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Comment Re:This is a bad idea. (Score 4, Insightful) 203

The name is a hoot and a half: "Trust and Safety Council". This sounds like something I would expect to see in a dictatorship, like North Korea, the former East Germany, Soviet Russia or a fistful of Middle East Sheikdoms.

Let's just call it what it really is: "Board of Censorship".

Comment Re:Batteries just don't store enough energy... (Score 3, Interesting) 345

On the other hand, as the jet fuel is consumed the weight decreases. Batteries stay the same weight for the entire flight.

An interesting point . . . when a jet needs to make an emergency landing with full tanks, it will ditch the fuel before attempting a landing, because of the fire danger. Will this be necessary with Li-Air? Could there be a danger of a fire if the plane needs to land under "extraordinary circumstances? Like, no landing gear?

So will a Li-Air plane need to have a mechanism to ditch the batteries?

And if the batteries land in my backyard, can I keep them . . . ?

Comment Re:Unhelpful Whining (Score 1) 277

Where are the academics at UH and other schools?

They are keeping low lest they come into the sites of the Native Hawaiian groups. UH has some brilliant researchers who do work on marine life and volcanoes. They want to pursue their own research. If they dare to put their fingers into the TMT hornet's nest, they will be hit with lawsuits try to block marine life research, because the marine life has religious meaning ("that fish has the spirit of my great-grandmother in it!"), and lawsuits against volcano research ("that's where my great-grandparents used to toss their virgin daughters into!"

Serious scientific researchers just want to do research. They do not want to deal with protests and lawsuits, that would just distract them from their work.

Comment Re:Sounds familar (Score 1) 277

I seriously that Hawaii would be able to find any investors. Even if the State Legislature approves, the Native Hawaiians will hit it with yet more lawsuits, and the courts will shut it down. After the TMT fiasco, potential investors will decide that it isn't worth the risk.

Anyway Hawaii already has tradition Native Hawaiian inter-island ferry services . . . they are called outrigger canoes. That would give the Native Hawaiian groups enough ammunition to claim that the new services were trying to use modern "white" naval technology to drive the outriggers out of business.

Maybe Über could step in, and offer a service where you could book rides on people's private boats . . . ?

As to the TMT, maybe the groups involved could dig up a Native Hawaiian astronomer who could negotiate between the two sides . . . ?

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