Monday, July 23, 2007

Energy Saving Goes Insane...

Take a look at Blackle, the equivalent of Google. The piece of spam - sorry, the circular e-mail - I received explains all:

"For those worried with energy consumption and all its downsides. When your screen is white, being it an empty word page, or the Google page, your computer consumes 74 watts, and when its black it consumes only 59 watts. Mark Ontkush wrote an article about the energy saving that would be achieved if Google had a black screen, taking in account the huge number of page views, according to his calculations, 750 mega watts/hour per year would be saved."
Of course, the screen being in black makes it fucking difficult to see anything when compared to the white one, but why let little details like being able to see what you have just searched for stop you?

I hoped that this was all a wind up, but it doesn't seem to be. However there are some criticisms of it - see here for details.

How very apt. Something designed to save the environment that actually turns out to be a big old bag of crap. Who'd have thought it, eh?

8 comments:

guido faux said...

Horseshit.

Anyone can use settings in their browser to override web page defaults.

I actually prefer white on black, especially when hacking code. The problem with blackle is that it's grey-on-black so gives you eyestrain.

Roger Thornhill said...

So Neuearbeitmachtfrei has been eco-friendly since creation!

p.s. Maybe Blackle should actually be Blaggle...more appropriate, methinks.

JuliaM said...

I notice it's copyright to something calling itself 'Heap Media'.

How singularly appropriate for this steaming pile of ****.....!

Vindico said...

lol. black is the new green

Lord Straf-Moran said...

...Of course, the screen being in black makes it fucking difficult to see anything when compared to the white one...

One wonders. One really wonders.

Mark Wadsworth said...

Yes Rog, and that is the one thing I don't like about your otherwise excellent blog.

Roger Thornhill said...

noted, Mark.

I have turned up the template to borderline polar bear extinction level.

The Remittance Man said...

Just out of spite I've turned up the brightness on my big screen monitor.

I'm pleased to report that my tan is developing nicely.