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Comment Re:Upstart? Scarebus? Comparison to Concorde? (Score 1) 345

No, the major reason the B-70 program was cancelled was the increasing range (altitude) of SAMs.

Exactly. If your bombers are going to be shot down by SAMs anyway, it makes no economic sense to use supersonic ones. You'd just be wasting fuel and limiting payload. Instead, you stick with subsonic (or barely supersonic, if you want to count the B1).

Comment Re:Upstart? Scarebus? Comparison to Concorde? (Score -1, Troll) 345

Flying higher and faster was always the right thing to be doing.

Says who?

Not if it takes an order of magnitude more fuel in an era where the airlines are nickel-and-diming you for each goddamned bag of peanuts.

If you think that supersonic airliners are so lucrative, why haven't you started a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new startup? You're sure to make buckets of coin.

Comment Re:Yep, aviation is still safe (Score 2) 345

In one day, the Concorde went from the statistically safest aircraft per passenger-mile to the statistically most dangerous aircraft per passenger-mile. Kind of similar to the Space Shuttle: They both worked until they didn't, and comparatively few people ever flew on either vehicle.

Comment Re:Upstart? Scarebus? Comparison to Concorde? (Score 1) 345

Even towards the end of its career it made money and for a lot of people in the world

Only if you ignore the astronomical sunken costs that had already been shouldered by British and French taxpayers.

The US experience with the XB-70 led us to realize that extreme supersonic speeds don't make economic sense even for waging thermonuclear war. So we wisely avoided this supersonic transport boondoggle.

Comment Re:Huh (Score 5, Funny) 135

I never knew people were made of lead and cadmium.

People are really high on the food chain. Similar to swordfish and sharks, humans tend to accumulate high concentrations of heavy metals.

The FDA recommends that pregnant women avoid eating people at all, and most others should limit themselves to one or two servings per week.

Comment Re:The reason they're doing better than others... (Score 1) 111

The reason they're doing better than taxi and limousine industries is because they're not involved with unions and tons of bureaucracy. Simple as that. Been proven time and time again, unions and red tape kills productivity and innovation. SOLVED. You're welcome.

...and you don't think that it has anything to do at all with the fact that the new business involves a convenient app connected to an efficient centralized planning service, whereas the old business usually involves things like trying to wave down any empty yellow cars that might happen to pass by? Either approach could be implemented with or without unions.

Comment Re:Quick question (Score 4, Funny) 255

Other than superficial UI bullshit, does Windows 10 have any features? Was there any kernel development? If so, what was produced?

Yes, they've now added an "Ex" suffix to every system call. You now have to specify an average of 17 flag constants each with a name that averages of 30 upper-case characters, as well as initialize and provide "long pointers" to an average of five large C structures for each request you make to the OS.

Comment Re:The math (Score 1) 171

Hmmm, $10,000 so I can get to 60 mph .4 seconds faster than before. Unless I'm street racing or having a douche-driver-day, I'm not sure i see the value when it's acceleration is already way past anything else available.

The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport supposedly does 0-100km/h (62mph) in 2.2 seconds. So you can get substantially faster acceleration than this Tesla, for a premium of a couple of $million. (I guess that makes this battery pack look like a bargain.)

When a fellow says, "It ain't the money but the principle of the thing," it's the money. -- Kim Hubbard

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