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Comment This is pathetic.. (Score 4, Insightful) 96

They ignore the constitution, and Tamm is the one whose ethics are being questioned..

I am sure I saw a documentary where he did first question the validity of the wiretaps and he was shut down.

The fact that he did question it and blow the lid off it when they didn't fix the situation shows me that he is pretty good on the ethics front.

That is saying something for a lawyer. :)

Comment Re:This is why.. (Score 2) 345

Exactly. Something like 50% of new drugs are developed by research at universities - funded by our tax dollars - and they turn around and sell the rights to a pharma company who then charges us a high price for that drug that we already subsidized the development of.

I've read about this happening and there should be more control over the rights to the results of public research.

I know the argument always given is that someone has to produce the actual products of the research and the pharma company is already equipped to do so.. but the margins on those products should certainly be very limited for the public good.

Comment IT is managed poorly in most organizations (Score 2) 85

This isn't news to anyone in the trenches.

In most companies that I have seen whose business was not technology related, the management treats IT like the computer janitors and incentivizes managers with the wrong things - almost always short term cost cutting at long term expense - all the time.

Some time later the long term expense kicks in to fix all the issues the initial cost cutting created and then we start the cycle over again.

Comment I'm not a Millenial or an American (Score 1) 686

But I believe that Snowden is a hero for exposing the incredible scope that these programs have not only in America but in allied nations.

The thing that I hate is how little change has been made since the reveal. I thought it would be torch and pitchfork time but unless something directly and immediately affects people they just don't seem to care.

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