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Security quotes of the week

Security quotes of the week

Posted Sep 4, 2012 14:16 UTC (Tue) by viro (subscriber, #7872)
In reply to: Security quotes of the week by smitty_one_each
Parent article: Security quotes of the week

Ah, the naivety of young conspiracy theorists... *sniff*

You've missed the most important reason - being seen Doing Something About The Problem(tm). _That_ affects things immediately. The really important ones - odds of getting re-elected[1]. Granted, not by much, but what does it cost?

As for making the populace more infantile, what timescale would that be on? Decades? Not even on the radar. Do you seriously buy into the notion of politicians capable of making decades-long plans and sticking to them?

[1] and before gvy starts bemoaning the Inherent Evils of Democracy and suggesting everyone to learn Russian, s/re-elected/picked for promotion by higher-level management/; slightly different target audience, but mechanism is the same.

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Security quotes of the week

Posted Sep 4, 2012 18:40 UTC (Tue) by smitty_one_each (subscriber, #28989) [Link]

I submit that you are arguing the tactics of bureaucratic behavior, while I'm arguing the strategy.

Security quotes of the week

Posted Sep 5, 2012 23:29 UTC (Wed) by nix (subscriber, #2304) [Link]

s/Russian/English/, as a permanent civil service is just as effective at this sort of thing (though an appointed one is even worse for other reasons).

Obviously what is really needed here is for smitty_one_each to sit down with _Yes, Minister_ and watch it (again, one hopes). A nice dose of cynicism will soon help.

(I just assumed the 'we must do something. this is something. therefore we must do it' part of things. That's what drives almost *all* panicked political action, so there's little need to mention it: the important thing is why they picked this 'something' over another one.)

Security quotes of the week

Posted Sep 7, 2012 1:06 UTC (Fri) by smitty_one_each (subscriber, #28989) [Link]

Great series!

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