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My first job was working for a software company that had killed people in the past. This was part of the London Ambulance scandal in the early 90s. The official inquiry had mostly exonerated the company.

It has a crazy impact on corporate culture, it was rarely talked about except in hushed tones over beer, the management was extremely averse to any publicity, no press contact for any reason (compare to my next employer putting out empty press releases at least weekly if not more often), sales staff had an extensive playbook for not answering questions about it

I can understand an individual developer wanting to disappear in this scenario. If they had internalized blame for this, I can certainly imagine them choosing never to work in the industry again (or making more extreme choices)

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