I don't know about any specifics for the UK, but that generally just falls under it's not yours. Public infrastructure isn't your to touch, just as your neighbors bed isn't yours to sleep in. Taking it is just considered theft, they don't tack on extra charges because you took it from the public (and they arguably should). As an example they do do something like that with police and government employees in the US. In NY Punching a random guy on the street is third degree assault (class A misdemeanor) and punishable by up to 1 year in prison, but if that guy is a cop or public bus driver (and a whole list of other public workers), then it's automatically bumped to a class D felony punishable by up to 7 years in prison (at least that's what I get attempting to interpret the law).
How much? As someone who invests for the long term, I really don't see large spreads affecting me. Right now, looking at google, I see a spread of 16 cents on a $1000/share stock. If I invest in that stock, I'd probably consider anything under 1% in gains a wash, so the spread would have to be over $10 to even factor into my decision making. I don't care if the spreads go up 10x, to $1.50 on that stock, it won't affect me, yes I'll lose that extra dollar or so, but I'm trading on double digit gains/losses, if I buy at $700 and sell at $1000 I don't care about that $1.50, it doesn't materially hurt me. All that HFT does it make the stocks react faster to the news, and the cost is that the HFT people get to suck money out of the market for nothing (though make it liquid I suppose), But is that something we really need? I don't need it that liquid for my investments, and the businesses don't either.
If it was up to me I'd change the stock exchanges to process one trade per account per stock per day, all at 4pm (meaning you got the whole day to enter your trades, speed won't have an effect at all).
Depends how big the company is I suppose, but honestly if it was just one or two guys who really own it, for $7mil I'd seriously consider just moving to China. You are not going to get arrested trying to flee the country from a civil suit, and China or some other country that won't care about that type of business. Moving could very well be more cost effective than losing $7mil and your income.
But it would have to crop the image as the sensor is fixed to the phone, if that's what you want you can crop your portrait to landscape post processing and get a fugly video.
With that said, trying to make that work at 30 feet is hard, and I tend to think that the frequencies required will mean that you will get serious EMI like issues when your system designed to transfer 1W into a AA accidently transfers 10W into the AC power lines, or it transfers 1W into the poorly shielded HDMI cable on your TV, etc.
> Btw, is there any good reason why the idle power consumption of graphics cards increases significantly when more than one (or in some cases two) monitors are connected?
A few reasons, but if you have twice the pixels then the video card needs to read twice as much data out of it's output buffers (one 1080p@60fps monitor would require ~2.9Gbps of writing to DVI, two 1080p monitors would require 6Gbps of writing to DVI). For idle card that are not doing much, and especially one with a very weak GPU like many of the onboard ones that might be a good chunk of their power. But for the high end gaming GPUs, I don't think it should matter all that much, if the 3D application is drawing to more pixels then it will probably use more power, otherwise I don't think it would be a significant difference.
They work just fine, but require a decent camera. The issue is they are generally not linked to systems that do this. The metermaids have them to find ticketable cars, the red light cameras have the software (though probably don't run it real time), and the toll booths have it. The issue is they are all configures to ticket someone for one specific thing, they are tied into the system right there and generally only scan when an event happens. The cameras watching the sidwalks are just not setup to do this, and many of them are not linked into systems that can scan the plates anyways. In the end it's a money issue, the people who own the software probably want something ridiculous for their software/
Android, it is linux by many standards, loads of incompetent users, loads of malware.
If they try hard enough you can figure out the owner of that plate with a few well worded searches or alternatively ask a cop or something who probably knows. Once you figure that out you just go directly to the legislator with it, they have far more power and absolutely do want to make the ticket go away. They will handle it for you.
In the US they don't either (at least not in NY), the solution is to not fine the driver. They fine the vehicle owner, but it's not considered a violation against the driver, thus it doesn't show up on your record and it doesn't affect insurance. Basically it's done the same way parking tickets are handled (which also don't need anything other than a license plate).
Sounds to me like that's the root of the problem, the tickets are for the vehicle owner, and the legislator plates are not tied to the vehicle, thus the system can't pull the owner from the database. They could send it to the driver, but generally that doesn't stand up in court so the systems don't do that.
Exactly, they do operate at half power, easily, there is a steam accumulator, basically a big tank, hooked up to ships steam, they fill the tank to whatever pressure they need and then fire the catapult (they have to do it this way as the reactor does not generate enough steam in the second or so the catapult fires to do the job, it needs to be stored). The magnetic ones do the same thing but with a different method.
It's mostly a cost thing, the U2 flew very very high, the wiki puts it at 70,000 feet, very few planes can even fly that high, so planes can't really do an intercept, also it's altitude is above the design range of most radars. Radar searching for planes puts most of it's power in areas where they will find planes, so they are pointed to not look too much into the 70k ft flight area, they could probably pick it up, but it probably wouldn't track it through the whole coarse over the coverage area. The same radar could just be pointed up and it would do a much better job at tracking it, but that would significantly reduce the range of the radar. The only real option to take it out is then a SAM that can hit things at 70k ft, when the U2 came out, things just didn't fly that high, SAMs simply couldn't fly that high either, now with modern planes many will hit it, but ultimatly it is a cost tradeoff, like a space ship adding a little bit of range means more fuel, and you need more fuel to carry that extra fuel, it all adds up, twice the distance on the missile means much more than twice the size (and cost) without increasing any speed/damage/maneuverability specs. Once the missiles came out that could hit those altitudes they came out with an SR-71, basically even if you did see it, your missile would need a range of something like 100 miles at mach 5 to get an intercept coarse, that in a huge amount of fuel when you consider even today, things like a sidewinder only goes 22mi at mach 2.5.
It actually ends up saving everyone money, the power grid is sized to the peak loads, the peak loads are during the daytime, they charge much higher rates during the day and it costs them money at night as it is difficult to change the output rapidly on many of the power plants. A PV array sells the power company power at below cost during the period when they charge the most money, and your net zero house sucks power off the grid when they have more than they can use, in effect a net zero house acts as a battery on the grid, and this is a service the power companies already pay good money for, except for a net zero house they don't pay them anything.
Basically, the power usage of a PV net-zero house is the inverse of the grids usage, and as such it's helpful, if it matched then it would be a problem (like if you ran a generator all night and turned it off during the day)