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Comment Re:Who to blame? (Score 2) 153

If these employees didn't follow orders, they'd be fired and replaced with employees who do. If a company fails to take actions that result in a higher bottom line, they may eventually fail altogether and be replaced by a company that does. The true root of this problem is capitalism, as it creates a survival-of-the-fittest scenario where the only measure of fitness is wealth. Obviously socialism and communism have their problems too. In my view, only socially-regulated capitalism can save us (too bad we don't have Bernie).

Comment Re:Well this is exciting (Score 1) 104

The CEO cited these phony numbers in earnings calls to artificially drive the company's value up, to his and other executives' direct benefit. He's cited as asking employees to aim for 8 accounts per customer, not because they need them but "because 8 rhymes with great." The employees were incentivized to open as many accounts as possible, those that bent the rules were rewarded and those that didn't open enough were probably just fired. Then, when the operation's exposed, those low level employees are the first to fall on their swords as the executives act like they had no hand in it.

Comment Re:When you're dead... (Score 1) 233

In the same amount of time that a few Teslas have screwed up, countless more humans (even by percentage of pilot-type of vehicle on the road) have lost their lives due to being ultimately poorer instruments at the task of driving. While the idea of dying in a crash that was a computer's fault is horrifying, it's simply much less likely than dying due to your own human error.

Comment Re:Just like trying to ban guns (Score 1) 446

Text communications, regardless of platform, unless encrypted, are sent over the line in plain readable form by anyone to whom the traffic is visible (such as others on the network, the ISP or the NSA). This is basically for efficiency's sake, why add or change the data when you can just send it bitwise as-is? But it makes all standard communication over the internet insecure in this basic manner, which is why encryption is critical for any personal communication among free people. The real kicker is even a crummy ISIS programmer can almost certainly come up with some decently strong encryption without any backdoors, but legislators probably can't understand this.

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