RIM seems to be able to keep stricter control over the Blackberry, probably partly because they develop both the hardware and the OS and due to their tendency to be more "business oriented".
Not really. I just counted 22 junk icons on my Blackberry 9700. The BIS servers (carrier controlled I believe) that run the consumer devices are capable of pushing down a service book with new bloatware at any moment. On BES there is an IT policy to prevent the bloatware service books from being pushed down.
Well, you could "hide" them on a Blackberry, but they were still there. Was easy to uninstall them, though you had to go into the "modules" options instead of "applications" to uninstall the T-Mobile installed crap. Never quite figured that out... why does MySpace _need_ to be on my Blackberry, T-Mobile?
I'm not sure what Blackberry OS your referring to, but since at least OS 4.5 the bloatware is actually service books that are pushed down to the device every single time it boots up. They are simple pre-configured browser shortcuts with home screen icons. If you remove the revelant service books from your device when, the next time it boots they are right back on your desktop. My solution is to make one folder called "Garbage" and put all 22 icons in it and then hide the folder. Let's be honest, whether we are talking about Android, Blackberry, or whatever this is simple greed on the part of the wireless carriers. Simply paying your bill isn't enough to make them happy, they have to partner up with everyone who is willing to give them $1 to put an icon on your phone.
This isn't the first plug-in the General has produced, remember the EV-1? I'm sure there's lots of lessons they learned from that endeavor that have been applied to the Volt. As far as plug-ins go, GM is the first and only only large automaker I know of that has produced one in the past (large = excludes tesla's 1,000 or so cars they want to produce per year).
And if I had some moderator points you'd be getting marked as -1 Troll for saying
assuming that a GM car will last for 10 years
Factor in battery replacements. Unless GM has also made a lifespan breakthrough in Li-Ion battery technology, so that you can use the same battery pack for 10 years of harsh all-conditions charging and discharging.
Actually, you don't have to factor in battery replacements because GM is supplying the Volt with a 10 year 150,000 mile warranty on the Li batteries.