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There’s been a lot of hype about the energy-saving powers of Blackle, the all-black site based on Google’s (GOOG) search engine. The site is not, however, affiliated with Google and in fact Bill Weihl, Google’s so-called green energy czar basically shoots holes in Blackle’s raison d’etre: […]

There’s been a lot of hype about the energy-saving powers of Blackle, the all-black site based on Google’s (GOOG) search engine. The site is not, however, affiliated with Google and in fact Bill Weihl, Google’s so-called green energy czar basically shoots holes in Blackle’s raison d’etre:

We applaud the spirit of the idea, but our own analysis as well as that of others shows that making the Google homepage black will not reduce energy consumption. To the contrary, on flat-panel monitors (already estimated to be 75% of the market), displaying black may actually increase energy usage. Detailed results from a new study confirm this — Bill Weihl, Green Energy Czar, Google.

Check out the detailed study Weihl is referring to. Blackle’s Web site says it was made by Heap Media “to remind us all of the need to take small steps in our everyday lives to save energy.” How about the need to get a lot of PR?

  1. is his actual title Green Energy Czar? correct I suppose but hellllla creepy

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  2. plete, his official title on his business card is Google’s Director of Energy Strategy, but he calls himself Green Energy Czar in his blog post. Hey, whatever he wants.

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  3. that is like 17 times creepier

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  4. [...] Blackle is BS, says Google There’s been a lot of hype about the energy-saving powers of Blackle, the all-black site based on Google’s […] [...]

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  5. [...] Blackle is BS, says Google There’s been a lot of hype about the energy-saving powers of Blackle, the all-black site based on Google’s […] [...]

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  6. This kind of reminds me of how hoaxers always win because the time wasted telling “two friends” about the latest faux news is dwarfed by the subsequent time wasted researching and de-bunking it back upstream. I believe the CO2, sulphur & nitrogen we’ve emitted testing, de-bunking, and commenting on blackle has probably far exceeded what would have been saved even if the claims had been true.

    And, yes, I’m apparently now part of the problem too.

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  7. LOL, Vinnie, sometimes we just can’t win.

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  8. [...] Google responds recently saying that Blackle is a sham and that in many cases it actually takes more power to display a black website. This test from Techlogg seems to confirm that if you have less than a 22-inch LCD monitor – which most of us do – Blackle actually uses more power. Nice. But if you have a CRT monitor (apparently 25% of the market still has them) Blackle saves power, though it’s not that much, and certainly not what they claim. [...]

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  9. Blackle’s claims to save energy, while admirable, fall a little short when you look at the facts.

    I propose a different approach to reduce display power consumption, spend less time using the monitor by using a more efficient Google search. How?

    I have created several Google Custom Search Engines using Google Topic driven search technology and a search engine linking method to combine my multiple search engines.

    I have created a more efficient mechanism for searching using Google topics and categories in my Google Custom Search Engines to group search results.

    Entering an initial search string in the search box and hitting the search button displays a list of topics below the search box. When you select a topic my search combines the previous search string with the search string I have placed inside the topic.

    It works quite well and reduces the time you spend running searches.

    I have three main custom search engines that I have created. The Plasma TV Custom Search makes extensive use of topics.

    Plasma TV Custom Search: http://www.webperc.com
    Music Custom Search: http://www.webperc.com/tab-hut.htm
    Google Search: http://www.webper.com/google-search

    Take a look and let me know what you think.

    Ray Szasz
    http://www.webperc.com

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  10. [...] Google disses Blackle, the so-called energy-saving black Google, big time. Google’s note to Blackle: Making the Google homepage black will not reduce energy consumption and may actually increase energy usage on certain moniters. Got it. [...]

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