Less is more

Less is more
New European rules mean that all new domestic electronic devices, from TVs and fridges to computers and peripherals, now have to automatically put themselves to sleep when not in use to save energy. This is part of the EU’s Ecodesign initiative, which has also outlawed high-wattage vacuum cleaners and will extend energy ratings to gas ovens.
It doesn’t matter that this is going to counter global warming or save us all a bit of money off our bills. The most important thing is that it enshrines into law the principle of designing products efficiently and that can only be a good thing. If only we could use the same approach to stop software vendors selling us bloated and buggy programs.




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