I presume the "for-profit" is actually related to their IRS status and not their overall financial goals. Most colleges are (IRS recognized) non-profits, though they pay high-6 and 7 figure salaries to top officers and have endowments in the billions.
IIRC, ambiguous language in a contract, or that which is not defined or poorly defined, should generally be found to be in favor of the person receiving the contract. In other words, if Verizon wrote the contract and implied that "pass" meant to bring fiber to all residents, or the city believed in good faith that "pass" meant to provide a fiber outlet / headend / demarc readily accessible to every resident, then the courts should find in the favor of the city. The reverse is also true, though. If the city wrote the contract and didn't specify what they meant by pass, then Verizon gets to define what they meant (within reason, of course).
Weird analogy to choose for this summary. Weirder that the next 5 days the top barbershop quartets in the world will be vying to be awarded
"International Champion". (http://www.barbershop.org/pittsburgh/)
Storage is not a myth. Talking about putting power into and pulling out of a "Grid" means nothing. When your production drops below your demand, you need storage. And your threshold for deciding what is "enough" should not be based on an average, or even on a 1% event. Having rolling worldwide blackouts 3x a year is not what I consider stable.
Wow, did you even wipe off that statistic after you pulled it out? I might buy that 10% of users *tried* WMC at some point during their ownership since it's release. Heck, I even tried it until I found out that it was essentially useless, with poor content, poor support, and outrageously expensive extension devices.
I'd guess the current usage would be 1% or less, but I've not seen any statistics.
Sorry, Mr. Nanny, it can't be made perfectly safe in all conditions for all possibly failure modes. Same with automobiles, conventional aircraft, downhill skiing, and, well, everything.
By your logic, and fears, motorcycles should *definitely* be outlawed.
$150k is about what you pay for a month of parking in the city, so it seems pretty trivial.
If $150k is the target, and they miss by a factor of two, they could still scale to 4x the thrust and put an enclosed 2/4 seater with a 1000# payload for under a million.
Stability, flight dynamics, and structures have come a long way since Moller bilked investors for millions. Possibly to the point where it's actually feasible to build the aircar he couldn't.
RF can be aimed; it's done all the time. You should take some engineering classes.
And it'a lot safer than firing chunks of steel and lead while there are aircraft around and firefighters on the ground, even if it's aimed "the wrong way" accidentally.
Can we stop calling them drones. They're remote controlled (hobby) airplanes. Drones makes it sound like it's a weaponized, autonomous craft weighing hundreds of pounds.
Amazingly, guns are not the solution to every problem, despite what the NRA has told you.
RF jamming and/or GPS spoofing would be a better/easier way to down these craft, and a drop from 500 feet into a forest fire would have the same deleterious effect on the airframe that bullets would.
"If you want to bring down drones, you're going to need a net. Or a really big HERF."
Or maybe a load of fire retardant dropped on it. I mean, if you're going to ditch it anyway...
...13 or 14 if you factor in the number of times your flight will be delayed or cancelled.
Good News - you've got a million frequent flyer miles!
Bad News - you have to fly United.
"1) as most people familiar with condoms would recognize, when a condom's in full use it's quite frequently dark and/or not exactly exposed to where you can see it."
BOOM - my invention is to make the colors glow in the dark. Hold on while I call my patent lawyer...