And that's pocket change, really. War on Drugs is costing us $15B/year. War on terror runs about $100B/year. [forbes.com]
You do realize there is a HUGE difference in money that we all spend through the government (See above) and money that private companies spend because they believe that they will make a profit on it (It is cheaper to produce nuke power than it is other power, otherwise please build the other power plants).
Your guess on solar/wind is way off base. The best you could do is get 10-15% from combined solar/wind, so that leaves 65% hydrocarbon/nuke. Yes there are large scale hydro plants, but they only add up to about 7%, you might be able to get this to 20, but I wouldn't like to see the natural disasters that follow. Interestingly solar doesn't even rate a mention (gets included with "Other" at 2.1 percent).
Why is a decades old utility (originally 1980) an Ubuntu thing. Frankly if a normal arch linux thing is to login as root and just use root... I would never touch it
Been around for a couple years now
(hyper competitive, low paid)
Don't know what your definition of low paid is... Tech jobs tend to be significantly above average, what do you think pays better, a low level customer support job - or a fry cook at mcDonalds? (Low end of the wage scale there). I can tell you among things that require a 4 year degree, Computer Science pays better than Liberal Arts majors, many science majors, and quite a few engineering majors. Yes, it is competitive, yes there are problems... otherwise everyone would do it.
That said - if the requirements were written so that it was blatantly obvious they were writing a circumvention device, that is different.
The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.