People started feeling the pain of high-cost labor
"High-cost labor" is corporate-speak for people who want to eat. Heaven forbid they get enough money to feed themselves.
Long story short - don't assume that everything in a whiteboard interview should be taken literally.
Let me get this straight: You want people who deal with machines that require exacting precision in the statement of command for the machine to work at all to not take the interview literally?
Are you out of your fscking mind?
What kind of people do you think get attracted to computer programming in the first place? If these people were so comfortable assuming you're effectively lying during the interview, what makes you think they'd become programmers?
Get out of the industry. I think you would be more comfortable somewhere else - and you would definitely do less damage to the industry elsewhere.
It is why the micro computer revolution destroyed IBM.
Ironic, considering IBM's role in creating a massively popular microcomputing platform.
Automation is a very important discussion point. Its disingenuous to tie it to the current debate over moving the minimum wage back up to a living wage.
The reason they're tying it to the current debate is so they can blame the victim; victim-blaming is practically mandatory these days.
You, as a customer, can take this information (its free) and use it to find a better alternative.
What about all the information about companies worldwide those businesses spend millions of dollars to hide? How can customers use information to find better alternatives when companies move heaven and earth to make sure customers never get that information and keep them in the dark? Right now, the law gives businesses nearly carte blanche to lie to customers (anything outside of a direct lie is allowed); do you really think this total imbalance between trading partners is reasonable?
That doesn't sound realistic at all.
That's why they got away with it.
You will have many recoverable tape errors.