Is there really no solution out there short using a 110V-240V notebook surge protector with an adapter to go from a "cloverleaf" notebook plug to a 5-15R (standard US) plug receptacle?
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.
You have two options. 1) Agree with what they do and pay more 2) Say it is a breach of contract and drop out
With 1) the company gets what they want However with 2) the company gets what they want.
While it makes sense in situation you describe (the company you work for losing money every week) for them to cut their loses, I'm doubting that Verizon is in that desperate a situation -- which means that if you take option 2 and drop out, switching to another carrier, no, Verizon isn't exactly get what it wants. They've lost a customer and whatever their monthly profit was on that customer, plus they'll have to spend money trying to get that customer back (which may not succeed).
The herd instinct among economists makes sheep look like independent thinkers.