Elon Musk

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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

do tell

curious to read a critique that amounts to more than 'hyperlol'

BIG HOOS aka the denigrated boogeyman (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:48 (six years ago) link

I think it's dumb that he's throwing around numbers when he doesn't even have a working prototype. It just seems like he's hoping to derail the other project. I also think the "open source" thing is pretty silly since it's not like code where an individual can make some kind of improvement and test it out to see if it works. I guess an open source design is an interesting idea after the fact if he actually gets it working and other people want to build his design, but it still seems basically irrelevant.

wk, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 16:15 (six years ago) link

Didn't he make his fortune with Peter thiel?
I don't know if that is "guilt by association" or "looking better by comparison"

Philip Nunez, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 16:15 (six years ago) link

It just seems like he's hoping to derail the other project

^^^

joe schmoladoo from 7-11 (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 16:18 (six years ago) link

A key part of his criticism of the other rail plan is that it's "more expensive to operate (if unsubsidized)." I'd like to see some more detailed numbers on that though. Why would we count the cost of unsubsidized rail against air travel which is heavily subsidized? All that really matters is cost to the traveller, and unlike airlines, I'm assuming the high speed rail system is not going to be run as a for-profit business. He also makes no comparison of the environmental costs of air flight vs. the planned high speed rail system.

wk, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 16:26 (six years ago) link

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

― eris bueller (lukas), Monday, August 12, 2013 11:24 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I'm generally contemptuous of futurists, primarily because they seem to think energy and climate change problems will just sort themselves out, but a mass transit system that relies on solar power and transports people across one of the busiest stretches of highway in America is a good thing. I looked at the first two feeds you suggested and they seemed to just be saying this is just a toy for rich people, which is afaict completely unsupported by his proposal. He's not suggesting a magic carpet for billionaires; it's mass transit that uses solar power. This is a good thing! Maybe it's completely impossible hogwash, but I'd like to see actual engineering criticism of it instead of casual dismissals based on suspicion of ideas from rich people.

Matt Armstrong, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 16:41 (six years ago) link

the main challenges are not engineering-related, their political

joe schmoladoo from 7-11 (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 16:43 (six years ago) link

anybody who is over the age of 25, has lived in a city for any length of time, and paid a modicum of attention to the world around them knows that these kinds of massive public works projects tend to be underbid by shady contractors and then they go wildly over the original schedule and budget. so the fact that he's coming in saying he can do it so much cheaper with a totally new and untested technology is a huge red flag. to me it immediately suggests that the whole thing is not serious.

if he honestly thinks this is a feasible plan he should raise some funding and build a private line from LA to Vegas.

wk, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 16:54 (six years ago) link

It's transparently unserious in that he doesn't want to do it himself and "regrets even mentioning it"

Philip Nunez, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 17:08 (six years ago) link

right, that aspect has been p funny

BIG HOOS aka the denigrated boogeyman (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 17:10 (six years ago) link

haha, I missed that part

wk, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 17:11 (six years ago) link

ya seems like he said something offhandedly then realized abt his celebrity

lag∞n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 17:12 (six years ago) link

a mass transit system that relies on solar power and transports people across one of the busiest stretches of highway in America is a good thing.

people don't commute the LA to SF corridor though. i have a hard time believing a transit system would fill the role of the 5 freeway. it's mostly trucks anyway.

the late great, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 17:13 (six years ago) link

You know what would do really well in transportation corridors like that? Plain old freight trains.

I swear, the interstate highway system and the fact it's mostly used for semi truck freight is the biggest money hole in our post-WW2 car-dependent wonderland

carlos danger zone (mh), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 17:15 (six years ago) link

there already are freight trains

wk, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 17:16 (six years ago) link

people don't commute the LA to SF corridor though.

?! they most certainly do. there are these things called commuter flights, they are booked solid all the time.

joe schmoladoo from 7-11 (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 17:17 (six years ago) link

there are a lot more trucks xp

carlos danger zone (mh), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 17:17 (six years ago) link

what exactly are you proposing?

wk, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 17:20 (six years ago) link

a solar powered superhighway paved with bitcoins duh

BIG HOOS aka the denigrated boogeyman (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 17:21 (six years ago) link

that we subsidize more public transport of freight in addition to passengers? or at least reallocate money away from interstate highways

idk, iatee and his ideas about gas prices to thread

carlos danger zone (mh), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 17:21 (six years ago) link

oh good pic.twitter.com/CBigbC8ffE

— Cynical Bathtub (@cynical_bathtub) May 17, 2020

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Sunday, 17 May 2020 18:58 (one week ago) link

I love that these conspiracy nuts still overwhelmingly like to adopt the hip lingo of a 20+ year old movie and haven't found anything else to latch onto in recent years

I am a free. I am not man. A number. (Neanderthal), Sunday, 17 May 2020 19:02 (one week ago) link

nothing else has utilized the duster as effectively

lag∞n, Sunday, 17 May 2020 19:04 (one week ago) link

funny thing is if there was ever a pill you could take to go under and live in a dream world and have lots of money and sex these would be the first people to sign up for that shit

I am a free. I am not man. A number. (Neanderthal), Sunday, 17 May 2020 19:07 (one week ago) link

*morpheus voice* in a sense thats what theyre doing

lag∞n, Sunday, 17 May 2020 19:08 (one week ago) link

delorean actually was very good at making cars to begin with tho, no? just not when he branched out alone

Yeah, because he was an idea guy at Pontiac, which was GM's 'engineering' division where a lot of concepts got tried out first (mid-size performance cars, rubber bumpers, hidden wipers, optic cable radio antennas inside windshields etc.), and things started downhill for when he was promoted to the more conservative Chevrolet.

After he broke loose, his own company had a lot of problems getting started (among other things, coming along after a number of similar other failed 'performance/safety car' startups littered throughout the 70s didn't help), and when production finally began, they made the mistake of using underpowered Renault engines.

And then, yeah, cocaine...

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 17 May 2020 19:40 (one week ago) link

Fuck both of you

— Lilly Wachowski (@lilly_wachowski) May 17, 2020

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Sunday, 17 May 2020 19:54 (one week ago) link

nice

lag∞n, Sunday, 17 May 2020 19:56 (one week ago) link

<3

I am a free. I am not man. A number. (Neanderthal), Sunday, 17 May 2020 21:37 (one week ago) link

This is Grimes' mom. Thanksgiving is going to be fun. pic.twitter.com/7i3oLnzvrO

— Ryan Mac 🙃 (@RMac18) May 17, 2020

peace, man, Monday, 18 May 2020 01:46 (one week ago) link

everything seems normal

lag∞n, Monday, 18 May 2020 01:48 (one week ago) link

still don’t understand why he included the rose emoji with that post

Dan S, Monday, 18 May 2020 01:53 (one week ago) link

He self identifies as Tuxedo Mask

Fetchboy, Monday, 18 May 2020 05:48 (one week ago) link

the red pill is actually democratic socialism

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 18 May 2020 07:50 (one week ago) link

Funny thing about Grimes's mom is that she was a Tesla-owning Elon Musk fangirl well before her daughter started dating him.

jaymc, Monday, 18 May 2020 12:59 (one week ago) link

sounds like she has been red pilled since then.. about elon musk

mh, Monday, 18 May 2020 13:40 (one week ago) link

its sad when your enthusiasm for a luxury electric vehicle brand is marred by your daughter having the child of its psycho ceo

lag∞n, Monday, 18 May 2020 14:10 (one week ago) link

the classic tragedy

DJP, Monday, 18 May 2020 14:16 (one week ago) link

elonmusk @ coronavirus

imago, Monday, 18 May 2020 14:25 (one week ago) link

and its more famous prequel, elonmusk space x

imago, Monday, 18 May 2020 14:25 (one week ago) link

This is a thread about what it’s like to be Elon Musk’s neighbor.

— Rachel Monroe (@rachmonroe) May 21, 2020

Bleeqwot (sic), Friday, 22 May 2020 07:48 (five days ago) link

brutal

lag∞n, Friday, 22 May 2020 13:16 (five days ago) link

these fucking people

So do you want him to personally apologize for being the only person really making strides to make the world a better place? And actually executing ideas? Cool keep up the good work

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Saving hmanity is worth the inconvenience.

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mookieproof, Friday, 22 May 2020 15:06 (five days ago) link

the cartoon in that string ha

inveterate practitioner of antisocial distancing (Hunt3r), Friday, 22 May 2020 15:16 (five days ago) link

Musk said that he told Behnken and Hurley's kids: "We've done everything we can to make sure your dads come back."

— Miriam Kramer (@mirikramer) May 27, 2020

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 19:08 (two hours ago) link

as trump told the widow of a dead special forces soldier, 'he knew what he signed up for'

mookieproof, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 19:22 (two hours ago) link

"we'll see what happens"

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 19:33 (two hours ago) link

"there's always the AZ-5"

Morton Koopa Jr. Sings Elvis (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 20:20 (one hour ago) link

Saved by the weather, lucky bastards

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 20:21 (one hour ago) link


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