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Comment General IT (Score 1) 192

A more general IT course would be better as a requirement. It could cover the relationship between clients and servers/clouds, what an OS is and isn't, normalization and data relationships (one-to-many, many-to-many, etc.), pro's and con's of different kinds of data keys/id's, encryption techniques, etc.

They will likely need to know a bit about such in the work-place even if they are not a coder. Coding is only one aspect of IT.

It's better 100% of students are slightly less naive about general IT which at least 90% will use at work, compared to 100% prepared for a career in coding that only 3% will end up in. It's not a logical use of school resources and time to put a coding class over an IT class.

Comment The Incentive Problem (Re:Cultural?) (Score 1) 473

I agree. There's usually very little incentive for engineers to cheat like that.

For one, their paychecks won't very that much between cheating and non-cheating. They'll likely get a paycheck whether the car is profitable/successful or not. People rarely cheat this big unless there is a clear and large benefit to them.

Being fired due to a downturn in sales is always a worry, but in this case there is a roughly comparable risk of being fired by management for cheating.

Engineers risk being caught by both managers AND the public (external people). If top managers cheat, they only have to worry about being caught by the public.

Thus, the engineers have to weigh the incremental possible raise if sales are successful versus the risk of being fired if caught by management. I don't see a clear net benefit here.

Upper management and CEO pay/incentives are usually much more leveraged on the rise or fall of sales and profits.

Unless something really odd is going on, it's not the rank and file engineers who made the final call. It would take more than one engineer to pull it off, and a group of engineers will know that the "incentive math" is not in their favor.

Generally the group of engineers needed to pull it off haven't chosen each other, they are just happenstance co-workers such that it's not comparable to a say self-selected crime gang.

Comment Re:What's the REAL reason ... (Score 5, Insightful) 104

Let the market...the consumer...not the government...decide how much pollution is too much

As the early history of industrialization shows, unregulated companies have no problems poisoning people for short-term profits. Aggressive business people tend to only think about 5 years out. If they believe the chances of getting caught is relatively low for the next 5 years, they'll often gamble to get here-and-now power and wealth. They are thinking with the "2nd head".

By the time 3-eyed babies appear, the perps or their trail may be long gone.

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.