October 21, 2020

SpaceX makes ‘final attempt’ to clear out Texas villagers for its rocket resort, Rivian’s 6-figure salaries, and Luminar’s bet on lidar

For more than a year now, SpaceX has been trying to clear residents out of Boca Chica, the beachside Texas village where Elon Musk has decided to build a “resort” for launching rockets to orbit, the moon, and Mars. But not everybody wants to give up their home, and SpaceX has now made what it calls a final attempt to take over the last dozen or so houses that remain outside its possession — including financial offers and warnings to residents that “it’s not safe” and it’s “too dangerous” to live there anymore. 



a man that is standing in the dark: SpaceX has now made what it calls a final attempt to take over the last dozen or so houses that remain outside its possession in Boca Chica, Texas. Reuters


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SpaceX has now made what it calls a final attempt to take over the last dozen or so houses that remain outside its possession in Boca Chica, Texas. Reuters

If this push doesn’t work — and it appears to be a long shot — the company has hinted it may “pursue alternative approaches” to realize

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What Was the Final US-Market Car to Get a 3-Speed Automatic Transmission?

Photo credit: Murilee Martin
Photo credit: Murilee Martin

From Autoweek

Now that we’re up to ten forward speeds in ordinary street automatic transmissions, the idea of a three-speed automatic seems amusingly antiquated. The good old three-speed slushbox was a mainstay of the transmission world for many decades, however (the photo above shows me about to load a three-speed, junkyard-harvested GM Turbo-Hydramatic 350 into my Honda CRX, circa 1998), and it remained an option for car shoppers here until our current century.

Photo credit: Murilee Martin
Photo credit: Murilee Martin

The very first truly successful automatic car transmission actually had four forward speeds, becoming available starting with the 1940 Oldsmobile. The original Hydramatic proved very reliable, and still shines on a road-racing course today. GM also scored a smash hit with the two-speed Powerglide automatic during the 1950s and 1960s, but the three-speed dominated the North American automatic world from the 1960s through the early 1980s. The need

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