You don't think it's ironic that the same kind of paranoia you have about the government, is the kind of paranoia fuelling these kind of sweeping 'nets' of privacy violations?
Ah, but that's what they want you to think...!
That should keep everyone happy.
Apart from every quadcopter pilot whose flight time would be drastically reduced thanks to the second radio constantly drawing current, even when out in the middle of a desert.
"more energy efficient for shorter runs". We're talking about elevators, you know, those things that stop every 3 vertical meters.
No we're not. We're talking long-distance elevators. Or do you think someone will ever get to the top floor of a 1km high building if the car stops at every floor. Every time you're almost there, you'll have to stop for a pee break then wait for the car to come back.
Various skyscrapers have extremely high capacity lifts -- the Petronas Towers have double-decker lifts with a capacity of 52 passengers.
Hell, from an IT perspective you reach the limits of multimode fiber risers pretty quickly.
Yeah, but the lag on the satellite broadband suddenly drops away...
Actually, if you're building a tower that high anyway, you'd be just as well using it as a pseudo-satellite broadband provider -- the horizon is over 100 km away when you're a kilometre up. You can serve wireless internet to a small country from up there....
In addition, the floors serviced by the express elevator will also be the floors most likely to be a final destination -- eg the restaurant floor or the viewing gallery
...or in the case of a building over the height of 1.6 km, the "Mile High Club".