File this one under laws you just would never have even thought of. In Britain, it's now against the law (or at least they are making stern assertions against) to have a "standby" button on an electronic device. Devices left in this idle mode reportedly account for 8% of the country's entire energy consumption.
So, you lucky Brits, you'll now have to completely boot up your DVD player, set-top box gaming devices, and I guess even your computer, when you want to use it. Though, I'm guessing that if you already own a device with a standby button, Tony Blair's not going to come knocking down your door to confiscate it.See, this is what happens when you do stuff like sign the Kyoto Protocol. The U.S. is smarter -- emit all the toxic gases you want, consume as much energy as possible, and let the next group of political rulers worry about the long-term effects. Thanks goodness we Yanks still get to keep our standby buttons.
Report Published by: Mark Raby
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