1) It was said that Harry Truman dropped the bomb on Japan instead of Germany because of racism, I am not so sure albeit Truman's wife's parents were racist because they would not let his Jewish friend from the war visit him at home and called Jews with derogatory names.
2) Lise Meitner whose work accelerated the atomic warfare pursuits declined the invitation to join the US nuclear project but her nephew angry that she was not credited for nuclear fission volunteered for the US project.
3) My immediate concern is unskilled people hired by companies and Government agencies who are responsible for situations like the Veterans Affairs data disaster. These idiots are hired by companies with large Government contracts who wants only one kind in software engineering positions and Government agencies hiring people owed political favors.[/quote]
1) Um...the war in Europe was pretty much over by the time "the bomb" was ready to be "dropped". And my wife's uncle's friend's cousin is a racist. Doesn't make me one 😎
2) Got to admire a person who stands on principle.
3) To the issue at hand, it boils down to economic cost; the cost of protecting data vs. the cost of exposing data. Most companies/agencies gamble that "it won't happen to me" because the cost of protection far outweighs the cost of exposure, or so they think (Quite a few companies have gone out of business after a data breach). I have yet to work any place, public or private, that didn't have some risk of exposure. If I was aware of that exposure, I brought it to management. Sometimes, the problem was corrected, sometimes not. So, do I feel responsible? No. Am I going to continue to expose these risks? Yes. Ultimately, the decision makers are responsible...isn't that what SOX is all about?