Get Off The Standby Fence: Gadgets Must Be On Or Off
from the nothing-in-between dept
Lots of folks around the world are concerned about energy issues, and different governments are taking different approaches to the issue. There's always talk about trying to wean people off of being dependent on certain types of energy, or at least lessening the amount needed. Over in the UK, they're apparently looking into outlawing the "standby" mode in electronics, complaining that it eats up too much electricity. Instead, people are going to need to turn stuff off. Of course, if those things take a long time to boot up, the opposite is going to occur. Rather than turn off, people will just leave them on constantly -- perhaps eating up even more electricity. There are some other interesting proposals that try to convince people to lower their energy consumption -- but it remains to be seen whether or not anyone is willing to give up convenience to save on their energy bill.