Best to scrap the whole thing, law and all, and start over. And this time please don't leave it up to a community organizer and his gang.
Now, as to driving 8-10 hours without a stop, good luck. Worse, not even truck drivers are allowed to drive for that long without a break. In fact, they are required to take a minimum of a 30 minute break during any 8 hour period (i.e., they can not hit 8 hours of driving).
He didn't say he'd drive 8-10 hours without stop, just that he wanted to get that much actual driving in in a day. And IMO, that's short.
For example, take your trucker example. I'm not sure what that's supposed to be arguing, because 30 minutes every 8 hours is only even remotely approachable in the absolute best of conditions for the car (and awful conditions for the driver) -- 45 mph in 110 degree heat with no A/C running, according to Tesla's calculator. At 70 mph in a comfortable temperature, you'll barely be looking at 3 hours of driving off of a full charge. In that situation, even under unfairly favorable calculations for the Tesla, you'll be on the road about 85% of the time, which is about 3 times the breaks of the trucker.
The other problem is that driving conditions degrade the Tesla's performance dramatically. Conditions that would put the estimate at under 200 miles are reasonably common, and the most time-efficient way of driving is to only charge it partway, so you in poor-but-realistic conditions you could be looking at stops every 2 hours or less. (70 mph in even 32 degree temps with the heat on gives 196 miles. At 0 degrees it's 178. Let's say we're interested in 20 degrees, and guess 188. Increasing the speed by 5 mph decreases range by 10-15 miles, so let's say I'm interested in the range at 73 mph (this "may or may not" be my speed on the IN and OH turnpikes, for instance) and guess we're down to 180. Now multiply by 80% because of an incomplete charge, and you have 144 miles, or just a hair under two hours at 73 mph.)
However, how many ppl drive their car more than 250 miles/day constantly?...Tesla will have a supercharger every 100 miles in the USA, so that you do not have to worry about that.
You don't have to do it constantly, just on occasion. For example, do you live in a city or live alone and only have one car? I don't know about you, but at least I wouldn't make it an electric. Even that 100-mile supercharger interval doesn't make it sound appealing for reasons I've said in another post: even the superchargers are too slow for long trips. "Just rent a car when you actually need to drive somewhere!" doesn't exactly make a good advertising slogan.
I'm very excited about electric cars now for commuting and very short trips, but once you get to the point of needing more than one charge on the road (which could happen in as little as ~5 hrs of driving in very realistic conditions -- really, even less than that) I think it starts to look really unattractive.
Because that's really in their head, more than about any particular drive being possible.
It really isn't, at least from what I can tell, for long road trips. Even under the numbers from Tesla's range calculator you just can't make the same pace you can in a gas car even in reasonably forgiving conditions. In moderately hard but still very realistic conditions, it becomes even less favorable:
If you put in 70 mph and 32 degrees, you get 204 miles. And that's on a full charge. But that's not the most time-efficient way of charging -- better is to spend about 45 minutes charging to, IIRC, about 75-80% capacity. That drops you to 164 miles. So that's "drive for less than 2 1/2 hrs, charge for 45 minutes." That's making pretty poor time IMO.
And what about colder weather and, say, 75 mph (which their range calculator doesn't even go up to)? You could easily be driving less than 2 hrs between charges, even if the superchargers were placed perfectly.
I'm super optimistic about something like the Tesla for around-town driving and shorter trips. But for the longer ones... I think Tesla needs very good coverage with cheaper battery swaps than they are planning.
Absolutely not. Scholarships pay schools, not students
That's not true. Scholarships (in the UK, at least) usually come with a maintenance grant and so, as well as covering the cost of tuition, they will provide the student with money to cover their cost of living.
By having many different manufacturers there is no worry about ARM playing some games like cutting you off, or strongarming you into some new marketing ploy. If one manufacturer tries to screw you there are many others happy to do business.
This is part of ARM's strategy with ARMv8. They intentionally delayed their own designs so that they wouldn't compete with their partners. Now, if you want to license a 64-bit core from ARM, they have a low-power in-order design and a better-performing out-of-order superscalar design, but several of their partners also have their own ARMv8 implementations that were built with advice from ARM engineers but are independent implementations. They will each have different power/price/performance trades, helping to diversify the ARM ecosystem. Between multiple independent implementations of the core designs, and multiple potential companies to fab them, the ARM ecosystem is in quite a strong position.
...WinKey+Q brings up a nifty search overlay
No need to press Q in that... just press the Windows key and start typing, just like in 7.
The nVidia drivers on FreeBSD are pretty solid, but they got a poor reputation for their open source drivers in the early releases. I was running a room full of Linux boxes about 10 years ago, and they'd all kernel panic about once a day, typically while running nothing more strenuous graphically than the log-in screen, and always with a backtrace in the nVidia drivers. The open source ATi drivers of the same era (R200) were a lot slower, but were very stable.
nVidia also had that embarrassing incident where a crafted image could cause arbitrary code execution in the kernel, which turned out to be exploitable by just putting a picture on a web page, and didn't fix it until about two years after they were first notified of it. For the last 4-5 years, their proprietary drivers have been pretty reasonable though.
What this country needs is a good five cent nickel.