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Comment Re:Long term plan (Score 4, Interesting) 93

... and then go on to build a base on the Moon - and dare we hope, on to Mars? They have taken the lead, simple as that, and the rest of the world will follow.

They're slightly ahead of SpaceX in the heavy-launch department, but they're behind in reusability and cost. As long as Musk doesn't meet an early demise, I believe that SpaceX will easily win the race to Mars.

Comment Re:Use space above roads? (Score 1) 157

I think this "straddling bus" concept might be less expensive and easier to maintain than a monorail or other elevated platform system. You don't need miles upon miles of infrastructure - just regular old rails. So refurbishment of the track should be easier and less expensive.

The busses themselves will be more expensive and more of a pain to work on - you'll need a big garage to house them. And crashing one of these could end up being a lot more catastrophic, since taking out a leg would cause it to fall.

Comment Re:NO WORRIES (Score 1) 265

No, because unlike electric cars those LCD monitors didn't require new support infrastructure. To be the same your computer would have needed an entirely new video port (LCDs can work off of good ol' VGA like a CRT)

LCD's did introduce a new video port standard. It was called DVI.

But to complete your analogy, there are these vehicles called "plug-in hybrids". Think of these as LCD monitors with old-fashioned VGA inputs. It's a transition vehicle that can use both old & new infrastructure. But in the end, VGA died in favor of digital-only inputs for LCD monitors.

and your house/office would have had to be re-wired with a new high-amperage circuit in order to support the monitor.

Most homes already have electricity running to them. Most have 240v service even. It doesn't take much to add an EVSE to allow charging at home. Adding another circuit to your breaker panel doesn't require taking out a home improvement loan.

Comment Re:Free market (Score 2) 297

Why bother, when this problem could be resolved by the free market. I mean, who'd want to buy a power supply that constantly drains power even when it's off?

Because people don't buy power supplies. They buy a phone. Or an answering matchine. Or a router. Or a Roku. Or a printer. They don't care about the wall wart that powers the thing.

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