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The Harvard Business Review has named Apple boss Steve Jobs as the world's best performing CEO. Notable in his absence is Microsoft chief, Steve Ballmer. Over 2,000 CEOs from all industries around the globe were considered for the title. According…
Google searches causing global warming? Err… no.
Yesterday, the Sunday Times published an article saying that making two Google searches generates as much carbon dioxide as boiling a kettle – an act long associated with energy inefficiency. This outlandish claim comes from a Harvard University physicist working on the environmental impact of computing.
Far be it for me to try to debunk a Harvard physicist, but this is mostly rubbish. Google is a company that cares considerably more for the environment than many. Although it’s true that datacentres are remarkably inefficient creations, and the IT industry has a carbon footprint like any other industry, Google pales into nothing when compared to cars, fossil fuel power stations and the aviation industry.
I suspect that the real reason for this jab at one of the world’s biggest IT companies is simply a desire for more research funding, particularly since the article inexplicably ends with an utterly unrelated jab at celebrity Twitterers. Google’s Senior VP of Operations, Urs Hölzle, clears things up on the Official Google Blog.
“Revealed: the environmental impact of Google searches” (via Techmeme)
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Founder of Harvard University, dressed like Master Chief. Priceless.
To the young gentlemen who dressed up Harvard University’s John Harvard statue as Master Chief, I bow down and take my helmet off to you all.
Some crazed students, probably fuelled by cheap liquer and the frenzy of the Halo 3 launch, recently dressed the John Harvard statue in Harvard Yard up with an assault rifle and Spartan helmet, as Master Chief. Wonder…