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Comment: Re:Broadband speed and cost vs other countries (Score 0) 142

by WillKemp (#49476073) Attached to: How do your actual ISP speeds compare to the advertised speed?

We can offer 6-18mbps down and 1mbps up, on a single line.

Fuck, you're all at it! The symbol for mega is "M", not "m". "m" is the symbol for "milli" – i.e., 1000th. "1mbps" means one millibit per second, i.e., one bit every thousand seconds. Remind me not to get an account with your ISP.

Comment: Re:Objectivist utopia (Score 2) 215

by WillKemp (#49402535) Attached to: The Dystopian Lake Filled By the World's Tech Sludge

Coincidentally, a Facebook friend posted this video of the place: Baotou toxic lake.

As i suspected, it's a standard - although huge - tailings dam. Anywhere there's a metalliferous mine, you'll find one (or more) of these. I've only worked in one mine (in Australia) and their tailings dam had been incompetently built and managed - and it leaks into the surrounding soil and water table. I suspect they're like that everywhere, as mining companies only care about money, not the environment, and governments turn a blind eye.

The dust masks worn by the people in this video are rather melodramatic - and useless. It doesn't look dusty and the masks will have no effect on the sulfur dioxide and other gases given off by the tailings.

Comment: Re:Objectivist utopia (Score 1) 215

by WillKemp (#49401013) Attached to: The Dystopian Lake Filled By the World's Tech Sludge

It sounds like a standard mine tailings dam to me. You can see it on Google maps? So what? You can see much smaller tailings dams all over the world on Google maps. Yeah, they're disgusting, but we'd need to completely stop using metal to get rid of them.

The important thing is not that it's a tailings dam, but how it's constructed and managed - and there's no hint of that. A properly constructed and managed tailings dam shouldn't be a major environmental issue, but a poorly constructed or managed one is a disaster. I suspect this falls into the latter category (most of them seem to), but it would be nice to have some details.

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