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IMHO, the NSA would be better off (from the perspective of accomplishing their mission) investing the time, money, and resources into developing ever better decryption methods and into the ability to detect the use of encryption techniques - be they known or new to the NSA - in the flood of traffic that is "the 'Net", thus weeding out what needs further analysis from the chaff.
(By the way: Would I care if the 'Net was reconfigured to completely block those nations and states that repetitiously source/harbor/fund crackerz and terrorists? Nope.)
Instead of a handful of product managers, engineers and marketers working directly with those SVPs on a customer hardware/software solution, engineers are now split off into separate business units, making product development coordination more cumbersome and perhaps elongating development cycles.
from articles like NetworkWorld's Cisco reorgs trimming SVP ranks
Separating engineering from marketing's' "Yes, we can - and by tomorrow night, too!" is far and away the best primer for a vaporware pump.
But hey...corporate longevity is as nothing compared to the need to provide current senior executives and large shareholders with maximum returns; somebody else can part out the wreckage.
If you want to be treated with kid gloves, think back to high school: Resolve your petty differences/behavior problems before you get kicked up to the school principle (Linus, in this case). Merely being kicked up to that level indicates both that your behavior is causing significant problems and that everybody else has already given up on you
Comments such as this one make it plain that AT&T believes that they've bought enough members of Congress and enough of the FCC to be able to safely ignore those famous "free market" principles which would otherwise supposedly protect the American consumer from monopolistic practices - e.g., sending Netflix to the bottom of the priority stack on AT&T-controlled comm links.
The greatest arrogance lies in the fact that AT&T believes that they can publicly reveal - even boast of - the extent of the corruption that they've fostered without repercussion.
I'd note, by the way, that injecting misinformation into "stolen government documents" after the fact isn't only a piece of cake, it's old hat.
In my opinion the next step after that, should be to abolish software patents.
Legal says "No - and would you like a job in the mail room better?".
Handy double-edged sword, that "shareholder value".
Instead, pull an Alberto Gonzales and select one of the nearly infinite variations of "I forget." or "I don't know.". And remember: For anybody but a politician, those are just delay tactics. You will be expected to be capable of learning new tricks.)
There are many - to include me - who despise Snowden for turncoating...but the reality is when you must watch the very top of the food chain betraying the nation for purely selfish reasons - just to hurt "labor" a.k.a. the American people and further enrich the top of the energy and financial food chains - you don't have to be an analyst to project that others further down the food chain will follow that leadership example.
That is what leaders are for: To set the example. Sell-outs shouldn't bitch about other sell-outs.