Well, would you look at this: a government embarrassment that's neither NSA nor healthcare.gov related. Sure, we'd love to write about positive government events, but the news cycle is the news cycle. For the latest dose of how your tax dollars are not working all that well, read this week's ZDNetGovWeek.
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Allies spy on each other. The French broke into our diplomats' hotel rooms and sifted through luggage, Israel has tried to infiltrate spies into the Pentagon, Mexico stole White House BlackBerry devices, and Germany broke into the email communications of both diplomats and journalists. But why? Read on.
Ah, the NSA. You can always count on revelations about our most-secret intelligence agency to spice up a slow news week. If you're done reading about Apple's iPad Air and Rocketeer-styled Mac Pro, here's your weekly dose of news about stuff that's really been going on forever.
The truth about the relationship between Mexican and American leaders is not what the current crop of Snowden-driven outraged reporters and bloggers would have you believe. In fact, they don't seem to know the truth. Read this article, and you'll have the facts they don't.
Apparently, the government doesn't realize that the more programmers you add to a project, the later it gets. Healthcare.gov is getting a "tech surge," like more fingers will fix this disaster.
From a technological implementation standpoint, there was no reason that healthcare.gov had to crash and burn so badly. Ah, but there was a reason it crashed: the nature of politics.
Looks like we got carried away rockin' the Columbus Day controversy, so we're a bit late on our weekly update. Even so, rest assured that our unworking, unworkable government still has some entertainment for y'all.
Apparently our NSA buddies have a bit of a spam problem. Think about it. If they're grabbing every bit of email metadata they can get their hands on, what are they really getting?
No one company (and possibly no government) has ever had the power to shut off an individual's personal connections like Facebook does today.
We've got a lot of top stories this week, beginning with the American government's shutdown of the American government. For that, and more than the usual level of government fun and outrage, read on.