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seems like we should have a thread on this guy, idk

but with socks instead of football (darraghmac), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:40 (six years ago) link

Who he?

Named locally as Tom D (Tom D.), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:40 (six years ago) link

It's really an anagram of "Nole Skum."

C-3PO Sharkey (Phil D.), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:41 (six years ago) link

Suk Lemon

Named locally as Tom D (Tom D.), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:44 (six years ago) link

ahe's kinda like tony stark, so i gather from ten mins research, but without the weapons and with clean energy and space

but with socks instead of football (darraghmac), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:45 (six years ago) link

it's kinda surprising he isn't more well known all things considered

iatee, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:45 (six years ago) link

seriously. if wiki is even half-accurate shouldn't he be a fixture on Time mag or something?

but with socks instead of football (darraghmac), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:47 (six years ago) link

His family sound really annoying. Was married to, uh, somebody who was in that St Trinians film, uh, the one with Russell Brand.

Named locally as Tom D (Tom D.), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:47 (six years ago) link

You realise that if he was ever to become involved in some sort of scandal and subsequent cover-up, newspapers could use the headline, "Elongate"

Named locally as Tom D (Tom D.), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:50 (six years ago) link

if he was caught cheating he'd be THE MUSKRAT

but with socks instead of football (darraghmac), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:53 (six years ago) link

dude owes his company's survival to gov programs but
says it's no big deal if Romney wins and makes good on his promise
to obliterate them all.

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 17:04 (six years ago) link

lots of companies do well out of govt contracts/programs, i'd imagine.

but with socks instead of football (darraghmac), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 17:10 (six years ago) link

nine months pass...

so hyperloop huh

well if it isn't old 11 cameras simon (gbx), Monday, 12 August 2013 22:40 (six years ago) link

people on twitter so mad. trying to understand why. i guess it boils down to:

1) shouldn't we fix BART / buses / systems that working class people use before building toys for rich people

2) LA-to-SF only is ridiculous, there's like a whole state in there

3) nobody wants to hear half-baked plans from an arrogant rich dude

still, i mean, it's pretty cool, right?

eris bueller (lukas), Monday, 12 August 2013 22:55 (six years ago) link

1) shouldn't we fix BART / buses / systems that working class people use before building toys for rich people

There are lots of problems everywhere all the time. Can't let it stop technology from moving forward.

2) LA-to-SF only is ridiculous, there's like a whole state in there

There's a whole country, even! LA-to-SF sounds like a perfectly fine beta test.

3) nobody wants to hear half-baked plans from an arrogant rich dude

Not all rich dudes are arrogant. Elon Musk has never struck me as anything close to that.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 12 August 2013 23:13 (six years ago) link

people on twitter so mad.

who do you follow?

markers, Monday, 12 August 2013 23:17 (six years ago) link

i'm not getting that impression from all the tech ppl i follow

markers, Monday, 12 August 2013 23:17 (six years ago) link

unveiling this while CA is deep in the hole with it's bullet-train project (something I support wholeheartedly btw) is pretty arrogant

joe schmoladoo from 7-11 (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 12 August 2013 23:18 (six years ago) link

You might be right, Johnny, dunno. I was just trying to figure out why there was this explosion of contempt all over my twitter feed after the announcement.

eris bueller (lukas), Monday, 12 August 2013 23:19 (six years ago) link

markers, here are some of the people that were entertainingly scathing: kalebhorton, quartzcity, tcarmody, mikesonn

eris bueller (lukas), Monday, 12 August 2013 23:24 (six years ago) link

i do follow tim but i guess whatever he said didn't stick

markers, Monday, 12 August 2013 23:27 (six years ago) link

cool monorail bro

lag∞n, Monday, 12 August 2013 23:54 (six years ago) link

lol

markers, Monday, 12 August 2013 23:55 (six years ago) link

i have a plan for a train that goes from boston to atlanta in 10mins, its called lasertrain and ill give you some cool drawings of it in a couple weeks, its ridiculous no one is building it btw it only costs $10

lag∞n, Monday, 12 August 2013 23:59 (six years ago) link

im not gonna build it tho cause im kinda busy

lag∞n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:00 (six years ago) link

even i can afford that

markers, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:00 (six years ago) link

unveiling this while CA is deep in the hole with it's bullet-train project (something I support wholeheartedly btw) is pretty arrogant

isn't his point that hyperloop would be fraction of the cost and twice as fast?

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:02 (six years ago) link

the douchey thing is that he made a big ol deal abt something thats not at all real

lag∞n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:07 (six years ago) link

Which is how 70% of architecture and urban planning works.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:10 (six years ago) link

sure 70% that sounds totally realistic too

lag∞n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:10 (six years ago) link

I meant 94% sorry.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:12 (six years ago) link

To me, it really sounds like a kickstarter project... but from a billionaire.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:17 (six years ago) link

i mean who knows maybe its revolutionary technology but its so preliminary its p comical to call a press conference abt it

lag∞n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:18 (six years ago) link

maybe this is the best way to convince someone else to give it a shot idk

lag∞n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:25 (six years ago) link

LOL "elon musk"

the late great, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 03:00 (six years ago) link

This should keep us occupied for a while: http://www.spacex.com/hyperloop

c21m50nh3x460n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 03:09 (six years ago) link

markers, here are some of the people that were entertainingly scathing: kalebhorton, quartzcity, tcarmody, mikesonn

I wasn't scathing about Musk (I am about futurism in general) - if anything, he has a good track record on quixotic tech quests. I hope he's successful with this. I also hope there's a state left that can use it.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 04:37 (six years ago) link

unveiling this while CA is deep in the hole with it's bullet-train project (something I support wholeheartedly btw) is pretty arrogant

Knowing how CA politics works (and the CA rail projects are amazingly political), how would you expect a non-arrogant to even get traction with this?

I have no doubt that Musk will solve the Hyperloop technical issues. I very much have doubts about him navigating Sacramento.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 04:40 (six years ago) link

I was describing this to my wife today and kept calling it Supertube.

"Turkey In The Straw" coming from someplace in the clouds (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 05:14 (six years ago) link

Bad connotations...

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/supertrain-1_7696.jpg

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 05:21 (six years ago) link

lol @ the "open source" pdf proposal. build a section of the thing and then get back to us when you have it working.

wk, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 06:23 (six years ago) link

Musk says the Hyperloop is best for distances of 900 miles. Beyond 900 miles, he thinks you're better off in a supersonic jet.

Lol

joe sixpac hologram (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 11:33 (six years ago) link

I never use my supersonic jet anymore as parking is always a total bitch

joe sixpac hologram (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 11:35 (six years ago) link

I have to say I rather like Elon Musk. He's made a massive pile of money and rather than sitting on it or managing it in mundane ways; he's making risky bets on thinks he's passionate about: Cars, Rockets, vacuum tubes.

Hyperloop seems a bit ridiculous to me, vacuum tube powered trains and trains in evacuated tubes are an old chestnut, almost as old as railways themselves. However, he's built a commercially viable private space programme and a car company* in the last ten years so anything is possible.

*Tesla isn't really a car company it's a power train company and if it is still making cars in 5 years I'll be surprised.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:18 (six years ago) link

ya i'm kinda ll for crackpot genius billionaires actually doing interesting stuff, up until they become str8 up supervillains obv

darraghmac, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:23 (six years ago) link

lol @ the "open source" pdf proposal. build a section of the thing and then get back to us when you have it working.

― wk, Tuesday, August 13, 2013 2:23 AM

he might do this

markers, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:23 (six years ago) link

is this dude one of the crazy silicon valley libertarian types or is he just beloved by them?

carlos danger zone (mh), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:27 (six years ago) link

iirc he has liberal tendencies mixed in w the libertarianism

lag∞n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:28 (six years ago) link

xp I heard him speak and he seemed not crazy and to have some kind of social or at least environmental conscience, unlike the usual libertarian types, but maybe he's just better at hiding it

(I like him too fwiw and right now he seems one of the most likely "crackpot genius billionaires" to solve some hard problems which are overdue for solving, so I hope he carries on with that. Also hoping that one day I'll get to see/read his computer game that appeared in some 8-bit micro type-in listings mag in the 80s)

he's not as bad as some of the other silicon valley libtards, I'll give him that.

nonetheless, this is a stupid proposal

joe schmoladoo from 7-11 (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:35 (six years ago) link

thinking that every time elon musk trends on here it's because he invented cold fusion, not because he publicly called someone an "Ass Hat"

— wint (@dril) June 16, 2019

frogbs, Monday, 17 June 2019 14:18 (three months ago) link

I don't know where these tweets are coming from because he very obviously deleted his twitter account

Just deleted my Twitter account

— Daddy DotCom (@elonmusk) June 17, 2019

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Monday, 17 June 2019 14:27 (three months ago) link

something not quite right w this guy

lag∞n, Monday, 17 June 2019 15:52 (three months ago) link

just posting bad memes with my friends

mh, Monday, 17 June 2019 16:39 (three months ago) link

kind of heartbreaking that dude has so much and he’s trying hard to get accepted as an ironic meme guy

mh, Monday, 17 June 2019 16:40 (three months ago) link

"credit the artist"
"no"

lmao

good tweet

lumen (esby), Monday, 17 June 2019 17:13 (three months ago) link

lmao that Elon is reliving his teen shitposting years that were taken away from him, Michael Jackson style

― frogbs, Monday, April 1, 2019 9:01 AM (two months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

frogbs, Monday, 17 June 2019 17:16 (three months ago) link

Michael Jackson style (sus)

shhh / let peaceful like things (wins), Monday, 17 June 2019 17:19 (three months ago) link

i attended a mandatory jb straubel talk. he came across mostly as a gentle battery powered car hobbyist w/ one hundred million dollars and a crazy buddy named elon.

Cecil replies to your e-mails (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 27 June 2019 17:46 (two months ago) link

every once in awhile, he'd complain about how NHSTA doesn't get it: sideview mirrors shouldn't be required, recall letters shouldn't be required for software updates pushed over the air, etc. and i thought of you guys.

Cecil replies to your e-mails (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 27 June 2019 17:48 (two months ago) link

if somebody was critical of something about automobiles in general, he'd point out how tesla is such a small fraction of the automobile total. this point kind of worked against the idea that they were affecting substantial change in the industry.

Cecil replies to your e-mails (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 27 June 2019 17:54 (two months ago) link

lol

Ambient Police (sleeve), Thursday, 27 June 2019 17:56 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

t/s: elon musk vs the escobar family

Remember Elon Musk’s “Not a Flamethrower” from last year? Pablo Escobar’s brother Roberto recently launched his own eerily similar product, a device he said looks almost identical because Musk stole the idea from him and then beat him to market.

He told Digital Trends that he expects Musk to pay him $100 million for the idea or else he’ll take Musk to court.

Escobar, brother and former accountant of the infamous drug lord, told us that he made a deal with the Tesla and SpaceX CEO to launch the device under the Tesla umbrella. In exchange, Escobar said Musk was supposed to pay him 20% of the profits.

“Then he changed the name to ‘Not a Flamethrower’ to avoid any type of deal we had,” Escobar, who is also the founder of Escobar Inc., said. Last February, Musk said he changed the name because many customs agencies would not allow him to ship anything labeled “flamethrower.”

“It is very clear that Mr. Musk has done wrong here, we are assuming that he will settle with us at any moment now. Our flamethrower is a far superior product as evidenced by videos that are now going viral, his is simply not cutting it,” Daniel Reitberg, COO of Escobar Inc., told Digital Trends. “That is what happens when you try to copy someone. It looks good, but the functionality is just not there. Some people may think that is small, but imagine what else Mr. Musk may be doing behind the whole world’s back?”

Escobar added that thing Musk isn’t doing is running Tesla well — and he has some business insights to share from Colombia.

“Nobody is using Tesla here,” Escobar said.

“I heard some people in Mexico use it to transport drugs with autopilot,” he added, though he didn’t provide any evidence.

As for what Musk should do about it, “I think Elon needs to clear all of his business issues and take Tesla and his life more seriously,” said Escobar. “But start with sending me $100 million.”

Escobar didn’t provide us with any proof of the deal, but if Musk doesn’t pay up, he’s prepared to take the issue to the courts.

“That 20% is now worth about $2 million,” Escobar said. “However due to his slander, and due to his non-payment, we are requesting $100 million.”

“I do not mind [becoming] the new CEO of Tesla if we win a judgment in the courts,” said Escobar. “I am sure that I could run Tesla into profits.”[/q]

dammit tesla hackers have broken my bbcode :(

that guy is also a crypto currency scammer lol

lag∞n, Friday, 12 July 2019 14:39 (two months ago) link

love the casual introduction of a drug-running conspiracy theory

untuned mass damper (mh), Friday, 12 July 2019 14:41 (two months ago) link

Yeah, that line is Trump-worthy.

nickn, Friday, 12 July 2019 16:35 (two months ago) link

Musk to unveil his neuralink startup next week.

https://www.inverse.com/amp/article/57607-neuralink-elon-musk-s-elusive-brain-computer-firm-just-made-a-big-reveal

DJI, Friday, 12 July 2019 18:24 (two months ago) link

definitely a real thing that will absolutely work

Bring on The Culture!

DJI, Friday, 12 July 2019 19:21 (two months ago) link

Good morning, East Coast! I went to Elon Musk's big Neuralink presentation last night, and it was completely bananas.
Read the startup's white paper (https://t.co/nfNUfinLfm) and my story:https://t.co/wMbRvNqHda

— Rebecca Robbins (@RebeccaDRobbins) July 17, 2019

Number None, Wednesday, 17 July 2019 14:07 (two months ago) link

he shd test them on himself........in space

lag∞n, Wednesday, 17 July 2019 16:05 (two months ago) link

omg the robot

This is straight-up Bond villainy

brigadier pudding (DJP), Thursday, 18 July 2019 12:50 (two months ago) link

OMG THE RAT

what is happening

brigadier pudding (DJP), Thursday, 18 July 2019 12:52 (two months ago) link

“Because as I just articulated the primary challenge is how do you tunnel effectively, especially how do you put in the reinforcing segments and get the dirt out effectively – it’s harder than it seems." - elon musk. what a fuckup

— Crewman Number Guy (@Atrios) July 22, 2019


the problem with tunneling, you see, is the tunneling part

— Crewman Number Guy (@Atrios) July 22, 2019

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 23 July 2019 17:40 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

lol I have literally never heard of this happening with a PV system, that is some shitty electrical contractors they must have been using

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 18:03 (one month ago) link

not sure who to root for in this one

frogbs, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 18:06 (one month ago) link

Walmart. There are lots of shitty things about them as a company but they have been pretty ahead-of-the-curve when it comes to sustainability

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 18:13 (one month ago) link

ime they had energy efficiency + renewable generation targets, climate action plans, etc. way before a lot of other similarly-sized companies

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 18:14 (one month ago) link

they’re a relentless machine for tackling optimization problems, regardless of ideological or ethical trappings

untuned mass damper (mh), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 18:24 (one month ago) link

In Australia we had a spate of residential PV fires caused by poor quality and poorly installed DC isolators. Water would get in they would short, heat up and catch fire. I’d put a small amount of money on this being the installation contractors fault not the fault of Tesla.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 20:26 (one month ago) link

if their business proposition is anything like solarcity’s residential one, they *are* the installers or coordinate the installation work

untuned mass damper (mh), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 21:45 (one month ago) link

unbelievable

Amazon fire claims add to Tesla’s troubles with PV installs

sleeve, Thursday, 29 August 2019 15:21 (three weeks ago) link

Rad! Under $10k is more like it.

DJI, Monday, 9 September 2019 18:34 (one week ago) link

100% electric does not solve our problems, but yeah, cars for rich people (currently subsidized in many US states by a wealth transfer to rich people) _definitely_ doesn't solve our problems.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Monday, 9 September 2019 18:41 (one week ago) link

My impression is that having as much of the global economy's energy needs supplied by electricity as possible is the most viable path to weaning us off fossil fuels. Personal vehicles as a method of transportation are terrible at efficiency, but getting people to stop loving their cars is going to be massively difficult. By comparison, getting them to adopt EVs will be child's play.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 9 September 2019 19:44 (one week ago) link

getting them to adopt EVs will be child's play.

this is going to happen v fast, with any luck. Given that the average lifespan of a car is 10 years, it's conceivable we see a massive shift within a decade.

Οὖτις, Monday, 9 September 2019 19:54 (one week ago) link

This is pretty good news on that front: https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2019/09/09/teslas-lab-secrets-talking-about-20-year-lithium-ion-battery/

DJI, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:09 (one week ago) link

Interesting they mention Sl_lSI partners in that. I’ve met them and they know a lot about finance and a a lot about wishful thinking but stuff all about battery chemistry. Basically they will invest in battery projects that meet their IRR requirements, preferably where someone else is holding the risk.

There are 20 year lithium batteries today. Toshiba Lithium Titanate cells should get you there at a (very high) price. It all comes down to whether the Tesla team can scale that chemistry and electrode structure in a cost effective way. This is probably a when, not if, but when is a long time where battery tech is concerned.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 13:47 (one week ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EEmQEKcVAAE3IRl?format=jpg&name=small

mookieproof, Monday, 16 September 2019 16:05 (five days ago) link

what a defense!

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Monday, 16 September 2019 16:08 (five days ago) link

You don't understand, "Mr Unsworth is a pedo guy" is the name of my dog!

nickn, Monday, 16 September 2019 16:35 (five days ago) link

just some guys he does pranks with

Mitch C. Palace (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 16 September 2019 17:12 (five days ago) link

I see what u did there

Οὖτις, Monday, 16 September 2019 17:12 (five days ago) link

In determining my guilt or innocence the court must consider my frame of reference, which is whatever I say it is, because there is no way to corroborate my assertions.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 16 September 2019 17:40 (five days ago) link

Any Major Afrikaner Will Tell You

... (Eazy), Monday, 16 September 2019 17:43 (five days ago) link


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