This is sooooooo close to the Line.
For the time being, Dell is no longer shipping certain Alienware Aurora R12 and R10 gaming PC configurations to half a dozen US states because those product lines potentially fall out of bounds of newly adopted energy efficiency requirements.
When attempting to configure one of those systems, a warning message appears in bold red lettering to alert buyers that their order will not be honored if the destination resides in one of the affected states. This was first spotted by Marie Oakes, an independent content creator who highlighted the disclaimer on Twitter.
“This product cannot be shipped to the states of California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont, or Washington due to power consumption regulations adopted by those states. Any orders placed that are bound for those states will be canceled,” the message states.
…Looking at the map, I would hypothetically pick Idaho over Nevada if I do end up writing a science fiction story extrapolating a future scenario involving Pacific chiplegging runs. Eastern Oregon and Washington State would have more checkpoints to cover, and local officials would theoretically have better things to do than to pull over every big rig to look for superhot processors. Particularly if, say, the tax stamps in this imaginary thought experiment were reflective of the fair market value of what are perfectly-legal components in more civilized parts of the United States of America.
Course, that would allegedly mean a higher mark-up for product making its way to California (Hawaii would simply be hosed, sure and entire), but that would just be an excuse for conflict in the latter part of the aforementioned (and strictly potential) science fiction short story. I hardly also need to note that I do not endorse the transportation of unlawful substances across state lines, and that this should not be taken as any sort of encouragement to do so. I am merely workshopping a possible new story, tentatively called “Poor Honest Men:”
I do so love Kipling: don’t you?