The Empire State Building uses about 9-10 megawatts peak
A French TGV uses 9.6MW peak during acceleration. That is a single train, not a 102 storey skyscraper.
If you tried to impress me, you failed.
Whereas you're assuming that the status of smoking today will be unchanged
My main contractor and I came to speak about the subject of smoking. I quit, a few years ago, he never started. He asked me to describe smoking.
I told him it's like looking at the world through nicotine stained glasses. And smelling a nicotine stained world. And tasting a nicotine infused palet. Everything is the same nicotine colour. https://www.google.nl/search?q...
Seriously, has this ever been a problem?
Yes. Exact weight of passengers and cargo is needed to estimate the amount of fuel needed to get from A to B. To prevent fatal fuel mishaps the traditional approach was to carry plenty excess fuel. But fuel might be expensive in the airport you're starting from, and carrying 20 klbs expensive fuel to a destination where fuel is much cheaper isn't smart business. Weighing passengers, obese or not, makes for more accurate margins and thus less wasted cash.
And the bottom line is what it's all about these days.
it's about doing so without making people uncomfortable.
Just the thought is making me so uncomfortable I'll just give up on air travel, period.
- just swear at the first agent.
At the ISP I used to work for, some years ago, swearing would have the agent pressing a button on the phone. This would save the recording of the call for later review by the owner of the company. Depending on what you would have said you'd get a letter warning you not to swear at the staff, a letter terminating your service, or, in the worst case, the owner would take the recording to the police-station and file a complaint against you. About half those complaints resulted in suspended sentences and hefty fines.
The average call center agent 'survives' the first line a few weeks before burning down. He averaged three years for his call center staff.
And he forgot bankers. His psychologist (which he also forgot) knows what's going on.
The Uber drivers I have used have all been great.
Under Dutch law taxi drivers need a number of additional courses and successful completion of the certifications associated with them. In addition they are required to be screened for previous convictions pertaining to alchohol- or drug abuse, traffic violations, and inter-personal violence convictions.
There's no 'uber' in the Netherlands, just 'uberpop' which is an illegal taxi-driver with none of the training and none of the safe-guards 'normal' taxi drivers have to conform to. 'Uberpop' is promoting illegal taxi services.
Taxi drivers in the Netherlands behave themselves because the first DUI means they will never drive a taxi ever again. They don't beat up customers because they will never again, ever, work as a chauffeur, not even on a freight lorry. Run a number of red lights in a few years and you'll lose your VOG and with it your license to drive a taxi.
We used to have an America-styled mob company in every city. For instance: the TCA, Taxi Criminals Amsterdam, required large fees from its drivers, to protect them from 'damage' and to assign them rides. Heavy-handed law-enforcement did a lot of good. Uberpop seems to be determined to re-establish the New York-style cabbie from the late seventies.
The slowest offer of my ISP used to be 120/12Mbit/s. Recently they reinstated the 40/4Mbit/s option.
I like the '12' bit a whole lot more than the '120' bit of that offer. 12 is much, much better than the 0.768 ADSL delivered.
Another missing option: My ISP is gaming speedtests.
I pay for 120/12Mbit/s. I get in most speedtests 121/12.1Mbit/s. Which is suspicious by itself.
The point about the Dutch Sandwich is that an amazing array of companies and artist manage to export their earnings to a tax haven with almost any taxation at all.
Rumours has it that U2's 2011 world tour had a turnover of 750 million dollar and a profit of 150 million dollar, which shipped to Bermuda taxed at 0.25%. Thanks to a special deal with one Gerrit Zalm.
Sales tax eats away at the income of the record shop, the wholesale supplier and the CD factory. But the income of the record company and the (BIG) artist goes almost completely untaxed. Likewise, a big party of your Billy's price is intellectual property licensing ending up in other tax havens.
With regards to Ikea: The Delft store, sized 30.000m^2, shares it next to bottom-place with equal sized stores in Hengelo and Zwolle. Only the store in Amersfoort is smaller, with 29.000m^2. The nine other Dutch stores are larger. The store in Utrecht seems to be the fourth largest in the world.
"There are thousands of cars and trucks driving around, literally filling and overcrowding the streets. Now, what would they all be doing?
Carrying a thousand packages each.
Now imagine not thousands of cars and trucks on the road but literally millions of drones buzzing around, each with a single package.
Imagine the sound, the inevitable crashes, the energy consumption. (I'm lousy at math and making unsound assumptions but the figure I got was ten thousand times more energy to deliver a pound a mile away.. Keep in mind that the price of energy rises, and rises, and rises..)
It hurts revenue generation for the police force
Top Tip: In Finland the police isn't depending on 'revenue'. Policing Finland as a preset, defined budget. Any fines levied are a surplus to the states income, and police forces do not benefit in any way from their law enforcing activities. Finnish police has to account for security, safety and crimes solved, not for income from speeding tickets.
'All about the new Apple watch in 0:90'
What? 1:30 of advertising? command-W and FO.
No amount of genius can overcome a preoccupation with detail.