The $US10 million Automotive X-Prize was billed as a "Revolution Through Competition", which backers said would promote real-world-capable "safe, affordable and desirable" 42km/L vehicles. The reality is it's a complete farce. [Jalopnik]
The X-Prize Farce
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Five years ago, I threw away a hard drive. An utterly generic 250GB portable hard drive, already a few years old, with a couple of dings and scratches in its shell and with the beginnings of an audible click that would have eventually killed it. It had a data file containing 1400 Bitcoin on it. No big deal, at the time. Today, those few kilobytes are worth more than four million dollars.
You can't make this s*^& up. Or can you?