Has anyone bumped in to any concrete numbers over the environment impact of our usage of suboptimal software, eg js+web tech instead of native desktop apps, the power usage of crypto currencies, the cost of constantly brute forcing problems instead of elegant solutions?

Any data is much appreciated - it trying to write something intelligent about this.

Regarding Bitcoin: Assumptions here are tough. While the hashing power is known, the energy efficiency of the actual hardware used remains unknown (we only know that it varies widely). My diploma thesis focussed on the "fundamental value of bitcoin". Adam Hayes wrote a couple papers modelling a production cost model for the value of bitcoin, that may also be usable for making assumptions/calculations about Bitcoins power draw: adamhay.es/wp-content/uploads/

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