They have me laughing on the floor often...
The way the news covered it made it sound like they handed out cash, and that's just not the case.
The GM "bailout" however needs the stock price to double before the next shares are sold for the government to break even, but those are union jobs, so we won't hear about that....
Second, pick a language, I use mostly VHDL.
"VHDL for Logic Synthesis" Rushton
"VHDL Coding Styles and Methodologies" Cohen
Also google "VHDL Math tricks of the trade" (pdf) you'll need that to stay sane if you actually do algorithms
I ask because if you go to the store and buy Turbo Tax, you don't have to give them your information and send it anyplace. That's what I do / have been doing for a long time. I'm paying them to guarantee me that they have interpreted the tax code properly, I'm totally fine with that.
I like some open source stuff, but I need a company to stand behind something that can royally screw me over if it's wrong.
I suppose you could be spouting off someone else's fake numbers, which would just make you ignorant.
Anyway, lets do some math:
24KWh battery (Nissan leaf, and we'll give you the entire battery, just for grins).
I'll even grant you a ridiculous number for power cost (average wholesale energy cost in TX $0.045 / KWh) we're talking peak so lets go with $0.10 / KWh
24KWh*$0.10/KWh*30days = $72.00 Oh and by the way you can't drive your car now, because it's going to take 6 hours to charge back up.
Nissan said the cost for the battery is $18K (not $9k as widely reported) http://green.autoblog.com/2010/05/15/nissan-leaf-profitable-by-year-three-battery-cost-closer-to-18/
So to break even is 20 years (or 10 if you assume the cost ends up dropping to $9K).
Neat that's to break even, no where near an order of magnitude.... And now you can't drive your car because it's an expensive battery...
Most important part of your comment is "it's WiFi, not clean drinking water."
I'm sick and tired of people (including some polititians) acting like high speed internet access, or free TV ($50 coupons for a converter box, what the?) is a fundamental right. It's crazy, you have a right to have the opportunity to work to make money to buy these things. Free internet access does not make a better society, that's crazy.
I'll have that guitar riff in my head all afternoon now, thanks....
(and I didn't even click the link)
Care to state an example of a "whacked out law"? Oh, that's right you're just blowing smoke up everyone's ass pretending like you know anything about Texas or our laws.
You fail to understand the issue. Lightsquared's transmitters could screw up GPS service for EVERYONE. The FCC waived their own rules to allow this, rollout. If you RTFA (I know I know, this is slashdot) you would see the large distances a single transmitter can jam GPS devices at.
Oh, under $30K well get it for near invoice and when our stupid gov't pays you $7500 you'll be close.
The Volt is a glorified taxpayer funded hybrid, if it takes gas it's not an electric.