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How is it malpractice for a single programmer/software engineer when a critical part of the code should have code reviews, software design in advance of creation of code which is approved by management? Not to mention thousands of tests with radiation detectors. How can you possibly miss so many safety gates without management being in the wrong?

One of the reasons I dislike the term "software engineer" is because programmers hate to take responsibility. A professional would be willing to sign their name for the work or they wouldn't do it at all.

Of course management could be negligent and I never said otherwise. That still doesn't relieve any Professional Engineer of their obligations and responsibilities.

In this case the author of the software was almost certainly not a P.Eng. (and thus shouldn't be called a software engineer IMHO) and couldn't be found guilty of malpractice.

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