Not until we solve the mystery of how the first insertion is wrong 90% of the time when in theory it should be 50%. A working theory of this could lead to free energy, faster-than-light travel, or gas station sushi that won't make you sick.
HSR safety document. AFAIK, true grade separation isn't fully funded. The quad gates described in the PDF are said to reduce "collisions" 98%, but I'm inferring that as vehicle collisions. They don't look like they would do much for pedestrians.
You improperly inferred that I was saying CA HSR won't match the eastern corridor for speed. In fact, it will exceed it. I was only making a statement regarding the expense of building out HSR in populated areas of the US, and why it's a problem; namely the fact that it's a retrofit. This is why they're doing the Central Valley first--it's more like a clean slate, and they're counting on the sunk cost mentality to keep the project going once it starts.
You improperly inferred that I was suggesting we build Hyperloop. I simply stated that if it proved out, HSR would be an obsolete technology when complete.
Finally, you opined that electrified and self-driving cars are in irrational idea. The self-driving tech is already out there, and open-road convoys are one of the easiest things for self-driving tech to do. OTOH, pulling electricity from the grid in a personal vehicle isn't tested and in retrospect something I didn't need to thrown in to the vision because battery tech is pretty good now, and some people will still want to run ICE or other technology in their cars. Dedicated self-driving lanes are the main idea, and that's very doable, don't you think?
Envy is one of the seven deadly sins, and California envied Euro/Asian rail. We tore up rail in a scandalous conversion to automobiles; but that's water under the bridge (no pun intended). Now that we've got air/auto for most of our transit, it just doesn't make sense. The Eastern corridor is an exception; but even that won't achieve the highest possible speeds cheaply because it routes through such populated areas with curvy rights-of-way that were established over 100 years ago.
California is paying the price for rail envy. It's the right idea... for the early 20th century, not the early 21st. If hyperloops work out, it'll be obsolete before it even loads its first passenger.
Meanwhile, people are getting killed and injured at grade crossings in urban areas all over the state. Grade separation is key for real high speed, so why don't you fix the grades first, Mr. Brown? I grew up in NoVA, and always associated at-grade rail with sparsly populated rural areas or totally rundown parts of DC. To see it in places like Mountain View and Redwood City--swimming with hi tech money, was just insane to me when I came out here.
If you've got any money left over after fixing all the grade crossings, then maybe build an electrified self-driving autobahn from SF to LA. You could partner with Tesla to make that work. People would actually want it, and when they disconnected from the Electrobahn somewhere outside of LA, they wouldn't have to rent a car, because they'd already be in their own car, which is what they want.
It is akin to the war on snitches. You can argue that unlike a snitch, a whistleblower maintains allegiance to the larger kinship; but the kinship of power will always regard them as snitches and treat them accordingly. Whenever any authority says they are in favor of whistleblowers, it's as big a lie as "we support affordable housing". The two problems are not without their similarities, as many common people also say they want affordable housing--until they become owners who rely on increasing property values. Likewise, many common folk support the whistleblowers--until they realize they might get in trouble for walking out the office with a stapler.
I think I should like to code a small Newsbot that writes stories and posts them to Slashdot. I shall call him McKinsey.
Turn off DNR. They will stop booming and start hissing.
Seriously though, it's nice to see this analog format sticking around. It does have some advantages, and if I could actually *find* any of my old tapes I'm sure most of them would play--no codecs, no security issues. My boombox has some wonky knobs and a busted antenna, but the Russians have no idea what I'm playing on it.
Frankly, Apple is fucked -- Tim Cook was a good lackey for Jobs, but has not sense of purpose or direction The smart move would have been for him to find a younger, brilliant, "jobs-like" replacement that he could have mentored Instead, Cook tried to be Jobs and has in a few short years lost momentum and marketability across all of Apple's products Within a few more years, Apple will be back to downsizing and begging for money to live
It doesn't always work this way. Most fighters who want to take the belt from a champ would also post the first 3 lines. Most of them lose, as the typical champ has many career wins.
The earth is like a tiny grain of sand, only much, much heavier.