I mean we want to make the best generation better drivers, don't we? Then why aren't we doing it?
VW is a scandal because it detected the car being not on the test bench and relaxed to emission control.
But I did know the Nazis were using the Swastika symbol. So what? I will proudly and happily use the Swastika for what it is, a Hindu symbol and a decorative motif from ancient India. I recently ran into a group Indians and their priest in the Starbucks (@ State College PA) The women were wearing white saris with ornate decorative borders. The motifs in their border? The Swastika and the Star of David alternating in a series!
Not sure how many noticed the irony!
In hardly 30,000 years they expanded all across Africa, broke out of Africa, set up nascent populations all across Arabia, Persia, India, Andaman Nicobar Islands (this is important), Malaysia, Java, Sumatra, Papua New Guinea and reached Australia.
Andaman islands is important because the first clade in the cladogram of world languages is Andamanese and Non-Andamanese. It is very clear to me, as a layman, not a strict scientist, the Great Leap Forward that happened 75000 years ago in our history was the development of abstract language and the ability to exploit coastal resources.
So yeah, tide prediction changed our history. But not 75 years ago in Europe, but 75000 years ago in South Eastern Africa.
It should turn out to be a lesson for all top management who think they can throw the nerds under the bus. It should also turn out to be a good lesson for all software engineers to create a complete record of change history. Even if you get a oral order to implement something and the boss refuses to leave *any* paper record, and you are not really in any position to defy the boss, leave it in the source. Leave comments and pull-req messages saying "Adolf and Erwin asked me to make this change".
The upper management has always created documents that are secret, which are lawyered to provide sufficient deniability to people who sign them, if they ever let it get to the level of signature. The whole culture built on "how can I grab as much money as possible" "how can do as little as possible" "how can create escape hatches and set up fall guys to take the blame if this thing blows up" "how can I position myself to take full advantage if the engineering actually delivers what it promised".
Is it any surprise they blame the software engineers?
Let us see, if the software engineers will fall on the sword or they dig up all the check-in comments, pull-requests and approvals and bring down the entire chain of command that authorized it. Couple of rogue software engineers? If that is true, VW has a much larger problem. We can't trust anything in the VW engine control module. It is the job of the upper management drawing humongous salaries to make sure couple of rogue engineers can't pull off anything this big.
I know someone who works in retail. When they close the store, the two employees very very low in the corporate ladder had to attest that one deposited the cash counted by the other. And VW, an ISO-9600 company or whatever had such lax procedures? Would anyone believe this?
It had a very small band of humans living there, and their Chief Ullumongo had a vision that there are other human beings in the ocean. They came from them, and the other humans are descendants of their ancestors who are searching for them. He ordered that every day at sun rise the islanders should build a bonfire with thick column of smoke that could be seen for several dozens of miles. He was sure if they let them know they are there, they will come.
It took them several decades, Chief Ullumongo was old, frail and infirm, his grandson Amonomongo was the reigning chief when the ship captained by Eric Peterssen saw the column of smoke. The only safe anchorage and fresh water withing 200 miles
Is it really wise to let "them" know we are here?
Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (7) Well, it's an excellent idea, but it would make the compilers too hard to write.