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Comment Re:Want big Hollywood movies? Eliminate Hollywood (Score 1) 144

This is the attitude I don't understand.

You do not understand people being cheap ? Because even if many great thinkers of slashdot will not recognize it and will try to rationalize piracy in a way or the other, this is still the main driving factor for most of the people using this kind of solutions.

Submission + - TGV accident caused by overspeed

Cochonou writes: The analysis of the black boxes of the TGV which derailed on Saturday revealed that the accident resulted from an excessive speed caused by late braking. The test train entered a radius curve at a speed of 265 km/h instead of the maximum speed of 176 km/h. The French national railways company ruled out any other cause, such as mechanical failure or track mishap.
During test runs, a number of security features are disabled, in particular parts of the TVM system which would have prevented any overspeed during normal service. This leaves the train speed under the sole responsibility of the driver.
The accident which killed 11 people occurred on the last run of the scheduled trials on the new high-speed line between Paris and Strasbourg. As more details on the accident surface, it becomes evident that this last run was performed in a festive spirit, with relatives (including children) of the employees on board, and 7 people present in the train cab instead of 3. This casts a shadow on the security procedures of the French national railway company: it appears that the high-speed train technology is considered so safe that the risks inherent to trials runs were somehow neglected. The two drivers and the traction inspector have been suspended by SNCF pending possible criminal charges. Other changes in the management structure will probably follow.

Comment Conspiracy... (Score 1) 153

Whereas it's conceivable that a single software engineer, directed by a single manager, could have secretly written and uploaded the code that ran the defeat device

Of course is conceivable, but does anybody actually believe that ? You would need to be quite ingenuous to believe that... this is not an obscure open source project with almost no reviews, you cannot "slip" a patch without anyone noticing... moreover, you cannot keep that code for more than 6 years in the revision control system without anyone noticing.
This is not a conspiracy, this is just a company caught red handed.

Anyway, if you need any proof that this behaviour was indeed intended by the company, just have a look at this article: Bosch reportedly warned Volkswagen about illegal emissions software in 2007.

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