Wouldn't people just offer everything for "sale" at say $1 million? Then you would be "stealing" because you are depriving them of the million dollars you could have paid. Feel free to replace 1 million with "a number sufficiently large as to discourage sale, but low enough to evade any arbitrary cap or 'sanity test' that may be introduced in a misguided attempt to thwart this approach".
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They'll celebrate the fact that Youtube suicided
Unlikely. Honestly, I really think YouTube's google's ace. Do you really think if they switched formats the result wouldn't be something similar to "Hello IE or Safari user, click here to do automatically install this WebM plugin to continue using YouTube" that 95% of all users wouldn't just do it the first time they saw it. As long as the switch was painless, and they left a (harder to find) back door link to watch videos in H.264 for a little while for the sake of those who have problems with the plugin, it would probably go off without a hitch.
What makes you think it's impossible for a battery to charge at 60 times the rate it discharges? It's already designed to discharge at 30KW. Most batteries are an array of cells all of which would be charging in parallel so heat may not be an issue, especially if this one has a large number of cells (as previous electric cars have).
As for getting 1.8 Mega watts (DC) from your home grid, others have already mentioned the likely need for a charging station composed of other batteries or capacitors being topped off slowly.
Also, not all methods of moving charge are equal, think about this. If it takes me 1 second to swap out a car battery containing about 1.8MJ (pretty low actually), I've just "charged" my car at a rate of 1.8 MW. No heating involved.
It's too bad the battery is likely too heavy to just swap (or cycle out whatever medium is carrying the charge) as that would be the obvious solution here.