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Mark Manching
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I think it would be better for them to put out instructions on how to build a wind-turbine or a hydrogen power cell for under £100 and then get people to try and power their lives are atleast something it that for an hour, it would raise awearness and most of all it would show people that they actually work.

As for me I wont, as I know where my power comes from, it comes from a big wind turbine field a few miles north of me (according to a man who spoke at my school). The wonders of scotland, I knew us being unbearably windy would come in handy some day.

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Its a waste of time, we need to focus on cleaner ways of producing power like fusion, solar, wind and bio-engineering.

End of story, if we would figure out better ways of obtaining and re-using energy then we wouldn't have to turn our crap off ever. I did not observe last year and I don't plan on observing this year either.

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If nothing else, I think the pictures we get to see of major cities around the world gone black are worth turning the lights off for an hour. (here's a link I found with a few pictures of Toronto taken during last year's Earth Hour. I remember on the news last year they showed satellite photos comparing cities on a normal night to what they looked like during Earth Hour and it was quite impressive.

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I read that this was all the UN's idea. Apparently they got tired of not doing anything about genocide, so they've decided to take us for a little guilt and tell us what bad little citizens we are for using electricity. I'll be keeping my lights and computers on for the evening, thank you very much. If the UN really wanted to get something done, they'd stop wasting time telling us to turn lights off and actually do something to make renewable energy into more than the relative novelty it is today.

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Believe it or not, Turning off your hardware can help. I dont remember the exact numbers but what people save by observing this occasion does help.

The only reason I cant observe this is because I live in the Fargo area and I need my sump pump. My original plan was to flip the breaker and just use the battery backups on my personal computers, servers, and other networking hardware.

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Believe it or not, Turning off your hardware can help. I dont remember the exact numbers but what people save by observing this occasion does help.

The only reason I cant observe this is because I live in the Fargo area and I need my sump pump. My original plan was to flip the breaker and just use the battery backups on my personal computers, servers, and other networking hardware.

It's a drop in the pool. The only reason governments are going with this is because it shuts people up because it makes it look like they are doing something, and if they didn't they would get criticized for not turning off there lights. Toronto had a concert last year, found it ironic because they had a shit load of lights there lighting the stage.

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The funny thing is that they are going after "Earth Hour". I mean, that particular hour. Just shut your lights whenever you leave a room and turn your PC (PC Equipment) off whenever you don't have a "standby activity" taking place. Every bit helps, even though I agree with the drop in the ocean analogy. "Making" someone turn off the lights for 1 hour and having them on for the other 8759 hours of the year is not what this is about.

... At least in my opinion ...

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To save power we turn off the lighting in the comms room at night, the fact that over a 100 servers and at least that much telecomms equipment is powered up in there seems to escape the person who does that.

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I was really afraid what could happen to all the nuclear powerplant if people abruptely stop consuming energy, but the nuclear fuel rods were still pulled out to the max. So clever as one can be, I helped compensate the energy fluctuations and consumed as much juce as I can.

I heated up my baking oven, turned on my coffeemachine, made some toast, microwaved popcorn, set every hot plate to maximum and turned the washingmachine and the drier on. But I turned off my 11W energy saving light bulb and lighted up 10 candles (btw wich produce about 80W each) so nobody in my neighbourhood can see light in my apartment and so they can't blame me destroying the enviroment. :)

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