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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 (nine years ago) link

Who he?

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

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

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

Suk Lemon

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

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

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

people on twitter so mad.

who do you follow?

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

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

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

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

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

cool monorail bro

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

lol

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

im not gonna build it tho cause im kinda busy

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

even i can afford that

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

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

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

sure 70% that sounds totally realistic too

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

I meant 94% sorry.

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

LOL "elon musk"

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

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

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

Bad connotations...

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

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

iirc he has liberal tendencies mixed in w the libertarianism

lag∞n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:28 (eight 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)

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

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 (eight years ago) link

Damn! pic.twitter.com/4Fr828loCQ

— Taylor Ogan (@TaylorOgan) September 15, 2021

lag∞n, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 21:04 (two months ago) link

JUST DRIVE YOUR OWN CAR.

pplains, Thursday, 16 September 2021 02:27 (two months ago) link

Disappointing that it didn’t slam into a pylon.

papal hotwife (milo z), Thursday, 16 September 2021 02:29 (two months ago) link

oooOooof

BREAKING: Elon Musk Rushes To Aid Of Overturned Tesla Pinned On Top Of Child https://t.co/azxHMq4Wta pic.twitter.com/nHea9mXPhm

— The Onion (@TheOnion) September 17, 2021

frogbs, Friday, 17 September 2021 18:54 (two months ago) link

My friend's Tesla just had to be in the shop for three weeks, thanks to supply/equipment shortages. This is not its first prolonged service visit, either. His wife jokes that it's been in the shop more than it's been in the carport.

Oh, I was telling him about some of those videos upthread, especially the Edmunds guy who got car sick with the model Plaid (or whatever it's called) and he conceded that his Tesla sometimes makes him a little ill, too. I wonder if there is something to that, psychologically, with all electric cars, where for some people the near silence throws off your body/brain connection? Like the way some people need to be behind the wheel to avoid car sickness, or at the least how looking ahead where you're going is key to avoiding nausea. Maybe some people have been conditioned to need the sound of a motor or acceleration? That's a feature some EV et al. cars have, right? To *add* some engine noise?

Anyway, my buddy is literally the first and only Tesla owner I've met that is willing to say bad things about the car and its performance. I'll be curious if he sticks with it when his lease is up.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 18 September 2021 14:33 (two months ago) link

I wonder if there is something to that, psychologically, with all electric cars, where for some people the near silence throws off your body/brain connection?

lol buddy WHATTTT

class project pat (m bison), Saturday, 18 September 2021 16:29 (two months ago) link

Is that so far fetched? I don't mean it as something wrong with EVs, just something wrong with our brains. Like the way Teslas et al. offered the update back at launch that made cars creep forward a little with your foot off the "gas," or the way some cars offer the option of piping the sound of acceleration *into* the interior, through the speakers. Just like being on a big boat, where you might not actually see it or feel it moving or rocking but your brain certainly recognizes it, which can lead to sea sickness. Isn't that what the tester in the Edmunds video (is that upthread?) hypothesized after the Plaid made him motion sick in a way that even being in the backseat of a Formula 1 car did not?

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 18 September 2021 16:59 (two months ago) link

ppl seem to think the regen breaking is the main culprit, can be too herky jerky, tho im sure the insane acceleration cld do it too

lag∞n, Saturday, 18 September 2021 17:04 (two months ago) link

A little bookmark for anyone following the progress of western civilization 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/QCSK8walTC

— stricture (@bog_beef) September 18, 2021

lag∞n, Saturday, 18 September 2021 17:32 (two months ago) link

But the real issue here is psychological: Musk has learned, again and again, that the secret to winning is to play chicken and never flinch. Whatever issue finally wrecks Tesla, and there's a good chance it's driving automation, Musk will drive directly into it at top speed.

— E.W. Niedermeyer (@Tweetermeyer) September 20, 2021

lag∞n, Monday, 20 September 2021 17:27 (two months ago) link

Coupla blind squirrels here

“Musk thinks Peter is a sociopath, and Peter thinks Musk is a fraud and a braggart.” https://t.co/40tK77p8KA

— Matthew Zeitlin (@MattZeitlin) September 20, 2021

papal hotwife (milo z), Monday, 20 September 2021 23:12 (two months ago) link

i burst out laughing at that

it is to laugh, like so, ha! (Aimless), Monday, 20 September 2021 23:14 (two months ago) link

spidermen pointing at each other

class project pat (m bison), Tuesday, 21 September 2021 01:52 (two months ago) link

https://t.co/7KXV29jrAk pic.twitter.com/J7JHA01thx

— Sandy Johnston 🚰 (@sandypsj) September 20, 2021

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 21 September 2021 04:01 (two months ago) link

No need to listen to this podcast episode honestly but god this clip from Rogan & Musk slayed me

The world’s most popular podcaster and the world’s richest man have the world’s stupidest conversation. This week on Double Threat @scharpling @julieklausner pic.twitter.com/IspE1cTYPJ

— DOUBLE THREAT (@DoubleThreatPod) September 20, 2021

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 21 September 2021 05:17 (two months ago) link

using a race car steering wheel but not knowing that in race cars they have a much higher turning ratio, just musk stuff

Tried it and... the yoke, as implemented, is one of the dumbest things Tesla has ever done.

There I said it.

It'd be different if lock-to-lock was < ~120 degrees or so (you know, the point of a yoke normally), but on a standard steering rack this is just flat out stupid.

— Jason Hughes (@wk057) September 20, 2021

lag∞n, Tuesday, 21 September 2021 15:29 (two months ago) link

Consumer Reports paints a particularly forehead-slapping picture of this stupid thing: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-driving/tesla-steering-yoke-little-benefit-potential-safety-pitfalls-a1034204120/

I Am Fribbulus (Xax) (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 21 September 2021 16:24 (two months ago) link

the steering wheel is a crutch inhibiting full self-driving roulette

balance transfer eligible (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 21 September 2021 16:28 (two months ago) link

Tesla swapped the tried-and-true round steering wheel for a flat-bottomed, rectangular yoke reminiscent of what pilots use to steer an airplane.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but pilots never do a hand-over-hand-over-hand turn, do they?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 21 September 2021 17:08 (two months ago) link

Clip from China of a $TSLA Model 3, evidently equipped with the latest and greatest safety technology. My guess is the 4D dojo supercomputer recognizes that the pedestrian dummy is not a human and therefore sees no reason to perform evasive maneuvers. pic.twitter.com/R1mQqbxIy9

— degen (@finance_degen) September 20, 2020

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 21 September 2021 18:23 (two months ago) link

if your computer can't suss out the dummies, you'll be vulnerable to wagon train robbery

balance transfer eligible (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 21 September 2021 19:12 (two months ago) link

it appears the pedestrian-recognition neural net core is actually just a copy of freeware classic Truck Dismount.

tbf it let them shrink the size of the chip dramatically, leaving room for the forthcoming bong-holder add-on.

I Am Fribbulus (Xax) (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 21 September 2021 21:27 (two months ago) link

Maybe the dummy just needs its own chip.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 21 September 2021 21:44 (two months ago) link

poor robot Beatle

koogs, Wednesday, 22 September 2021 01:28 (two months ago) link

hate to say it, but Elon Musk stealing a bit of Thiel’s playbook and parlaying it to stock market success is funny in the context of their rivalry. absolutely both megalomaniacal dorks, but Musk’s grift is barely opaque after a quick look and Thiel thinks he’s truly subversive while being such a caustic shithead

mh, Wednesday, 22 September 2021 02:02 (two months ago) link

I saw peter thiel in a park in Beverly Hills a couple of weeks back. He seemed to have joined a friend who had kids. He stood next to my while I pushed my kid on the swings and was confused about whether there was a correct way to face the kid on the swing. Not a joke.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 02:33 (two months ago) link

that was a cusp that affected the future of humankind

mookieproof, Wednesday, 22 September 2021 02:36 (two months ago) link

You should have had your kid kick that Elizabeth Bathory motherfucker in the head.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 10:55 (two months ago) link

max said broadly the same thing haha

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Thursday, 23 September 2021 16:07 (two months ago) link

The joys of living on the bleeding edge- a thread:

On the way to dinner tonight my @Tesla literally locked up IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HIGHWAY! A message Ive never seen before popped up saying "Vehicle May Not Restart: Service required"

Well thats no good I think... pic.twitter.com/Q4Dm492y4Z

— Pooch @Repkord (@repkord) September 23, 2021

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Thursday, 23 September 2021 16:08 (two months ago) link

oops

lag∞n, Thursday, 23 September 2021 16:22 (two months ago) link

Just unplug it, wait 30 seconds, then plug it in again.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 23 September 2021 16:26 (two months ago) link

Zap the PRAM

DJI, Thursday, 23 September 2021 17:31 (two months ago) link

There are other EVs out there and more to come. Eventually Tesla will run out of fools.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Thursday, 23 September 2021 17:37 (two months ago) link

pic.twitter.com/hlLtyraCF5 https://t.co/BXefM0tEci

— literally a grrl ghost 🎃 (@GrrlGhost) September 24, 2021

certified juice therapist (harbl), Friday, 24 September 2021 15:36 (two months ago) link

the prophecy is fulfilled https://t.co/Rg6xLSi6Z8 pic.twitter.com/ULDi9suDAy

— Scott Chegg (@buckfastbadlad) September 24, 2021

edited to reflect developments which occurred (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 24 September 2021 15:52 (two months ago) link

😭😭not apartheid Clyde pic.twitter.com/HxfRXfqfAk

— Edward Ongweso Jr (@bigblackjacobin) September 24, 2021

apartheid clyde

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Friday, 24 September 2021 16:18 (two months ago) link

I'm curious to what the azealiabanks account actually said now, because it appears to have gotten it suspended.

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 24 September 2021 16:28 (two months ago) link

TOWSON 1-2 N CHARLES ST & W TOWSONTOWN BL - VEHICLE FIRE. TESLA ON FIRE. REQUEST LARGE CAPACITY WATER TANKER, HAZMAT UNIT, AND FOAM UNIT DUE TO ELECTRIC VEHICLE ON FIRE. ROAD IS BLOCKED #BCOTRAFFIC @LVFC30 @ProvidenceVFC29 @BaltCoFire pic.twitter.com/hJfPyTcwfx

— Baltimore Co. Volunteer Firefighter’s Association (@BaltCoVolFire) October 1, 2021

certified juice therapist (harbl), Friday, 1 October 2021 12:10 (one month ago) link

hmmm

https://i.imgur.com/I3RHZ0x.png

lag∞n, Sunday, 3 October 2021 13:59 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Guy wearing a spacex shirt walked in to loudly observe “it’s like if you pressed pause during a scene in a play” pic.twitter.com/4N06zmkFBb

— ethnic steve (@EthnicSteve) October 17, 2021

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Sunday, 17 October 2021 22:41 (one month ago) link

HAs S HE HAD PLASTIC S

| (Latham Green), Monday, 18 October 2021 13:15 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

https://elonmusk.today/

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Thursday, 18 November 2021 20:40 (one week ago) link

The new Tesla is great except it randomly, strongly and inexplicably brakes when it definitely shouldn't between one and five times an hour.https://t.co/3ZcrvD6HIx pic.twitter.com/X1gNGs2Rtb

— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) November 26, 2021

lag∞n, Friday, 26 November 2021 18:00 (four days ago) link

my boyfriend is great but he randomly, strongly and inexplicably cheats on me when he definitely shouldn't between one and five times an hour.

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Friday, 26 November 2021 18:17 (four days ago) link

tbf that tweet makes it seem like the review understates major problems when really its pretty negative and recommends against buying

And, dear reader, I'm sorry to say, this first one will not be good. The Model Y is a phenomenal achievement in many ways, a great blend of range and practicality and even performance mixed with a suite of unique features that are as useful as they are distinct. But, as it stands, you absolutely should not buy one. Let me elaborate on the why.

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/reviews/2021-tesla-model-y-review/

lag∞n, Friday, 26 November 2021 18:31 (four days ago) link

rode in a friends tesla on a 5hr road trip a few months ago (i dont remember what model they have), and the constant sudden braking was infuriating. it was a lot of 55mph rural roads, and the brakes would automatically activate any time the car passed anywhere near any stop sign, incl ones on intersecting secondary roads we passed, as well as lots of other times on the open road for seemingly no reason. it was really annoying.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Friday, 26 November 2021 18:56 (four days ago) link

jesus

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Friday, 26 November 2021 19:09 (four days ago) link

wouldn't even buy a self-driving sack cart off this cunt.

calzino, Friday, 26 November 2021 20:41 (four days ago) link


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