Timothy Prickett Morgan, the author, estimates that $213 billion are absolutely wasted in a single year because of inefficiencies due to poor utilization rates. And while you might disagree with him on the number, you should listen to his arguments. He's also pointing at how grid computing could save electricity and reduce waste by increasing the average utilization of our machines. He even imagines a world where rich countries would sell excess computing capacity to developing nations at a fraction of the cost.
After reading this long essay, or some selected excerpts, I bet you'll power down your computer when you don't need it -- at least, for a few days.
|:: posted by Roland Piquepaille, 12:25 PM||