Originally Posted by TomCat
Not sure how you can create an opinion poll that questions scientific fact. We can't have opinions about whether gravity exists or whether the sun will set in the west.
Which is what I wrote in Post 37:
is meant to collect public opinion: Do you prefer blondes or brunettes? A survey
asks for objective data: How many people live in your house? A test
is meant to check the knowledge of facts: What is longer - a foot, 18 inches or a yard?
Any discussion about power consumption has two levels: personal (can I afford it or will I be comfortable) and public. Doubling from 150 to 300 watts may personally be no problem. To the power grid and the generating stations it's a disaster.
I read somewhere that the power needed to run all these servers that support the internet (used mainly to deliver high quality porn at high speed) accounts for 2 to 3% of the total power consumed in the US, and growing. To keep the operating expenses low, these server stations, many as large as a Wal-mart store, are located where cheap and dirty coal-powered energy is available. So much for that green, paper-less, high tech.