While mips per watt is really important - plain old watts are too. A setup that can handle a decent peak computational loading had better be good at idle too. Just like solar power - the need for computation is a famine or flood situation. Sometimes you need a lot - sometimes not. With solar, assuming a decently sized system - a system that can handle Feburary in "conserve" mode is dumping so much power on you the rest of the year you might as well be using for an electic car (which I do). A good systems design handles things like this that we can't really change, gracefully.
I don't count entertainment/social/sports, as from my old-fart POV, those things are unchanging human nature, and essentially trivial and boring. I don't care who is famous for being famous anymore, who is porking whom, who won the game (with credits for the script at the end!) and so forth one bit.
Not that I disagree with the other commenters. As I said - it's like the world just went dark. Even
"It doesn't work like that."
Taxing them more simply means higher prices for all the customers. That would be us, not them. If they keep prices the same, it means less investment by them in jobs, or higher prices for us, period. Further, while most people see reports of huge "cash in the bank" values for some of these outfits, they fail to look at the financials of same to discover that there are loans against most of the balance in most cases, often as not used to buyback shares to keep earnings/outstanding share up and thus share prices (and C-suite compensation) as well - most companies don't actually have a lot of that cash in hand (though some do). At any rate, a tax on them is simply a tax on the customers in the end, there's no free of that sort in this universe. I suppose one could make the argument that since I'm not a customer of theirs, I wouldn't care - and I'm not - but costing for example, Apple customers more would trickle down to me in the form of other raised prices I'd pay for things made by their customers in the end, anyway.
It's dangerous to live in a world of flat-broke spendthrift governments who use words like "fair" to mean "gimme more of your money to buy your votes with" - whether a company or an individual. Consumption taxes are effectively regressive... While profits have a poor record of trickling down, losses seem to always do so; is that rain, or are you p*ssing on my back? TANSTAFFL
I call what I'm doing "the LAN of things". Anyone who puts all that sort of thing "out there on the internet" is frankly crazy or doesn't know squat about security.
People called me crazy for spending that money (incrementally) while much of this gear cost more than it does now. I'm not so sure...haven't paid a power bill since '79 - have a phone/internet bill, and that's it. Yeah, car insurance (A Volt gets me to the beer store), property taxes and so on - but net-net - I'm making out like a bandit. Yes, I have to run the backup gennies sometimes, but not very often. The thing about solar in the mountains of SW VA - February...we don't always have enough sun, and no way can you have enough batteries - self discharge alone kills that plan - to handle that. But it's a pretty decent system, I rarely notice any limitations, and our uptime is far better than the local power company to boot - I am essentially running on a huge UPS all the time. In fact, one of the pis is in charge of monitoring and controlling that, along with controlling the backup gennies - all I can say is, it works. Doesn't hurt I used to make my living as a hardware/software/systems/product designer so I knew how to build all this.
Single tasking: Just Say No.