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Comment Re:Umm (Score 0) 84 84

They're not exactly expensive these days if you're not looking for, say, a gaming rig. $200 buys you something perfectly serviceable new, and obviously used PCs are widely available too.

Doesn't matter. A few years ago, I came into possession of a stack of ex-corporate laptops. 10 or 15 of them. Sprinkled them around, for free, to some of my kids friends families who would otherwise not have a PC.
Within a year, all but one were sold, stolen, pawned, or broken.

Comment Re:It's all about the routes, dummy (Score 1) 654 654

And you continue to completely miss the point

and it does so for a tiny fraction of the installation (per mile) cost of light rail
Minus any info other than what is on their website, your blanket statement is meaningless. It may be cheaper, it may not be.

Build one. Show the world it is cheaper.

Comment F-16 panel flew off in flight (Score 4, Interesting) 377 377

Some other fool did not install the panel properly, and left one of the three nuts off. Distinctive nuts, used in only one place.
Someone found it overnight, and held it up at the morning meeting. "Anyone know where this goes?" Unfortunately, I did not recognize it as a part one of my systems.

Aircraft flew, panel breaks off, punching several other holes in the side as it departs.
Training mission aborted. much sheet metal work needed.

Actual repair cost? Unknown, but easily 5 figures if not more.

Comment Re:Why can't this be the law everywhere? (Score 5, Insightful) 271 271

Why do arrest records have to be public?

Would you like them to be not public?
"No, we have no idea where your hubby Joe Smith is. We haven't arrested him"
'But he was seen in the back of your patrol car!'
"Nope, sorry lady"

Comment What a bunch of naysayers (Score 2) 154 154

I'm glad you people weren't around when the Wright bros were doing their thing. Or the Panama Canal. Or the Hoover Dam.

Eventually, this will be a viable project. Decades at the very earliest, before the first shovel full is dug. And then decades later before the first mile mile is complete. Gotta let the enviroweenies have their say.
But one of these will be built. Eventually.

"We don't care. We don't have to. We're the Phone Company."