Streaming porn might not be helping the environment


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2017/12/15/streaming-porn-might-not-be-he.html


#2

This is me putting on my extremely dubious face.

They quote one person who says that it’s almost impossible to do the math to compare physical media environmental impact with digital media environmental impact, and then give the floor over to an anti-porn advocate who obviously is going to say whatever furthers her agenda regardless of whether or not she has hard numbers to back up her assertions… which she doesn’t.


#3

[Masturbates skeptically]


#4

I think that they are arguing in bad faith. 1.3 Watts per open stream is next to nothing, display device probably consumes more. And “5.967 million kWh” is 5.967 GWh, which seems like big number, but it isn’t. A single locomotive diesel engine can generate such amount of work in 83 days.


#5

11K lightbulbs a day? How about we start by asking car dealerships to turn off their parking lot lights at night. That’s hundreds of 1000’s of lightbulbs a day burning, with arguably much less benefit.


#6

Instructions unclear; dick stuck in electric meter.


#7

https://www.wired.com/2013/09/how-do-you-get-1-21-gigawatts-for-your-time-machine/


#8

Step one: don’t be very intelligent
Step two: come up with an idiotic and “titillating” (to someone like you) claim
Step three: do some half-assed internet “research”

Then get linked like crazy by lazy people and watch that sweet, sweet ad cash roll in.


#9

Heh, yeah, I love that after all the build up we find out that the largest porn site in the world uses almost as much energy as the average downtown office building that refuses to turn off its lights at night.


#10

Seeing what you did there.


#11
  1. Sorry, the planet is just going to have to take one for the team on this.

  2. If you are ecologically conscious, remember to save your favorite videos and rewatch them later. Hot tip - put them under a folder labeled “Video Card Drivers” and add “.dll” to the suffix (remember to change this back before viewing.)


#12

I think the impact on the logging industry, in terms of tissues used, is probably much more significant.


#13

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#14

It might make an odd bumper sticker: “Don’t stream. Cruise the streets.”


#15

I’m pretty sure HotRedheadThreesome.dll is still going to lead to some questions.


#16

Yes, but 6 GWh per year is only 0.68 MW of continous power. Disregarding reliability concerns, 5 regular deLoreans could do it :slight_smile:

Edit:
Or maybe Mitsubishi Pajero would be better for such content. Citing Wikipedia:

But pajero in Spanish is also a common term of abuse, usually translated as “wanker” or “tosser”, thus perhaps why alternative names have been used for many markets.


#17

Well it certainly helps my environment.


#18

Leaked Mormon Church booklet for leaders claims masturbation turns you gay…


#19

Sometimes I put it on just for ambiance.


#20

LOL - you can use random numbers, then it will be a bit of a surprise when you click on it. Or, come up with a system that codes what is in the video.