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http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/07/elon-musk-hyperloop/

 

 

Elon Musk wants to revolutionize transportation. Again. The serial entrepreneur envisions a future where mag-lev trains in enormous pneumatic tubes whisk us from Los Angeles to New York in 45 minutes. Need to be in Beijing tomorrow? No problem. It’s a two-hour ride away.

As crazy as it sounds, Musk is merely updating an idea that’s been around since the early 1900s, and at least one company is working on a functional prototype. But according to Wired sources, his involvement won’t be nearly as hands-on as Musk’s other endeavors at Tesla Motors and SpaceX.

The engineering behind the Hyperloop is similar to the old-school pneumatic tube systems used by banks to suck your deposit to the teller at the drive-through. But naturally, it’s more complicated than that.

A massive vacuum tube — mounted either above ground or even under water — would be combined with a magnetic levitation system used on conventional bullet trains. That means no friction, no wind resistance, no chance of collisions, and insanely high speeds.

Musk described the Hyperloop as “a cross between a Concorde, a railgun and an air hockey table,” at the AllThingsD D11 conference earlier this year. And in an interview with PandoDaily, Musk said the Hyperloop could form a fifth tent pole of modern transportation, joining cars, planes, trains, and boats, adding that because of its low energy usage and ability to get juice from solar power, it could generate more power than it would consume. But up until now, he hasn’t elaborated on his involvement.

Musk’s interest in the idea was sparked after researching California’s new high-speed rail project and realizing that it will be the slowest and — at $70 billion — the most expensive system on the planet. To his mind, there’s a better solution. The Hyperloop is it. And one firm unaffiliated with Musk is in the early stages of development.

ET3, a company based in Longmont, CO, is working on a Evacuated Tube Transport (ETT) system, which it describes as “space travel on Earth.” It uses two tubes — one for each direction — with 400-pound, passenger car-sized capsules that could house six people, each accelerated by linear electric motors. According to ET3, state trips would average speeds of around 370 mph, while international trips would hit that insane 4,000 mph mark. The company, which calls itself an “open consortium,” claims that it’s working with partners in China and has sold nearly 100 licenses for the technology. But ET3′s claims pose more questions than answers, particularly when considering you can buy your own license for the bargain basement price of $100.

But the idea for a vacuum-sealed high-speed transit system isn’t anything new. The “vactrain” concept was floated in the early 1910s and a paper written by physicist R.M. Salter and published by the Rand Corporation in 1972 titled the “Very High Speed Transit System,” or VHST, describes something very similar to what ET3 is developing.

But where Musk fits in remains a question. Sources close to the Tesla co-founder and CEO say he believes ET3 is on the right track, but is missing some key components, and that Musk has his hands full with Tesla and SpaceX, and would rather have some involvement in the development, with another entity taking the helm.

That lines up with a few responses Musk made on Twitter when asked about patenting the technology. “I really hate patents unless critical to company survival,” Musk Tweeted. “Will publish Hyperloop as open source.” When asked about partners, Musk said he’s “happy to work with the right partners. Must truly share philosophical goal of breakthrough tech done fast & w/o wasting money on BS.”

We’ll have to wait until August 12th to find out more.

 

 

Forget transportation.. what does will that do to cost savings for telecom... long haul fiber routes (reduced cuts/degradation), 4g signal in shuttle.

 

Otherside of transportation - shipping... centralize warehousing...

 

More importantly..

 

Rel/Irish could do KOAT show together in person on the same night!

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Any KOAT  HD/Samsung media player savvy members here have this set up with FiOS?

 

http://www.samsung.com/us/video/blu-ray-dvd/GX-SM530CF/XAA-features

 

Replace Your Cable Box

Upgrading any TV has never been easier. The Smart Media Player not only makes your TV Smarter, but also seamlessly integrates your cable box into one box, with one remote. It works with most cable providers, so no change is necessary, and it can even save you money. All you need is a cable card provided by your cable company, which cost less than the standard cable box and remote rental. And unlike other media boxes, you never pay monthly service fees.**

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Santa brought me an Orion Skyscanner 100 this year... any other koat'rs looking for stars, planets, SXM-6 (lol)?  Need endeavor I've been thinking about getting into..and now I've started!

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Very cool Mike, I used to have a telescope and I am looking for a new one, let me know what you think of this one.

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All new to me but got the site lined up and can pin point move to view stars, planets, constellation.  Table top model so the scope site/angle is a bit of work, have to be below table top to get angle upward.  It does have tripod mount option.

 

120 bucks..  looking at beginner set of lenses  for another 120 but cost 300 seperately.

 

Ive seen detail to the moon, constellations, jupiter and neptune so far. Google skymap app is a help too.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/charleyblaine/2014/02/26/get-ready-for-an-amazon-com-set-top-box-finally/?partner=yahootix

 

Amazon.com AMZN +0.43% is reportedly set to unveil a long-awaited TV set-top box that would let viewers watch shows streamed in over the Internet.

The website Re/Code says the rollout for the box will come in March. The product doesn’t have a name yet; TV Predictions.com has suggested Amazon Prime-Time. But the goal will be to provide a delivery system for the big Web video inventory Amazon has been building up for its Instant Video Service. Amazon has also been investing in its own programming.

The set-top box would compete against boxes offered by Roku and Apple's AAPL -0.91% Apple TV application, and it would appear that the product could set Amazon.com up for direct competition against NetFlix.

 

It may also be a gaming hub. Re/Code has reported that Amazon has been hiring gaming developers.

The system will be powered by Google's GOOG +0.01% Android operating system, according to re/code. That makes sense. Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets use a version of Android as well. Supposedly, Amazon was going to allow third party apps in addition to its own services.

The product’s launch has been talked about — and delayed — for some time. It had been expected to appear in time for the holidays. No one is exactly sure why it was delayed. There was speculation in December there were problems in performance. Plus, Amazon was concerned about how to differentiate the box from Roku, Apple and Google’s Chromecast.

That’s the rub. It could be used to promote Amazon’s Amazon Prime Service. The Motley Fool suggested the box could also be offered free to Amazon Prime customers and soften the blow of an expected price increase. Amazon may boost the annual fee from $79 to $119. Amazon Prime gives the customer includes free shipping among other benefits. The shipping feature is proving too costly

 

Amazon could use a little good news. Last week, the company was the subject of a highly critical story on the left-leaning site Salon about working conditions in its distribution centers.

The stock is down nearly 11% from its all-time high of $408.06. The decline came after investors were underwhelmed by the online retailer’s fourth-quarter results. The shares were up $4.18, or 1.2%, to $362.50 early Wednesday afternoon

 

 

 

Who's cutting the cord with Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, TW/Charter, etc????..

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Don't know if it is in android, but I use the Nasdaq app, "QFolio"  PM/AH works good on the iPhone, but not the iPad for some reason.

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