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Ad_Ceng

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  1. It does seem FPGAs are very popular right now with these people, I am a FPGA expert (pretty widely published) and I am fed up of being approached by agents recruiting for companies in the city I always turn them down as apart from the morality of the end application I am not sure how you can get excited getting a packet through with less latency.
  2. I came across this thread on a shooting forum I read in the states a guy just made $12 million from bit coins, it is interesting to see how happy the other posters are for him. AR15
  3. Interesting directive will they address the largest inequality of all the number of women in prison (5 K ish) compared to the number of men (75K).............
  4. As a graduate of the year 2000 in electronic engineering (I speak as a chartered engineer, fellow of a institute and head of electronics at my current employer) I have always enjoyed my career although sadly I have not always enjoyed the companies I have worked for who have wanted to move away from designing electronics or systems to become a systems integrator. This I think is dues to the fact that UK managers and accountants hate taking risks, although it does open up lots of new worries when you have systems engineers who are fresh from uni but have never done the hands on development side to learn what works and what does not. Many of the companies I have worked for have been defense or aerospace the management at these has never got over the old cost plus model of business or the fact you invest company money in developing product and then sell it as opposed to bidding blank sheets designs which carry more risk. What is more worrying though is the number of engineers who fail to understand the company has to make a profit, to keep going I find those with PhD's are very bad at this. As someone else pointed out we are also a aging profession I am in my mid 30's and many of my peers and team are all in the early to late 50's. Just my views.
  5. If you listen to the government and banks it has done nothing since it invented banking and the printing press
  6. Not really surprised, I was working with KAI a few months ago their plant is very impressive and it is amazing who and what they already manufacture panels for, or large sections of aircraft for I was taken back. Their new fighter aircraft is very interesting to build in co operation with lockhead. Korea is one country that realises the value of engineering.
  7. Morning All, I ve been working as a electronics engineer now for the best part of ten years know mainly FPGA and highspeed digital design and I have been very successful having worked on and completed some really interesting projects from military radars, satellites, Imaging systems and submarines. However many of the companies I have worked for have been in a mess for many years mainly due to 1) An aging group of engineers most engineers are over 40 with a large proportion over 50. Many of these have reached a stage in their life where they do not want to work all the hours, evening and weekends to meet the deadlines required. 2) Lack of graduates this is critical we are not training enough graduates to replace those leaving the profession. 3) Lack of work load planning especially forward load and future contracts, meaning the talented people leave at the end of a project as opposed to stay around being bored waiting redundancy. 4) Lack of real R+D most companies I work for have do thier development at considerable risk during the project life cycle being reluctant to invest there own money in R+D as they will have just invested significant amounts of captial into the project when it loses money due to lack of R+D and therefore has cost time overruns making a classic catch 22 situation. 5) The professional organisations are not very good at standing up for engineers. maybe a little protectionism would be good it works for doctors and lawyers etc 6) The inability of companies to adapt, most defence contractors cannot get the concept into there heads that cost plus contracts do not exist any more and have very weird procedures to acheive anything which impacts the bottom line. Anyway that my little rant out of the way, another key problem is that most engineers do the job because its interesting and not for the money and I am sure many comanies know that and exploit it. Ad
  8. Yeah not sure I agree with them on the health care issues, but in generally they just want smaller governement that stays out of their lives which I have to say I cannot disagree with that. It is going to be interesting to see where all this ends last month 1 million more firearms were purchased, and people are talking about picking a side.......
  9. some people are reporting that there are over a million people present in the mall. The Americans are really angry wonder when it will happen in the UK, although it will probably not as most people in the UK do not want freedom.
  10. the massive protests going off in washington DC today http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&...=5&t=926388 fox news also are reporitng it but thats about it http://interactive.foxnews.com/livestream/live.html?chanId=3
  11. Anybody else here a hardware design engineer ? I have been doing this nine years since I graduated (first in electronics) never had to show my qualifications (degree or proof of chartered status) to any of my employeers either contract or permie. I can honestly say I have loved every minute of it due to being able to design either PCBS or FPGA . Having dabbled in bits of embedded software as well, while trying to prove to the SW team how to get the hardware / FPGA working. I am now working for a large company on one the most advanced space projects going and my earnings put me in the top 10% of the UK. I wrote a few papers to get my named noticed and make my CV stand out a bit more from the pack, never really had many problems with jobs but the old security clearance helps as well. I do fancy writing a book covering what they should have been teaching you at university for hardware / FPGA engineering careeer.
  12. Both my partner and myself have lifestyle insurance protection insurance (Essentially Accident, Sickness, Unemployment and life cover) provided by the post office. When we took it out a few years ago it was a good deal with no deferred period following a claim (the first payment was 30 days after redundancy). The level of cover available was also very good you could insure up to 70% of your gross salary or £2000 maximum and it cost only £4.50 per hundred pounds insured. Today my partner received a letter stating that they were changing the terms of the conditions due to recent difficulties in the financial markets and increased employment uncertainty. This increases the price to £5.85 per hundred pounds insured, reduced the maximum salary to 60% of gross or £1500 (maximum). The main change however is the introduction of a 60 day deferred period meaning that it will be 90 days before you receive and money from the insurance. To be honest changes do not surprise me and we have saving etc which would keep us going for a good few months but I cannot help wondering how many people are going to be able to survive 90 days with no income. Looks like the insurance companies did not factor in mass unemployment.
  13. Injin, Sorry that was a badly written post that did not make it clear that I do see the money as a total irrelevance myself (it is after all non existent) and that engineers are vital in a society as they can provide services people actually need (power generation, communications, problem solving etc) That being said if I am forced to live within the system that I am at the moment then I am glad that I can use my skills in some thing I love doing and not get badly rewarded for it allowing me to have a great none engineering life (and great tin foil hat stash ;0) ) As for the graduates salaries I think it is good that they can at least get some kind of reward for all the long hours and risks they took studying something hard. Typically the best engineers are in it because they love, chasing money for monies sake will never give you happiness. Hope this makes sense Ad
  14. As has been mentioned a few times in this topic we need more graduates in Science, Engineering and Technology with many less in the arts and pointless degrees. While SET subjects are traditionally seen as being hard subjects they are definitely some of he most rewarding both financially and personally. There is nothing better than turning on something you have designed for the first time and see something you have created mainly working. Not that getting to this stage does not require hard work, long hours and continual learning to keep current. I am involved in electronic hardware design and FPGA development, I graduated 8 years ago and mainly have worked within military / high reliability sectors as the end products are more interesting than yet another mobile phone etc. The company I currently work for cannot find enough suitable engineers and has real problems recruiting even in these credit crunch times. Surprisingly we have lots of projects on the go at them moment and even more in the pipeline at the moment which is interesting as I am working on a commercial high rel system at the moment. I just hope they last. The graduates we took on this year did really well salaries approx £25K plus a golden hello and within a few years could easily be earning £50K + or even more if they go contracting and doing something useful. Not many arts grads have that sort of future.
  15. I found this will surfing a US blog and thought you guys would appreciate it
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