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Comment Let me rewrite that for you Mr. Richard Burr... (Score 4, Insightful) 139

"America’s security depends on dispensing with people's liberty when we can come up with a scary possibility."

Liberty is a risk. We are supposed to cherish that we in the "home of the brave" were brave enough to choose the RISK of liberty.
The endless pulpit banging about risks to the "Fatherland" ... (wait... oops... erase, erase, erase...) I mean risks to the Homeland are still a microscopic percentage of the risk of getting in your car to drive to work.

QUIT PROTECTING ME FROM LIBERTY! (and pass me the Advil...)

Comment Re:Better, faster, cheaper. Pick two. (Score 1) 85

So in other words: "... doesn't mean there is currently an economically viable way of doing so."

So that would mean that with an investment in research maybe you could make it viable. In fact you would actually have to expect that it would become more cost effective with the normal manufacturing economies of scale and the vast improvement in materials science. That just leaves the question of getting past environmental hurdles. That will require ... (wait for it!) ...
more research!

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 85

Exactly. There is demand but the state of the technology isn't to a point where it can compete on price with the entrenched technology with a vast advantage of decades of vastly higher levels of investment.
So in a multi billion dollar industry maybe it deserves some investment looking at the problem. Hence this story...

So you get the price down so it costs 2.5 times as much per hour to operate the airframe and it would then be a MAJOR competitor. At 1/2 the flight time 2.5X hourly cost would mean increasing the cost to 125% which would be very attractive.
Conceivably flying at a higher altitude would reduce fuel consumption which is an obvious savings. It also could give the opportunity to fly over much more severe weather which could reduce costs caused by flight delays and cancellations. If you can't fly then you aren't paying for the plane...

Comment Huh? (Score 1) 85

So there is no demand for getting from point A to point B faster? Simply the most obviously stupid thing said here in a while. Are you still driving 30 miles per hour on the freeway?

The single most dreaded thing about travel is the uncomfortable time it takes wasted in a cramped tube full of people. There are a number of questions of profitability and what naught in this thread to support the idea of "no demand" but those arguments have nothing to do with demand. They are simply reflections on one specific airliner program. If you need to fly from New York to Paris and you get to the counter and they ask you, "Would you like to be on the plane for 7-1/2 hours or for 4 hours?" which are you going to answer? If the price was pretty close you will chose 4 hours.
That is the definition of "demand".

Comment Re:North Pole (Score 1) 496

Magnetic isn't irrelevant as it is both useful and more importantly for this question: It works exactly the same way.

From the magnetic north pole go magnetically south a mile, west a mile, and then north a mile and you end up at the point you started. (Unless the pole moved while you were traveling.)

Comment Stones? What are stones? (Score 2) 106

All you need to know about "entertainment companies" can be found on the beginning of any retail DVD or Blueray disc. It starts with a big "entertaining" warning about copyright infringement that can not stepped past. (Helps get you into an entertained mood...) The only way to skip this unwarranted interruption is to get a nice pirated copy of the movie.

Everyone who has enough technical know how to plug a disc into a player knows that pirating movies is illegal and the "entertainment" companies are pounding the message in a very unentertaining manner down the throats of what they know are paying customers. If an industry is this stupid there really isn't much hope for them.

Comment Fail, fail, fail ... (Score 3, Insightful) 58

HINT TO EDITORS:
An "April Fools Day" joke should not be something overtly ridiculous. It should be something that misdirects in a clever and misleading way.
- Try something like the "dihydrogen monoxide ban gets on the Aliso Viejo city council's agenda" joke or something similar.
- Another more practical example for everyone is to grab each employee where you work as they arrive and have them call in sick. After a few minutes the management should be frantic.

Listing plot lines from popular sci fi stories as news articles fails so badly on all fronts except for topping the "lame meter". Come on guys. Try something CLEVER! (Oh, and something that is funny would be nice too.)

Loan-department manager: "There isn't any fine print. At these interest rates, we don't need it."

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