"The truth about those little red lights: a tale of power and poppycock"


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terminalterror
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Linky

The article may be a few months old, but it is very intersting. The reporter tries to find the origins of the "electrical devices on standby account for 10% of domestic electricity use" fact.

An intruiging read that I thought I'd share.
#1 at 21:29:35 - 31/01/2007
Rhythm
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There was a fantastic documentary on Radio 4 t'other night about how flawed most study into climate change is. One example related to the Thames Barrier. The report the govt uses to justify the spending their looking at piling in states the barrier was used 12 times 1995-2000 and 55 times 2001-2005. When speaking to employees at the barrier and checking the logs, the figures were actually 37 and 35 over the same periods.

It's still on Listen Again - Linky
#2 at 21:47:08 - 31/01/2007
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It's an interesting probe into people's willingness to accept information given to them by what they regard as an authoritative entity.

Actually, it's a great expose on just how lazy we all are - especially journalists, Civil Servants and Politicians it would seem.
#3 at 21:51:22 - 31/01/2007
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It's the Milgram Experiment on a (western) global scale
#4 at 21:54:31 - 31/01/2007
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Heh, when I got my new TV a few years back, when I noticed that the standby wattage was nothing like 10% of the operating wattage, I just assumed that the majority of TVs out there must be much more inefficient than my nice new telly :)
#5 at 21:58:40 - 31/01/2007
terminalterror
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This becomes a problem when the idea that everybody latches onto (and can't be shaken out of people's heads) is actually dangerous, like the whole MMR fuckwad.

Some newspapers still talk about it as though there is a huge amount of debate on the issue of MMR and autism. Not a single fucking one writes anything when several studies show that all the original results and basis for the entire scandal were very very likely to have been false positives Linky
#6 at 22:00:18 - 31/01/2007
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Was a good read, thanks.
#7 at 22:15:59 - 31/01/2007
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Doesn't standby actually increase the lifespan of electrical equipment anyway, due to most deaths of things being starting up from cold?
#8 at 22:19:25 - 31/01/2007
terminalterror
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Gremmi said:
Doesn't standby actually increase the lifespan of electrical equipment anyway, due to most deaths of things being starting up from cold?


Also starting up devices requires a small extra amount of power, so if you keep turning things on and off, then standby saves electricity. No idea how often you have to turn things on and off for this to actually matter though. I'm not one for pulling numbers out of my arse.
#9 at 22:22:26 - 31/01/2007
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#10 at 22:22:52 - 31/01/2007
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Gross...
#11 at 22:23:39 - 31/01/2007
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In Communist Russia, electrical devices put YOU on standby.
#12 at 22:27:01 - 31/01/2007
terminalterror
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frod said:
In Communist Russia, electrical devices put YOU on standby.


That will get old sometime, but for now it is still funny

:)
#13 at 22:31:27 - 31/01/2007

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