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(CNN)   Pew (pew pew) poll suggests Americans are cautiously excited about future technology, but only 1% of us want a personal jetpack   (cnn.com) divider line 61
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2014-04-17 07:53:04 PM  

Sidecrab: All the naysayers saying 'nobody can fly a jetpack safely'... the driving fatality rate is something like one for every 200 million hours of driving. Most people can handle a car 99% of the time.


I have to keep my hand on the horn every time I drive to or from the SO's workplace.  There's a roundabout there that has been up for over a year, and I would have been T-Boned no less than three times if I wasn't hyper aware that people can't figure it the f--k out.

Being hyperaware on a 2D plane is bad enough - in a marked lane situation, with more than adequate signage.  3D would be insane.
 
2014-04-18 01:25:18 AM  
I finally made it!!

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2014-04-18 02:48:45 AM  

Lapdance: Still waiting for the Flying cars!


I want my air-powered car!
 
2014-04-18 05:12:46 AM  

umad: Sidecrab: All the naysayers saying 'nobody can fly a jetpack safely'... the driving fatality rate is something like one for every 200 million hours of driving. Most people can handle a car 99% of the time.

The when a jetpack breaks down you can't just coast to a nice slow stop. No thanks.


So... parachute.
 
2014-04-18 07:05:21 AM  

wslush: umad: Sidecrab: All the naysayers saying 'nobody can fly a jetpack safely'... the driving fatality rate is something like one for every 200 million hours of driving. Most people can handle a car 99% of the time.

The when a jetpack breaks down you can't just coast to a nice slow stop. No thanks.

So... parachute.


Go jump off a 4 or 5 story building with a parachute and let us know how that works out for you. They take time to deploy. More time than you will have in many cases.
 
2014-04-18 09:47:47 AM  
I am still waiting for the holodeck.
 
2014-04-18 10:21:17 AM  
You get a jet pack, and I'll stunt right back on you... regardless of cost.

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2014-04-18 10:56:05 AM  
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2014-04-18 02:30:36 PM  

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Phil: This jet pack project is going to be so exciting. Jet packs are the ultimate dream of every scientist. Skies teeming with ordinary citizens strapped to rockets.
Lem: Flying through the air at 60 miles an hour in any direction... A lot of people are going to die.


That contraption looks all kinds of stupid... I'm lucky to keep backpacks on with straps that tiny, I can't even imagine something that's supposed to lift ME up with straps that small and nothing going around the legs like a good fall protection harness...
 
2014-04-18 03:10:40 PM  
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2014-04-19 12:52:09 AM  
I was promised a jetpack when I was nine years old. Never happened. Then, when I was fifty, I saw a guy fall out of the sky while demonstrating one. Broke his arm, and one of his support team burned himself getting him free. So, no, I'm not entirely on board with the jetpack thing these days,.

OTOH, brain implants? Robot companions? Shut up and take my money!
 
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