SpaceX’s Launch This Weekend Is a Monument to Space Capitalism—Just Ask NASA | Nextgov.com


Emphasizing the freedom NASA’s commercial partners have to work in their own KSC (Kennedy Space Center) areas, Robert Cabana says that during the Space Shuttle era, launch sites were governed by some 2,200 safety requirements.

He asked his team to strip down the rules, eliminating best practices, and came up with just 500 core safety requirements for NASA launches. But at commercial launch sites, there are only 55 safety requirements. “Requirements are costly,” Cabana says.

This underscores perhaps the single biggest difference between NASA and its commercial partners: risk tolerance. NASA likes to have next to none, and pays for it, while the companies tend to embrace calculated risk as a way to iterate and learn while still developing their products.

Sometimes that’s all too apparent: Pad 40 is still undergoing reconstruction after a Falcon 9 caught fire during fueling in Sept. 2015.

This clash of philosophies is playing out as Boeing and SpaceX work to have their rocket and spacecraft designs certified for human flight by NASA.

Source: SpaceX’s Launch This Weekend Is a Monument to Space Capitalism—Just Ask NASA – Nextgov.com

I’ll Never Bring My Phone on an International Flight Again—Neither Should You | Nextgov.com


A few months ago, I wrote about how you can encrypt your entire life in less than an hour.

Well, all the security in the world can’t save you if someone has physical possession of your phone or laptop, and can intimidate you into giving up your password.

.. On his way through through the airport, Customs and Protection Patrol agents pulled him aside. They searched him, then detained him in a room with a bunch of other people sleeping in cots. They eventually returned and said they’d release him if he told them the password to unlock his phone.

Source: I’ll Never Bring My Phone on an International Flight Again—Neither Should You – Nextgov.com

There’s no significant connection between your personality as a teenager and a septuagenarian | Quartz


The findings were a surprise to researchers because previous personality studies, over shorter periods of time, seemed to show consistency.

Studies over several decades, focusing on participants from childhood to middle age, or from middle age to older age showed stable personality traits.

But the most recent study, covering the longest period, suggests that personality stability is disrupted over time.

Source: There’s no significant connection between your personality as a teenager and a septuagenarian — Quartz

Deleting Uber is the least you can do | Medium


Uber is what you get when you take Silicon Valley’s most toxic values, add billions of dollars in venture capital, and spice it with endless adoration from a fawning tech press. The resulting cocktail has turned as putrid as it’s been potent.

And the inebriated corporate culture of Uber is acting as reckless and callous as a dangerous drunk.

I’m sure it didn’t start out this way. It never does. They were up against entrenched interests keen to keep a shoddy on-demand transportation system in place for another century.

There are simply too many people who have either actual money at stake, or correlated investments on the line, to expect much internal pressure from Silicon Valley for Uber to change its ways.

Source: Deleting Uber is the least you can do – Medium

Americans Just Experienced Their Biggest Spike in Stress in a Decade | GovExec.com


Americans are seriously stressed out.

After a bruising election that saw Donald Trump take the reigns of a divided nation, two-thirds of Americans—including a majority of both Democrats and Republicans—say they are stressed about the future of the country,

Love him or loathe him, Trump is undeniably an unpredictable figure. Unpredictability causes uncertainty, Vaile Wright said, and uncertainty causes stress.

Source: Americans Just Experienced Their Biggest Spike in Stress in a Decade – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com

The Myth of the Alpha Leader is Destroying Our Relationships | GovExec.com


As a society, we pay a steep price for maintaining the fiction of silverback gorillas and lone wolves.

We reward bad behavior in the workplace like stealing credit from others, self-aggrandizement and entitlement. We discourage smart, talented people from seeking leadership positions because they falsely believe that superhero skills are a prerequisite.

This particularly affects women, who systematically underestimate their abilities relative to men. It is probably no coincidence that America lags behind many nations in women leaders.

Source: The Myth of the Alpha Leader is Destroying Our Relationships — At Work and At Home – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com

Where Crony Capitalism Rose and Prosperity Fell (and Vice Versa) | Bloomberg View


With populists emulating autocrats from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe, free markets are being forced to confront crony capitalism.

One response is visible in the reversal of fortunes of Malaysia and Indonesia. The two nations still wrestle with the politics of ethnicity and religion at odds with the capitalism of market competition.

Malaysia’s embrace of an ideology of Malay supremacy and the low interest rates that invite a debt bubble are impediments to a dynamic economy.

Source: Where Crony Capitalism Rose and Prosperity Fell (and Vice Versa) – Bloomberg View

Why Amazon Is The World’s Most Innovative Company Of 2017 | Fast Company


Despite all the twists and surprises in recent decades—all the newcomers with youth, funding, and can-do enthusiasm—Amazon remains the undisputed leader, a startup at heart still striving to remake our expectations. And to repeatedly remake itself.

Nearly all of Amazon’s most recent innovations share a connection to Prime, which by some estimates accounts for 60% of the total dollar value of all merchandise sold on the site. Between 40 million and 50 million people in the United States use Prime, and, according to Morgan Stanley, those customers spend around $2,500 on Amazon annually, more than four times what nonmembers spend.

Source: Why Amazon Is The World’s Most Innovative Company Of 2017 | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

The Business of Too Much TV | Vulture


To find out how Peak TV is shaping — and reshaping — the television industry, Vulture interviewed nearly two dozen people involved in the business: writers, producers, actors, directors, executives, agents, and even a caterer.

On balance, the people who work in television seem genuinely excited about where the medium is right now.

“There are tremendous opportunities to do really good, creative work,” says Carlton Cuse. And quality has never been at such a premium: Whatever the difficulties of Peak TV, those in the industry realize there’s no going back to the days when even the crappiest of comedies could follow Friends and end up making millions of dollars for everyone involved.

“There’s no room for mediocrity,” says Patrick Moran, head of ABC Studios. “It’s the end of ‘Who gives a shit?’ television. It all has to be great.”

Source: The Business of Too Much TV — Vulture

Trump visit heats up UK parliament


British lawmakers debated US President Donald Trump‘s state visit in the parliament on February 20. While left-wing MPs called for the invitation (extended by Prime Minister Theresa May during her visit to the White House in January) to be withdrawn, some Conservative Party MPs argued this would be insulting to the American people.

Source: Trump visit heats up UK parliament