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Comment Re:Show us the data (Score 1) 419

You must not be very old if you truly believe that, or you haven't gone through the usual process:
1) savior sells everyone on sacrifice to ensure future good
2) savior is found to be cheating everyone, or large scale economic parasitism is attached to savior's program
3) Populace becomes jaded and rejects savior
4) New savior announces future good is now possible, if only you follow HIS suggestions and sacrifice....

Comment Re:Nail everyone? (Score 3, Interesting) 618

Then you do the next best. You get it in writing from your immediate supervisor, playing as if you're verifying facts of the request. Someone that is used to receiving such requests from you. He/she, in turn, realizes what you are doing, and does the same with His/her immediate supervisor. This continues up the chain until it eventually reaches the upper management who requested it. If someone along the line doesn't do this, they become the scapegoat, not you.
It's a complete CYA action.

Comment Re:I wonder if they're going to use this as "proof (Score 1) 657

It was a prime example of escalation. Teacher calls it in, next person in line thinks "Hey, if I don't DO SOMETHING, and something bad happens, I'm screwed. So for CYA's sake, I'm going to be serious about it." And each person along the chain then escalated the issue trying to cover their own ass, with images of every school tragedy floating in their head.

FORTRAN is not a flower but a weed -- it is hardy, occasionally blooms, and grows in every computer. -- A.J. Perlis