a new report says losses by U.S. tech companies as a result of NSA spying and Snowden's whistleblowing "will likely far exceed" $35 billion.
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Forward voltage at rated current is 450 volts. Even at 30 KV that's some serious loss. The specified risetime of 10 ns into a resistive load isn't bad, but the falltime isn't specified and the interesting loads are all inductive -- falltime into those is tricky because of snubbing losses and Miller capacitance.
Others rather less precisely specified but generally similar.
Rather more to the point, though, is that they don't get you usable voltage conversion. You still need a transformer, so the semiconductor losses are in addition to the transformer losses. And all of that lovely high-frequency switching causes problems when you're dealing with transformer cores weighing tons. Which you need to keep the Q of the transformer up (inductive loss is pretty much a pure function of how much copper you're willing to pay for.)
The loss of efficiency is acceptable for applications like PC power supplies or lighting ballasts because the added functionality such as flexible regulation makes up for it. But when you're looking to handle the output of gigawatt power plants, you really don't want to be dissipating several percent of your output (pure loss) into a solid-state system that has to be kept below 70 degrees under peak load, which around here means an ambient temperature of close to 50 degrees. That is, for one, a big direct cost for the inefficiency. Also a honking enormous cooling system prone to catastrophic failure due to thermal runaway. And, finally, a maintenance nightmare. What is the service MTBF of one of those switches? Now, figure it for an array capable of handling a gigawatt. Don't forget that you can't just take the system down for safe maintenance.
Much as I love transistors, this isn't happening in my lifetime.
The main advantage of AC, is that it was easier to step from one voltage to another using transformers, a technology from the 1800s. With modern solid state DC to DC converters, that is no longer an issue.
Do you know what the most efficient switch is for voltages over a kilovolt? I'll give you a hint: it's not based on semiconductors. Especially for high power. There's this little matter of "breakdown voltage," for one. Also "channel resistance." When someone comes up with a transistor  that can do three-nines  voltage conversion, we can talk.
 And bear in mind that I spent forty years making a good living from the little darlin's. I just don't hold illusions about 'em.
 Check the losses that power-station transformers tolerate while doing conversions on megawatts. Those suckers get effficient.
KDE 4 broke a lot of the functions I used on 3 (like, for instance, email. KMail was great, now I'm stuck with the inferior but functional Thunderbird). And they never did fix them. Still broken and worse with every revision.
So I'm dreading the day when the only supported KDE will be the still-not-fully-functional version 5. What have they broken now, never to fix?
If you search all possible cancers for a connection with some chemical (e.g. sucrose) you will come up with several positives with a 95% confidence. Which is why you have to use statistical tests that account for all of the different targets.
Thus, at the very least the WHO needs to explain the stats rather than just the raw "probably causes cancer."
It shouldn't be necessary to avail oneself of legal aid to pursue civil torts.
Klayman is a lawyer. A remarkably inept one (he gets an astonishing number of cases thrown out on grounds that most non-lawyers spot immediately.) You can look up one of his other cases recently in the news where he is representing Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a (dismissed, standing) case against President Obama's executive orders on immigration.
A SCOTUS ruling can have very broad and sometimes unexpected impact and the court seems to follow the medical credo... "First, do no harm".
Your high-school civics book is out of date. Two words: "Ciizens United."