That's a good point. I wonder if they do charge a processing fee. There's probably no reason they can't, and its more money in the bank. There's a thought... maybe Right to be Forgotten requests actually represent a small additional revenue stream for Google.
Google isn't a search engine. Google is a company... With shareholders. They just happen to be in control of the world's most popular search engine. Why on earth would they take a stand against the EU government? What's in it for them? I can't think of a convincing argument that their revenue would go up if they took some ideological stance against the EU law.
Oooooh... I love recursion! What comes next??
I use the 12v output from my Anker Astro Pro2 portable charger to power a Terasic Cyclone V GX FPGA development kit while I'm on train journeys. I do occasionally get funny looks from the train conductor. I haven't tried this on an aeroplane yet.
I bought the Anker Pro2 specifically because it has a 12v output in addition to the usual 5v USB port. Very handy.
Anyway, these battery packs are perfect for powering Arduinos and other small development/hobby boards.
I've used Ketso for mind mapping in a group product design brainstorm session. It worked really well for capturing everybody's ideas and grouping them to come up with common themes and shared ideas. I know its a bit low-tech, but its nice to get away from the computer sometimes.
You want to get the most scope for your money, but like any good tool, you want it to last a long time, so expect to pay out a bit more for quality and performance. I purchased a LeCroy WaveJet after graduation, and it still meets all my needs. The only thing I don't like about it is the noisy fan. LeCroy's WaveJet line does a quite well with packing a lot of feature into a reasonably priced scope. Tek and Agilent don't really have a product comparable to the WaveJet - it sits right between the low end and mid range products from these companies. Having said that, if you can afford a mid range scope from Agilent, they are great - the fastest and most responsive (digital) scopes I've ever used. On the Tek end of things, they still make the most user friendly and solidly built scopes out there - I feel like I could knock a Tek scope off my desk, and it would still work perfectly when I pick it up off the floor.
All things considered, I think you should try to double your budget - $2k just isn't enough to make a future-proof investment. With the way electronics is evolving, I wouldn't consider buying a scope with less than 200MHz bandwidth and a deep memory (at least 500kpts).
Is that just off the Information Super-Highway?
We will have solar energy as soon as the utility companies solve one technical problem -- how to run a sunbeam through a meter.