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'[OT] but then again, engineering blunders LONG'
1999\11\02@194700 by Dennis Plunkett

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3/2/'99


Hello All,
Well, just come back from a nice day off (Melbourne cup, we in Victoria get
a public holiday for a horse race!)

Anyway I was here contemplating my belly button fluf, and thinking while
sucking on my spoon from morning tea (I can do two things at once!). And
well (See you can start a sentence with "and") I got to thinking about the
responses to Wagner, and what Wagner has said. Come to think of it, most
people where very good, and will win gold medals at the office olympics for
jumping to conclusions.
Wagner is quite correct from the engineering side to be that picky, after
all it is what we do!. How long do you think that a car manufacturer that
sayed they had a 3.8 V6 would last, when the actual engine size is 3.8
milliletres?

If such errors where allowed to pass then our laws would never be clear and
just and always open for interpretation. Hey great, never get another
speeding ticket!
If we where not that picky then NASSA would not have reached the moon
(Seems that they have reaced the limit of reading when it comes to Mars (3
times crash an burn)) If you got through college with blundering errors
like that, then you had an easy ride, units are the basis for measurement.
Hey think about it drug companies could kill people with harmful levels of
codine, just because the engineer that was running the machine read sugar
filler amount as 1.8Mltr and put in milliletres instead!

Oh yeh, the mechanic could attempt to put in less oil into your car,
because he did not read the specidfications correctly, and then when it
detnonates, you can not hold him responsable beacuse it is OK not to read
the requirements correctly.

Hey, you could save some current and instead of using resistors in ohms,
use Kohms, why not ,correctness is NOT IMPORTANT accoring to most of the
relpies that I have seen.

Oh well, here come the flames, just remember that I will have my units
correct, so my flame suit will not be under engineered.

Makes me think of a test I received from my Russian lecturer (Maths), 10
requirements to forfill with a very very long set of instructions at the
start, the number of people whom completed all 10 was around 97% (It was
never good not to complete), only one did not, he when through the very
long set of instructions, and seen that the only the first and last of the
10 itmes was to be completed (Grin).

The words of the day are

UNDERSTAND and COMPASSION

Well that's my 2 bobs worth. Speaking of money I found out what Buck
actualy means and where it comes from.
Then again all you in the US know that (Grin)

Hey Sean, figured out from where I come yet? No, the answer is not in this
message!

Dennis

1999\11\02@201208 by Andy Kunz

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>If we where not that picky then NASSA would not have reached the moon

They got to the moon w/o the use of the metric system.

>Well that's my 2 bobs worth. Speaking of money I found out what Buck
>actualy means and where it comes from.
>Then again all you in the US know that (Grin)

It used to be that "the buck stops here" was on Harry Truman's desk.

Now it's the "doe" that stops on Bill Clinton's desk.

Andy

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1999\11\03@110348 by Don Hyde

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> -----Original Message-----
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> Subject:      Re: [OT] but then again, engineering blunders LONG
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> >If we where not that picky then NASSA would not have reached the moon
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> They got to the moon w/o the use of the metric system.
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       [Don Hyde]  SNIP

       You may recall that OUR moon rocked was designed by OUR German
rocket scientists (as opposed to the Russian effort, which was being
designed by THEIR German rocket scientists).  All of the major dimensions of
the Saturn V moon rocket come out even in metric units (the first stage
rocket was 33-and-some-odd feet in diameter, which works out to exactly 10
meters).  It was designed in metric units, and then converted to "English"
units for American producers.

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