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Just Following Orders

Robert C. Martin:

The year is 2006. Executives at VW know that their diesel engine can not meet American emissions standards. So they ask the enginers for a solution that does not require a redesign of the engine. […] We may never know all the details; but it’s clear that the executives asked the engineers to find a way to defeat the emission tests.

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Engineers take note: Your employer can’t cover for you. Doing your job does not mean that you just follow orders. The courts are going to hold you to a high ethical standard, even if your employer does not.

Update (2017-08-29): See also: Hacker News.

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