A lot of people still want to go to the US (the US is also *much* bigger, the being able to absorb a much larger number of talented people), make no mistake, but as you point out: the inertia of such a development is basically unstoppable, once it has started.
Shouldn't the shock and horror be that Snowden was able to scrape the juiciest pages from the NSA information dump on basically everyone, without so much as a 403 error?
It was the intranet - I guess they trusted everybody with an AD account
I believe, though, it's no coincidence that Snowden ended up in the HW office. He was probably aware of the lack of security when he requested the transfer.
God only knows how many guys have downloaded that data before him and sold it to the highest bidder.
Similarly, people in Russia write letters to president Putin today when faced with such issues - again ignoring the obvious explanation that it all starts at the top...
Thus, spare hardware (and dev-VMs) at work (which we have plenty) are faster than VMs at home.
Plus, if we can show a benefit and it will add to the bottom line (or save a lot of time), we do get a project, time and a budget to build it - on current hardware.
We do have a guy (he's now retired, but still contracts for us...) who has his complete build environment for a software (some 60ish VMs) on a server-sized desktop at home. He bought an LGA2011-board with a 6-core i7 CPU and 64GB RAM just for this.
But he has always preferred to work from home anyway.
ZFS (especially when your dataset-size increases and you add more RAM) is picky about that, too.
Bit-rot does not only occur in hard-disks or flash.
You should really, really take a hard look at every set of photos and select one or two from each "set", then have these printed (black and white, for extra longevity).
If this results in still too many images, only print a selection of the selection and let the rest die.
Not only in iOS itself, but also throughout the apps, too.
Instead of tactile feedback, iOS uses voice-over, where you swipe over the screen and it spells out what you touch (I've never tried it, but that's AFAIK the way it works).
Blind people seems to be OK with that.
If the building comes out as expected, it will be a landmark like the Empire State Building (or the (collapsed) World Trade Center (before it collapsed)).
Yes, it could all be had cheaper - but OTOH, it's still better than paying out huge bonuses to the execs or buying more corporate jets. There are a thousand ways to waste money. This way, at least the public gets something in return.
This is why the critical infrastructure, whose failure could cost lives and fortunes, doesn't belong on the network.
Didn't help Iran when STUXNET hit, did it?
The truth is: if you have no network-connection, people start using USB-sticks over and over - which creates a completely different attack-surface.
Air-gapping critical infrastructure isn't a bad idea - but it can't be an excuse to not secure these system at all.
"Finally, Snowden’s physical location worked to his advantage. In a contractor’s office 5,000 miles and six time zones from headquarters, he was free from prying eyes. Much of his workday occurred after the masses at Ft. Meade had already gone home for dinner. Had he been in Maryland, someone who couldn’t audit his activities electronically still might have noticed his use of thumb drives."
Reminds me of the days when Aldrich Ames was splurging all the money the Soviets gave him - and nobody noticed (the first couple of years).
The US Govt is going to pick this up, just in time for the elections.
I'm sure the Prison Corporations will be in favor; as well as all the greedy politicians.
It's not like it's legal, or anything, but Really; when has that stopped them from doing something?
Actually, all hyperbole aside, my thoughts were "why are they stopping this and why aren't WE in the US doing this?"
Trial-periods and time spent in prison before execution is much shorter in China.
In China, the verdict is usually "final" on the spot and execution follows swiftly.
Most inmates in the US and Europe probably have some sort of infectious disease (from sharing needles, drugs, etc.pp.) that they acquired in the years waiting for the verdict and the appeal and the appeal to the appeal....