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Comment Re: Code for Encryption Backdoors, obviously. (Score 1) 452

One has to wonder about the effectiveness of all of the monitoring that we've all been so perturbed by. We've had attacks in Paris and in San Bernadino where unencrypted communications were used and the attacks were not disrupted. This foe, while not insignificant, is small enough that using their communications to disrupt their acts should be very effective, but it's not proving effective. If it's not effective, then what's the whole damn point? This isn't World War II where the stakes for the enemy learning of the interception would mean that interception would end.

It strikes me that the most useful argument for this kind of surveillance would be just-in-time collection and analysis of highly sensitive targets' communication. In reality, what it seems we have is bulk data collection of nearly everyone, stored for later use. That kind of collection serves an entirely different purpose.

Comment Re:Seems to me (Score 4, Insightful) 78

FWIW, I've worked for Red Hat for the last year and a half as part of the Inktank Acquistion (IE working on Ceph). So far, Red Hat has been pretty reasonable. There are more RH specific initiatives around Ceph now, and a more of our QA happens on CentOS/RHEL, but the core development process has remained largely the same. In some ways, things are better as Red Hat has encouraged that some of the projects our business folks previously did not want to open source (our Web based monitoring UI) be made community projects. Like any big company there are a lot of different people with a lot of different agendas, but honestly for a company of Red Hat's size I'm fairly happy with how things have gone. You hear about acquisitions being total nightmares for everyone involved. While there have been challenges, at least in my mind, Red Hat is as good of an open source steward as we could have hoped for. I'd much rather see Ansible in Red Hat's hands than many other companies out there today.

Comment Re:Netflix already had that policy for holidays (Score 4, Insightful) 418

That kind of system is extremely prone to abuse. There are subtle (and not so subtle) ways to make sure that folks who are well liked get assignments that have higher chance of success with minimal effort vs folks that are disliked. I've got a friend in sales (not at my company) that deals with this kind of thing all the time. Certain sales team members who are popular with management get highly lucrative sales accounts that are virtually shoe-ins and make their numbers 5 times faster than everyone else. Coincidently, those are the sales team members that the all-male management wants beating their numbers so they win the company sponsered all-included trips to hawaii/carribean/etc which they also attend. I've never competed for a vacation package in my engineering career, but I've certainly seen favoratism regarding job assignments.

I think rather than rewarding people solely based on high performance, it's best to reward people for a bance of performance, work ethic, and risk taking. Any one of those individually isn't enough imho. Some of the greatest successes humanity has seen have come from people who failed over and over again until they got it right.

Comment Re:This is my problem with Snowden (Score 4, Interesting) 176

This isn't about self-delusion, this is about politics. It's good for snowden (and us) to claim progress and warm people up to the idea that even Washington thinks totally unchecked surveillance maybe goes a little too far. I suspect it's also ultimately good for the political class too if they play their cards right. Snowden is a chaotic figure that divides party votes in strange and unexpected ways. I imagine mainstream politicians hate that. He needs to be either a traitor or a patriot, not something in-between that divides their votes. The freedom act is a nice bump for Snowden into the patriot camp. It gives politicians cover for supporting him (or at least claiming he was well meaning if misguided). Once that starts, I think it will snowball and Snowden eventually will come back home (while his message will be coopted and perverted to benefit re-election campaigns).

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