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Comment Lawyer's Costs (Score 1) 645

The technical arguments can and will continue until someone decides the best trade-offs against the future needs and complications. The real impediment is the costs that will need to be allocated for attorney's fees ad infinitum. The involvement of politicians and their attorneys, the EPA and their attorneys, and various NIMBY and other group's attorneys is why it takes so long to permit and build a nuclear plant. Moreover, that's why so few are in operation anyway. Power companies will not pay the lawyer tax if they can help it, and that's what has made investment in coal and natural gas generating plants so much more financially rewarding. Even the subsidies for renewable energy pale in comparison to attorney's fees in a balance sheet.

Comment Re:Launch System (Score 1) 533

A rather obscure book by Robert Heinlein included this very thing. The book was called "Starman Jones" and was published in 1953. There was a kind of transport that electromagnetically launched a capsule along a trajectory between rings. I don't recall the name they used in the book, but that's the first thing I thought of when I heard about Musk's announcement.

Comment Re:Zebra or Staedtler (Score 1) 712

Indeed, I love the Zebra F-701. Clean and fine lines. I gave up on engineering pads and only use notebooks now: Leuchtturm 1917 quad-ruled in several form factors depending on the occasion. My everyday book is 5.5 by 8. I keep smaller ones on hand for trail notebooks when I need something to fit in the back pocket.

Comment Re:and how well will the sensors stand up to the w (Score 1) 111

My company helped build the antennas for Streetline's sensor packages. All the electronics, batteries, and antenna gets potted up in epoxy and is every bit as durable as any other raised pavement marker. Of course, that makes it every bit as vulnerable to snowplows, unless they are recessed into the pavement. You can beat them up if you've a mind to, but rubber tires are not a significant threat, no matter how much weight is on top of the tires.

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