2. they didn't have to pay for transmission infrastructure
Well of course they didn't. Either it's local, and there's no transmission, and why'd you pay for something you need? Or you're selling the power in large amounts, and in that case you don't pay for the transmission either, the end customers do. I'm not aware of any power plant around me that pays for transmission costs.
They omitted the diesel exhaust fluid (urea) injection system.
So...it was a a piss-poor solution after all!
They are essential to programming in the real world, not an academic ivory tower.
IDE quirks, platform incompatibilities, and arcane build systems are "essential"? I'm sorry, but I'm quite sure I could live just fine without them. That's like saying that complicated tax code is "essential" for running a country. In reality, it's most likely much more essential for accountant job security.
Aerojet-Rocketdyne just offered to buy ULA. ULA was planning on using Blue Origin's BE-4 engine for their upcoming Vulcan rocket, but if the AR purchase goes through there's no way the Vulcan will use anything but AR engines. Or maybe they'll just re-engine Atlas V with an AR replacement for the Russian RD-180 engine.
If AR actually buys ULA, the future competitiveness of ULA's vehicle will go down the drain. This would be very good news to SpaceX and BO!
Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images. -- Jean Cocteau