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Somebody has been watching too much Futurama. tongue.gif
What happens if you have a power outage in this scenario? Just saying...ph34r.gif

Build in massive capacitors so you have time to use the brakes.

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Build in massive capacitors so you have time to use the brakes.

Why do I get the feeling "catastrophe" is the more appropriate answer? tongue.gif

I also remember a presentation from UDOT about why super-sonic trans-continental trains still wouldn't really address the needs of the US any better than existing rail does, and you'd still have a lot of inter-modal going on. And it would cost an unholy amount of money. frown.gif
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Why do I get the feeling "catastrophe" is the more appropriate answer? tongue.gif

I also remember a presentation from UDOT about why super-sonic trans-continental trains still wouldn't really address the needs of the US any better than existing rail does, and you'd still have a lot of inter-modal going on. And it would cost an unholy amount of money. frown.gif

Not talking about replacing standard travel here, it's more as a hypothetical alternative to inter-continental and intra-continental air services. Stuff like London to NYC or San Francisco to Chicago.

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Not talking about replacing standard travel here, it's more as a hypothetical alternative to inter-continental and intra-continental air services. Stuff like London to NYC or San Francisco to Chicago.

Yeah, I got that (UDOT got that too) - but honestly the capacity you'd need to make it worth the *massive* cost probably isn't feasible; just like why the Concorde and Tu-144 are not cost effective relative to a 747.

HSR in the US is a very tricky thing - I mean if you look at the projects in Japan for example, sure they're very effective, but the BIG ones are still only in the few hundred mile range (and the whole thing has just been a black hole for money). A few hundred miles is barely going to get you from LA to San Fran; let alone from SF to Chicago.
Edited by obobskivich - 3/23/13 at 4:44pm
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I refuse to continue being stuffed into a sardine can traveling at a measly 600 MPH just because the ROI of anything else doesn't make the bean-counters happy.

It's kind of like fiber to the home - no one would do it because it was too expensive to build the infrastructure. But wherever someone has actually taken the risk and done it correctly, the customers have come in droves. If you have a really good FiOS where you live, then you are probably on FiOS, if Verizon didn't run the fiber in your neighborhood, but Comcast did - then you probably have Comcast fiber.

I want to have breakfast in London, lunch in Hong Kong and Dinner in Monaco!! biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post


Yeah, I got that (UDOT got that too) - but honestly the capacity you'd need to make it worth the *massive* cost probably isn't feasible; just like why the Concorde and Tu-144 are not cost effective relative to a 747.

HSR in the US is a very tricky thing - I mean if you look at the projects in Japan for example, sure they're very effective, but the BIG ones are still only in the few hundred mile range (and the whole thing has just been a black hole for money). A few hundred miles is barely going to get you from LA to San Fran; let alone from SF to Chicago.

Then you look at HSR in China and it's very competitive. I could travel from HK to the outskirts of Guangdong for relatively little money in a fairly short period of time, even with the new speed restrictions.

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I refuse to continue being stuffed into a sardine can traveling at a measly 600 MPH just because the ROI of anything else doesn't make the bean-counters happy.

It's kind of like fiber to the home - no one would do it because it was too expensive to build the infrastructure. But wherever someone has actually taken the risk and done it correctly, the customers have come in droves. If you have a really good FiOS where you live, then you are probably on FiOS, if Verizon didn't run the fiber in your neighborhood, but Comcast did - then you probably have Comcast fiber.

I want to have breakfast in London, lunch in Hong Kong and Dinner in Monaco!! biggrin.gif

Dont forget to visit the Headphone shops in HK wink.gif

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Then you look at HSR in China and it's very competitive. I could travel from HK to the outskirts of Guangdong for relatively little money in a fairly short period of time, even with the new speed restrictions.

But it's not how much the customer has to spend (and in the case of Chinese HSR, it's heavily subsidized to encourage ridership, because they're so underwater), it's how much the government has to spend to build/maintain it, and whether or not the economy will see that returned. They're looking at spending over a quarter trillion dollars to finish the project; is it going to provide that much back to their economy? Currently the entire thing is running at a loss (in other words, it cannot service the debt incurred to build it), and they just keep building. The same thing happened with JNR in the 1970s.
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a bit of a different topic

but do any of you know of some "head-fi" like magazine subscriptions (print)?

 

i know about sound and vision but im not too sure after i just saw a shootout rating the beats pro and skullcandy aviators above the k701...

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a bit of a different topic
but do any of you know of some "head-fi" like magazine subscriptions (print)?

i know about sound and vision but im not too sure after i just saw a shootout rating the beats pro and skullcandy aviators above the k701...

Print is dead! biggrin.gif

Well, there's Stereophile. But honestly, all the best stuff is online only. The 3-6 month lag time for gear to get into print is a deal-killer.
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Print is dead! biggrin.gif

 

+1. 

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 Quick Off Topic: Can someone point me towards some more literature about 'Aurora' and similar aircraft? I started doing some research after reading about it in this thread and am very curious to read more about it. I work in Aerospace (non-technical) and am always interested in this type of stuff ( I presently am a buyer of an assortment of fun superalloys, titanium, etc). A Ti aircraft with inconel wings? Sign me up!

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Print is dead! biggrin.gif

Well, there's Stereophile. But honestly, all the best stuff is online only. The 3-6 month lag time for gear to get into print is a deal-killer.

Yeah...not to mention that most audio rags are just advertising copy with pretty pictures. ph34r.gif



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 Quick Off Topic: Can someone point me towards some more literature about 'Aurora' and similar aircraft? I started doing some research after reading about it in this thread and am very curious to read more about it. I work in Aerospace (non-technical) and am always interested in this type of stuff ( I presently am a buyer of an assortment of fun superalloys, titanium, etc). A Ti aircraft with inconel wings? Sign me up!

You realize it uh...isn't real, right?

Anyway, there's a huge Wikipedia article about it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_(aircraft)

And I'm sure you can find an ocean of garbage that Sweetman and Lazar have put out over the years; make sure you have your tinfoil ready though!
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I think this site is one of the bigger hangouts for the black helicopter crowd:
http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread60763/pg1

Here's another site that sometimes has decently accurate information:
http://www.fas.org/irp/mystery/aurora.htm

The FAS site is one of the few places you can see two of the more infamous cancelled programs I worked on - both of these were cancelled amid a storm of controversy over mismanagement. Both of these projects used some pretty cool tech - but they were outrageously over-budget and there were numerous test failures and problems.
http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/smart/tssam.htm
http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/smart/agm-136.htm

Those were the days... tongue.gif
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Who put those stealth black stuff thingys? 

That's paint.
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