Never ever ever buy a smart TV.
TVs should be beautiful and dumb as dirt. They should be like a computer monitor: turn on when they sense a video signal. That's all the smarts they need.
Seriously, why would anyone ever want to build things like Netflix streaming and who-knows-what-else into a TV? What happens next year when you want to switch to Amazon's service, or Google's, or Apple's, or...? And your TV doesn't support it? What, buy a new TV??
You think a TV manufacturer is going to be Johnny On The Spot updating and patching last year's $3,000 "smart" TV which they don't even sell anymore? What's in it for them, exactly?
What if their search UI is worthless or they decide half of the guide screen should be targeted ads? What will you do about it? Buy à whole new TV?
Listen, friend. Buy a $99 blu-ray that streams from your provider of choice. Or better yet, a used Xbox 360. Buy a 3rd gen Roku box. Here's the good part: in 2014, if it doesn't meet your needs anymore, you're out a hundred bucks. No need to buy a new TV.
the lack of an agreement among automakers on a universal method for fast charging — or even on a single electrical connector
If they can't agree on the method for fast charging, it's good that they don't agree on the connector either.
Recall that US-style puts can be excercised any time before they expire. He also can't cover a "European" put option, because there's no guarantee he'll keep working for Apple and own the stock 5 years from now.
Hopefully a good marketing person can think up a decent name for such a thing.
Here's a story: On the day Microsoft releases IE 8 -- the most popular web browser in the world -- Slashdot doesn't mention it, but posts a trivial article about Google Chrome benchmarks.
Suppose this train actually achieves the stated 236 miles per hour. Without making any stops at all, you're still looking at about 13 hours to get from New York to San Francisco. With five or six stops (that's not even one per state), it would approach 20 hours. This is a 6-hour flight. Anywhere farther than 600 miles is going to be faster by air.
For trips less than 250 miles, it's just not worth the hassle of getting to a major rail hub, parking your car (or taking transit and transfering), waiting to board the train, arriving at your destination with no ground transport and having to rent a car, etc.. It's easier to just jump in your car and drive there. Cheaper, too.
Those are best-case scenarios. In reality, the Acela takes 8 hours to get from Boston to Washington, DC -- a flight I've made in about an hour and fifteen minutes.
Cost: Anyone with $50 or $100 million can start their own airline, leasing a few planes and plying low-volume routes to make money for expansion.
Good luck getting a high-speed rail built for less than $50 billion. With that kind of money, you could outright buy 40 or 50 brand-new airliners and hire people to fly them. That lets you provide service to a lot more than just two cities.
Capacity: It would take over a decade and untold billions of dollars to build a track. That's ignoring all the right-of-way and environmental headaches. Once built, the track can't exactly be picked up and moved if peoples' travel habits change. Air routes change all the time, based on passenger demand.
Airspace is already there, and it's free. The only real limit on capacity is landing slots, and big airports like LAX can land over a thousand flights a day.
Security: In flight, the only external threat to an airliner would be from ground-to-air missiles. Those aren't exactly easy to come by. You can't make one in your tool shed. Airliners are very delicate, but they're also very hard to reach, six miles above ground and moving along at mach 0.8..
High-speed rails travel a fixed route at predictable times. You could destroy one pretty easily using an IED. Even a small fuel-fertilizer bomb would be sufficient -- moving at hundreds of miles per hour, anything which gets the train slightly off-kilter is going to cause massive casualties. Patrolling thousands and thousands of miles of rail, 24 hours a day, is impractical and expensive.