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(International Business Times)   New report says an iPhone uses more energy than a refrigerator. Probably because it's the one appliance that Americans still use more than their refrigerator   (ibtimes.com) divider line 35
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2013-08-17 08:48:29 AM
but the stuff running in the background that supports wireless connections that are always on.

Bullshiat report is Bullshiat. Those wireless connections support much more than just phones. They are connecting computers, cameras, monitoring equipment, a whole slew of devices. Did the report determine how much of the wireless network is used by just phones and tablets?
 
2013-08-17 09:59:29 AM
Step one: look up BTUs a refrigerator needs to operate.
Step two: compare it to the entire energy cost in mining, production, and distribution of an iPhone.
Step three: pretend that's the same thing.
 
2013-08-17 11:34:27 AM
I thought iPhones ran on concentrated smug.
 
2013-08-17 11:51:21 AM
coal company sponsored research report produces bad science? NO! HOW CAN THAT BE?
 
2013-08-17 12:03:02 PM

vygramul: Step one: look up BTUs a refrigerator needs to operate.
Step two: compare it to the entire energy cost in mining, production, and distribution of an iPhone.
Step three: pretend that's the same thing.


Obviously fridges spring fully-formed out of the ground.
 
2013-08-17 12:10:35 PM

cameroncrazy1984: vygramul: Step one: look up BTUs a refrigerator needs to operate.
Step two: compare it to the entire energy cost in mining, production, and distribution of an iPhone.
Step three: pretend that's the same thing.

Obviously fridges spring fully-formed out of the ground.


Stop spreading false information. The individual parts are grown on plants, true, but they are assembled by colonies of ants.
 
2013-08-17 12:27:13 PM

grokca: I thought iPhones ran on concentrated smug.


And Android phones run on anti-smug, which is why when you get users of each together, they annihilate each other.

/Usually via slapfight
 
2013-08-17 12:29:00 PM

Dinki: but the stuff running in the background that supports wireless connections that are always on.

Bullshiat report is Bullshiat. Those wireless connections support much more than just phones. They are connecting computers, cameras, monitoring equipment, a whole slew of devices. Did the report determine how much of the wireless network is used by just phones and tablets?


I thought youtube and fark were mobile phone exclusive?
 
2013-08-17 12:45:44 PM

grokca: I thought iPhones ran on concentrated smug.


Tears of FOSS zealots actually.
 
2013-08-17 01:03:29 PM

vygramul: Step one: look up BTUs a refrigerator needs to operate.
Step two: compare it to the entire energy cost in mining, production, and distribution of an iPhone.
Step three: pretend that's the same thing.


Step four: compare the entire energy cost and production cost of food put in the refrigerator.
Step five: add the cost of mining, production, distribution, advertising, transportation and eventual disposal and recycling of refrigerator.
step six: does that little light go off when you close the door?
 
2013-08-17 01:14:23 PM

cameroncrazy1984: vygramul: Step one: look up BTUs a refrigerator needs to operate.
Step two: compare it to the entire energy cost in mining, production, and distribution of an iPhone.
Step three: pretend that's the same thing.

Obviously fridges spring fully-formed out of the ground.


I bought an organic refrigerator from a local farmer and got to pick it from the vine myself.
 
2013-08-17 01:19:09 PM
Wow, that was a retarded article.
 
2013-08-17 01:21:31 PM
Unless a iPhone draws 1.5 amps for 12 hours at a time, I really doubt it.
 
2013-08-17 01:42:25 PM
It's not even apples and oranges... it's more like comparing a single grape to an apple orchard. The comparison is literally, "the cost of running an existing appliance" versus "the cost of creating, distributing and powering an iPhone and then serving it with streaming video."

It would seem to me like the argument could easily be made that as the number of screens with radio/wi-fi transmitters in a household increases, so too does the need for dedicated infrastructure and the drain on power.

But that's not as sexy as saying, "we need to produce more coal because iPhones take twice the power of a refrigerator. This message brought to you by the coal industry."
 
2013-08-17 01:42:27 PM

cameroncrazy1984: vygramul: Step one: look up BTUs a refrigerator needs to operate.
Step two: compare it to the entire energy cost in mining, production, and distribution of an iPhone.
Step three: pretend that's the same thing.

Obviously fridges spring fully-formed out of the ground.


Well, mattresses do...
 
2013-08-17 01:49:07 PM

cameroncrazy1984: vygramul: Step one: look up BTUs a refrigerator needs to operate.
Step two: compare it to the entire energy cost in mining, production, and distribution of an iPhone.
Step three: pretend that's the same thing.

Obviously fridges spring fully-formed out of the ground.


Spontaneous refrigeration.
 
2013-08-17 02:01:37 PM

cameroncrazy1984: vygramul: Step one: look up BTUs a refrigerator needs to operate.
Step two: compare it to the entire energy cost in mining, production, and distribution of an iPhone.
Step three: pretend that's the same thing.

Obviously fridges spring fully-formed out of the ground.


Only in Valhalla.
 
2013-08-17 02:02:42 PM

impaler: cameroncrazy1984: vygramul: Step one: look up BTUs a refrigerator needs to operate.
Step two: compare it to the entire energy cost in mining, production, and distribution of an iPhone.
Step three: pretend that's the same thing.

Obviously fridges spring fully-formed out of the ground.

Stop spreading false information. The individual parts are grown on plants, true, but they are assembled by colonies of mexican ants.


/FTFY
//We don't even hire American ants to assemble our fully grown goods.
 
2013-08-17 02:11:07 PM

New Farkin User Name: Well, mattresses do...


Voon!
 
2013-08-17 02:14:13 PM
So I guess if you have a blackout, the iPhone battery should be able to run your refrigerator for a day.

/Nope, no you can't.  You can't take the battery out
//And the Android battery is already dead

///Not sure where I'm going with this
 
2013-08-17 02:15:46 PM

fang06554: So I guess if you have a blackout, the iPhone battery should be able to run your refrigerator for a day.

/Nope, no you can't.  You can't take the battery out
//And the Android battery is already dead

///Not sure where I'm going with this


All the food rots with the with the Windows/Blackberry battery because nobody uses it?
 
2013-08-17 02:20:22 PM

YodaBlues: impaler: cameroncrazy1984: vygramul: Step one: look up BTUs a refrigerator needs to operate.
Step two: compare it to the entire energy cost in mining, production, and distribution of an iPhone.
Step three: pretend that's the same thing.

Obviously fridges spring fully-formed out of the ground.

Stop spreading false information. The individual parts are grown on plants, true, but they are assembled by colonies of mexican ants.

/FTFY
//We don't even hire American ants to assemble our fully grown goods.


A wall would stop these illegal ants.
 
2013-08-17 02:22:06 PM

cameroncrazy1984: vygramul: Step one: look up BTUs a refrigerator needs to operate.
Step two: compare it to the entire energy cost in mining, production, and distribution of an iPhone.
Step three: pretend that's the same thing.

Obviously fridges spring fully-formed out of the ground.


This summer was too cold so my fridge garden only produced those big freezers old people and hunters keep in their garage.
 
2013-08-17 02:25:37 PM
yeah yeah whatever, i'm browsing fark on my 850w behemoth pc so i'm getting a kick out of this etc.
 
2013-08-17 03:19:39 PM
So glad I don't use my mobile *hipster butt wiggle* but am now thinking my bro can pay more of the electricity bill...
 
2013-08-17 03:20:22 PM

picturescrazy: cameroncrazy1984: vygramul: Step one: look up BTUs a refrigerator needs to operate.
Step two: compare it to the entire energy cost in mining, production, and distribution of an iPhone.
Step three: pretend that's the same thing.

Obviously fridges spring fully-formed out of the ground.

This summer was too cold so my fridge garden only produced those big freezers old people and hunters keep in their garage.


You win this one. That was darn hilarious.
 
2013-08-17 03:37:59 PM
Smartphones and tablets require a negligible amount of energy to charge, but watching an hour of video each week for an entire year requires more total energy than two refrigerators. The true culprits aren't the devices, but the stuff running in the background that supports wireless connections that are always on.

Scumbag clickbait article
 
2013-08-17 04:19:25 PM

cameroncrazy1984: vygramul: Step one: look up BTUs a refrigerator needs to operate.
Step two: compare it to the entire energy cost in mining, production, and distribution of an iPhone.
Step three: pretend that's the same thing.

Obviously fridges spring fully-formed out of the ground.


Wait, you're telling me they don't? So they're not like the Canada Dry ginger ale machines that come out of the ground that I've been hunting for?
 
2013-08-17 06:36:18 PM
1. Write a half-assed general article about technology.
2. Put Apple in the headline for no particular reason
3. ???
4. PROFIT
 
2013-08-17 07:59:51 PM
Damn! I Clicked on that link and stepped in a steaming pile of derp.

What a retarded load of sh*t.
 
2013-08-17 08:28:44 PM

Tobin_Lam: You realize that your computer isn't using 850w constantly? My 600w power supply is probably only pushing 100w or less most of the time.


Dual SLI, 4.0Ghz i7 cpu, dual hard drives, SSD drive.

/Pulls 2 amps at idle. including 3 monitors AND a sizable 5.1 system.
 
2013-08-17 09:50:59 PM
Would it throw the reporter's math off more if we remind him iPhones can be recharged in your car and then he would have to include the entire energy affect of the car itself to power the iPhone?

/I am hoping this would cause his head to explode and we won't have to read anymore of his tripe.
 
2013-08-17 10:37:29 PM

vygramul: Step one: look up BTUs a refrigerator needs to operate.
Step two: compare it to the entire energy cost in mining, production, and distribution of an iPhone.
Step three: pretend that's the same thing.


Who the hell measures electrical power in BTUs?
 
2013-08-17 11:42:35 PM
Also, it's not so much the fridge, but. more specifically, its compressor that eats up most of the energy given to the fridge which is thermostat-controlled, thus for most of the time you're sleeping or at work, is in standby. I understand they're just using the refrigerator as a basis of comparison, but, that said, what on Earth does any of this have to do with a m@#!^rfarkin' refrigerator‽ ‽ ‽
 
2013-08-18 02:54:03 AM

bighairyguy: grokca: I thought iPhones ran on concentrated smug.

And Android phones run on anti-smug, which is why when you get users of each together, they annihilate each other.

/Usually via slapfight


Nah - Droid phones are powered by a different flavour of concentrated smug.
 
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