Millions of kilowatt hours of Wasted energy.
The personal computer is one of the most unnecessary waste of energy and contribute a lot to global warming.
This is a very technical subject which most lawmakers are unaware of.
Most people believe that a computer should run hot and that the fan should be working at full blast to dissipate the heat. This is not true it is possible to do everything on your computer without trying to fry an egg.
When you buy a computer you will have to pay a Microsoft tax whether you use windows or not, your computer will come preloaded with spy-ware, ad-ware, anti virus, etc....
When you boot your computer it will start scanning files checking for viruses, spy-ware, etc.. This makes your computer slow but you don't know any better you think that is just the way it is.
Okay so you decide to buy a new laptop the Microsoft tax is included in the price. If you decide to replace Microsoft windows with Linux (a superior operating system) you will need three dvd's to copy the Microsoft windows system, this takes about three hours with your computer working full blast.
This is necessary because if at a later time you need to upgrade your bios you will have to restore the Microsoft system in order to run the bios update as the update has to be run in Microsoft windows which should not be. It could be written to run independently then it would take about 5 minutes to update.
If you upgrade your bios, by the time you restore the windows system, upgrade your bios, and reinstall Linux you will spend a whole day with your computer working full blast, this uses a lot of energy your cpu fan will work at full power to dissipate the heat or your computer will fry.
If you try to get a refund on the Microsoft tax they will make it not worthwhile and you would not be able to upgrade your bios.
Okay you successfully removed Microsoft and replaced it with Linux.
Now when you boot your computer it boots quickly your fan hardly spin because there is not much heat to dissipate. Now your cpu is free to run the programs that you want to run.
The computers all over the world using Microsoft waste millions of kilowatt hours of unnecessary energy every day. This energy is produced by coal, gas, oil and nuclear which contribute to global warming and other pollution.
This is wasted energy which have nothing to do with the work that you are trying to do on your computer.
Computers should only run hot when doing labor intensive work, not to run spy-ware.
If you were successful you now have a nice computer that does not waste energy.
Often it is not so easy, here is the wicked part.
The manufacturers of the chips that are used in your computer like Broadcom and Nvidia just to name the two most notorious, there are others, do not disclose the instruction set of their chips. This prevent anyone except Microsoft from having drivers for their cards.
Nvidia tries to make drivers for Linux but they are buggy and limit the operating systems performance. Broadcom seems to have given up trying.
The excuse for not releasing the instruction set is that they are protecting their intellectual property.
The intellectual property should be the chip that they manufacture not how to use it. This would be like if you bought a car with a lot of secret functions so that your neighbor could not borrow your car.
There should be a law that forces all companies that manufacture computer devices to release to the public all the instructions to control their devices.
Their profit should be in the product that they make and when you buy their product you should have full access the usage of the product.
They would also sell a lot more, making more profit if they released the instructions.
Intel and AMD release the full instruction set for their microprocessors and they are doing well, so what is Broadcom and Nvidia hiding.
Anyone skilled in programing could write a program to fully utalize an Intel ar AMD processor.
No one except Broadcom could write a program to fully utalize a Broadcom wireless card.
Another excuse is that they make the card specific for windows, but we know that it is just bits ones and zeros that control the chips, this is the conspiracy.
Two good companies AMD-ATI and Atheros release their instruction sets, but when you go into a store to buy a computer it is not easy to know what is inside.
If they are forced to release to the public all the instructions then other operating systems could write functions to use these devices and it would make the world a cooler place.
We would not hear the word Microsoft specific anymore.
Microsoft has done everything in its power to kill competition and is one of the major contributors to unnecessary global warming. Most computers could run at 20% of the power that they now consume.
I can understand necessary from unnecessary pollution, like cars until we can improve the technology is a necessary pollution.
This Microsoft thing does not require any new technology, it can be solved by the stroke of a pen in congress.
So many people have left their computers idling and it work itself until it fries. When you leave your computer idling it should be doing just that idling, it should be cool to the touch.
I hope someone could bring this to the attention of the lawmakers.