Spam Isn't Green

Spam Isn't Green

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According to net security firm McAfee, spam isn't just a nuisance, it's destroying the planet.

I doubt that anyone will be rushing to defend mass spamming, but looking at the survey released, it's quite horrifying how much damage the inbox-choking requests actually perform.

If we're looking at electrical use alone, the computer processor time used to deliver all those Viagra adverts clocks up at nearly the same as 2,400,000 US homes a year.

Carbon Footprint of Spam, released today, is a report based on a survey by climate-change consultant ICF International. It estimates that a total of 62 trillion spam emails were sent during 2008.

According to the report, the carbon spam-print is 0.3 grams of CO2 for every message, and almost half the energy wasted is from clicking the email and then deleting it. If it's just spam-filtered, then you (indirectly) only use up 16% of that energy.

If everyone had perfect spam filters, then the resultant saving could be worth the same as taking 2.3 million cars off the road each year. And it's not just planet saving, but profit saving as well: Up to one fifth of a business' energy demands, and thus energy bills, would be saved by this method.

However, as we're all aware, the perfect spam filter doesn't, and probably can't, exist and it does make the assumption that that energy wouldn't be flowing into people playing Genre Wars instead.

Even if you're spam-free, you're probably still leaving a sizeable carbon footprint: An earlier survey said that two Google searches was equivalent, in energy consumption, to boiling a kettle. Given the choice, I'll have mine black with no sugar thanks.

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The obvoius solution would be to force people to get smart enough and not think "OMG GOOD DEAL! YAY!" when some shady email tries to sell vi@gggra (it's usually speleld wrong to avoid filters) or other stuff

Since I abandoned Hotmail, I have not recieved a single spam mail. Does this mean I can go to sleep tonight and think I'm contributing to saving the planet?

Edit; I'm an idiot.

I'm sure far more energy is spent on people playing WoW.

Pi_Fighter:
I'm sure far more energy is spent on people playing WoW.

Probably true, who knows what server farms do in terms of damage to the environment. But again a useful evil.

How are people so dumb to open spam ?
It's hard to understand how spam produses CO2 but okay.
[Nice, I read that Spam as meat product wasn't green :D]

Pi_Fighter:
I'm sure far more energy is spent on people playing WoW.

Agreed.
It's hard to get your head round how some annoying words on my screen attempting to fool me into buying myself "some extra lift" contributes to CO2, but hey.

Clirck:
[Nice, I read that Spam as meat product wasn't green :D]

My thoughts exactly XD

Rhayn:
Since I abandoned Hotmail, I have not recieved a single spam mail. Does this mean I can go to sleep tonight and think I'm contributing to saving the planet?

Edit; I'm an idiot.

I still have my hotmail account, I don't get spam.
I also don't sign my email address up on a bunch of BS sites. You know when you go to a website and it asks your email address?
Yea, thats how you get spam.

Clirck:

It's hard to understand how spam produses CO2 but okay.

Its simple.
Computers require electricity.
Electricty isn't milked from a cow. Its 'created' by burning fossil fuels such as coal, or oil. And even methods such as wind/solar power, use up 'resources' that have a 'carbon footprint' because simply MOVING something uses some kind of energy, and that energy requrise energy to get said energy in the first place. ;)

For instance. Lets say you buy the 'greenest' item in the world. And you ship it from hong kong to your home. Its going to have a large Carbon Footprint, which incidently makes the product 'less' green then it was before. In that it creates fossil fuels to get to you. However its 'green' disposal wise... (generally)

Not that I love spam, But.... I don't get how heating a kettle is using less energy than using my computer - my computer uses around 1100 watts whereas an electric stove uses 2200w (not sure about gas but i really don't want to do the math converting gas into jules)? I think their hedging their statistical books a little.

SinisterDeath:

Rhayn:
Since I abandoned Hotmail, I have not recieved a single spam mail. Does this mean I can go to sleep tonight and think I'm contributing to saving the planet?

Edit; I'm an idiot.

I still have my hotmail account, I don't get spam.
I also don't sign my email address up on a bunch of BS sites. You know when you go to a website and it asks your email address?
Yea, thats how you get spam.

Clirck:

It's hard to understand how spam produses CO2 but okay.

Its simple.
Computers require electricity.
Electricty isn't milked from a cow. Its 'created' by burning fossil fuels such as coal, or oil. And even methods such as wind/solar power, use up 'resources' that have a 'carbon footprint' because simply MOVING something uses some kind of energy, and that energy requrise energy to get said energy in the first place. ;)

For instance. Lets say you buy the 'greenest' item in the world. And you ship it from hong kong to your home. Its going to have a large Carbon Footprint, which incidently makes the product 'less' green then it was before. In that it creates fossil fuels to get to you. However its 'green' disposal wise... (generally)

Couldn't have said it any better myself :)

If everyone used Nuclear power and the like, this wouldn't be too much of a problem. Yeah, yeah, radiation and crap, but it has no air pollution, and is very efficient and long lasting.

No spam here: my filter blocks all of it. I shudder to think of the countless numbers of people that must be perpetuation this silliness.

 

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