An avid football fan calls their equally fanatic friend after their team scores the winning goal and yells, "GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!" The friend yells the same thing back, everyone is excited, and both they shout about how much they love their country. After no more than fifteen seconds of conversation, they both hang up.
Sure, some people might not be able to understand why these two people are so football crazy, but everyone can identify that something rich and emotional just happened. But when the exact same thing happens on twitter, it gets denounced it as 'useless observation.' Why?
We don't pay premiums because we're stupid. We pay premiums so we can relax and concentrate on what we need to concentrate on.
They actually do talk about that in the article. The difference in cost for one of the homegrown petabyte pods from the cheapest suppliers (Dell) is about $700,000. The difference between their pods and cloud services is over $2.7 million per petabyte. And they have many, many petabytes. Even if you do add "a few hundred thousand a year for the people who need to maintain this hardware" - and Dell isn't going to come down in the middle of the night when your power goes out - they are still way, way on top.
I know you don't pay premiums because you're stupid. But think about how much those premiums are actually costing you, what you are getting in return, and if it is worth it.
60% of her decisions that were appealed to the Supreme court were overturned. Was this one of them?
The Supreme Court overturned 68% of all cases it decided to hear last year (and 74% the year before that!), so she actually is below average in terms of reversals. But you're confusing appealed with heard - every decision gets appealed to the Supreme Court, if the client still has money to pay for the lawyer. She only had 1.2% of her decisions overturned, which is a far lower figure.
Source: Newsweek http://www.newsweek.com/id/199955
Apparently they could not figure out that "9999" was probably not the actual last 4 digits of anyone's SSN.
To be fair, there is a 1 in 9,999 chance that 9999 are the last 4 digits of someone's SSN. Statistically speaking, it is no less and no more common than 8425, 1234, or 0001. However, there are no valid social security numbers ending in 0000 - they should use that as the default.
The most important early product on the way to developing a good product is an imperfect version.