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Since you mentioned what you would do, and didn't rule it out (like: must be a desktop app), then hosted sounds like a great way to go. Unless the hosting cost is a problem, but you didn't say that either. No budget at all for that matter.
Open Source is only free if your time is worthless. The benefits of openness are network benefits.
20K miles @ 22MPG (US average fuel economy) = 909 gal * $3.50/gal (2013 avg price) = $3,181.50 in fuel costs
20K miles @ 4mi/KWh = 5000KWh * 10/KWh = $500 in electrons for same distance travelled
You would pay Three Grand and have nothing left over, I would put $2,500 away into a 401K or something. And have done ZERO oil changes, or tunes ups, or replaced belts, or starter motor, or transmission fluid, or...
As soon as people understand they are getting a Lexus quality ride that costs pennies instead of dollars-a-day to run, the starting cost is less important. But then that is why I am not a pennliess hippie, I'm a upper middle class hippie.
Everytime I see the new tobacco ads where the little guy drags the smokers outside in the rain, bullies them around... substitute gas for cigs and you are so there.
- 52Mi daily roundtrip commute, charge at work for free, almost always 100% electric.
- Takes long trips, 370mi from DFW to Amarillo @ 3-4 per year. Plus Austin, Hot Springs AR,...
- Lifetime is 72% EV, 30Kmi total since Dec 2012.
- Just broke 100MPG lifetime! Should plateau about 160MPG.
- Avoided 755 gallons in 2013, spent ~$350 on electricity to drive the same miles. $3.50/gl*755=$2642.60 - $350 = ~$2,300 Saved in 1 year!
- First brake job should be north of 80Kmi, due to regen braking instead of using the pads.. (lookup NFC rotor coating)
- Oil changes are not tied to odometer, but to how much you actually run the engine. I'm getting an oil change at 18 months, because I'm a cautious man.
- First engine tune-up is advised at 112,000mi
- No serpentine belts, no AC belt, no alternator, no transmission... gear box fluid at 160,000mi?
- Battery pack has 8yr/100,000mi warranty. It is never expected to need to be replaced (lookup EREV).
- EOL car battery packs are expected to sell for $500-$1,000 to go into grid storage (etc.) applications, better than a $10 battery core credit?
- One Volt owner is now past 126,000mi and still gets 42mi on a full charge. Future looks bright...
So the car actually PAYS ME BACK for driving the miles I have to traverse to work and play. No change in lifestyle required, silent, reliable, fun... Electric cars are here, try to keep up.
1) The science (yes, I chose that word on purpose) of Behavior Analysis (BA) has grown immensely in that last decade. Both in the body of research, the systems of diagnosis, and the professional development associations supporting the work to address the needs of people "on the spectrum". She is board certified, which is not a trivial thing if you haven't ever had to stand in front of one, and knows more about how kids brains work than I know about computer systems. Keep in mind I'm a VP managing a HUGE cloud infrastructure, still SSH into boxes myself and have 30+years of computer work under my belt.
If you have never seen how a multi-week observation is conducted to determine where, and if, a child is in need of training or other assistance, well STFU. Calling the child, or the parent, or the staff involved "lazy" shows you need to look in a mirror.
2) The biology behind Autism is not well defined, but the symptoms, ie: how it manifests, it VERY clearly defined - and data driven. Behind every Autism "diagnosis" is a multi-page report prepared by one or more people (double blind) and then reviewed before presentation to parents. And before thousands of tax-payer dollars, or insurance dollars, or whatever resources are allocated - there is HARD EVIDENCE of the need. Maybe the child is mild,and just needs for adults to start treating him/her like a human and not an animal to be spanked or yelled at. Maybe the child will be lucky to count change properly and/or complete a transaction at a lunch counter... Don't tell me we shouldn't try to help those people because "it didn't happen that much back in my day."
Bottom line: Have some compassion for your fellow humans. Especially the 8yr old ones. And stop confusing facts with "feelings". It hurts other people. Often.
So it would be a bureaucracy, that thickened into a congealocracy, then hardened into a schlerocracy. i.e.: Functional as originally built, but inflexible now. Like my liver.
"Solar gets cheaper and cheaper every year, regardless of government funding." I don't think regardless means what you think it means.
The same way Velcro got cheaper regardless of government funding? Because Velcro always existed in mass on the market.
Or how vaccines get cheaper regardless of government funding? Everyone knows the smart money waits until you really really really need something before you pay a research lab to invent the thing you actually needed yesterday.>/p>
Thank goodness for those hippie scientists getting tax dollars, eventually becoming our very professional NREL, so that you (Joe Taxpayer) can install panels on your ranch style home for under $3/W today.