You are right since the devil is right as well.
There is absolutely no reason to cap the CEO or anyone else salary based on whatever equation anyone can come with thinking he is clever than the next door guy.
CEO salary is determined by investors, those who are taking risks in the company and hired him to take care of their investment in that company.
If the investors believe this guy to earn that salary, it is up to them to reduce the salary and compensations or to fire him to hire someone else capable to take care of the investors' money.
It is not a matter of how much money someone needs to be comfortable, it is a matter of how much money this guy will bring to the investors and shareholders.
No investor wants the CEO to spend more money than needed in employees wage and salary. No investor wants the CEO to not spend enough money that the company will be put at risk or go to bankrupcy lacking the talented people it needs to make money. You can disagree with what the investors think and their strategy for the company, that's fair. However, it is not to someone which have no money in the company and who risks nothing in the enterprise to decide.
Pretty much studip idea to solve the problem. Encryption is the way to go rather than trying to build a parallel infrastructure which will anyway be subject to laws of the countries where the infrastructure is installed. It doesn't solve anything. It is not like other countries are not spying anyone else.
In fact, the proposed solution may just create the problem as well. What she propose is what China is building, a network owned by the State, managed by the State and purposedly for the best interest of the State.
I don't believe NSA needs to demonstrate all of this to make the point. The simple fact that Snowden didn't know where the evidence to make his point was is enough to conclude he was really going fishing here hoping to find what he was seeking for, because in first place his conviction the NSA was breaking the law was not well founded.
And second, NSA can always request a closed trial due to the nature of the proof.
I think many here are missing the point. Point the Moon with your finger and the fool will look at the finger.
The entire point about the use of automated tools to scrape data here and there on the NSA network is that Snowden wasn't going at the only data he needs to prove the point he says he wants to make. He was just grabbing a full load of data hoping for some of it to prove something that could make him a credible whistleblower. This is playing against him if he would have to convince a judge he is a "legitimate" whistleblower just wanting to free America from the dictatorship of the NSA. He did grab way too much data and some of it having no relation at all with the point he supposedly wants to make. But worst, he just gave everything to a third party rather than just what was necessary to prove that point about the NSA and the violation of US citizen rights.
So, the point is not about the automation of the data scraping, it is about the indistinct data scraping itself. And NSA may make a point here.
Maybe Google is planning to develop a wireless-coupled-ass-thermometer-with-gyroscope-and-gps to track your body temperature, body orientation and position in the house or even outside and adjust thermostats accordingly. Then you would become a smart ass.
A typical brain consumes 20 watts-hour of electricity and is capable to reason and learn almost anything. No software is capable to do a thousandth of what a brain can and what it is doing is at the expense of thousands of watts-hour. This model just simply doesn't scale at the worldwide level even if you just pick the very wealthier ones in that world.
Cosmology is drawing way too much attention for what it worth.