Why in the world would the government hire contractors to work in the intelligence agencies?
The government loves contractors because it provides someone else to blame when the shit hits the fan. It's like keeping a scapegoat on retainer.
If they want, they can write a law and grant that authority to an agency.
As much as I like some of the senators imposing these questions, let's be honest: no new legislation will be proposed, let alone voted down. Like all of the other congressional inquisitions and hearings that have occurred recently, the senators will jump up and down and screech like a gang of wild monkeys but in the end absolutely nothing will change.
This is exactly the mindset that leads to waste, inefficiency and bloat. If you can save even 5% on bandwidth, which is a limited resource, WHY NOT DO IT? And this is way more than 5%.
Because h.265 requires hardware decoding to be even moderately watchable and the vast majority of devices that people currently own are not capable of decoding the latest h.265 videos. Netflix could force people to upgrade which would cause them to buy new decoding hardware and the waste you mention would shift from wasted bits on a network connection to wasted hardware in landfills. Unless, of course, there is a standardized way of querying hardware to determine which codecs and maximum resolutions/bitrates are supported by hardware decoders but I'm not aware of such a feature.
With surprisingly higher walls around the Apple garden.
And they're making their users pay for it.
This is one tenant of Libertarianism in a nutshell.
Thank you for confirming that Libertarians live in nutshells. Now if we could just get them to go the next step and admit that they modeled their domiciles after their beliefs.
So is this like an automate butler software or something?
Yes, it helps you automate the process of deploying new instances of system components.
Shall we call it Geoffrey?
No. That is too similar in name and association with Jenkins, an open-source continuous integration tool.
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