editor's blog
Subscribe Now

Calling all Conspirators!

I wrote a feature article on conspiracy theories among engineers.

What if, instead of “paranoid,” those engineers are really just “perceptive”?  Conspiracies like these folks are suspecting would obviously require a large number of excellent engineers to perpetrate.  No meaningful black helicopter operation could ever get off the ground without some good solid engineering behind it.

So, how about it conspiracy engineers… are you out there?  Are you retired? Have you left the fold?  Talk to us!

How does a conspiracy career in engineering compare to a more conventional one?  Is the pay better?  Are there benefits?  Do engineers ever leave conspiracy employment and join the mainstream?  Does your company employ both “regular” engineers plus “black ops” engineers whose job it is to monitor and control the “regular” ones?  If so, do you park in the same employee parking?  Do you eat in the same cafeteria?  Does your company softball team always let the other ones win to avoid attracting unwanted attention?

Are there technical conferences?  You know, ones where you’d present papers like: “An improved method for simultaneously monitoring source code progress and inflicting emotional damage on subject software developers.”

Are conspiracy engineers trained alongside more mainstream “planned obselescence” engineers?  (The guys that go in at night and plant fatal flaws in between the high-reliability elements the REST of us are trying to design into our systems?)

Surely some of you are retired or otherwise no longer encumbered by the need for secrecy – so fill us in.  We want to understand how some of this stuff works.

Leave a Reply

featured blogs
Feb 22, 2024
The new Cadence training website is online! This newly redesigned website provides an overview of our well-respected training methods and courses, plus offerings that might be new to you. Modern design and top-of-the-page navigation make it easy to find just what you need'”q...
Feb 15, 2024
This artist can paint not just with both hands, but also with both feet, and all at the same time!...

featured video

Tackling Challenges in 3DHI Microelectronics for Aerospace, Government, and Defense

Sponsored by Synopsys

Aerospace, Government, and Defense industry experts discuss the complexities of 3DHI for technological, manufacturing, & economic intricacies, as well as security, reliability, and safety challenges & solutions. Explore DARPA’s NGMM plan for the 3DHI R&D ecosystem.

Learn more about Synopsys Aerospace and Government Solutions

featured paper

How to Deliver Rock-Solid Supply in a Complex and Ever-Changing World

Sponsored by Intel

A combination of careful planning, focused investment, accurate tracking, and commitment to product longevity delivers the resilient supply chain FPGA customers require.

Click here to read more

featured chalk talk

Advantech Edge Gateways for Equipment Monitoring
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Advantech
One of the biggest challenges with equipment monitoring today includes one critical question: How do I integrate multiple data formats from different devices, equipment, meters, and sensors into my system? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Eric Wang from Advantech about how the Advantech WISE-EdgeLink solution can help you navigate the challenges of data collection in edge applications. They also take a closer look at the benefits of the Advantech WISE-EdgeLink smart gateway family and show you how to get started using one of these smart gateways in your next edge application. 
Mar 1, 2023
40,548 views