Not so eco avatars…

…as everyone rushes to get a second life someone has done the math on the energy consumption involved. According to Celsias an avatar consumes about the same amount of energy as a Brasilian. Not forgetting that the human couch potato is also using energy (probably more than the Brasilian too) so there is almost a doubling of energy use. Philip Rosedale, the head of Linden Lab, the company behind the virtual world Second Life, says, “We’re running at full power all the time, so we consume an enormous amount of electrical power in co-location facilities [where they house their 4,000 server computers] … We’re running out of power for the square feet of rack space that we’ve got machines in. We can’t for example use [blade] servers right now because they would simply require more electricity than you could get for the floor space they occupy.” Now that sounds like a lot of energy being used. Here’s a useful round up of links on the Ethiopian/Starbucks coffee fiasco from greenLAgirl who also provided the link to the avatars story.


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