hell < handbasket
always seems to me that govs are constantly running round trying to shut the stable door after the horse has bolted... after they opened the stable door..
cars use the same amount of gas as 10 years ago because despite the increases in efficiency in the engine department, cars are now twice the weight with strengthening bars and airbags to meet govt targets on safety.
now they're eyeing set top boxes?? but aren't they pushing the whole "switch of your standard television set and watch something less boring instead on digital"?
digital radios.. what do they consume compared to stuff we've had for the last 60 years?
I'm not some neo-luddite, but (there it is), what do we really get out of it? Better sound quality so you can here the inanities of radio 1 in clearer stereo? 999 channels of repeats? Hands up if you've seen every episode of wheeler dealers or road wars at least twice.
if they were even remotely serious about this then they'd regulate all electrical equipment to have an off switch instead of standby, not as well as.. how about having a mobile phone charger where the input to the primary transformer was only active if there was a phone attached to it. just something to cut the electickery to the whole device when not in use. It's not hard.