The Green Tech Blog on CNET News postulates that the next green trend will be to s l o w down the innertubes, or more accurately, the flow of data. Now that slow down is apparently measured in terms of milliseconds, and is "not enough for Web surfers to notice" according to researchers.

But as we recently discussed, milliseconds at every hop can potentially add up to seconds, and seconds will certainly be noticeable by Web surfers - particularly those who might be engaged in sensitive financial transactions like selling and buying stocks. And we won't even discuss the effect on real-time communications like SIP from the potential jitter arising out of such a theory. Suggesting that routers can delay traffic for even milliseconds and then measuring only the effect on Web traffic is short sighted. This is Web 2.0, baby. We're converged, now, integrated. Routers don't generally distinguish between SIP and HTTP and RTSP. It's all just bits and bytes, forwarded on to the next hop. Delay one you delay them all.

I think there's a better way to go green, and it actually improves performance rather than degrades it. Why put the onus on network devices when a better solution - one that makes everyone happy - is to build out an architecture that's capable of improving performance, ensuring uptime, adding security, and will decrease the overall consumption of power?

Yeah, I don't get it either.

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