer I can see how the system functions and get around that pick-proof loock without needing to pick it. Just one example there. All of the security systems in buildings, we know how to paralyze them, but we don't do it. And the poor folks in the TSA, who do a faily good job at keeping simple weapons off of airplanes, and a really excellent job of inconveniencing the majority of us. But stil weapons and explosives get carried aboard the planes, since the "bad guys" are not stupid, just evil,  and they count a few engineers among their ranks. 

So we find that having all kinds of knowledge gives us all kinds of potential, and we also discover that with all of this comes a great deal of responsibility to use our skills and intellect in manners that will benefit society, rather than becoming those who would take from society for their own purposes without regard for what is right. Much is expected from those of us to whom much has been given. Ayn Rand is wrong.

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etmax   7/2/2013 9:45:56 PM
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Ah yes the GOD complex. I think attributing any one climate incident to global warming is a fool's folley but the general trend is a different matter. I'm amazed how many scientists (and more importantly politicians) untrained in the intricasies of climate science seem to be so ready to condem climate science. It's like an opthamologist (the other disipline scientist) or a baker (the politician) telling a brain surgeon how to remove a tumour. I think the line "an inconvenient truth" explains the thinking of politicians and skeptics. It's in human nature to refuse to admit inconeient things. A neighbour of ours was dying of incurable lung cancer and refused to admit it. He thought his doctors didn't know what they were talking about. The truth caught up with him. Either way (climate change or not) the truth will soon catch up with us. The next 30-40 years will confirm a result for this global experiment one way or the other.

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Re: A couple of other famous engineering based crimes
etmax   7/2/2013 9:46:42 PM
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:-) :-)

Battar
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Re: somehow unclear
Battar   7/4/2013 5:24:35 AM
Seff,

        Statistically, you are wrong. As you can learn from a brief visit to the local penitentiary, there is an almost linear correlation between education and morals (yes, thats education, not religious belief  - sorry, all). Since engineers, by definition, have enjoyed a good education, it follows that the numberof immoral actors among them will be small, compared to the population in general.

For some reason, this theory doesn't hold true for lawyers.

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PERFECT CRIME
bobjengr   7/6/2013 12:47:16 PM
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Very very interesting post Charles.   I think the engineering profession (as well as others) has one fatal flaw—it has to take it's practitioners from the human race.   I will admit I was definitely surprised at the number of cases where theft of intellectual property was the crime.  I suppose I should not have been that surprised though.   I wonder how many of the property crimes were committed by individuals on H1B visas, if any. 

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