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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) Permalink

Who he?

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

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

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

Suk Lemon

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

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) Permalink

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

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

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

nine months pass...

so hyperloop huh

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

people on twitter so mad.

who do you follow?

markers, Monday, 12 August 2013 23:17 (five years ago) Permalink

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

markers, Monday, 12 August 2013 23:17 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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

eris bueller (lukas), Monday, 12 August 2013 23:24 (five years ago) Permalink

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

markers, Monday, 12 August 2013 23:27 (five years ago) Permalink

cool monorail bro

lag∞n, Monday, 12 August 2013 23:54 (five years ago) Permalink

lol

markers, Monday, 12 August 2013 23:55 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

im not gonna build it tho cause im kinda busy

lag∞n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:00 (five years ago) Permalink

even i can afford that

markers, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:00 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:10 (five years ago) Permalink

sure 70% that sounds totally realistic too

lag∞n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:10 (five years ago) Permalink

I meant 94% sorry.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:12 (five years ago) Permalink

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

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:17 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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

lag∞n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:25 (five years ago) Permalink

LOL "elon musk"

the late great, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 03:00 (five years ago) Permalink

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

c21m50nh3x460n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 03:09 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

Bad connotations...

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

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 05:21 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

iirc he has liberal tendencies mixed in w the libertarianism

lag∞n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:28 (five years ago) Permalink

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)

the supreme personality of Godhead : a summary study (a passing spacecadet), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:35 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

no but its not a bad theory imho

lag∞n, Monday, 4 March 2019 19:36 (one month ago) Permalink

have we heard any more about the giant parking lots full of reject cars lately

mh, Monday, 4 March 2019 19:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Tesla has a long history of using diesel generators to recharge vehicles. Back in 2015, I found Tesla using them to power backup Superchargers at Harris Ranch, while its supposedly open battery swap station sat unused. https://t.co/OxtOCjhNuj https://t.co/IxaT4iowvk

— E.W. "Linear Thinker" Niedermeyer (@Tweetermeyer) March 7, 2019

lag∞n, Thursday, 7 March 2019 20:26 (one month ago) Permalink

Now, a real visionary would figure out a clever way to install a diesel generator under the hood of a vehicle, so it could power the engine directly. You'd need a nationwide network of pumping stations though so you could refill the car's onboard liquid fuel tank when necessary.

mick signals, Thursday, 7 March 2019 21:03 (one month ago) Permalink

I wonder how much it'd take to set up the power infrastructure to run a dozen charging rigs off the local electrical grid at each dealership or w/e

it's as if they're assuming the dealership is a pop-up shop and it's not going to last long enough to actually equip the location with real charging stations. hmmm.

mh, Thursday, 7 March 2019 21:08 (one month ago) Permalink

I’m building a supercharging network right now (not for Tesla) and it’s actually quite challenging. The power draw on each charge head (140kW in the case of Tesla, soon to be 250kW) can be quite challenging for the grid in rural areas without a lot of power and urban areas with grid congestion. There’s also a pretty long lead time on things like transformers and MV switchgear and even longer lead times on getting the utility to uprate the grid if that is needed. You need to have charging stations at the right intervals so a diesel generator powered site will be (expensively: power at 4-5x the cost of grid) filling a gap whilst other infrastructure is getting sorted.

I’ve also never heard of Tesla battery swapping. No one has seriously considered battery swapping as ‘refuelling’ since Better Place folded nearly ten years ago.

I’m no Musk. Stand but my that is a very poorly written and researched article.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 7 March 2019 21:20 (one month ago) Permalink

the tendency of people but esp. Americans (historically, per the book) to see a problem coming yet keep putting off the solution until the last minute, then successfully scramble to fix it, because it's worked like that time and again the past, however scary and inefficient?

― Josh in Chicago, Saturday, March 2, 2019 10:21 AM (five days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

(looks at march workload) nothing has been more @ me next time

theorizing your yells (katherine), Thursday, 7 March 2019 21:23 (one month ago) Permalink

Ed dropping the knowledge

mh, Thursday, 7 March 2019 22:43 (one month ago) Permalink

imo a smart thing to do if you're into real estate investment would be to figure out the prime overlap between underutilized or at least well built-out power grids and prime commercial space for vehicle sales and grab some property to sell/lease to future electric car vendors

mh, Thursday, 7 March 2019 22:45 (one month ago) Permalink

mine bitcoin while you're waiting

moose; squirrel (silby), Thursday, 7 March 2019 22:54 (one month ago) Permalink

xpost

There's plenty of stuff to criticise Tesla on, many as well do it with actual facts. If you want to criticise the supercharger network you could start with the fact that Tesla chose a non-standard plug design which means non- Tesla vehicles can't use it (and Tesla's can't use off network chargers without an adaptor), leading to unnecessary duplicating of networks. This somewhat shows up Elon's line on wanting to stimulate the electric car uptake in general. (they are backing away from this in Europe, but only because the EU is moving towards a mandatory plug standard anyway).

If you've got land and a bit of under-utilised power grid then build solar or a wind farm, it'll pay off much better than EV charging will.

Please don't mine bitcoin

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 7 March 2019 23:01 (one month ago) Permalink

Although by all means build an EV charger as well.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 7 March 2019 23:01 (one month ago) Permalink

I wonder how much it'd take to set up the power infrastructure to run a dozen charging rigs off the local electrical grid at each dealership or w/e

it's as if they're assuming the dealership is a pop-up shop and it's not going to last long enough to actually equip the location with real charging stations. hmmm.

― mh, Thursday, March 7, 2019 4:08 PM (five hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

you saw they quietly announced last week that they're closing all their dealerships, right?

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Friday, 8 March 2019 02:27 (one month ago) Permalink

If I had to guess they’ll probably sell off the charging network at some point. It’s a good asset and will continue to benefit tesla customers even if they don’t own it.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 8 March 2019 02:46 (one month ago) Permalink

xp I either missed that or forgot about it! But yes, that explains why they had no interest in setting up dedicated infrastructure -- the whole thing was a trial balloon/pop-up shop thing

mh, Friday, 8 March 2019 14:49 (one month ago) Permalink

my cynical view for quite a while has been that Tesla isn't really an attempt to establish a long-running car company, it's a test platform for a handful of technologies that could be licensed or sold off to existing automobile manufacturers

that's at least partially shared by the companies that have established a competitor interest and hold Tesla shares. there's already plenty of collaboration and cross-licensing and production out there

mh, Friday, 8 March 2019 14:52 (one month ago) Permalink

SpaceX Dragon demo capsule returns to Earth

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-47477617

koogs, Friday, 8 March 2019 15:03 (one month ago) Permalink

🚶🏻‍♂️

Ooof, what the hell are they doing? https://t.co/Qa9FBcRd5x pic.twitter.com/c8jS25kkhX

— Michael T Sweeney (@mtsw) March 8, 2019

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:09 (one month ago) Permalink

glad someone's following up on that Tripp dude

when the initial articles about the battery factory shenanigans came out my friend and I started joking with a guy we know who got a tesla

"so did they stab holes in the lithium battery before it left the factory, or just throw it around a little? get the patch that causes spontaneous bursts of flame yet?"

mh, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 20:43 (one month ago) Permalink

Elon Musk but with Elizabeth Holmes' eyes pic.twitter.com/wpaJFTW6Zm

— Rob Beschizza (@Beschizza) March 22, 2019

mookieproof, Saturday, 23 March 2019 06:19 (four weeks ago) Permalink

laughing out loud at these Virginia transportation officials trying their best not to say "what the fuck was that" re: Elon Musk's car tube pic.twitter.com/V6En63P2fu

— snarkifesto (@lib_crusher) March 22, 2019

lag∞n, Sunday, 24 March 2019 03:57 (four weeks ago) Permalink

It’s a tough job when you’ve got a government contract to send a mannequin smoking a huge doobie to space but somebody’s gotta do it

― calstars, Saturday, March 2, 2019 11:02 AM (three weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I know I'm a month late but new board description please

flappy bird, Thursday, 28 March 2019 05:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I have a major deadline on April 1 so it is very concerning to find out it already arrived

https://www.thefader.com/2019/03/31/elon-musk-soundcloud-rapper-rip-harambe

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Sunday, 31 March 2019 18:24 (three weeks ago) Permalink

this is the most epic moment in Martin Shrekli's life and he's in jail for it

frogbs, Monday, 1 April 2019 13:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

are we to assume that musk's recent personal and professional meltdowns are because he spent the better part of the last three years devoted all his time and energy to a two-minute ode to a meme

mr greta t. gremlin (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 1 April 2019 13:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

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

frogbs, Monday, 1 April 2019 14:01 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Promise kept: https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/28/18245165/tesla-model-3-price-lower-cost-elon-musk-news

― DJI, Friday, 1 March 2019 00:34 (one month ago) Permalink

well... i mean the promise hasnt been kept until the cars have actually been delivered. at the moment this is just another announcement.

― just sayin, Friday, 1 March 2019 00:47 (one month ago) Permalink

he also accepted pre-orders for the self-driving option... which hasnt happened

― just sayin, Friday, 1 March 2019 00:47 (one month ago) Permalink

I can't figure out who does more goalpost-moving, Musk, or the people in this thread.

― DJI, Friday, 1 March 2019 00:51 (one month ago) Permalink

https://electrek.co/2019/04/04/tesla-model-3-base-doesnt-exist/

just sayin, Sunday, 7 April 2019 22:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Entertaining, insightful @latimes story on Elon Musk’s army of short-sellers, who are convinced he’s a fraud and Tesla is a house of cards — and aren’t afraid to tweet about it. https://t.co/YzpE31sU0x $TslaQ

— Laura J. Nelson 🦅 (@laura_nelson) April 8, 2019

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Monday, 8 April 2019 15:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

there will never be a $35k tesla.

https://www.tesla.com/blog/update-our-vehicle-lineup

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Friday, 12 April 2019 03:29 (one week ago) Permalink

Sounds like you can have one but only if you go on a quest to a Tesla store and do battle with the Tesla sales team who will do eevrything they can to talk you out of making them take a loss on it.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 12 April 2019 04:03 (one week ago) Permalink

A software-limited car model is an absurdity, who is that for

don't mock my smock or i'll clean your clock (silby), Friday, 12 April 2019 04:14 (one week ago) Permalink

if you think about it, the software in a lot of cars could do a lot more things, just not very well or safely

mh, Friday, 12 April 2019 12:43 (one week ago) Permalink

you get heated seats if you preorder at GameStop

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 12 April 2019 12:59 (one week ago) Permalink

omg lol

mh, Friday, 12 April 2019 13:01 (one week ago) Permalink

unlock a classic aftermarket pioneer stereo skin for your display if you die during autopilot

Fictitious Business Name: (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 12 April 2019 16:37 (one week ago) Permalink

A software-limited car model is an absurdity, who is that for

I’m mildly terrified whenever I’m in a car with software

blokes you can't rust (sic), Friday, 12 April 2019 17:23 (one week ago) Permalink

I've got bad news for you

mh, Friday, 12 April 2019 18:09 (one week ago) Permalink

my last car was made in 1994 and I walk a lot

blokes you can't rust (sic), Friday, 12 April 2019 18:31 (one week ago) Permalink

lol

lag∞n, Friday, 12 April 2019 20:14 (one week ago) Permalink

i’m no pedant, sure, that works

mh, Friday, 12 April 2019 22:58 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm with sic here. Our car barely has an engine, let alone software.

And according to some websites, there were “sexcapades.” (James Morrison), Saturday, 13 April 2019 00:49 (one week ago) Permalink

even the odometer was still mechanical in mine, though I’ll admit I did get into it with a mobile phone in my bag

blokes you can't rust (sic), Saturday, 13 April 2019 02:09 (one week ago) Permalink

Lol what a cunt

So the Boring company loop can take as many passengers in A DAY as ONE Victoria Line tube train can take every 100 seconds

Please stop Elon Musk - take away his weed. Please. https://t.co/5Pmmrjln7r

— marcus (@marcusjdl) April 18, 2019

gyac, Thursday, 18 April 2019 18:54 (four days ago) Permalink

not his weed that needs taken away from him. this is coke hubris with a budget

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 18 April 2019 18:56 (four days ago) Permalink

its his life that shd be taken away, the movement starts here to execute elon musk #executeelonmusk

lag∞n, Thursday, 18 April 2019 18:58 (four days ago) Permalink

trisect him midair, each part landing squarely on a target below

Fictitious Business Name: (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 18 April 2019 19:42 (four days ago) Permalink

tie him up in a tesla. turn on autopilot. direct the tesla toward the super aggro crag. mike o malley commentary throughout.

Fictitious Business Name: (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 18 April 2019 19:45 (four days ago) Permalink

pay ricky for a "service" on paypal.

Fictitious Business Name: (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 18 April 2019 19:46 (four days ago) Permalink

(the service is the execution)

Fictitious Business Name: (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 18 April 2019 19:46 (four days ago) Permalink


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