Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Dec 2005 23:07 UTC, submitted by Valour
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Over the past several years of computer hardware engineering, raw speed has been the primary goal of hardware manufacturers. This has traditionally come at the expense of power consumption, which has skyrocketed since the first days of the x86-compatible home PC. Just how much electricity does a computer and its related devices use? Are there disadvantages to turning everything off when you're done? This article will give you an insight into computer power usage."
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Environmental impact
by jjmckay on Fri 30th Dec 2005 01:43 UTC
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Also an important aspect to consider is what electrical production does to our home, the Earth. Whole mountain ranges are reduced to rubble and our rivers degraded by runoff from mine sites. If you care about the air you breathe and are aware of the limited resources we have inherited, reduce your power consumption please.

Just because you don't see the damage in your daily life doesn't mean its not happening.

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RE: Environmental impact
by on Fri 30th Dec 2005 01:53 in reply to "Environmental impact"
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Are you kidding? The environment is WAY overrated. Like anyone on this site ever gets outside anyway.

Sacrificing the Earth is a small price to pay for racking up all my Einstien@home and points!

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RE[2]: Environmental impact
by jjmckay on Fri 30th Dec 2005 02:05 in reply to "RE: Environmental impact"
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Hehe! As funny as it sounds, there's a slight chance you are actually serious! ;) If you ever get a chance to go into space and look at the Earth from far away, you'll have a different perspective on just how finite and precious the Earth is.

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RE[2]: Environmental impact
by sean batten on Fri 30th Dec 2005 10:28 in reply to "RE: Environmental impact"
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Are you kidding? The environment is WAY overrated.[i]

Are you an American...!!!!!????

Seriously though, I think long term we need machines that scale their requirements based on what the user is doing at the time. Surfing the internet doesn't (shouldn't?) require my PC to be running at 3+GHz with all the hard drives blazing.

As we start to move away from measuring PC performance in terms of raw GHz perhaps this is something we'll start to see...

[i]Edited 2005-12-30 10:36

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