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Comment Re:How long will the company stay up? (Score 1) 494

VW probably will end up paying out several thousand dollars to each affected VW owner, but of course that hurts the VW employees and shareholders, it does not actually hurt the people who did this.

That is the key problem with all this clamoring, it want to punish the innocent and let the guilty go free.

You seem to see this a some sort of rogue element within VW. While that may be true, I think it's more likely that it is just a refection of the way the company operates, and their desperation to gain a fresh foothold in the US market.

Comment Re:How long will the company stay up? (Score 1) 494

You need to find the people who actually did this, and punish them, not the millions of employees of a huge corporation who had no idea it was going on.

Given that the current "thinking" is that corporations are people, then the employees and shareholders are nothing more than some sort of symbiote that live off of the corporate host. The host needs to feel pain, or it will do it again.

Lots of car companies have had coverups about design flaws, but I can't remember another auto industry case of outright fraud like this one.

I expect there to be a variety of class action suits. I expect the US government to at least try and recoup the amount given out in tax credits, based on VW's supposed "green" status with their TDI engine. I imagine this will play out in every country that has any sort of emission laws.

Comment Where can I find the except clause? (Score 5, Insightful) 575

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

No matter how many times I read that, I can't seem to find the clause that says "Except when..."

Comment It can never be fair (Score 5, Insightful) 150

The actions of this cabal of companies has had a lasting effect on everyone working the tech sector. The normal cycle of hiring employees out of their existing position with an offer of more money helps to drive the average salary for a position up. Years of refusing do to that caused average salaries to stagnate. When I was offered a position at Apple in 2007 I scoffed at the rate I was offered, and I was told that Apple prided themselves in paying industry median salaries. What they neglected to mention was that they were actively working to keep the industry median down. I never took the position at Apple, and am not eligible in the suit; but that doesn't mean I wasn't affected. Many companies gauge offer salaries and raises against industry salary reports like those generated by Glass Door and other wage survey groups. Because some of the biggest employers in tech were working to keep wages down, and their rates significantly contributed to those salary reports, they effectively kept an entire employment sector's wages low.

How do you compensate for that? You can't. No court settlement will make up for the damage caused by this.

Comment You mean "let the police blow it off" (Score 5, Insightful) 664

A friend of mine was recently mugged, on the doorstep of her home. While the police were in her house asking questions she pulled up the current location of her phone on her laptop. The police did not care. Did. Not. Care. For an hour her phone drifted around a park that was a known after-hours teenager hangout, while the officer asked inane questions. She fumed for weeks. Getting mugged was bad enough, but feeling like the police didn't really care, that all they wanted to do was get the report filled out, made her feel truly helpless.

If the police are unwilling to react to these thefts because they are low priority for them, they have to expect that citizens will have to take it into their own hands. People don't like someone else telling them their problems are trivial. People don't like feeling helpless. They need to believe that there is always something they can do.

Comment Re:Uproar? (Score 4, Insightful) 146

The 70's are full of TV shows that had evil computer episodes. The plot would revolve around a billing error, and when the protagonist would bring it up with the store they would be told that computers don't make mistakes. Then they would trigger an error in their favor, and comedy would ensue. Partridge family, Eight is Enough, and I think the Brady Bunch. Those are the easy ones that come to mind.

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