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Barry_Moss
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Barry_Moss   3/9/2012 6:49:10 PM
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I think at least one of those boxes should have had a picture of Scotty or Georgi from Star Trek. :) Perhaps the "What I want to do" or "What I think I do"...

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Max The Magnificent   3/4/2012 6:05:29 PM
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LOL

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mho_daraf   3/3/2012 12:48:00 AM
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I just wanted to build the world's best hifi. Then I found out I could buy a pretty good hifi on my engineer's salary. Then I found out my ears were only good to 3kHz.

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Max The Magnificent   3/2/2012 1:38:41 PM
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How many years has she been waiting for you to do so? :-)

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kwada951   3/2/2012 1:58:23 AM
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To this day, my Mother-in-law still wants me to set the time on her VHS tape player!

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antedeluvian   3/1/2012 8:28:16 PM
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And well worth listening to the end!

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antedeluvian   3/1/2012 8:12:19 PM
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The first 90 seconds of this lecture are very apropos of this topic http://pddnet.com/video-ted-talks-all-your-devices-can-be-hacked-022912/

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Max The Magnificent   3/1/2012 5:10:15 PM
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That makes me think of "The Big Bang Theory" (the TV sitcom, not the beginning of the universe) ... the way Sheldon and the other PhDs talk down to Howard because he "Only has a Masters"... I agree that saying you're a "Controls Technician" wouldn't convey much to most people ... if you say you "play with robots" (whether its true or not) people won't give you funny looks anymore... ...unless, of course, you are a devote of shorts combined with knee-length black socks and sandals, in which case all bets are off... :-)

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BrianMolex   3/1/2012 4:56:44 PM
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I'm a tech and not an engineer, or course where I work about the only difference between the "Controls Techs" and the "Controls Engineer's" is pay grade. When people ask what I do I tell them I get to play all day with machines. I get some funny looks but its half true. Saying I'm a "Controls Tech" gets blank stares

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masher   2/29/2012 7:18:14 PM
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anymore I just tell people that I listen to their digital radio and cell phone conversations, encrypted or non encrypted, it's a much funnier blank stare in my opionion. I do analog/digital radio RF design from DC to daylight BTW so I'm not that far off in my statements.

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