This is a known issue with these laptops (http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2377) and apple may very well be willing to replace the logic board for you for free. I recently took in an early 2008 macbook pro with this exact same problem and they replaced the logic board for free within 3 days. I never even had the extended warranty. Best of luck.
I had this happen to me, took it in, and they replaced it for free I was waaaay out of warranty. 100% covered. That's customer service, IMO.
. Many utilities do not really know when they've got a real power outage or not. l.
Mine does. I helped design the system that figures it out automatically from our smart meters. When the power drops a good number (although not all due to network topology) of "Power Down' messages come back to us before the meter fully discharges. we run this through the 'old school' system that figures out, based on known network design and those reporting loss of power, the scope of the outage as quick as possible.
While technically true, if using encryption that will take years or possible decades to decrypt it is not the same as a safe. Comparing something that takes a few hours to open to something that can take years is not a great comparison.
"_Every_" Technically not true. OTP (One Time Pad) cannot be broken unless the key is recovered.