After several non-fatal runs with UA incompetence with family members or personally, I do not fly UA. Delta is another on my list to avoid because of the sleazy customer treatment. I am at point of considering Amtrak rather flying.
The problem is the Administration is upset over leaks showing them in a bad light. This is nothing new and like previous administrations they would like to shoot the messenger who printed the leaks. Almost never to do they look at themselves to see if they are the source of the problem.
A related problem is the tendency to overclassify documents either by putting them in a more restricted category or by classifying them initially to prevent embarrassment. This is a longstanding problem. Other than the time wasted on Wikileaks, this administration is not much different than previous on this issue.
The FDA is run by incompetent morons who can not explain why knowing my genome is bad for me or why one needs a prescription for medical devices such as a CPAP machine. Their only recourse it to a schoolyard bully.
The issue is the FDA does not trust you and your doctor to make intelligent use of the information. Their attitude is you are too stupid to even have the information. But your story points out that a little more information was key to treating your husband; information that could only come from a genome analysis.
Everyone has a list of retailers they refuse to do business with because of very poor service they received. Smart retailers try to minimize if not eliminate bad customer experience knowing a satisfied customer will be a repeat customer. In any business, sales to repeat customers are always easier and cheaper than obtaining new customers.
For example I have 4 companies I regularly buy computer parts from because I have gotten good value and service (in my opinion) from them in the past. So if I am looking for a new part I will visit their websites for selection, price, and availability.
I can understand many writers, musicians need exposure and often giving a piece or short gig away for free makes long term sense. As Timothy pointed out it is often a one-off situation where the professional exposure is more valuable in the long term.
I assumed NSA was at least attempting to spy on world leaders; friend, neutral, and foe. However the NSA should be concentrating on foes, neutrals, and selected "friends" in that order. The foes are probably the hardest to attack because they more likely to pay attention to US activities.
I read there are 55 contractors involved plus numerous preexisting systems. Something as simple as basic the data format for an individual's personal information must be specified in gory detail so everyone knows what it is. From the comments the insurance companies about garbled data, it appears even this basic information does not have a standard format within the system.
The advantage Open Source is that anyone can contribute security patches not just the internal security team. Thus "all bugs are shallow" fits. The problem with closed source is the patch team has a finite amount of time a probably plenty of bugs to patch. Some must be delayed because of time constraints and inevitably judgment errors will be made.
Your point about all code having errors, bugs, and security mistakes is true for any reasonably large project. Open Source says help us make the code better by inviting others to help and submit code patches.
Capone was guilty of income tax evasion because he failed to pay taxes on his earnings. The evidence was in the financial records. The Feds were fishing for something that was legitimate and would stick. In many cases today, the overcrimilization and abusive police mean that it is fairly easy to charge someone with a felony even if there was no intent, malice, or very indirect responsibility.
The point of the P & T petition is that people mostly do not research issues, particularly technical ones. They rely solely on someone who has credentials who matches their biases for their information.
The P & T petition was based on a kid's science fair project which did something similar.
Downloading can be viewed as either a form of advertising or "piracy". Many mid and small budget movies do not get much advertising support from the studios. So downloading is a form of advertising; I might download a copy and like it and then become a fan. Fans tend to spend money on their favorites. Blockbuster movies in particular get heavy promotion so downloads are not viewed as advertising but as "piracy" on the assumption each download represents a lost sale.
"It's too late to open source it, it's too late to send in a surge of more tech people."
Actually its not to late open source the code. Whether the code is open source or not is primarily now a political decision.
The problem is the tech surge will likely slow down process because the new people will need time to read and understand the code they have never seen before. Plus they have to be briefed on what the problems are, again more time needed.
Doubtful it makes security worse. With proprietary code there is no easy method for an outsider to write and submit a patch for a security problem. While with open source code, an outsider could write and submit a patch. Open source code potentially gains interested outside developers beyond the resources of the sponsor. Hackers want patches to be slow to develop and push out to users. The weakness of proprietary code is the sponsor can only dedicate some much staff and resources to patching.
Subpoenas can be issued to Dropbox, Prenda, Gibbs, etc for the relevant records. Also, look at the document's metadata for possible clues. Most people are unaware there is document metadata which might detail the original author (actually originating computer).
One of the most effective methods of exposing the foibles of the powerful and stupid is parody. Also, it is one of the forms of humor they hate because it mocks them in an obvious, often harsh, and many times very funny manner.