So says the AC...
Chelsea Manning for one, though I guess, you did say civilian.
Edward Snowden would be in rotting in a different way if the CIA or NSA thought they could do it without causing an international incident.
On the other hand, ride quality goes a long way towards inducing people to ride. Poor ride quality, means fewer people, and only those people who have no other alternative, which makes on-going funding and maintenance difficult. At the time the system was new, I'm certain that making sure there was enough ridership to support the system was of high concern.
Of course, with the reported current ridership, it looks like they did a fine job. Now, if they had properly estimated the ongoing maintenance and operation costs, they should be running with a tidy profit for maintenance and retrofit.
Like the old saying goes..."Nobody ever got fired for buying Cisco."
You are overreacting.
You're right. Users never were really successfully trained to keep up with patches.
If your erection lasts for more than four hours...
The obvious issue is that you are the one showing up. Instead you need to write an app that connects people that want to be "nothing at all like a lawyer" with people who are willing be defended by those. You get a cut of all fees of course, regardless of the outcome of the trial.
That way, the people actually breaking the any laws or regulations, or having any liability are not you. You are just facilitating two people meeting who are making their own personal arrangements between themselves. Maybe you are providing some price guidance and offering billing and payment services, but it's still just the two individuals involved doing the transaction.
What they should do is not criminalize it, but loudly and often let everyone know that future policy will be based on the results of they survey.
That way, when all the paranoid conservatives don't fill it out because the don't want the 'gubmint to know dey bidnez'. All policy will be based around gay muslims, who did fill out the forms.
In reality, the solution should be the opposite of what the OP suggested. There should be leap microseconds added throughout the year, as necessary.
Come up with a standard. Implement it at the OS level, which shouldn't be that difficult. Then everyone will forget about it, because no one will ever notice at a macro level the addition of a microsecond here or there.
Because it's such a failure in every other country that's tried it?
You need to get out and travel more
As in certain cults it is possible to kill a process if you know its true name. -- Ken Thompson and Dennis M. Ritchie