at a loss for how this sort of thing can happen.
I mean, every car you make with this "hack" in it is a potential
WITNESS for the prosecution -- IN PERPETUITY! It's not like
you can make all evidence of the hack "disappear" once the
vehicle has left your factory!
I can see how incredibly EASY it would be to write software to
notice the (typical) "testing in progress" conditions and "play
nice" only during those times -- throwing the rules out the window
at all other times!
But, I can't imagine anyone with half a brain thinking this
is the sort of thing they could get away with!
I can *almost*
believe the GM ignition switch scandal was
just incompetence and "wishful thinking" (maybe it WON'T be
a problem?? Maybe no one will notice it? We can always
claim we are INCOMPETENT... etc.). But, the VW issue is
akin to a burglar robbing a bank -- there's no question
as to the IL-legality of his actions!
The unfortunate consequence of all this is it will just be
a fine. If a human commits a crime, he goes to jail. If
a BUSINESS ("Corporations are people, too" -- Mitt Romney)
commits one, they get a fine/wrist slap.
(Perhaps we should revoke their business license for
a few years to inflict the equivalent of "imprisonment"
on them -- deny them the FREEDOM to operate as they
normally could? Of course, that would effectively
kill many businesses -- just like incarceration kills
many families, etc.!)
The same sort of stupidity appears evident in the Feenigs
I-10 shooting incidents: if you've really committed these
crimes, why would you give up control of the single most
incriminating piece of evidence -- the actual gun, used??
Just for *money*
Are people REALLY this stupid? Short sighted?? *Or*
ARROGANT?? (they're not smart enough to catch *me*