The large oil companies have at least $50 billion invested in renewable energy. Google it.
You mentioned storage technology and wind. Here's example news from just one week last year. Total SA, the French oil supermajor, spent $1.1 billion to buy the battery maker Saft Groupe SA, complementing its 2011 purchase of a majority stake in the solar-panel maker SunPower Corp on a Monday. The next day, Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Inc. it would pay $218 million for stakes in offshore wind farms as it attempts to double its low-carbon generating capacity.
I'd say the US has never had to deal with a king as remotely autocratic as the current president (how many executive orders?),
Actually Obama has issued the lowest number of executive orders per year of office since William McKinley in 1901.
You mean to tell me that ride-sharing, aka car pooling, isn't a good full-time job!
Damn, now I'll have to switch jobs. I think my new job will be recycling my cans.
I would say it's more like: Congratulations! You thought you could undercut the professional taxi industry like a Chinese laborer. Well guess what....you're getting paid like a Chinese laborer. What, did you think you could have your cake and eat it too?
How about being stuck on a road in a snowstorm without communication?
You're right - if you're stuck in a snowstorm a fire can save your life! Good thinking, Samsung
If you can't start a fire with the typical objects in a modern automobile, you need to go watch a couple of reruns of McGyver or something. Talk about portable bombs.....
Lithium charge controllers are simple and cheap analog electronic devices. Leaving this functionality to a processor would make it needlessly complicated and invites problems when the thing inevitably crashes.
Even with a processor based system you'd still need current sensing hardware, which would be nearly as expensive as a dedicated charge controller.
Looking at the sample content on their website... you didn't miss much.
Ask me how I know...
With all due respect, I'd rather you kept that to yourself.
> level of effort should never be a pricing metric, in much the same way that a surgeons salary should not
You may notice that becoming a surgeon requires a ton of effort. Therefore, people don't generally put out that level of effort unless they'll be well paid for it.
> at least priced high enough to entice everyone away from the black market.
There is no price, for any service, that customers are willing to pay and will entice everyone to do good rather than crime. Accountants get paid well to do things right, some choose crime instead. That'll always be true.
There are two sides to that. In a day I can run a suite of tools across a dozen such services. Those tools will find likely weak areas with little effort or time on my part. Over the next couple of days, I can explore the issues highlighted by the tools and quite possibly find an issue like this.
At current bug-bounty levels, I could probably earn a bit more than I could make at a salaried position, while setting my own hours and exploring the things that interest me. So prices are reasonably fair. Another way of looking at that is that skilled people DO in fact participate in bug bounty programs, so they find it worthwhile.
Yes, in theory committing crimes could be an easier way for people to make money, until they go to prison. A bank robber makes more per hour than a bank teller.
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