There is sheer madness today as all the crypto-anarchists -- the avante garde of the Google lobby -- are bombarding the FCC's website to put comments in support of the ill-advised "net neutrality" policy.
They've already made the servers fall over, and they think this "flash-mobbing" is something "good," although it's a dangerous undermining of democracy.
The goofs at the FCC in the IT department, including the ideologue currently in charge, David Bray, thinks this is "the public" instead of a lot of hackers and Google executives and are cheering it on.
It's hard to know where to start in debunking this entire crazy enterprise, which I've done in bits and pieces over the years, but here's a place to start - just read these paragraphs:
3. Strengthen FCC’s IT Security Posture
The FCC IT’s highest priority is to provide a safe and secure environment for performing the Commission’s mission. With rising cyber-threats, the challenge nowadays is anything connected to the internet is inherently vulnerable to being compromised, no matter what defenses you apply. As such, we will improve the security of FCC’s networks and improve the protection of the privacy of user information by baking-in automated alerts, compartmentalized controls, and system resiliency at the code-level of our modular modernization updates.
The FCC has 200+ different systems, a surprisingly large number of systems for a Commission of only 1750-or-so people. We will modernize these systems by encouraging the Bureaus and Offices, as well as relevant FCC partners, to storyboard their desired “to be state” and then produce modular components for the systems tailored to the desired workflows, both internal and external to the FCC. Joint collaborations with our programmatic partners will help ensure that the priority modules we produce will make best use of the Commissions’ resources. These new system modules ideally will be cloud services, allowing us to reuse code for similar projects if the workflows are the same. We also are working on an “open source by default” policy at FCC for these modules and other IT efforts, to include hosting an expert panel to discuss this topic later this summer.
Leave aside the new-speak and hilarity of phrases like "storyboard their desired 'to be state'" (let me copyedit that for your -- desired 'to be' state -- do you have any doubt in your mind why Snowden could get away with what he did with goofs like these in charge of systems?
There's the sinister problem of "open source by default".
That's always a terrible sign of cultishness, and lack of reason and bottom-line common sense. It means they pick awful systems like Drupal merely because they are "open" and don't count the cost of endlessly tinkering with them. It means they don't think about the real security and customer service that can come with proprietary systems that could well be better for the job.
We went from people claiming there should be "choice" about "whether" to have open or closed source, to gliding -- not surprisingly -- to "open source by default".
That's because totalitarians always insist on "one way" and don't like choice -- and in this case, they disguise that oppression with the misleading word "open".
Does it make sense to try to file a comment against "net neutrality"? I did, despite the flash mob.
Go here to follow the menu for web comments.
I'm very concerned about your bad practice here of inciting and inflaming flash mobs from the "net neutrality" cultists and the Google lobby -- which is undemocratic and alarmingly unfair. This matter should be voted on by congress, not decided bureaucratically in an agency with their Internet friends. Just because a bunch of geeks can flash-mob your site with 30,000 comments and make your servers fall over doesn't mean the "public" has spoken. We have elected representatives and appointed officials in a democratic government that should be deliberating on this without mobs shouting down discourse in Congress and other branches of the executive. It's also clear the FCC is overrun with people supporting the software cults and "net neutrality" madness. Look, bandwith is a scare resource. Stop thinking you can shift Google's business costs on to us, the real public via taxes. If companies need two tiers and metering to deal with costs, let them. Stop trying to destroy ISPs and cable companies, the only bastion we have against Google monopolization.