We also use self-hosted Gitlab. Its workflow is generally very sensible, the web interface is great, and it was easy to integrate with a homemade CI server (unfortunately their provided CI server wasn't nearly as easy to set up as Gitlab itself).
If you are interested in the Columbia events, check out Wayne Hale's blog. He was a flight director/space shuttle program manager and offers a very detailed recollection of the events from inside mission control.
I know of several businesses here (Europe) that specialize in importing cars from the USA. It is ridiculous how much more expensive a similar Mercedes Benz or a BMW is, compared to the USA. What they do is buy cars that have a couple of thousand miles on them and are ~6 months old. This makes them "second hand" and not new so they fall under different legislation. The cars are shipped inside containers on ships and even after all taxes are paid they still cost much less than the same car (similar mileage and age) bought from here.
The only problem these companies face is legalizing the cars in Europe - e.g. blinkers here must be yellow. However, this is also relatively easy to fix by buying the needed parts here and installing them on the cars before registration.
The car manufacturers need to understand that we live in a global economy and what they experience now is something that film distributors already went through more than 10 years ago with DVD region codes. If its profitable to ship something from another part of the world where it is legally bought then people are going to do it.
It would be kind of hilarious to buy a BMW as "European Delivery", pick it up in Europe, drive it for the maximum period there, then send it back to the USA (cost included), drive it (or store it) for 6 months, then ship it back to Europe. I wonder for which models this actually makes sense.
(US doesn't get many nice models like the 550d, though)
That doesn't make any sense. BMW and MB are much cheaper in Germany than the US, if you exclude VAT. I know this because some friends stationed near Bitburger bought 2 5-series, had them prepped with NTSB bumpers and lights. Then shipped them, on the Air Force's dime, to the US. 2 years later, they sold them for more than they paid. Duty was 1.5%, sales tax was 4.5%
Unless the cars were built in the US, like the X5, there is no logical way to make it less expensive to re-import into the EU.
Car manufacturers are way ahead of film distributors in the global economy. Outside of luxury cars, most are manufactured in the country they are destined for. Or they setup a bilateral trade agreement (like Mazda and Ford) where carA is made in CountryA, carB is made in CountryB and both cars are sold in both markets.
> If its profitable to ship something from another part of the world where it is legally bought then people are going to do it.
You've never had your cargo held up in customs I assume. Airports don't count.
I just checked the BMW site, 535i starts at 57000euros TTC, and $60000 without sales tax; Germany and US, respectively. Remove 20% VAT and its 45000 euros ($60000). Take it to a location where almost new, luxury cars with low mileage are a rare breed (like an airbase in North Dakota, Alaska, etc.) and 30% depreciation isn't a factor.
If there is any tall tale reselling a car back in its export market is one. Containers cost money, shipping a car costs a lot of money, duties and taxes costs lots of money.
Then do what Google did and keep using the brand name everywhere else except Britain. You have to do internationalization anyways. It's not like you call it the same thing in Swahili or Mandarin, why not just call it something different in British English and keep the established brand running everywhere else?
We do Cordova/PhoneGap development - the best of both worlds. HTML 5 wrapped into a native iOS/Android app. We still use plugins with native code though (Java/ObjC), for receiving push notifications and accessing the camera.