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  1. Aug 2018
    1. Facebook’s chief concern, he said, was a feature of the proposal called a “private right of action.” Unlike the Obama bill, which left most enforcement to the F.T.C., Mactaggart proposed letting consumers sue companies that violated the law. (Illinois had included such a right in its biometrics law, allowing Licata to sue Facebook.) Facebook feared that if interpretation of the new rules was left to juries, rather than regulators, it would take years just to determine what the company’s compliance obligations were. “We support more disclosure in principle,” Castleberry explained to me. “But the stakes are just much higher with the private right of action.”

      aka, we could bleed too much here because of the small deltas... Here's a good example of where, if you can aggregate things, the total seems much larger from afar compared with smaller injustices which are all appropriately accounted and then tallied. Think calculus...

  2. Apr 2018
    1. So I started thinking, Where can I do this [kind of math] all the time? … I started talking to my dad and he was like, “Well engineering is somewhere where you could do this … if you want to do the math all the time, then go into engineering.”

      It's curious that the Calculus teacher didn't recognize Katie's excitement about the problem or that different types of careers using Calculus were not part of the classroom discussions.

  3. Feb 2018
  4. Feb 2014
    1. The Backblaze environment is the exact opposite. I do not believe I could dream up worse conditions to study and compare drive reliability. It's hard to believe they plotted this out and convened a meeting to outline a process to buy the cheapest drives imaginable, from all manner of ridiculous sources, install them into varying (and sometimes flawed) chassis, then stack them up and subject them to entirely different workloads and environmental conditions... all with the purpose of determining drive reliability.

      The conditions and process described here mirrors the process many organizations go through in an attempt to cut costs by trying to cut through what is perceived as marketing-hype. The cost differences are compelling enough to continually tempt people down a path to considerably reduce costs while believing that they've done enough due-diligence to avoid raising the risk to an unacceptable level.