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"Daily Commuting"

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This piece is about how a Russian Sovereign Wealth fund is investing lots of money in Elon's dream, but for my own personal interests this paragraph jumped out at me.

The Hyperloop transportation system, as Musk designed it, is supposed to make daily commuting easier—an alternative to a high-speed rail that had been proposed in California. The plan? A scene out of The Jetsons: Put people in pods and use compressed air to shoot them through a tube at supersonic speed so they can make their morning meetings. Musk envisioned people commuting from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes. “Is there truly a new mode of transport—a fifth mode after planes, trains, cars and boats?” Musk asked in a 57-page white paper describing the notion.

Look even if this thing works as envisioned, and is built, and manages to cover its costs, it will still not be good for daily commuting. The "last mile" problem is often overstated because a mile isn't very far, but a "hyperloop station," wherever it is, is more like an airport, in that there's going to be precisely one of them. It isn't a network, it's a line. Also it's going to be like an airport in that it will inevitably have airport like, or close to it, security. Sure if the stop is in the basement of my building I could use it to commute from LA to San Francisco, if the other stop was, you know, in the basement of my office, but otherwise...

I mean by this logic I can "commute" from Philadelphia to Boston because those flights are about 50 minutes (if all goes well), but I gotta get to and from the airports, so, uh, no.
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jefron
19 days ago
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The Weirdest Thing

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I don't care if people think John McCain was good or bad. The absurd thing was all the "Democrats" who wished he was one. Theater, not policy. Did you see his voting record? You people devoted your life to covering politics and you didn't care at all for the outcome. You just liked the show.
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satadru
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100%. Also this describes the Republicans who McCain gave cover to by pretending to act like a Democrat...
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Rep. Duncan Hunter Throws His Wife Under The Bus, Says She Handled Finances

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Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), who along with his wife has been charged with and pleaded not guilty to allegations of illegally using campaign funds and attempting to conceal the misuse in federal records, put the blame squarely on his wife’s shoulders Thursday.

“I’m saying when I went to Iraq in 2003 the first time I gave her power of attorney and she handled my finances throughout my entire military career and that continued on when I got to Congress since I’m gone five days and home for two,” he said to Fox News’ Martha McCallum. “She was also the campaign manager. So whatever she did, that will be looked at, too, I’m sure. But I didn’t do it.”

He went on to assert that the charges come from politically-motivated Democrats in the Department of Justice trying to sink his reelection effort.

Throughout the interview, Hunter also called his reelection challenger, Ammar Campa-Najjar, a democratic socialist.

Hunter ended his talking points maintaining his assurance that despite the looming legal peril, he will win back his seat.

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jefron
25 days ago
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Party of personal responsibility
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Equations

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All electromagnetic equations: The same as all fluid dynamics equations, but with the 8 and 23 replaced with the permittivity and permeability of free space, respectively.
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satadru
25 days ago
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Sudden bout of panic-driven flashbacks to engineering & physics classes...
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jefron
28 days ago
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No lies detected
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alt_text_at_your_service
32 days ago
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All electromagnetic equations: The same as all fluid dynamics equations, but with the 8 and 23 replaced with the permittivity and permeability of free space, respectively.
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32 days ago
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All electromagnetic equations: The same as all fluid dynamics equations, but with the 8 and 23 replaced with the permittivity and permeability of free space, respectively.

Against Gentrification

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Heroes.

In America’s less affluent neighborhoods, low-income minorities are often left to grapple with the gentrification juggernaut all on their own. But these marginalized people will be happy to know they have an ally in Ryan and Caitlin Hubbard and their son, Corey—a white, upper-middle-class family that is helping to fight the good fight by refusing to live anywhere that isn’t already 100 percent white.
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Trump Threatens to Slap Tariffs on Everything Imported From China

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President Trump Holds A Cabinet Meeting
So far the U.S. has tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods. Trump’s threatened to take that number up to $500 billion.
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jefron
59 days ago
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An exception will be made for Ivanka and Trump ties
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