Right there is one of the best arguments to make against backdoors. If you put in a backdoor for yourself, someone else may use it, too. This example will get that across to CEOs and politicians.
The conclusion people got from this was "make sure you pay your mercenaries on time", and not "don't start wars".
It’s about systems, not Great Men.
One simply has to wonder if these systems either select for or change those they come in contact with. Which would then point to a systemic rather than individual responsibility role.
Systems don’t change because people as individuals decide to do things differently. That’s not sociology, that’s just individualism. Unfortunately(?) there is no way to avoid analysis at the systemic level. Neither individuals nor “smart contracts” can get around that.
"In terms of its effects, a system can be more than the sum of its parts if it expresses synergy or emergent behavior. "
12. Constants, parameters, numbers (such as subsidies, taxes, standards)
11. The size of buffers and other stabilizing stocks, relative to their flows
10. Structure of material stocks and flows (such as transport network, population age structures)
9. Length of delays, relative to the rate of system changes
8. Strength of negative feedback loops, relative to the effect they are trying to correct against
7. Gain around driving positive feedback loops
6. Structure of information flow (who does and does not have access to what kinds of information)
5. Rules of the system (such as incentives, punishment, constraints)
4. Power to add, change, evolve, or self-organize system structure
3. Goal of the system
2. Mindset or paradigm that the system — its goals, structure, rules, delays, parameters — arises from
1. Power to transcend paradigms
Note that "members of the system" doesn't even make the list.
"FBI Agent Steven Marston said the agency obtained warrants to intercept hundreds of text messages from 2012 via the spyware Guzman installed on the phones of his wife Emma Coronel Aispuro, associates and purported mistress Augustina Cabanillas Acosta, The Los Angeles Times reported."
But do the same for political or trade reason and yes, they will cry foul.
There's no life to the story, it's to vague to even parse. Who was eavesdropping on who? Both on each other? A mutually distrustful relationship? How much was the pay, what were the stipulations? Does 'duo' imply they work together?
Oh well, at least I know they're Asian.
“Funny enough, but this reminds me almost exactly of what I was asked to do while working for a Jewish husband and wife duo.”
I guess it does add more detail.
Unless race is relevant to the story, it should be omitted. I’m sure there are plenty of other details about the couple that could be mentioned if you need to spice up the story.
"What do you have against short men?"
Mexican cartels are some of the worst organizations in the world. They don’t want to kill you, they want to make you suffer. They will kill his family, the family of his family, and maybe the whole neighborhood just to make him go crazy, and then —right at the end— they will kill him.
If the IT guy was smart enough to hide all his family’s information, then maybe they are safe, but he is still in danger because the mafia will bride someone from the protection program to kill him, and I don’t mean “bride” with money, no, I mean bride them with their own life, because if the person from the protection program doesn’t gives them access to the IT guy, they will kill their family too.
I am exaggerating a little bit, maybe I shouldn’t even write this considering that I’m spreading the fear, and that’s probably what they want —same as other organizations like ISIS— but I have seen so much pain and tears over the years, that I genuinely don’t believe the IT guy will be in peace.
"More than 18,400 men, women and children have participated in it, and not one of the 8,500 witnesses or the 9,900 family members has been harmed" 
Now his family idk, good luck to them.
People who change their identity in order to disappear are ultimately found because they're sloppy. They miss their old life; they expose themselves make contact with friends and family. In some cases, they brag about their true identity while drunk. Henry Hill , of "Goodfellas" fame, managed to do it twice.
I get bored with the "neater world where the good guys are good, and vanquish the bad guys" stories, but there are still lots of interesting stories out there.
I don't even watch the nightly news for the same reason, it's all rapes and stabbings which I could have done nothing to prevent. I am constantly thinking to myself, "why do I need to hear this?"
If you mean Mexico itself, bodies being strung up on bridges in tourist areas is NOT a new phenomenon. Just dig through some of BestGore's archives from 2011-2014 if you have the stomach for it.
It is perfectly possible for people to change their names, and move to a different part of the country, or whatever.
The drug cartels do not have facial recognition cameras on ever street corner. They do not track people, with secret spy software, across continents.
the reach of those guys is scary. HE could relocate to the middle of nowhere but i can't imagine a life of looking over your shoulder.
I don't know how he got there, but I'm guessing this person isnt the highest moral figure.
> Not long after his 21st birthday, Christian Rodriguez got the contract of a lifetime for his new info-tech company: The Colombian was hired as a cybersecurity consultant by Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo. While Mr. Rodriguez had little experience or formal education, he had been recommended by one of his other clients: Jorge Cifuentes Villa, a veteran trafficker who worked with Mr. Guzmán making cocaine deals with left-wing guerrillas in Colombia.
And from another article that I found:
> The government allowed him to keep the half-million he’d earned working for Guzman, and in addition paid him $480,000 for his expenses and technology services – which he later neglected to pay taxes on. Ref: https://www.courthousenews.com/sinaloa-cartels-it-guy-testif...
But he had plenty of opportunities of doing something about it.
I had no idea that electric shocks are still used to treat mental issues.
I studied psychology as a mature student. One of the other adult students on my pre-degree course (kind of equivalent to community college I guess) had been a train driver. After two suicides on trains he was driving he'd developed clinical depression and been treated with ECT. This was around 2002, so it would have been the modern 'safer, targeted form of ECT'.
Ultimately despite an enormous amount of academic support on our programme he had to drop out. His permanent memory issues - a form of anterograde amnesia, were so bad he couldn't function academically, even at the limited level required to pass the course.
Depression is awful, monstrous, indescribably horrific and dehumanising. Losing ones mind, to me that's worse. As Hemingway said after his ECT (right before he committed suicide), "It was a brilliant cure but we lost the patient.”
Electricity disrupts nerves. For better or for worse.
Its very artificial to help, and not solve the root problem. But, it does 'something'. And in Medical, something has a potential use.
Its really grasping at straws to solve this person's problem, but sometimes it helps.
My very lay-person understanding of the process is that the patient is knocked out with drugs before the electricity is applied - it sounds like a sort of hard reset of memories in the brain. The most obvious and lasting side-effect is memory loss; this person can't remember significant chunks of their life history, so has had to re-learn it from conversations, home movies, photos, etc.
My acquaintance underwent ECT treatment, lost memories, and rebuilt some of them.
This article seems to paint Ketamine as the worse of the two options for extreme depression.
The number should have been closer to at least 5-10 million range depending on the size of the family - enough $ to get everyone out permanently to a safe place somewhere far far away on a short notice when things go bad. (similar to that breaking bad guy who makes people disappear when things go bad: permanent change of identity, relocation etc. even that movie guy charged 250K to make that happen.)
But perhaps this IT guy was made an offer he couldn't refuse...
Also, i cant believe that someone running multi-billion dollar empire was too cheap to pay for bullet proof security system. You get what you pay for.
p.s. clearly you can tell i watched too many narcos episodes and BB.
not OP, but a risk vs reward calculation should probably go into it ...