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  1. RBHeadge PE

    Forum Banning Game

    Banned for not getting my Deadpool reference six posts above.
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    Forum Banning Game

    Banned because I had to read your sentence twice to get it.
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    Forum Banning Game

    Banned because it's time for maximum effort.
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    It's Friday!!!!

    Speaking of which, today is my Friday! Except I have a crap ton of stuff to get done before I leave for the weekend.
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    Forum Banning Game

    Banned because you're wrong.
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    It's Friday!!!!

    So wouldn't it be more accurate to say that every day is "Saturday" until next Sunday? 😛
  7. This question comes up often. The short answer is that they are allowed some long as they meet the "no loose pages" requirement. Books and 3 ring binders are okay. Your descriptions sounds okay. It's not prohibited in the NCEES examinees guide. Now, that's not to say that a state board couldn't randomly decide to forbid them for an upcoming test. States have certainly instituted random state-unique rules changes with three weeks notice, *cough* Maryland *cough*, so be sure to thoroughly read and re-read your exam authorization letter to ensure that everything you are bringing into the exam is legal.
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    Stolen Airplane in Seatle over the weekend

    Insider threats are some of the most challenging security problems to solve.
  9. I really wouldn't want to be a driver/passenger on the bridge when the accident occurred. Nor anyone on the ground nearby. That's just scary. If they were doing maintenance on the bridge, including support work, then the root cause may end up being "mundane". The lightning seems like a red herring. I read a conference paper about 10 years that provided an example of a case in Pennsylvania where lightning caused (either seismic or UT, can't remember) detectable anomaly in the concrete support of a bridge. They concluded though that the anomaly had no noticeable effect on the structural integrity of the bridge. The paper was really about a new technique they were using to NDT active bridges and compared the results with the results from existing practices. The lightning strike was just speaking to the sensitivity of their measurements. It makes sense to me that the path of the electrons could cause some disruptions in the concrete matrix similar to beta particle damage to certain polymers. But I just don't see a single lighting strike causing appreciable radiation damage to concrete supports that thick - just not enough energy. But I'm just a dumb Nuke E, so I can't speak to the other ways lightning could damage a huge structure like that bridge.
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    Having a back-up plan

    Nuclear Engineering as a major was getting phased out during the 90s and early 00s. Eventually getting down to less than 20 schools. It's since stabilized and even had a brief uptick at the graduate level. But with the "nuclear renaissance" effectively dead, I would expect more programs to close up shop again. I doubt there will be many operating nuclear plants by the time I retire. I wouldn't recommend the major to anyone in high school now. The undergrad programs that survive will probably shift into something closer to Medical Physics or Radiological Engineering; traditional Nuclear Engineering might just become a graduate level major, similar to the few remaining Health Physics programs. Yep, see below Yes, there are a few niche programs out there, along with the super in-demand polymer and fiber engineering and paper engineering! Yes, most of these program have just been consolidated into material science programs. I doubt it'll ever go away entirely. Mining in general moves in cycles. We'll always need raw materials from the ground. Maybe, maybe not? IIRC most lithium reserves are outside the US, and are often found in salt flats. Edit: I forgot about rare earth metals which is a totally different story, so yeah it could pick up again.
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    Stolen Airplane in Seatle over the weekend

    I'm actually not sure that commercial planes have traditional keys? And whatever it is that they do use, it would certainly be accessible enough to a mechanic charged with servicing the plane.
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    Can I become an engineer if I hate physics?

    I did italicize "least". It still requires more physics and chemistry than probably 75%+ of all other college degrees.
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    Can I become an engineer if I hate physics?

    Yes you could probably make it through school using only equation sheets and a rudimentary understanding of the material. You probably won't have a respectable GPA either which will make finding a decent job difficult. Further if you despise physics, it might be difficult to find an engineering job you don't hate because most require a decent understanding of the underlying science. There are engineering jobs that don't require a strong understanding of the underlying physics. These would be jobs in policy, project management, program management, corporate and business applications, legal, some basic operational jobs, some quality control and/or quality assurance, some inspections, regulatory compliance, contracting, procurement, technical writing, and a few others But some of the above would still require a decent understanding of the material and good grades to get your foot in the door. Many of those jobs may only need an Engineering Technology degree (which is easier and requires less difficult courses) instead of an actual Engineering degree, Environmental engineering and then civil engineering would require the least physics of all the disciplines. But really, why do you want to do something that you hate for a career?
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    Forum Banning Game

    Banned for banning in the form of a question.
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    It's Friday!!!!

    Only 3.5 hr to go. I can this!
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    Forum Banning Game

    Banned for using too much alliteration.
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    NFL 2018

    I forgot how painful it is to watch the second half of preseason games.... not that the first half is much better.
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    New York License Watch April 2018

    Yes, yes it is! I sure wouldn't do it! And it may not even be faster than commity. Yes, and don't get me started on my GR rant. Or how that movie selectively obeyed the first order ramifications of GR, SR, HP, or really any science.
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