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Comment Re:Germany's cities are much closer together. (Score 2, Insightful) 1385 1385

While air travel is technically much faster than rail, once you add in the overhead of scheduled flights, delayed flights, arriving 3 hours early at the airport, waiting for your connections, etc. it often seems that driving would be faster.

On the other hand, rail travel could be just as vulnerable to some of these delays.

Comment Re:The Power of Capitalism (Score 2, Insightful) 122 122

Of course, the 50 years of accumulated NASA research and experience has been completely useless to SpaceX, an organization that has accomplished everything so far by starting from Newtonian first principles.

I mean, think about it. "Delete it entirely and create a new space agency" - so, where shall we get experienced scientists and engineers to man this agency? And, where shall we find contractors to build everything this agency designs? Hey, this is all looking kinda familiar...

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