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It is extremely clear from statements like this:

 

Boring Co urban loop system would have 1000’s of small stations the size of a single parking space that take you very close to your destination & blend seamlessly into the fabric of a city, rather than a small number of big stations like a subway

 

that Elon does not even understand the basics of how transportation works.

 

Anyone who does already knows that there is a tradeoff between the speed of transportation and the number of stops it makes. There's a whole scale between rapid transit and local circulation that every transportation system falls on. If the Hyperloop has thousands of stops in a city, it won't be high speed. How are people still falling for this?

 

I'm not sure where he's coming from on this because that's basic.  Though I just watched the video and theoretically it could work.  Practically I'm not sure.

 

That was the issue with CCC high speed rail.  You know that if it passed anywhere near Dismal Seepage on the way from Columbus to Cincinnati, State Representative Porkphile, who just happens to chair the Infrastructure Committee, would demand a stop within the borders of DS, the closer to the traffic light the better.  Or else. 

 

How long will the line be to wait to take the lift? This is like waiting in line for the elevator, but with everything being the size of a car.


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How long will the line be to wait to take the lift? This is like waiting in line for the elevator, but with everything being the size of a car.

 

Yeah, next he's going to invent...on-ramps. 

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It is extremely clear from statements like this:

 

Boring Co urban loop system would have 1000’s of small stations the size of a single parking space that take you very close to your destination & blend seamlessly into the fabric of a city, rather than a small number of big stations like a subway

 

that Elon does not even understand the basics of how transportation works.

 

Anyone who does already knows that there is a tradeoff between the speed of transportation and the number of stops it makes. There's a whole scale between rapid transit and local circulation that every transportation system falls on. If the Hyperloop has thousands of stops in a city, it won't be high speed. How are people still falling for this?

 

I'm not sure where he's coming from on this because that's basic.  Though I just watched the video and theoretically it could work.  Practically I'm not sure.

 

That was the issue with CCC high speed rail.  You know that if it passed anywhere near Dismal Seepage on the way from Columbus to Cincinnati, State Representative Porkphile, who just happens to chair the Infrastructure Committee, would demand a stop within the borders of DS, the closer to the traffic light the better.  Or else. 

 

How long will the line be to wait to take the lift? This is like waiting in line for the elevator, but with everything being the size of a car.

 

Yeah, that's part of the practicality. 

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The pushback Musk is getting on his twitter feed is hilarious.  You can tell the guy isn't used to being criticized.  Or riding the bus.  Or walking to the grocery store. 

 

Well he's a billionaire so his groceries get delivered and he's probably on the autism spectrum so he's likely always avoided the bus and for that matter flying commercial.  He's not used to getting criticized by people who don't know much about engineering so he gets a little salty.  I sometimes do too when people speak profoundly stupidly about metals (the "9/11 was a fraud because jet fuel fire can't melt steel" folks take the cake there).  Like someone else I could name, he probably shouldn't be active on Twitter.

 

He's kind of the counterpart of the urbanists even some of their own called "Sim City" types, that want to plan for efficiency and forget that people (especially Americans and double especially noncoastal Americans) don't always value that.

 

But the man is even money to put someone on the Moon during the next decade and it's not a bad thing for him to dabble in stuff like this.

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Yeah, I've been getting annoyed with his public transit controversies as of recent, but I give the guy credit for his imagination and his willingness to put his money where his mouth is, and I am wholeheartedly cheering for him in his space travel endeavors. #MAGTSA (Make America Go to Space Again)

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No sign of Elon Musk or his vaunted Boring Company at this year's World Tunnel Congress in Dubai:

 

What would they have posted at their exhibit?  Twitter photos sent out by Musk of the TBM he bought from LA County? 

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That tunnel was built with a LA metro boring machine but is less than the distance between two stations.  Only one tunnel, not two, so no 2-way traffic. 

 

Just another publicity stunt from Musk, and the national media fell for it. 

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That tunnel was built with a LA metro boring machine but is less than the distance between two stations.  Only one tunnel, not two, so no 2-way traffic. 

 

Just another publicity stunt from Musk, and the national media fell for it. 

 

Sounds like a better word might be "prototype". 

 

News to me that he's moving cars.  I've thought for awhile that if railroads could do that on a practical basis it might catch on.

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That tunnel was built with a LA metro boring machine but is less than the distance between two stations.  Only one tunnel, not two, so no 2-way traffic. 

 

Just another publicity stunt from Musk, and the national media fell for it. 

 

Sounds like a better word might be "prototype". 

 

News to me that he's moving cars.  I've thought for awhile that if railroads could do that on a practical basis it might catch on.

 

He's not moving cars, just more hype.  Nothing is actually happening, other than every dumbass news organization is covering this tunnel-to-nowhere. 

 

Fake News! 

 

 

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He broke the internet, again, by dating Grimes, a well known feminist and typically anti-capitalist musician.

 

Supposedly they met because he was going to make a pun and found out she already had, and few others even got it.  Similar senses of humor, hmmmm that has never happened before LOL.

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That tunnel was built with a LA metro boring machine but is less than the distance between two stations.  Only one tunnel, not two, so no 2-way traffic. 

 

Just another publicity stunt from Musk, and the national media fell for it. 

 

Sounds like a better word might be "prototype". 

 

News to me that he's moving cars.  I've thought for awhile that if railroads could do that on a practical basis it might catch on.

 

He's not moving cars, just more hype.  Nothing is actually happening, other than every dumbass news organization is covering this tunnel-to-nowhere. 

 

Fake News! 

 

 

 

When and if he does, that's a key step towards making this system work.

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Yeah, I'm sure he is going to follow through with that "pledge". Publish his personal email and phone number so Flint residents can call him up.

 

Not to mention ... the problem isn't that various houses in Flint have "water contamination" issues ... it's that the entire city's water distribution network is f$&ed up.

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But there won't be "innovation", unlike his ridiculous claim to be designing a sub for the Thailand cave flood. Helping Flint is realistic and appreciated but isn't as sexy in his target sort of attention.

 

Yeah, I'm sure he is going to follow through with that "pledge". Publish his personal email and phone number so Flint residents can call him up.

 

Not to mention ... the problem isn't that various houses in Flint have "water contamination" issues ... it's that the entire city's water distribution network is f$&ed up.

 

Right, he's focusing on the little side rather than the big side. As usual.

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I feel like most of the rest of the world has already solved this problem. Citizens pay taxes to the government which then takes care of things like providing citizens with clean water to their homes. In America, rich people fight to pay as little tax as possible, pay their workers as little as possible, accumulate obscene wealth, and then step in to "fix problems" like Flint's water crisis so they can be a hero. Why not just go back to feudalism at this point? I would happily pledge my loyalty to Lord Musk.

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We are moving toward feudalism. All this gig economy, peer 2 peer, 1099, crowdsourcing, and arm's length transactions mean nobody makes any real money except at the very top. 20th century capitalism was the real capitalism.

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Increasingly Agitated Elon Musk Labels Diver Who Mocked His 'Submarine' a 'Pedo Guy'

 

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk accused one of the British divers involved in the rescue of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach from the flooded Tham Luang cave complex of being a pedophile on Saturday in retaliation for questioning Musk’s contributions to the rescue effort.

 

https://gizmodo.com/increasingly-agitated-elon-musk-labels-diver-who-mocked-1827611345

 

 

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Increasingly Agitated Elon Musk Labels Diver Who Mocked His 'Submarine' a 'Pedo Guy'

 

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk accused one of the British divers involved in the rescue of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach from the flooded Tham Luang cave complex of being a pedophile on Saturday in retaliation for questioning Musk’s contributions to the rescue effort.

 

https://gizmodo.com/increasingly-agitated-elon-musk-labels-diver-who-mocked-1827611345

 

Sounds like slander . . . do you think Musk has any money for a payout?  Seems like funding for a Thai orphanage or school would be in order here.  :-)

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I get on Twitter about once per month and witnessed this in real time.  The guy can't shut up so sooner or later the guy is going to fall like Papa John. 

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My favorite part was when he said he could create a mini-sub while the actual rescue was occurring.  Poor Musk needs so much attention.

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Increasingly Agitated Elon Musk Labels Diver Who Mocked His 'Submarine' a 'Pedo Guy'

 

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk accused one of the British divers involved in the rescue of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach from the flooded Tham Luang cave complex of being a pedophile on Saturday in retaliation for questioning Musk’s contributions to the rescue effort.

 

https://gizmodo.com/increasingly-agitated-elon-musk-labels-diver-who-mocked-1827611345

 

Sounds like slander . . . do you think Musk has any money for a payout?  Seems like funding for a Thai orphanage or school would be in order here.  :-)

 

 

That depends on what country's laws are enforced. In the U.S., most slander lawsuits go nowhere but in other countries slander can result in major judgements. You can say damn near anything in the U.S. besides something about you yourself killing the President.

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My favorite part was when he said he could create a mini-sub while the actual rescue was occurring.  Poor Musk needs so much attention.

Agreed.  This self anointed leader of his own parade has become tiresome to listen to.  Somehow, Musk reminds me of that smug little authority on all things, Henry Kissinger - who, in his own era, just wouldn't shut up.

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Meanwhile SpaceX just made its second launch in four days and is scheduled to put up four in a four week period from three different pads.

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Hmm, that United Launch Alliance seems to have a lot more accomplishments.

 

Yeah I had not heard of it until I just looked at that article.  To hear Musk tell it, Space X is the only player in the game. 

 

Also, none of these private companies have done any manned missions.  When Gus Grissom on down died in NASA accidents, it was felt as a national tragedy.  How will the public view the death of a crew on a nationless mission?  Will they care at all? 

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Meanwhile SpaceX just made its second launch in four days and is scheduled to put up four in a four week period from three different pads.

 

There are tons of companies building and launching rockets, but only one has a hype man at the top:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_private_spaceflight_companies

 

There isn't other hype because no one's even close to doing what SpaceX has achieved. 

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Hmm, that United Launch Alliance seems to have a lot more accomplishments.

 

That's a Lockheed-Boeing joint venture.  What they have is a lot of political clout.

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There isn't other hype because no one's even close to doing what SpaceX has achieved. 

 

Yeah, SpaceX managed to trick the public into thinking that they had invented rockets that land themselves.  Turns out it already happened:

 

I was in high school and fairly interested in science in the early 90s, and I didn't hear about that successful self-landing rocket until 2017 or 2018.  Nobody cared back then because there was no hype man.

 

 

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COBRA and the Joes invented most of that kind of stuff anyway.

 

Kinda reminds me of the story of that Dutch guy who "invented" filling a a sinking ship with ping pong balls in order to right it. The Dutch patent office refused his application because Donald Duck had already done it in a comic book.

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A Seattle Link light rail tunnel was just completed in Bellevue, WA...without a TBM.  They just showed up with some power tools and started hacking away. 

 

If Musk really wants to innovate with TBM tunneling, one area for improvement is the set-up and tear-down of the TBM.  This process is so arduous that it has motived construction of very long continuous tunnels through mountain ranges instead of a series of shorter tunnels.  For example, California HSR believe that they can dig a single 22-mile tunnel under the range between Burbank and Palmdale cheaper than a series of 1-5 mile tunnels with surface running and viaducts in large part because of the silliness associated with tearing down and transporting the TBM's across dips to the next portal. 

 

Maybe Musk could put those fancy booster rockets on the TBMs and fly them across the valleys, then the boosters will self-land on the other side of the mountain and wait patiently for 18 months for the TBM to emerge so they can do it all over again. 

 

 

 

 

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Elon wants Tesla to develop "super fun" touchscreen games for drivers to play ... while driving. But please, keep blaming pedestrians for not paying enough attention when they get hit while crossing the street.

 

If you’re into video game development, consider applying to Tesla. We want to make super fun games that integrate the center touch screen, phone & car irl.

 

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^ speaking of boring, hows that hyperloop coming along elon?

 

You do realize that he just put the idea out there and that he doesn't actually run a company that's pursuing the idea? Regardless, the companies that are developing the technology have been making great progress. I visited Hyperloop One two years ago, and I'm blown away by the progress they've made since then.

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Did everyone know that NASA is planning a big research satellite launch today?  Guess not, since they're using a McDonnell-Douglas rocket. 

 

Yep! Watched it live. It was a United Alliance Launch (Joint operation by Lockheed and Boeing)

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You do realize that he just put the idea out there and that he doesn't actually run a company that's pursuing the idea? Regardless, the companies that are developing the technology have been making great progress. I visited Hyperloop One two years ago, and I'm blown away by the progress they've made since then.

 

There is nothing approaching a working prototype (i.e. an actual capsule traveling at a high rate of speed), let along a switch track (tube?) high-capacity terminal station, or intermediate station.  The concept is decades upon decades away from existing as anything that can compete with the high speed rail technology that has existed since the 1960s. 

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