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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RE[2]: Environmental impact
by jjmckay on Fri 30th Dec 2005 02:05 UTC 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[3]: Environmental impact
by on Fri 30th Dec 2005 02:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Environmental impact"
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We need to preserve the Earth for the future... the coming of either the robots, monkeys, or aliens.

As engergy prices and CPU performance continue to rise, so will the market for low power chips that will be good enough for 99% of users in the world.

You can already see the trend with Sun T1 chips and AMD EE and HE Operterons for the data room. Aside from gamers and pros, most people will likely end up using Intel VIIV and Mac Mini type computers on their desks. Hopefully all this will happen in time to catch the rising wave billions of people from developing countries.

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