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seems like we should have a thread on this guy, idk

but with socks instead of football (darraghmac), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:40 (six years ago) Permalink

Who he?

Named locally as Tom D (Tom D.), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:40 (six years ago) Permalink

It's really an anagram of "Nole Skum."

C-3PO Sharkey (Phil D.), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:41 (six years ago) Permalink

Suk Lemon

Named locally as Tom D (Tom D.), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:44 (six years ago) Permalink

ahe's kinda like tony stark, so i gather from ten mins research, but without the weapons and with clean energy and space

but with socks instead of football (darraghmac), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:45 (six years ago) Permalink

it's kinda surprising he isn't more well known all things considered

iatee, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:45 (six years ago) Permalink

seriously. if wiki is even half-accurate shouldn't he be a fixture on Time mag or something?

but with socks instead of football (darraghmac), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:47 (six years ago) Permalink

His family sound really annoying. Was married to, uh, somebody who was in that St Trinians film, uh, the one with Russell Brand.

Named locally as Tom D (Tom D.), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:47 (six years ago) Permalink

You realise that if he was ever to become involved in some sort of scandal and subsequent cover-up, newspapers could use the headline, "Elongate"

Named locally as Tom D (Tom D.), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:50 (six years ago) Permalink

if he was caught cheating he'd be THE MUSKRAT

but with socks instead of football (darraghmac), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:53 (six years ago) Permalink

dude owes his company's survival to gov programs but
says it's no big deal if Romney wins and makes good on his promise
to obliterate them all.

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 17:04 (six years ago) Permalink

lots of companies do well out of govt contracts/programs, i'd imagine.

but with socks instead of football (darraghmac), Wednesday, 31 October 2012 17:10 (six years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

so hyperloop huh

well if it isn't old 11 cameras simon (gbx), Monday, 12 August 2013 22:40 (five years ago) Permalink

people on twitter so mad. trying to understand why. i guess it boils down to:

1) shouldn't we fix BART / buses / systems that working class people use before building toys for rich people

2) LA-to-SF only is ridiculous, there's like a whole state in there

3) nobody wants to hear half-baked plans from an arrogant rich dude

still, i mean, it's pretty cool, right?

eris bueller (lukas), Monday, 12 August 2013 22:55 (five years ago) Permalink

1) shouldn't we fix BART / buses / systems that working class people use before building toys for rich people

There are lots of problems everywhere all the time. Can't let it stop technology from moving forward.

2) LA-to-SF only is ridiculous, there's like a whole state in there

There's a whole country, even! LA-to-SF sounds like a perfectly fine beta test.

3) nobody wants to hear half-baked plans from an arrogant rich dude

Not all rich dudes are arrogant. Elon Musk has never struck me as anything close to that.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 12 August 2013 23:13 (five years ago) Permalink

people on twitter so mad.

who do you follow?

markers, Monday, 12 August 2013 23:17 (five years ago) Permalink

i'm not getting that impression from all the tech ppl i follow

markers, Monday, 12 August 2013 23:17 (five years ago) Permalink

unveiling this while CA is deep in the hole with it's bullet-train project (something I support wholeheartedly btw) is pretty arrogant

joe schmoladoo from 7-11 (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 12 August 2013 23:18 (five years ago) Permalink

You might be right, Johnny, dunno. I was just trying to figure out why there was this explosion of contempt all over my twitter feed after the announcement.

eris bueller (lukas), Monday, 12 August 2013 23:19 (five years ago) Permalink

markers, here are some of the people that were entertainingly scathing: kalebhorton, quartzcity, tcarmody, mikesonn

eris bueller (lukas), Monday, 12 August 2013 23:24 (five years ago) Permalink

i do follow tim but i guess whatever he said didn't stick

markers, Monday, 12 August 2013 23:27 (five years ago) Permalink

cool monorail bro

lag∞n, Monday, 12 August 2013 23:54 (five years ago) Permalink

lol

markers, Monday, 12 August 2013 23:55 (five years ago) Permalink

i have a plan for a train that goes from boston to atlanta in 10mins, its called lasertrain and ill give you some cool drawings of it in a couple weeks, its ridiculous no one is building it btw it only costs $10

lag∞n, Monday, 12 August 2013 23:59 (five years ago) Permalink

im not gonna build it tho cause im kinda busy

lag∞n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:00 (five years ago) Permalink

even i can afford that

markers, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:00 (five years ago) Permalink

unveiling this while CA is deep in the hole with it's bullet-train project (something I support wholeheartedly btw) is pretty arrogant

isn't his point that hyperloop would be fraction of the cost and twice as fast?

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:02 (five years ago) Permalink

the douchey thing is that he made a big ol deal abt something thats not at all real

lag∞n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Which is how 70% of architecture and urban planning works.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:10 (five years ago) Permalink

sure 70% that sounds totally realistic too

lag∞n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:10 (five years ago) Permalink

I meant 94% sorry.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:12 (five years ago) Permalink

To me, it really sounds like a kickstarter project... but from a billionaire.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:17 (five years ago) Permalink

i mean who knows maybe its revolutionary technology but its so preliminary its p comical to call a press conference abt it

lag∞n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:18 (five years ago) Permalink

maybe this is the best way to convince someone else to give it a shot idk

lag∞n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:25 (five years ago) Permalink

LOL "elon musk"

the late great, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 03:00 (five years ago) Permalink

This should keep us occupied for a while: http://www.spacex.com/hyperloop

c21m50nh3x460n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 03:09 (five years ago) Permalink

markers, here are some of the people that were entertainingly scathing: kalebhorton, quartzcity, tcarmody, mikesonn

I wasn't scathing about Musk (I am about futurism in general) - if anything, he has a good track record on quixotic tech quests. I hope he's successful with this. I also hope there's a state left that can use it.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 04:37 (five years ago) Permalink

unveiling this while CA is deep in the hole with it's bullet-train project (something I support wholeheartedly btw) is pretty arrogant

Knowing how CA politics works (and the CA rail projects are amazingly political), how would you expect a non-arrogant to even get traction with this?

I have no doubt that Musk will solve the Hyperloop technical issues. I very much have doubts about him navigating Sacramento.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 04:40 (five years ago) Permalink

I was describing this to my wife today and kept calling it Supertube.

"Turkey In The Straw" coming from someplace in the clouds (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 05:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Bad connotations...

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/supertrain-1_7696.jpg

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 05:21 (five years ago) Permalink

lol @ the "open source" pdf proposal. build a section of the thing and then get back to us when you have it working.

wk, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 06:23 (five years ago) Permalink

Musk says the Hyperloop is best for distances of 900 miles. Beyond 900 miles, he thinks you're better off in a supersonic jet.

Lol

joe sixpac hologram (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 11:33 (five years ago) Permalink

I never use my supersonic jet anymore as parking is always a total bitch

joe sixpac hologram (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 11:35 (five years ago) Permalink

I have to say I rather like Elon Musk. He's made a massive pile of money and rather than sitting on it or managing it in mundane ways; he's making risky bets on thinks he's passionate about: Cars, Rockets, vacuum tubes.

Hyperloop seems a bit ridiculous to me, vacuum tube powered trains and trains in evacuated tubes are an old chestnut, almost as old as railways themselves. However, he's built a commercially viable private space programme and a car company* in the last ten years so anything is possible.

*Tesla isn't really a car company it's a power train company and if it is still making cars in 5 years I'll be surprised.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:18 (five years ago) Permalink

ya i'm kinda ll for crackpot genius billionaires actually doing interesting stuff, up until they become str8 up supervillains obv

darraghmac, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:23 (five years ago) Permalink

lol @ the "open source" pdf proposal. build a section of the thing and then get back to us when you have it working.

― wk, Tuesday, August 13, 2013 2:23 AM

he might do this

markers, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:23 (five years ago) Permalink

is this dude one of the crazy silicon valley libertarian types or is he just beloved by them?

carlos danger zone (mh), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:27 (five years ago) Permalink

iirc he has liberal tendencies mixed in w the libertarianism

lag∞n, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:28 (five years ago) Permalink

xp I heard him speak and he seemed not crazy and to have some kind of social or at least environmental conscience, unlike the usual libertarian types, but maybe he's just better at hiding it

(I like him too fwiw and right now he seems one of the most likely "crackpot genius billionaires" to solve some hard problems which are overdue for solving, so I hope he carries on with that. Also hoping that one day I'll get to see/read his computer game that appeared in some 8-bit micro type-in listings mag in the 80s)

the supreme personality of Godhead : a summary study (a passing spacecadet), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:35 (five years ago) Permalink

he's not as bad as some of the other silicon valley libtards, I'll give him that.

nonetheless, this is a stupid proposal

joe schmoladoo from 7-11 (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:35 (five years ago) Permalink

I advocate for repealing the charitable tax deduction and replacing it with a charitable 95% tax rate on unearned income

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Thursday, 20 December 2018 19:36 (one month ago) Permalink

4,000 per hour? How small are these cars?

https://0419308.netsolhost.com/WordPress/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/shriners-parades.jpg

StanM, Thursday, 20 December 2018 19:44 (one month ago) Permalink

oh. sorry caek :(

StanM, Thursday, 20 December 2018 19:45 (one month ago) Permalink

we're saying that your examples are bad, and not persuasive as a testament to his alleged good character

― sleeve, Thursday, December 20, 2018 7:30 PM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I'm not sure why I keep defending the guy, but I guess it's just because you guys are so quick to find some kind of evil motive behind everything he does.

When you donate to charity, you get to deduct it from your taxes. So, effectively, you are getting the government to use tax dollars to help fund some charitable cause. You don't get your money back! You don't then get to slip into some lower tax bracket (AFAIK). Not sure how paying for clean water for Flint schoolkids became some kind of diabolical plot in your mind.

DJI, Thursday, 20 December 2018 22:00 (one month ago) Permalink

i think the motive is usually intense stupidity rather than evil.

it's ok to donate money. as with all Big Philaonthropy, it would be better if he used his influence to advocate for a social safety net, better governance, and mass transit though. https://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/plutocrats-at-work-how-big-philanthropy-undermines-democracy

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Thursday, 20 December 2018 22:23 (one month ago) Permalink

xp a foundation donation is not the same as a personal one - foundations *have* to give a minimum amount away each year or get fined.

sleeve, Thursday, 20 December 2018 22:23 (one month ago) Permalink

Ok...

DJI, Thursday, 20 December 2018 22:34 (one month ago) Permalink

elon musp

lag∞n, Thursday, 20 December 2018 22:37 (one month ago) Permalink

rode in a Tesla yesterday and the driver was very excited to show me an "easter egg" where if you crank the turn signal so many times it turns the road into a rainbow on the screen and plays the "need more cowbell" SNL skit for like 2 minutes

not only is that embarrassing I imagine it's somewhat of a safety risk? I mean if I was driving home at midnight and my car started doing that I'd probably drive right off the road

frogbs, Friday, 21 December 2018 15:25 (one month ago) Permalink

SIGH

lag∞n, Friday, 21 December 2018 15:32 (one month ago) Permalink

the new Teslas can fart

flappy bird, Friday, 21 December 2018 17:59 (one month ago) Permalink

Well, high emissions standards and all that.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 21 December 2018 18:44 (one month ago) Permalink

Wait, that wasn't a joke!?!

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 21 December 2018 18:45 (one month ago) Permalink

How much bitcoin for a zer0 day that will infect all Teslas and force them to autoplay the theme from Get Smart?

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 22 December 2018 01:20 (one month ago) Permalink

Not a joke

flappy bird, Saturday, 22 December 2018 05:50 (one month ago) Permalink

It is a near certainty that it’s possible to lowjack a Tesla over WiFi and take over the accelerator, it’s just a matter of research

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Saturday, 22 December 2018 05:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Damn

flappy bird, Saturday, 22 December 2018 05:53 (one month ago) Permalink

silby driving cars

lag∞n, Saturday, 22 December 2018 06:01 (one month ago) Permalink

I mean like I have no knowledge of how to go about this it’s just almost certainly possible, because of how computers are

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Saturday, 22 December 2018 06:06 (one month ago) Permalink

Did you know?

Evian, the first bottled water, is naive spelled backwards

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 3, 2019

frogbs, Friday, 4 January 2019 19:25 (one month ago) Permalink

They took their cue from Serutan, I guess.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 4 January 2019 19:49 (one month ago) Permalink

elon musk is kum noel spelled backwards

lag∞n, Friday, 4 January 2019 21:57 (one month ago) Permalink

irl lol

flamboyant goon tie included, Saturday, 5 January 2019 01:14 (one month ago) Permalink

I know Twitter is limited to NYC/DC concerns but I can't emphasize enough that this is a *real map* of what El*n M*sk is proposing for Chicago and it literally runs parallel to a train that costs $2.25 and leaves every 7 minutes.

I am not kidding, this is it. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/rWAzYagBVt

— Ed Burmila (@gin_and_tacos) January 8, 2019

Number None, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 14:58 (one month ago) Permalink

my man doesn't even have the decency to propose a route that at least forms the outline of a dick, the numbers 69 or 420 or a pentagram ffs

tacticool spank bank material (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 15:01 (one month ago) Permalink

I was just turning this over in my mind and realized how insanely fucked the perception of public transportation is in this country

mh, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 16:14 (one month ago) Permalink

i'm all in favor of calling elon's plan "the vroom vroom tube" though

mh, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 16:18 (one month ago) Permalink

the transformer tube, as it only carries special cars that transform into tube-pods

sans lep (sic), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 17:44 (one month ago) Permalink

Huh, that is real real dumb. Assuming this comes to fruition, I'm super glad I no longer live anywhere near that route.

Hootie and the Banshees (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 17:53 (one month ago) Permalink

It's difficult to understate just how relatively hassle-free that particular train trip is. Like if I'm going to that part of the city on the CTA, I will sometimes make the seemingly-unintuitive move of first taking a straight shot south to downtown (I live within walking distance from the northern Chicago border) just to take the Blue Line back northwest rather than deal with the many other less convenient travel options available.

Musk u dumb.

Hootie and the Banshees (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 17:59 (one month ago) Permalink

i'd written out a post on how that particular route is insanely dumb even from my "visiting chicago" perspective but tbh it is so incredibly-self-evident the post would be worthless

the one thing that'd make this even dumber is just adding (or adding more) loop->o'hare express trains that skip most of the stops. i accidentally (!) got on one on the way to midway once and ended up at the airport so fast

mh, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 18:09 (one month ago) Permalink

somehow I missed this laughably stereotypical awfulness:

A Future with Elon Musk’s Neuralink: His plan for the company is to ‘save the human race’. Elon’s main goal, he explains, is to wire a chip into your skull. This chip would give you the digital intelligence needed to progress beyond the limits of our biological intelligence.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuralink

sleeve, Friday, 18 January 2019 03:15 (one month ago) Permalink

lol this guy

lag∞n, Friday, 18 January 2019 03:16 (one month ago) Permalink

Musk said he got partly interested in the idea from a science fiction concept called "neural lace" that is part of the fictional universe in The Culture, a series of novels by Iain M. Banks.

lag∞n, Friday, 18 January 2019 03:17 (one month ago) Permalink

This guy must get baked pretty much on the regular.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 18 January 2019 03:57 (one month ago) Permalink

how come he's gotta wire it into my skull, how could it be so great if his goal isn't to put it in his skull first

j., Friday, 18 January 2019 04:04 (one month ago) Permalink

Gotta say that I'm glad bezos and musk are Culture fans. IMO the best utopian sci-fi.

DJI, Friday, 18 January 2019 04:12 (one month ago) Permalink

You wait until these fuckers have knife missiles, then you'll be sorry.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Friday, 18 January 2019 05:00 (one month ago) Permalink

lol this asshole

I just learned that Elon Musk flies in a $70 million private jet. Mostly to commute from LA to the Bay. Sometimes from Van Nuys to LAX -- literally across town.

— Leighton Woodhouse (@lwoodhouse) January 31, 2019

maxwell’s silver hang suite (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 31 January 2019 14:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

To be fair he’s not actually on the jet on those intra-LA flights. He’s having someone move it so he doesn’t have as far to go to get to it.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Thursday, 31 January 2019 15:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

remember when people thought this dude was gonna be a pioneer for climate change

frogbs, Thursday, 31 January 2019 15:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i mean he's right at the cutting edge of personally contributing to climate change

maxwell’s silver hang suite (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 31 January 2019 15:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

doesn't even have an electric jet project in the works smdh

mh, Thursday, 31 January 2019 16:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

just think, if he'd flown that jet 150,000 miles into space he'd be 0.001% of the distance to mars by now

maxwell’s silver hang suite (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 31 January 2019 16:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

'The Long View' on Radio 4 is this programme that compares an historical event or figure with one from the present day and seeks to point out how similar they are. This week was isambard kingdom brunel and elon musk, the first 3 mins was some railway fellow giving the background of brunel and what an innovative engineer he was, his background on the railways and the idea of an atmospheric railway and what a pioneer he was etc. Then the presenter lists elon musk's accomplishments paypal etc then goes something like "so isambard kingdom brunel giant of the railways and cutting edge engineer back then and elon musk groundbreaking engineer now" only for the technology contributor also on the program to cut in with "elon musk isn't an engineer, he left after 2 days of classes" lol

oscar bravo, Thursday, 31 January 2019 17:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

oh, alllison
my twitter impression = true

(ADVANCE) (320k vbr) (--V2) (aps) (diVX) (2CD) OST - SB (2019) (esby), Saturday, 9 February 2019 01:06 (one week ago) Permalink

Apparently he arrived in Ostend (belgium). An acquaintance's brother is working for Tesla here in Belgium.

nathom, Saturday, 9 February 2019 07:14 (one week ago) Permalink


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