Working entirely at low level, you have other options, too. If you have a big home theater, where the distance between main speakers (subwoofers don't really count) varies by more than about 5 feet, you might benefit from a properly-configured delay unit, so the sound arrives at your ears at the proper time, according to its spacial location in the source.
My "crappy receiver" does that already. Perhaps you should look at what a $600 receiver gets you these days.
After the 2000-ish dot-com crash, California was flooded with unemployed developers, making jobs very difficult to find around 2001-2004. I found that the best place to find jobs and contracts was in states with cold weather: Minnesota, Ohio, etc. Places with lousy weather have a harder time finding employees and are thus less picky about finding an exact language or buzz-word fit.
As best I can tell, CGI's competitors all suck also. Gov't contracting is a screwy industry that rewards screwy behavior and thus shapes screwy corporate behavior.
What he didn't do was go where a whistleblower is supposed to go
And where is someone supposed to get the whistleblower manual? You think you are so sure what the process is, can you point to a document that those in in the government would take as relaible (i.e., not some blog about where whistleblowers "should" go)? I'm guessing you are presenting opinion as fact. It's your opinion of where whistleblowers should go, and your opinion that it's common knowledge. Both opinions are unsubstantiated and likely wrong.
And you'll see I'm not addressing the "difficulty" of going to management, precisely because I'm advocating NOT doing that, and instead complaining to OVERSIGHT, which is Congress.
Oversight (governance) *is* management. Oversight is roughly analogous to a board of directors. That you don't know that, and thus misunderstood my comments doesn't change reality.
And it is certainly not "career suicide" in comparison to leaking to the press and being a wanted fugitive sheltering in Neo-Soviet Russia.
Yes, it is. His career with the NSA, and possibly in that field, would be dead with a whistle-blow to the wrong person. Doing what he did, he'll likely make more money every year for the rest of his life, than had he successfully whistle-blown within the system, regardless of who he alerted. That's career suicide like winning the lottery is career suicide if you quit when you win $100,000,000.
Except multiply that by the number of planes out there... approx 7185. So it's actually over 7 billion dollars.
Give or take an order of magnitude.
100k * 7000 = 0.7 Billion.