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This is one time when an engineer is indispensable

Technically Incorrect: Two million people have already marveled on YouTube, as soldiers fail to load a tank onto a transporter. Sometimes, only an engineer can fix things.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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No engineer would surely allow for this. На линии огня/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

I love engineers.

Not all the time, you understand.

It's true that in their enthusiasm to solve everything with rational thought, engineers are turning the world into a depressingly rational, controlled place.

However, there are times when only an engineer can save mortal humans from embarrassment and disaster. This YouTube video is certainly one of them.

Two million people have already enjoyed the sight of several allegedly Ukrainian soldiers trying to load a tank onto a transporter.

You'd think that this wouldn't be an impossible task. However, I feel sure that none of these soldiers was an engineer.

The driver of the tank makes several attempts to complete the task. The first time he approaches slowly, like an amorous tortoise. Then he accelerates but ends up crooked on the transporter.

So he rolls down and tries again. Sadly, this time he runs out of steam.

His final attempt is an object lesson in how not to treat a dynamic object. It ends in abject failure of a kind that reminds one of the Russian invasion of Afghanistan.

I feel sure that if a professional engineer had been involved in this enterprise, he or she would have calculated the precise speed for the driver to rise up on the ramp.

The engineer would have worked out the exact steering wheel position to make for a sure straight line. The engineer would have, in fact, factored in all variables in order to achieve a perfect result. Which may or may not have included the invention of a self-driving tank.

Instead, oh, this happened.

Never, ever let yourself be too far from an engineer. The consequences can be painful.