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Comment: Re:What about a bus? (Score 1) 280

by mrsquid0 (#49592347) Attached to: New Study Suggests Flying Is Greener Than Driving

Shutting down a route temporarily to change all the buses that are running along that route, then starting up the route again will cause tremendous disruption, not to mention the loss of business while the route is not operating. The (very) few transit systems that do this use live vehicle swaps. That is, they replace one vehicle with another at an end point of the route. This avoids the need to shut down the route,a and means that passengers do not have to transfer from one bus to another.

Comment: Re:What about a bus? (Score 3, Informative) 280

by mrsquid0 (#49586617) Attached to: New Study Suggests Flying Is Greener Than Driving

This depends where you are. In many cities buses run full regardless of the time of day. Even when ridership does decrease the reason that bus companies do not switch to minivans is that the most expensive part of operating a bus is the driver. Switching to smaller vehicles does not save a transit authority enough money to justify the logistical nightmare involved in changing vehicles while a route is in operation.

Comment: Re:Shame (Score 2) 80

by mrsquid0 (#48901513) Attached to: SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute

Military launches are where the money is. It would not surprise me if SpaceX's long-term goal has always been do business into the US department of defence with the talk of manned missions being primarily a way of getting media attention. Even if Elon Musk really does want to send people to Mars military launches are a good way to raise the funds to do so.

Comment: Re:And who will watch it? (Score 1) 146

by mrsquid0 (#48707777) Attached to: South Korean Activist To Drop "The Interview" In North Korea Using Balloons

According the the CIA's Web site ( the literacy rate in North Korea is 100%. Dropping pamphlets would make much more sense than dropping DVDs & USB sticks. This seems to be a publicity stunt, or an ego trip, more than a real attempt to sow dissatisfaction within North Korea.

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.