If you learn computing because you want to write a game, or a website, or an application, or manage a database. i.e. if you learn for the reasons that 99.99% of people learn for then COBOL is unsuitable. Any general purpose language would be more suitable than COBOL for learning. If Java doesn't float your boat then there are the likes of C#, Python, Go, Dart, C++, Ruby etc.
It's hard to see how you think OO has "failed" given that virtually every piece of modern software uses it implicitly or explicitly.
But this money wouldn't go to NASA anyway.
And the money saved on this contract wouldn't necessarily go to other projects either. NASA would have one less line item in their budget and the sum they receive would be less by that amount.
Back in the real world, the police plan the operation and they are going to bring all the tools to bear that the law allows for.
And CCS isn't "crappy". It's still a very straightforward system that supports AC and DC with a protocol that negotiates the rate between charger and car. It's a shame that the Euro version didn't adopt Tesla's DC extension over Mennekes to reduce footprint a bit but it's still fine for its purpose. Certainly much better than chademo which has been rightly called a frankencharger and doesn't even do AC charging. Leaf cars have their charge ports in the nose of the car to house separate DC and AC (type 1 or 2) charge systems. The chademo system has reached its high water mark in Europe, it won't be going anywhere from now on.
It doesn't mean new stations are going to be built blindly without regard to legislation coming into force within a short period of time. And even now there are more than enough CCS combo 2 vehicles to justify supporting what will soon be mandatory.
Not at all. There's noting in Europe that requires Tesla to provide any charging to anyone else (and they don't now either).
Yes there is. Here is the directive that comes into force on 31 Dec 2020. The directive covers a bunch of stuff about alternative fuel but in this case, the salient point is that charging stations MUST offer combo 2 chargers and MUST charge on a non-discriminatory basis. There is also a bunch of other good stuff about non-discriminatory charging across borders and so forth.
Obviously there is over 3 years to go on this and charge stations can be grandfathered in. But nobody is going to turn soil on a new charger station without paying attention to what it says. Tesla included. All charge stations built after that will be required to offer "at least" a combo 2 charger. What they do beyond that is up to them.
Tesla has already made positive sounds about supporting other vehicles so I don't see it being an issue as such in Europe. I would be more concerned with the US where it seems lawmakers are happy to see vertical markets build up and for consumers to be the victims in a format war.
The situation for a phone is different because most people would get a charger for their phone and predominantly charge through that. .
Direct current (DC) high power recharging points for electric vehicles shall be equipped, for interoperability purposes, at least with connectors of the combined charging system ‘Combo 2’ as described in standard EN 62196-3.
So Tesla charging stations will have to support type 2 CCS. At the end of the day it's all money to them so I'm not sure it is a disadvantage to exclude other vehicles. Elon Musk has made statements that they want to support other vehicles and Tesla is part of the EU charging initiative CharIn so I'm expecting they're playing ball.
It'll be interesting to see what they do with the model 3. There is little reason they couldn't build their car such that it works with CCS type 2 or their own extension to Mennekes. It would suck for owners to have to use an adapter to use CCS type 2 chargers.
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