1. How do you know it was a surge that killed your PSU?
2. What else was your laptop plugged into when it got roached?
I was in India (Goa) and was awoken in the middle of the night to the overhead fan spinning crazy-fast, like it was going to take off. Half-asleep, I tried adjusting the switch to put it on a lower level, but it had no effect so I just turned it off. During this I noticed the a light outside seeming unusually bright, but then someone stepped out and turned it off. I went back to sleep, not realizing that what just happened was a surge - and that my laptop was plugged in to the AC (and only the AC - no network cables or anything else). When I woke in the morning I noticed my laptop was running on battery power. I checked to make sure it was plugged in and noticed this - the surge protector (a laptop specific one). It fried it (and warped the plastic casing as you can see) and killed my Thinkpad PSU as well. The laptop was fine, though I have to wonder if it would have still been fine if the surge protector hadn't been there.
Now I know 1. the symptoms of a power surge and 2. not to leave anything plugged in and unattended when in surge-prone countries. But still I'm concerned about it enough to think about carrying surge protection.
The comments here have left me thinking that maybe I'd be just as well off, or better off, with something containing a replaceable fuse. I assume that a surge like that would've killed the fuse and left my PSU undamaged, and a few spare fuses weigh practically nothing.
Alternatively, maybe I should not worry about it and just have a spare PSU in a box ready to be shipped to me if need it.
Once Uber has driven its competition out of business, anyone will be able to offer a service like Uber.
No, because this type of service is a natural monopoly, especially when operated by a large multi-national. Nobody wants to use a different app for every city. It would be just like trying to compete against eBay in the online auction market.
Not really. eBay has a monopoly in that, if you're a buyer looking for something rare or unique at auction, eBay is where you're going to look first, and thus as a seller, eBay is where you're going to look at selling first. But it's not like a ride is anything unique, it's not like Uber's customers have brand loyalty, and AFAIK it's not like an Uber driver can't also work for a competitor (that's an interesting question actually). Plus, I'm guessing the majority of Uber users are only using Uber in their home city. I'm guessing all it would take for anyone to try a competitor is hearing "they're cheaper than Uber". And a competitor could do that if they're giving a higher percentage to the drivers.
Time will tell, but what may be more telling is what happens once autonomous taxi services enter the picture. If Uber doesn't get on that themselves, I could see that putting them out of business.
Germany is not, on the average, 15C warmer than it was 35 years ago (that would be 60 Fahrenheit degrees!)
No, 15C is NOT 60F. More like 27F.
It seems you're both pretty terrible at communicating this clearly.
15C is 59F.
0C is 32F.
A change (+/-) of 15C equates to a change (+/-) of 27F.
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