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Elon Musk's Boring Company Delivers $600 Flamethrower (theverge.com) 106

Last December, Boring Company CEO Elon Musk promised to sell a Boring Company-branded flamethrower after selling 50,000 Boring Company hats. Well, sure enough, 50,000 hats were sold and Musk is delivering on his promise. The Verge reports: Mark this down as one of the promises Elon delivers on, apparently, because it looks like the Boring Company flamethrower is here. Redditors in a few SpaceX, Boring Company, and Musk-related subreddits noticed earlier this week that the URL "boringcompany.com/flamethrower" started redirecting to a page with a password box. And at least one user was able to guess the original password, too: "flame." (It's since been changed.) Behind that password was a shop page that looks just like the one for The Boring Company's hat. But instead of a $20 cap, they found a preorder prompt for a $600 flamethrower. "Prototype pictured above," the listing reads. "Final production flamethrower will be better."
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Elon Musk's Boring Company Delivers $600 Flamethrower

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  • by RhettLivingston ( 544140 ) on Friday January 26, 2018 @09:52PM (#56012677) Journal

    Why "flame"? This doesn't exactly work with the push against the carbon industries. Perhaps something like a plasma thrower would be more appropriate. You could generate that with electricity.

    Maybe you could ionize the flame and accelerate it with an electric field as a compromise?

    • Thinking about this more, it seems like a device so closely associated with the largest investor in Tesla should contain a Tesla coil to generate lightning bolts. Perhaps you could generate an ionized trail in some fashion for them to follow? If you simply blew a stream of ionized air out could you get a ball of lightning to mostly stay within it?
    • "Flame" as a password worked initially, but not any more. Seeing how Elon is from South Africa, and that Cape Town is suffering from a severe drought, maybe we should try "Water" as the password.
    • Plasma is unstable. It takes a level of power quite difficult to handle just to generate the small jet for a plasma cutter. If you want a plasma thrower, such a thing could be built - but you'll need to carry around a foot-wide umbilical to the nearest substation to supply power and cooling water.

    • The flamethrower is a direct reference to a scene in Spaceballs [google.com] about merchandising.
  • >> Boring Company, the Flamethrower

    If it's good enough for Spaceballs, it's good enough for Elon.
  • I got my hat today. I feel like they waited for the flame thrower numbers before they sent out the hats. I'll probably invest in that and wear it around as I believe in the mission.

    • by Rei ( 128717 )

      Wear your flamethrower around? Are you auditioning for the next Mad Max or something?

      What is the "mission" for a flamethrower? ;)

      • by Anonymous Coward

        What is the "mission" for a flamethrower? ;)

        Alternative to raking leaves next autumn? A really cool way to light a barbecue? A fantastic incentive to get people to stop smoking? ("Yes... sure I've got a light...")

    • by HiThere ( 15173 )

      Which mission?
      The other poster took one reasonable interpretation, i.e. selling flame throwers.
      Another reasonable interpretation would be that you believe in automated tunnel construction.
      Another would be that you believe in electric cars.
      Another would be that you believe in dying on Mars.

      There are so many wildly different interpretations of "I believe in the mission" in that context that it's impossible to make a reasoned interpretation. I'll give you credit for sanity and discount the "believing in sell

  • Security (Score:5, Funny)

    by 93 Escort Wagon ( 326346 ) on Friday January 26, 2018 @10:06PM (#56012775)

    ”And at least one user was able to guess the original password, too: "flame." (It's since been changed).”

    That’s just the kind of attention to security best practices I’d expect from a Founder of PayPal.

    • Thatâ(TM)s just the kind of attention to security best practices Iâ(TM)d expect from a Founder of PayPal.

      Whooooooooooosh!

      Dude, do really think they didn't expect - nay, didn't want the pass to be "discovered"? Really?

      The replacement is probably just as "pithy".

  • by AmazingRuss ( 555076 ) on Friday January 26, 2018 @11:27PM (#56013073)

    .... this place needs purifying.

  • He's so edgy, he's my hero. Bro he even read rocket science books.
  • Get to low earth Orbit :)
  • by Moof123 ( 1292134 ) on Saturday January 27, 2018 @12:34AM (#56013303)

    Boring hats are already weeks beyond their originally quoted delivery dates, for a hat. I can imagine the safest way to keep your kid's hands off a flame thrower is to let them order one from Musk.

  • The lunch box.

  • An affordable flame thrower for the masses! What could possibly go wrong?
    • The TSA will still stop you for having a nail file on your carry-on while the person in front of you wears one of these and passes through the airport security check without a problem?

  • by mentil ( 1748130 ) on Saturday January 27, 2018 @02:53AM (#56013613)

    'Flamebait' has a whole new meaning now.

  • Elon's end game is becoming clear.
    TBC produces tunnel boring machines, flamethrowers, hats. Add an anvil and some rocket engines to the catalog and he can rename the company ACME. Contract SpaceX for the 'instant delivery' option.

  • of thay flamethrower?

  • To quote B-grade sci-fi... that does not compute
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com]

  • I want to know.

    P.S. Flamethrower on normal cars, to deter car thieves, won the 1999 Ig Nobel Peace Prize.

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