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antedeluvian
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My friend Ernesto
antedeluvian   3/19/2014 12:17:33 PM
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My friend Ernesto had a problem with his cable service. When the technician came round he Ernesto connected up a spectrum analyser to a) show the problem to the technician and b) to check that the problem had been corrected.

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Max The Magnificent   3/19/2014 12:38:14 PM
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@antedeluvian: My friend Ernesto had a problem...

Wait, you have friends?

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Go to EE Live!
Max The Magnificent   3/19/2014 12:40:19 PM
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I just thought -- one way to spot a real engineer will be at EE Live! There will be herds of us roaming across the embedded plains LOL

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hoi polloi
betajet   3/19/2014 3:11:42 PM
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The phrase hoi polloi means "the masses", so writing "the hoi polloi" is redudant.  Even the Three Stooges recognize this in their 1935 short Hoi Polloi.

One way to recognize real engineers is excessive attention to detail and accuracy :-)  As well as being excessively informed about the Three Stooges.

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Max The Magnificent   3/19/2014 3:23:49 PM
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@betajet: ...writing "the hoi polloi" is redudant...

Well... yes... OK... I can't argue with that... but... sometimes things just sound better on the ear one way rather than another. For example, if I read (or heard someone say)...

      That must make him one of Hoi Polloi.

... then this would grate on my sensibilities somewhat, whereas...

      That must make him one of the Hoi Polloi.

...would be more acceptible to me. On the other hand, I certainly wouldn't want to imply in any way that the Three Stooges were less than masters of the pidgin language laughingly referred to as American English.

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Don't know how
Bert22306   3/19/2014 3:26:39 PM
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I don't know how to spot a real engineer, but sometimes my wife finds herself explaining something technical to family or friends. And then she follows that with, "And the scary part is that I knew that." Pretty hilarious.

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Max The Magnificent   3/19/2014 3:46:22 PM
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@Bert: And then she follows that with, "And the scary part is that I knew that." Pretty hilarious.

That reminds me of the later episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" when Penny says something pertaining to Star Trek or Physics and then goes "OMG, where did that come from." (Or when she uses a long word and then turns to the other two girls who nod to show she used it correctly / appropriatly)

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betajet   3/19/2014 3:48:40 PM
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I'd go with "That must make him hoi polloi", with "one of" understood.  This saves 2-3 words.

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Max The Magnificent   3/19/2014 3:52:50 PM
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@Betajet: This saves 2-3 words.

I wish I'd just said "one of the unwashed masses" now LOL

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DebraSeifert   3/20/2014 12:06:02 PM
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My son is a graphics hardware validation driver developer at Intel. When he eats pancakes, he slices them very perfectly in one direction, then he slices them in the opposite direction. At the end of this, he has perfectly square (almost) pancakes to eat. He does this every time.

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