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Food for thought. Technology IS getting better, but will it be getting better fast enough?
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Those facts in the poster are bogus, but it's still something to think about.

If everyone stayed home, grew veggies and lived a poor, hand-to-mouth existence, the planet would probably be cleaner, but life would be worse. A homeless person might have less of a carbon footprint than someone that smokes, tokes and drives a car every day, but not many environmentalists choose to be poor hobos.
The internet is not killing our planet we the humans are. Right now I am more concerned about getting affordable alternative fuel cars.
Well it kind of is. Going on the internet is using energy. But we can save the earth and still use the internet! biggrin
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Well it kind of is. Going on the internet is using energy. But we can save the earth and still use the internet! biggrin

yes and computers take up less power then the tv
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Computer screensavers save energy, but the tv does not have a screensaver, well I do not have a flatscreen...:mrgreen:


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internet is killing the earth because it is making us all fat and lazy sitting here typing for hours - and we produce more carbons when we are fat ....

but considering we will all die young from obesity related illnesses - i guess it will work out
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You know I find it highly amusing to find you all talking about how the earth is dieing from us being on the internet well you talk on the internet personally you guys shouldn't care because I don't think the earth cares if you surf the internet to look at porn everyday it wasn't alive to start with how can it nanny you to get off your computers
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Those facts in the poster are bogus, but it's still something to think about.

If everyone stayed home, grew veggies and lived a poor, hand-to-mouth existence, the planet would probably be cleaner, but life would be worse. A homeless person might have less of a carbon footprint than someone that smokes, tokes and drives a car every day, but not many environmentalists choose to be poor hobos.


I get your point made in your second statement, because a poor hobos existence is certainly not alternative to be considering (although, a Hippie-style commune existence would be a more accurate portrayal of a communitarian effort to live like poor hobos without being poor hobos; Maybe even as a counterargument to your second claim, now that I think about it)...

... But what I take issue with is the assumption you made about the poster in your first point stare

First off, the poster cites all its sources, at the bottom, for where it got its information and, after perusing those said sources, I have little doubt that the information is incorrect. So, I'm curious as to how you came to your conclusions about the facts being bogus... Do you have sources that say otherwise? Journal Articles? News reports? Information from prominent scientists or environmental groups? Please, enlighten us, as the New Age-y types typically say rolleyes

Honestly, I suspect you said what you said out of hasty generalization of having skimmed the poster versus actually going through its cited sources at the bottom, which means you've actually contributed to misinformation on the Internet which is, by and large, one of the biggest contributors to environmental degradation neutral

... I mean, next to Ayn Rand, Ann Coulter, and the Earth-hating folks of Samizdata... Misinformation is the greatest threat to the Environment gonk
I hope we figure something out :- My prof. told us in class that servers alone account for 5% of the total annual US energy consumption o__o Servers ALONE! Not even counting all personal computers, mainframes, and cell phones... sad Poor Earth.
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The internet is not killing our planet we the humans are. Right now I am more concerned about getting affordable alternative fuel cars.
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The internet is connecting the whole world, I can´t see how it can be bad at all.
No matter how much concern you put into it, the world won´t change, it was made to end some day.
There is no way to save it, so you might as well enjoy it right now. Don´t believe the PETA commercials, it is too late. Just hope we´re not around when that happens.... xd

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