So the net effect is that the fuel company that screwed up the instructions is out the ~$4.3m in markup they could have made selling the fuel to H211 as a private company, sounds like a complete non-issue to me, if you screw up the paperwork and lose out on potential income too bad. Why this is any kind of an investigation is beyond me, the government is out $0, they got free use of the plane over 200 times, and they got rental income for hanger space that most likely would have been empty if H211's plane wasn't parked there. In fact the government is out money for the audit (or out auditor time which is the same thing since I'm sure there's plenty of actual waste or malfeasance they could have been uncovering).
Incorrect, though the numbers are close, see Table IV.C.1-6 a, the weighted industry average puts cars
Interesting, though I have to wonder if Macho Springs/First Solar isn't receiving some type of subsidy that allows it to reach that price.
It's the current installed cost of utility scale solar.
Bullshit, utility scale solar is down to $.11/kWhr as of Q4 2013 (down from $.21 in 2010 when the DoE started SunShot) which is less than double the $.056/kWhr total cost for new natural gas plants.
The Ars side widget is broken, perhaps they don't want me to see the Ars articles until they have time to approve their copies here on slashdot...
Look into low self discharge batteries, the Eneloop second generation batteries maintain 75% of their charge after 3 years without use and can be fully charged for 1500 cycles. The third generation cells go to 90% after 1 year and 70% after 5 years but they're enough more expensive at this point that they're not worth the extra cost for most applications, they've also increased the stability a bit to 1800 cycles.
Contracts are contracts, if you think for one microsecond that a corporation won't do EVERYTHING in its power to screw you over using the fine print you're delusional AND lucky to have never been screwed in that manner. For the rest of us we've learned that the corporations have zero ethics or morals so we feel free to treat them in the same way. It's like people who feel they owe a former employer anything after they have left, why? I might feel an obligation to former coworkers as I've often developed personal relationships with people I'm around for around half my waking hours, but I feel zero obligation to the corporation once the employee/employer relationship ends.
I don't think that's going to happen this decade, and maybe never if there's not some fundamental discovery in battery chemistry. The Leaf has an incredibly short range and costs $29k US, even Musk is only targeting 30-40% reduction in battery (not system) costs this decade.
We rented a mini-van a couple times a year for our family vacations because the sedan wasn't big enough.
Why? The cost difference between a family sedan and a minivan plus the small additional cost of fuel is less than renting a minivan one week a year, let alone multiple weeks. I know, I've done the numbers and while I'd like to get my wife a more fuel efficient vehicle for her next one it makes zero economic sense when we take 2-3 weeks of long distance trips (we've been to 38 states so far, most by car).
The same is happening with the big investment banks in NYC -- there's no longer a physical reason to be right next to the stock exchange (though your data center still needs to be.)
Actually the datacenters are all out in NJ since NYSE/Euronext moved their own datacenter over the river to Mahwah in 2010.
Uh, 20% of Foxconn's workers don't return, not 20% of China's population.
Uh, long term leases in the Willis tower are going for $15-20/sq ft, that means even my very modest 1,050 sq ft house with basement would be at least $2,625/month for the same amount of space, my mortgage is less than 1/5th that and it includes an acre of land as a free bonus.
Workers never get to leave the company's premises.
Not true, they leave for Chinese Newyear. I was listening to an interesting piece of NPR and apparently the entire country shuts down for 2-3 weeks and the backlog of orders carries on for 2 months after that so if you outsource you have to have it built into your timetables. Part of the backlog is apparently caused by 15-20% of the workers failing to return because they found work closer to home or they decided that farming wasn't that bad.
Also this is why many high profile people have any assets that require government registration (like vehicles and property) in a holding company, it makes the cyber stalking a little bit harder.