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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-12-13 16:49
  Subject:   Adam Savage: International Man Of... breaking stuff!
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Someone posted to Ask MeFi, asking what kind of force meter the MythBusters used in the "Concrete Glider" episode. A little-known fact is that Adam Savage actually has an account on MeFi. Can you guess what happened next?

Adam Savage here - Jamie's Co-host. The "Meters" cabinet is right next to my desk, and I just took a look, but unfortunately, both force gauges are with the other team right now.

We use two. Both are digital, both are push-pull types. One goes to 40lbs, the other to several hundred. I've broken both, but by and large, they're pretty resilient.

I'm sorry I don't have specs on the big one, but our small one is this:

http://www.extechstore.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=253

runs a bit over 300 bucks.

The big one is considerably more expensive.

Hope this helps.

a



Two things I find amusing here:

1) It just so happened that the host of a TV show was reading T3H INTARWEBZ, saw the question, walked right over to the shop cabinet, and whipped out the meter in question. Wow! Doesn't get any more direct than that. It's the true promise of the MyTubeSpaces!! We can now access trivia anywhere, any time!

2) "I've broken both of them." Okay, I think we can say that the myth that Adam continually breaks Jamie's toys is CONFIRMED! Ahahahahaha!
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dpcfmander
  User: dpcfmander
  Date: 2006-12-14 00:53 (UTC)
  Subject:   Cool
Nice find! Did you reply telling him he needs to have an engineering degree to break stuff?
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-12-14 01:10 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: Cool
Oh man, don't get me started. Some total fewli0 on Disco is going on about how you have to have years of relevant experience, and take a special test, and be certified by an engineering group in order to "be an engineer." (This is the process that "professional engineers" have to go through in some states in order to be able to put "PE" by their name on a resume.)

But an engineer is anyone who engineers things. And engineering things is quite simply designing and building something for a specific functional purpose, and making it work right. If you both design and build things, you're an engineer. Jamie, Adam, Kari, Tori and Grant are all engineers in practice, regardless of whether their degree was in russian literature, art, or electronics.

And so am I, no matter how much everyone in the world might make fun of software "engineers".
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  User: nickhalfasleep
  Date: 2006-12-14 03:12 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: Cool
Anybody can be an engineer. It's interchangable with "inventor" these days.
A P.E. is something very different. Being a Professional Engineer gives you the stamp, and that stamp says you have been certified as able to sign off on designs being safe (e.g. the building won't collapse due to design problems). It's that way in all States.
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Mike Agney
  User: magney
  Date: 2006-12-14 13:36 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: Cool
Software engineering is still engineering. It's even possible, in theory, to be the equivalent of a "professional software engineer" in the sense of other engineering professions. It's just that absolutely no one except people building things like avionics or banking systems or the Space Shuttle ever hires these people.

Most software companies (that is, those software companies who write software that won't literally kill anyone if it fails) wouldn't want to pay anywhere near the kind of money on developers, testers, test code, automated proof engines, etc. it would take to do software engineering at that level. And frankly it'd be overkill. If your program absolutely will not kill anyone if it hangs, why pay as if it would?

Of course, there's the other extreme, like my employer. <_< >_>
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-12-14 19:53 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: Cool
I dunno about Vista, but MicroSoft finally got it almost entirely right with XP. I've only seen XP crash due to a malfunctioning driver with kernel privs. Same as Linux in that respect. It's a long ways from the horrors of WindowsME.
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