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Comment Re:Sometimes the ethical path is very clear (Score 1) 618

[...]Engineers: struggle for ages.
In pub: Well, we could enable a special testing mode to pass the tests?
In work: Shall we do this -> up the chain. Original context is half forgotten. Approved.
Changes made. Software specs made. Timebomb implemented.

I'd go one step further and suggest that the pub has people from several auto manufacturers and they realise that the problem is common in the industry, therefore would work out well if everyone used the same solution. This way, when the scandal comes to light, the explanation is "everyone is doing it" and it's best to protect the industry (under the threat of job losses) by changing regulations elsewhere. It's not too different from the LIBOR rates rigging by some UK banks.

I read in the Guardian that there will be re-testing of emissions to ensure that now the numbers will be right. If a few million cars from several manufacturers go up one or two tax tiers and the car manufacturers pay a fine, it's a decent result.

Comment Re:Let me see if I have the meeting right (Score 1) 480

It's something I never really understood. And it seems to be something that is actually pretty much an US thing. I don't see the same clinging to dress codes over here in Europe.

Interestingly, in the 3 different european countries where I've worked there's always been an employment contract clause about standard of attire. In some places it's loosely enforced, but if it's in the contract, people need to intelligent enough not to get themselves into trouble by looking and making the company look bad.

I think that overall in this thread there's an exaggeration about looking professional meaning there's less time to do the real work. A quick images search for Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard and their "humble garage" shows people dressed neatly for work.

If people need more specifics to get with the brief, I'd say that in my experience Dockers-like trousers and a plain shirt (long or short sleeve) always look right, as long as the clothes are clean. The company-issued tie seems to be a specific to manufacturing companies I've visited thus far. I find it funny (in a good way) to see everyone wearing the same tie, funny in the other way when my consultant turns up with the Looney Tunes tie.

Comment Video or it didn't happen (Score 2) 273

"Understand the connection between body, mind, energy, and spirit and how the interplay between these impact health and disease."

I hope that the University will publish the videos taken during the lectures and of the experiments conducted to show the connections between body, mind, energy and spirit. I think this transparency and level of disclosure will do a lot for the reputation of everyone involved.

Comment Re:It's not just a matter of taste, there's rent t (Score 2) 410

It's cheaper than the City, but still not the place to build machines or to have a growing team. I'd say companies need to go to the outside of Cambridge, Oxford, Northampton, Milton Keynes, any place more than 100Km from London to get a warehouse + office space that can be considered affordable. The talent pool will be different but you might get enough people who already moved away from the big city.

Backed up the system lately?