I'm a programmer that has worked for a CMS subcontractor for many years (no, not one of the ones involved with this system) and I have to say that the comment that CMS is (at least partly) to blame may be dead on.
CMS is notorious for requirements that leave out most of the details. Imagine that you raise goats in your back yard and need a fence to keep them in. If CMS were writing the RFP (request for proposal), it might ask for "a fence" and when pushed to specify what kind of fence, they might answer "we really like picket fences". Then after you quote them a picket fence and start building it, someone at CMS would ask... "Ummm... will this keep the goats in?". And when you ask "why didn't you put that in the requirements", you are answered with "you should have just known"....
And no, I'm NOT making this up - I've been in the meetings where this exact reasoning was used.
Oh, and I do know that on this particular project at the state level, requirements that were needed to hit the MANDATED Oct 1 implementation date weren't finalized on Oct. 1 by CMS. Of course it's not all CMS's fault - they have to do what congress tells them to do even if it's impossible (in many cases congress sets the implementation date without any input from the folks that are going to implement it).
The NSA says that they only LOOK at certain records, but to be able to find those records they have to look at all records (even if if's just to index them).
So, by LOOKING for one record they SEARCH ALL OTHER RECORDS. To me this means that every search ABSOLUTELY involves the ACLU's records being searched (to exclude them) without a warrant.
Just like a search warrant for a single apartment, doesn't mean the police can search every other apartment in the complex (or heck, the whole country), this shouldn't mean that all users can be searched.
I read somewhere that the NSA doesn't have the same oversight (what little there is) when they monitor from a facility on foreign soil. Wouldn't that mean that if they drove all IT offshore, they would potentially have MORE access, not less?
So, are there no fly zones over all radio / TV towers (I'm pretty sure my cell phone - or even 300 cell phones combined - doesn't put out 500,000 watts of radio transmission)? I guess they turn off the radar towers at airports when planes take off and land - we wouldn't want interference, right?
What it really comes down to is "you can't prove a negative". You can't prove that it CAN'T cause problems. Oh, and never forget "that's the way it's always been". Two great excuses.
All this time we THOUGHT Prenda was about copyright trolling, but it turns out that they are WAY smarter than that. The copyright trolling and courtroom antics were just bate to get us to laugh at them and make comments to provide them with unbounded "proof" of defamation of "character". Of course, I apparently have a different definition of "character" than they do, but hey... to each his own.
Now if someone could do something like that with software - you know, do the work and share it with the world so others could use / improve it..... Oh wait, we do have that - it's called Open Source. ;)
LOL.... So, you are saying that if People magazine runs an add for Vanity Fair, that People magazine will pay Vanity Fair. Apparently you are not up on how advertising works.
Besides, if Google were being "fair", they would CHARGE for every search result provided (as it's advertising for the resulting page). Instead they get other people to pay for the resulting pages advertising for them - pretty nice if you ask me.
Google said at the time it purchased Motorola that Motorola would operate as an independent subsidiary. Maybe, it's ACTUALLY doing this and Motorola (not Google) actually responded in a fashion that helps both it and it's parent. Stranger things have happened.
The Pirate Party would never think to demand in the name of freedom that German bakers should in the future give away their bread, and have their baking sponsored by the state. (Gisa Klönne.)
I may be a bit confused here, but when a baker sells his bread to a store, does he expect to get a cut when the store "re-sells" his bread? Or when the person who eats it passes it on as fertilizer for new wheat? :)
Legislation is to legislators as air is to normal people, it's their life blood. If something works, quick break it with legislation so we can come up with more legislation to "fix" it in yet another broken way.
The thing that blows me away is the best they could come up with was a “spearphishing” attack (while certainly the most likely, it's not exactly a technology problem).
Consider the following scenario:
Control Room: Control room, John speaking.
Caller: Hi John, this is Tom in management, I need you to go push the big red button that says "self destruct" for me.
Control Room: Ummm, are you sure? I was told never to do that.
Caller: Yup, I just got the ok from the CEO.
Controll Room: Well, ok then. Give me a second.
Like someone else said, you can't fix stupid! But, just like in the above example, if there aren't other fail safes in place (like two keys on the self destruct button or maybe air gaped networks), stupid can become a technology problem.