In 2013 Obama signed a bill
If you want to attach name(s) to legislation please disclose all the names and parties of the people who proposed the legislation, the majority parties who passed it, and the name of the president that signed it. In this case, the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012 was proposed by Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), and it passed a Republican majority in the House and Senate, and was finally signed by Obama (D). Disclosing this information gives people a fuller picture of who is to praise/blame, especially when both parties are responsible for its passage.
Capitalism used to be king.
I can think of few things that represent capitalism better than one giant corporation buying another.
I'm not buying the doom and gloom anymore
The first step to virtually guaranteeing that something happens is to let your guard down.
all the replacement parts are all new part numbers... almost none of the original parts are listed. They crank them out fast with flaws and then try to fix them after the fact. Just plain horrible engineering!
It's a new form of development strategy: Fail Fast, Release Faster!
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.
A transistor protected by a fast-acting fuse will protect the fuse by blowing first.