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(io9)   There's $21 billion hiding in our e-waste   (io9.com) divider line 26
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4571 clicks; posted to Geek » on 13 Jul 2012 at 9:58 PM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-07-13 07:56:25 PM
Dibs!
 
2012-07-13 10:05:37 PM
Nonsense. We're running out of resources on this mudball, what with tossing all our minerals into black holes. We MUST, as a *species*, start mining asteroids before we run out of like stuff !!!
 
2012-07-13 10:14:51 PM
preciousmetal in our e waste? Sounds about right.
 
2012-07-13 10:17:32 PM
www.filmsquish.com

Seen rummaging through your old fap folder looking for the Precious
 
2012-07-13 10:19:35 PM
Our trash will be the future's greatest resource.
 
2012-07-13 10:34:23 PM
I watched a Discovery documentary about this a few years ago - the process to reclaim the metals from computers and the like is so goddamn toxic China is the only country on earth that can do it cheaply because they contaminate a town for a few years and then move on to the next one. I remember they had an American company who collected e-waste on the record as saying it was cheaper to ship it to China and ship the final product back than it was to deal with environmental regulations in any western country. Then they showed video of Chinese rivers that were farking steel gray through and through because of contamination.

At some point China is going to run out of places to ruin. The year after that, your new tablet is going to cost 3 grand.
 
2012-07-13 10:51:00 PM

Lsherm: The year after that, your new tablet is going to cost 3 grand.


You mean the iPad 4?

/but think of how thin and shiny it will be!
 
2012-07-13 10:53:17 PM
Their is California budget surplus right there.
 
2012-07-13 11:03:54 PM
A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you're talking about real money.
 
2012-07-13 11:29:13 PM
There's always money in the e-waste
 
2012-07-14 12:02:16 AM
That $21 billion is spread out over $23 billion in expenses to gather and process.
 
2012-07-14 12:22:22 AM
I've been telling people for a while now, I think that within the next hundred years that we will be mining our landfills. If we as a species survive that long.
 
2012-07-14 12:35:50 AM
One of the greatest things I miss about smoking is my Monday morning walks to slevs... trash day in my hood, you wouldn't believe the perfectly good stuff people throw out!

/CHAIRS! but no, really
 
2012-07-14 01:01:19 AM
And it will only cost $22 billion to recover it all
 
2012-07-14 01:15:01 AM
I hear the e-waste management business is e-mafia run anyway...
 
2012-07-14 01:32:36 AM
I've been learning circuit design and rather than go to Radio Shack and spend lots of money I collect old electronic stuff and strip it for usable parts and wire. A heat gun and an old putty knife will strip an old board very quickly. Then I have a pile of parts to sort while I'm watching TV and voila- endless resistors, capacitors, diodes, transistors, switches, pots and a bunch of other stuff that I hope to one day identify when I learn more. It's awesome to turn broken crap into annoying noise machines and weird blinky things.
 
2012-07-14 04:25:03 AM

JasonOfOrillia: A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you're talking about real money.


Don't be fatuous, Everett.
 
2012-07-14 08:44:08 AM

whatshisname: And it will only cost $22 billion to recover it all


Good point
 
2012-07-14 09:29:47 AM
There's always precious metals in the banana stand.
 
2012-07-14 10:22:50 AM
Why do you think you are seeing all these commercials to buy your old broken cell phones for a dollar?
 
2012-07-14 10:30:16 AM
Gawker, always on the cutting edge of technology news.



///ffs, rick romero reported this 10 years ago. Nice of them to catch the fark up
 
2012-07-14 12:05:58 PM

Smeggy Smurf: [www.filmsquish.com image 468x340]

Seen rummaging through your old fap folder looking for the Precious


I misread that at first and wondered what the HELL that was doing in your fap folder.
 
2012-07-14 12:24:25 PM

Yotto: Smeggy Smurf: [www.filmsquish.com image 468x340]

Seen rummaging through your old fap folder looking for the Precious

I misread that at first and wondered what the HELL that was doing in your fap folder.


DON'T JUDGE ME!
 
2012-07-14 01:34:58 PM

notmtwain: whatshisname: And it will only cost $22 billion to recover it all

Good point


So, with 22 billion in tax write offs and a few government grants we can still make some money right? Not anyone who works for us sure, but we can right?
 
2012-07-15 01:43:07 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: Nonsense. We're running out of resources on this mudball, what with tossing all our minerals into black holes. We MUST, as a *species*, start mining asteroids before we run out of like stuff !!!


Did 'space nutters' kill your family or something?
 
2012-07-15 09:37:45 AM

lewismarktwo: Quantum Apostrophe: Nonsense. We're running out of resources on this mudball, what with tossing all our minerals into black holes. We MUST, as a *species*, start mining asteroids before we run out of like stuff !!!

Did 'space nutters' kill your family or something?


I used to *be* one. Then reality dawned on me, and kicked all my delusions square in the soft spot. We can't afford to gape slack-jawed at the romantic delusions of the past, we got shiat to do right here, right now.
 
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