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Posted: May 19th 2009 11:11PM (Unverified) said

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There is absolutely no basis for saying that Brazilians use less carbon than avatars. It's not scientific whatsoever. It's one of those guilt-ridden Northern liberal thirdworldist fictions.

BTW, there's a lot of Brazilians in SL now. So, all those Brazilian avatars must be offsetting the good those non-avatarized Brazilians accomplish all those years. However, it's all the fault of old white guys in California, they are to blame for everything.

Posted: May 19th 2009 10:26PM Joystiq Login Bugs SUCK said

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Leaving the air-conditioning needs out of it right now and without knowing the exact number of servers needed to run SL with 4 regions per server it is still a huge amount of Electricity. However, that they are moving to a Data Centre powered by nuclear power certainly backs up the claim of lowering the carbon footprint on their side.

But, you still have a constant minimum 40,000 computers connecting to the grid(tm) each of those using 1,752,000kWh of electricty, which based on coal fired technology is a minimum of... 54,312,000 short tons of CO2 for the minimum 40,000 players of Second Life.

For more tangental calculations... Yes, I am now venturing into the ridiculous >.>)

54 million tons of CO2 for SL's 40,000 campers. 10 linden per hour by 40,000 people is 3.5 billion $Linden. In other words each $Linden has an environmental cost of 31 pounds (14kg) of CO2,

Buy US$20 of $Linden and you just helped to create 84,000kg of CO2

Posted: May 20th 2009 1:14AM (Unverified) said

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Wow. Its a good thing noone said that then

Posted: May 22nd 2009 9:18PM (Unverified) said

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Nice to see someone touting nuclear power as green energy :)

More seriously, I wonder if they're going to continue to use Terremark on other world-wide locations on both sides of the Atlantic as well as on both Americas. That would definitely make things very interesting. Specially because I don't see a lot of latency going down for non-US users just because of the push over to the East Coast — I oversee servers in San Francisco, Phoenix, and New York, and the difference between them is merely 15-30 ms, thanks to the ultra-speed digital backbone supporting the US. Pipe bits across the Atlantic, and you'll easily get another 140-150ms on it...

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