Can someone please explain... how you spend 3-4B
Is that the cost of the Russian Taxi service plus the SpaceX vacuum-friendly FedEx truck deliveries?
Here it works where I am. I pump, I end pumping, I go inside and I pay.
Pay-after-you-pump disappeared from the US sometime in the '80s: it was still here when we left in 1984, but was pretty much gone by the time we returned in 1988. Paying cash before you pump an unknown quantity of gas is a pain in the ass as a result. Even if you just want $20 worth of gas and know it's not going to be a fill-up, you're still wasting time going inside unless you happen to need something more than just gas (and if I need to go inside for something, I do that after filling up and moving to a parking space to free up the pump for someone else).
What the hell are people doing?
Those people are turing their cameras on, more often than you do.
The DC-X was successful except for the idiot who didn't connect the landing leg.
Human error is not the same as a fundamental flaw in the program.
If the DC-X had six landing legs instead of 4, one could have failed (like it did) without the thing tipping over and exploding. It could have also landed on rough terrain, both on Earth, and off (moon landing, anyone?) without needing a relatively flat place to land.
Making it small didn't really serve any purpose, other than to save some money up front, and McDonnell Douglas, at the time, was pretty much printing money (which is what made it such an attractive target for a takeover).
I pay cash at the filling station, at the grocery store, at restaurants, and more. Why? Because it tends to be faster. While others are waiting for their card to clear through the computer I've got my change and I'm gone.
On what planet do you live? How is going inside, waiting in line, paying for gas, pumping it, and going back inside and waiting again for your change faster than just swiping your card at the pump (or holding your phone up to the NFC reader), pumping your gas, and hanging the nozzle back up when you're done? For the others, you're trusting that the people involved can do basic arithmetic quickly enough and accurately enough to get your change right in a timely manner. On the occasions that I do pay cash, if I hand over $4.10 instead of $4.00 for a $3.85 purchase, maybe half the time I get a blank stare in return. Hand them plastic and you don't burden their feeble minds with having to make sense of that.
There are plenty of good reasons to hang onto cash, but transaction speed isn't one of them.
Scale models are useful when they fail, though.
They are useful in limited realms, given that what's being tested is not the final product. We should probably be designing things to not fail.
Simple solution: The snowflakes should become unemployed.
In considerable measure, they already are not just unemployed, but unemployable. Think about it: for what work is your average women's studies graduate qualified, beyond asking if you'd like fries with that? Even that's asking too much of them, given the likelihood they'd spit in your burger if they accused you of directing your "male gaze" at them for so much as a microsecond.
So when [Milo] was fabricating Twitter posts from Leslie Jones
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Kinda hard to do when [Chavez is] dead.
True enough, but Maduro's hardly any better.
I really don't understand the scale model thing.
When you go to scale up, you're practically building an entirely new vehicle.
It didn't make sense for the HyperLoop, and it didn't make sense for the DC-X. It's not going to make sense here.
UFOs are for real: the Air Force doesn't exist.