DamnYankees: Doesn't seem all that practical. And what if the tube ruptures?
retarded: Bunch of pessimists up in here.
DamnYankees: And what if the tube ruptures?
Ambitwistor: DamnYankees: And what if the tube ruptures?People are mostly responding to this as a safety question, but from a more operational perspective, a rupture will shut down the whole system every time it happens, until someone can get out and repair it. And can you imagine guarding 3000 miles of tube against intentional attacks?
Ambitwistor: can you imagine guarding 3000 miles of tube against intentional attacks?
ceebeecates4: Heat dissipationOnly by radiationFails on occasion
The Green Intern: He seemed out of his element when Tesla started running into trouble, and the only thing he knew to do was to sell harder.
Hollie Maea: The Green Intern: He seemed out of his element when Tesla started running into trouble, and the only thing he knew to do was to sell harder.How are things over there in alternate universe land?
Hollie Maea: This actually will be less prone to terrorism than air flight. Since the cars will be just single or double occupancy, there is a limit to how many people a terrorist could kill. At most him self and a handful of cars behind.
justtray: FIRST EVER GREENLIGHT HELL YES
the money is in the banana stand: Taking out just a few yards or putting a hole in the tube could render it useless. How long would it take to repair that? What about repairing a quarter mile of it?
TelemonianAjax: I heard a snippet of this on NPR and was talking to the mrs about it, nice to have a link at hand.
Hollie Maea: Pray 4 Mojo: Hollie Maea: /Thankee for TFDon't thank me. I just destroyed your productivity for the next 30 days. Muahahahaha!!Yeah, I'm going to have to watch my ass. It's bad enough as it is...as stupid as I'm sure this sounds, I really am serious about trying to replace my day job with a "Build the Portland Hyperloop" scheme.
Macular Degenerate: FTFA: it could generate more power than it would consume.Farking conservation of energy, how does it work?[cdn2-b.examiner.com image 600x337]
Hollie Maea: the money is in the banana stand: Taking out just a few yards or putting a hole in the tube could render it useless. How long would it take to repair that? What about repairing a quarter mile of it?Prefabricated sections means easy repair.In general, I don't buy the common sentiment that "we shouldn't build stuff because people will wreck it". There are a ton of wide ranging infrastructure systems vulnerable to attack. Natural Gas pipelines. The Electrical grid--take out one tower of the Pacific DC Intertie, and Los Angeles county loses 40 percent of their power. Cascading effects probably would take out most of the western grid. Bridges on major freeways. Once the Keystone pipeline is done, you could potentially contaminate billions of gallons of drinking water with a single bomb.As long as we want to have "nice things" there will always be some vulnerability. The more important a system is, the more we have to lose if it is brought down. The best we can do is make things robust and add security. Will someone bomb the hyperloop at some point? Probably. But certainly it wouldn't be something that would be common or easy.
TelemonianAjax: I think it's really cool you're getting involved in a world changing project you believe in. I hope to hear more about this around Fark in the future. Best of luck.
the money is in the banana stand: I am saying that that concern needs to be addressed so we have a contingency plan for it should the worst case scenario occur.
Pray 4 Mojo: NobleHam: Is there a chance the tube could bend?Not a chance my Hindu friend.
Hollie Maea: Hector Remarkable: It's more stupid than crazy.I love you too./It may be crazy, but it isn't stupid.
Hector Remarkable: Hollie Maea: Hector Remarkable: It's more stupid than crazy.I love you too./It may be crazy, but it isn't stupid.Alright, alright, let's just say it's equal parts stupid and crazy.It is nice to be loved though.
Hollie Maea: retarded: Bunch of pessimists up in here.God, that's for sure. It seems like the national motto is "that'll never work". Probably no conincidence that the national activity is whining about how "they" haven't yet provided us with flying cars.
TelemonianAjax: And thanks for the tip on the link. We've coasted for the better part of a century on old infrastructure models, and we've learned a lot since Ike's day. It's time to start using that knowledge. I'm firmly of the opinion that the only options left to us are to literally rebuild the systems we know we'll need in the next 100 years.
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