My 'precious electronic toys' use about a tenth of the power that the ones I was using a decade ago for the same purpose did. Even lighting power consumption has dropped. My fridge, freezer and washing machine are the big electricity consumers in my home - efficiency has improved there, but nowhere near as fast as for gadgets.
And I'll wager that your energy costs have skyrocketed. Am I right?
Here's the Forbes article Germanys Green Energy Disaster a Cautionary Tale for World Leaders.
That was 2013. Here it is even worse a year later in the NY times article German Energy Push Runs Into Problems, reporting major troubles such as:
. Electricity prices in Germany are already among the highest in the world.
. The price of industrial electricity has risen about 37 percent since 2005.
. International energy experts say the country cannot meet its future needs solely through renewable sources as planned
. The unexpected drop in global energy prices through the emergence of abundant, low-cost natural gas in the United States, further degrades Germany's green energy economic plan
There is no way to block abuse of any Off Switch technology. It must be opposed ruthlessly NOW!
That's the last straw. Goodbye gmail.
Such shorts occur due to water infiltration, corrosion, and most importantly in the summer, overheating. All three effects accumulate over time. If money were no object, every building would have a dual-buss electrical system, just like aircraft (and data centers) do. Alas, money is an object.
Microsoft enforcement policy: "Ready! Fire! Aim!"
BTW, I didn't see where Microsoft apologized for their actions to the Internet community.
I say try because in a battle between a jet engine with the power to push 400 tons of steel into the sky VS a drone I'm going to put my money on the jet engine lasting long enough for them to turn around and land again.
You would lose that bet. Turbine aircraft can be disabled by stray metal bits as small as a single bolt. An entire drone, with many metal components, would undoubtedly render a turbine engine inoperable. For this reason, airport operators routinely inspect and pick up all debris on runways and taxiways. It's called FOD (foreign object damage), and is an ever-present risk to aircraft.
As a helicopter pilot, I dread drones. I've seen them numerous times near events that I am legally and safely filming, and even around airports. Unless we get drone idiots to stop doing stupid, dangerous stunts like this, we will soon have a tragedy taking many lives.
Hopefully some sleepy-headed slashdot editor will pick her head up off the table long enough to use the "hated" Google search engine, learn about the true history, value and structure of the "hated" telecom industry and correct the article headline and completely misleading content.
Or not. Slashdot might continue its slide to sloppiness and become one of the most "hated" pretend-nonprofits in history.