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Apple Exits "Green Hardware" Certification Program 405

westlake writes "CNET reports that Apple is turning its back on the EPA supported EPEAT hardware certification program. One of the problems EPEAT sees are barriers to recycling. Batteries and screens glued into place — that sort of thing. There is a price for Apple in this: CIO Journal notes that the U.S. government requires that 95 percent of its electronics bear the EPEAT seal of approval; large companies such as Ford and Kaiser Permanente require their CIOs to buy from EPEAT-certified firms; and many of the largest universities in the U.S. prefer to buy EPEAT-friendly gear."
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Apple Exits "Green Hardware" Certification Program

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  • by Austerity Empowers ( 669817 ) on Saturday July 07, 2012 @06:34PM (#40578525)

    For what this thing costs I'm going to have to use it until it biodegrades!

  • by bky1701 ( 979071 ) on Saturday July 07, 2012 @06:40PM (#40578551) Homepage
    They'll give Apple a pass, because Apple, you know, is not just some evil-multinational megacorp trying to rip people off and exploit poor foreign workers in order to expand profit margins. No, Apple is different.

    It is an exercise for the reader to figure out how exactly they are different.
  • by John Bresnahan ( 638668 ) on Saturday July 07, 2012 @06:41PM (#40578559)

    Good move, Apple - you may have just saved Steve Ballmer's job.

    Given Ballmer's performance, helping him save his job may be the smartest move Apple could make.

  • by sjames ( 1099 ) on Saturday July 07, 2012 @08:19PM (#40579069) Homepage Journal

    He could install a spreadsheet program and use it for money laundering/

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 07, 2012 @08:20PM (#40579083)

    Besides some nuclear war will probably destroy the earth long before a bunch of retina displays pile up somewhere. I used to want to "contribute to humanity" to give my life meaning then I realized what's the point when 100 or 1000 years out eventually a nuclear armageddon is going to pop off and it'll all be for nothing. I'm with you bro, i'm not sacrificing my one and only life so some theoretical future person can be happy. This is MY life and if you don't like my retina Macbook you can kiss my motherfucking ass.

  • by kqs ( 1038910 ) on Saturday July 07, 2012 @08:58PM (#40579227)

    my company still won't approve any iPhones or iPads for corporate use because of the weak security features (so the IT guys say), Apple really doesn't 't give a crap about businesses and hence Blackberry stays in business....

    Since this was true three years ago, the good news is that your IT folks may only be about three years out of date with technology, thus placing them in the top 20% of corporate IT folks. Hey, I like to be optimistic!

  • by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) on Saturday July 07, 2012 @09:41PM (#40579371) Journal

    but my wife (who isn't me, as it were)

    My wife isn't me, either, but my girlfriend is.

  • by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) on Saturday July 07, 2012 @09:45PM (#40579395) Journal

    You have a group of people advocating for the government to step in and force everyone else to make the choices that they prefer, choices which they believe (wrongly) will bring about some bullshit eco-utopia. At the same time, ironically, they whine and complain when that police power, the same power that they want to use against others (read their crazy list of demands) to force choices that wouldn't happen otherwise, descends upon them in the form of pepper spray, baton strikes and plastic handcuffs. I don't have any problem with people making their own choices and living their own lives, live your own life how you want. However, when you say that the government ought to force everyone else to make those same choices because you're "right" and everyone else is either wrong, misguided or stupid; well, that's when I take issue with filthy hippies who would appoint themselves as philosopher kings to manage other people's lives and choices through government decree.

    Man, that's some quality blather, right there.

    You have got to lay off the talk radio, friend. I didn't know it was possible to fit so much nonsense in one paragraph. If it had gone on another few sentences, you might have created a nonsense singularity that you'd never be able to escape.

  • by Tough Love ( 215404 ) on Sunday July 08, 2012 @12:38AM (#40580181)

    I guess it means Macs are now unwelcome and everybody goes back to Linux on all kinds of platforms. To get work done and be green.

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