2019-10-23   ·   aviation failure

Why Did The Boeing 737 Max Crash?

Outsourcing is a symptom of a larger move towards cost-cutting. Like many large bureaucracies, the aircraft industry is siloed by department. Instead of taking a comprehensive look at the system, managers analyze the business under a microscope. Each slice of the organization is responsible for minimizing their own costs instead of reducing costs for the organization at-large.

Systems, though, are interconnected. An improved engineering process can reduce the cost of designing or manufacturing a product. Rather than minimizing costs in isolation, Smith advised Boeing to take a bird’s-eye view of the manufacturing process. After all, one system-wide cost reduction is worth more than 20 small and isolated efficiency gains.




2019-10-18   ·   taxes internet politics investigative

Inside TurboTax’s 20-Year Fight to Stop Americans From Filing Their Taxes for Free




2019-10-03   ·   vanity fair tech people

Peter Thiel’s dinners are the hottest ticket in L.A. So what’s his endgame?




2019-09-29   ·   internet nytimes society privacy

The Internet Is Overrun With Images of Child Sexual Abuse. What Went Wrong?

Tough to read the whole way through. Interesting is the impact that encryption will have on pushing this further underground.




2019-09-28   ·   millenial

The Sterile, Efficient Life of a Millennial

The idea that young people like me are always on the go, always in transition and always on masks that we might actually desire slowness, want to relish an experience, or enjoy taking a moment to feel comfortable and human instead of curated and optimized.




2019-09-26   ·   the paris review science

The Intelligence of Plants