Brief anecdote to illustrate this. When California was under the
thumb of Enron, and before the Governator arrived on the scene, there
was this period when the state experienced successive rolling
brown-outs as power from the grid was rationed. So many Internet
firms kept themselves going with diesel generators that it affected
the air quality in the San Jose area on those days.
On Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 4:00 AM, russell_c <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I'm not sure this is on topic, but this CSIRAC story (below) came through
> today and caused me to reflect on a comment (by Staford I think?) that "they
> will find the cause" to a major US power outage (a $2.50 relay?).
> Why are we blaming climate change causes on CO2 when the energy increases
> have a lot to do with the complexities related to power station upgrades
> needed for PC proliferation, building air-conditioning capacity increases,
> flat plasma screens and additional housing demand due to family break down
> In respect to heat and power production -- are there any estimates of the
> energy generation involved in the growth of ICT and Internet over the 60
> years from when this machine came to be? (there is a picture with the story)
> Is this technology phenomena equally the cause of climate change and can it
> be somehow statistically correlated to CO2 increases?
> Australia's first 'iPod' marks 60th birthday
> "The CSIRAC - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research organisation
> Automatic Computer - is housed in the state's museum and has today been
> granted heritage listing as part of its birthday celebrations.
> It is the first computer ever to be made in Australia; the fourth computer
> ever to be made in the world; and the only first generation computer that
> remains intact. . . ."
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