updated:23 Feb 2017 08:44am UTC
When Elon Musk sets his sights on an industry, he does so with purpose and with the intention of completely turning said industry on its head. While most people are readily familiar with Musk's efforts at Tesla, the groundbreaking work being done by SpaceX, Musk's other company, has only recently started to attract attention from the mainstream.
To be sure, Elon Musk was bold for thinking that Tesla could revolutionize the auto industry. That said, Musk's plans to enter the aerospace industry with SpaceX and compete with and work alongside NASA wasn't just bold, it was downright crazy. And yet, both of Musk's ventures continue to amass greater success with each passing year.
Earlier this month, we stumbled across a thread on Quora asking if it's better for engineers to work at NASA or SpaceX. Of course, the question itself was a bit misleading because it's not as if one company is superior to the other. Without question, some of the smartest minds on the planet can be found at both. Still, there are a number of interesting differences between the work environment at NASA and SpaceX that are worth highlighting.
Tackling this issue, an engineer named Andre Lavoie — who has spent significant time at both companies — details a number of fascinating differences between life at NASA and SpaceX.
Not surprisingly, the fact that NASA is a government agency, as opposed to a private company like SpaceX, impacts the work environment in both positive and negative ways. While Lavoie points out that the work-life balance at NASA is a positive, the work there can sometimes be encumbered by "an institutional aversion to risk" and predictably slow-moving bureaucracy.
Projects can start with much fanfare and then be cancelled. Repeatedly. Maybe this is because there are many worthy things that should be studied but funds are always limited. It can be rewarding because you have more opportunity to really dig in and understand things and learn. Your job is very secure, even when budgets get cut or you yourself don't succeed.
As for life at SpaceX, the work environment there, not surprisingly sounds awfully similar to a forward-thinking start-up, albeit on steroids.
In contrast, Space X is a product company. It designs, builds, sells and launches rockets. Your job there is to make that happen no matter what. Nobody gives up. Failure is acceptable, to a point. Risk taking is expected, but stupidity and recklessness is punished unceremoniously. You just get fired. There is no job security. Schedule is critical because as a privately funded company if it fails to succeed before the money runs out then it's game over. The sense of urgency is huge. At Space X you can have plenty of responsibility even if you have little experience. This is great if you are energetic, resourceful and work obsessively. If not you will probably fall behind and then your days will be numbered.
Lavoie's full answer, along with the full thread is well worth digesting in its entirety. You can check it out over here.
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When your relationship with someone is going well, you're often liable to send photos that may be a bit, err, compromising. That's all well and good, until things turn south and your relationship comes to an end. In the moment, it's not always easy to think about that uncomfortable possibility, but the fact of the matter is that no matter how close you might feel to your partner now, romantic relationships begin and end all the time. And if and when your current relationship does end, you're left in the compromising position of having an ex out there who is armed with plenty of photos that you would rather keep private.
Well, now there's a free app that helps you plan ahead. It's not foolproof by any means, but it sports a nifty feature that allows you to grant and revoke access to any photos you share easily remotely, in real time.
ON/OFF Photo by iOS app developer hong kijong is a free iPhone app available now on the App Store. Using the app, you can quickly and easily share any photo in your camera roll through Apple's standard Messages app. The beauty, however, isn't in the sharing of photos — it's in the fact that at any point in time, you can unshare photos with a single tap.
This quick video with a hauntingly eerie computer voice narrating it explains how it works:
Here's the app's full description, followed by a link to download it for free:
You Can Delete Sent Pictures on Chat!
It's a must have app in selfie age.
ON/OFF Photo allows users to hide, delete, and manage photos already sent to friends, chat about the photos and get notified when somebody views the photo, all in real time.
Fast and efficient!
ON/OFF Photo combines control with flexibility, with a simple on/off switch!
Auto Picture Hiding Timer!
A feature that automatically hides a photo after a set period of time after it has been exposed to a friend. This is a very convenient function because you can hide the picture sent to your friends automatically without any special operation.
- Real-time Hiding/Unhiding and Deletion of a Photo
- Instant Notifications when Someone is Looking at Your Photo
- Ability to Chat about Your Photos with your Friends
- Automatic Exposure Prevention
- Fast and Simple
Download ON/OFF Photo
With a revised immigration ban executive order to be announced this week, the Trump administration hopes to avoid another legal entanglement. But based on the words of the judges and parties involved in the dispute, more controversy is likely to follow a new order.
The first strain of Mac encrypting ransomware was pretty bad, but this new strain is even worse. Antivirus firm ESET has just discovered ransomware that masquerades as a software authorization “crack,” encrypts all of your files and then demands about $300 in payment. In a particularly cruel twist, this new Mac ransomware probably can’t even deliver the decryption key for your locked files if you pay up.
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