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Comment Re:Former insider says (Score 1) 113

It is and it isn't.

Computers and servers are solid gold. Scrap metal, high quality circuit boards, gold and silver contacts, large amounts of aluminum. Old TVs, monitors, even LCDs and plasmas are at best a break even proposition because the majority of their weight is plastic and materials that are expensive or at the current time impossible to recycle. Things like keyboards and mice contain almost nothing of value to fund their disposal, same with modern office and home homes and dozens of other products that may not jump to mind but are a the reality of eWaste. This also includes products which could be valuable but due to low yields or modenr "black box" mentality construction practices the labor cost of dealing with them far outstrips any resulting return.

Comment Re:China (Score 1) 113

I get the impression that it's not just a problem on the local level given how widespread the practice is. It seems like a government that can spare troops ever time workers are pushing for better rights could find a few to watch ships being unloaded. It seems more likely to me that they've turned a blind eye to the problem because of the massive amount of natural resources that can be brought in this way and the only cost is pollution and health problems, something industrializing China has shown they have very little concern for.

Comment Re:China (Score 1) 113

Sadly here's the dirty little secret of electronics exporters:

It's only "waste" if you call it "waste" both domestically (at least in North America) and internationally. That truck full of 20 year old monitors? That's electronics equipment for resale! Those electric meters with mercury switches in them aren't hazardous waste, they're a valuable finished product being shipped to a second hand market! It's scary and it's true, if a country allows the legal export of electronics and it's destination allows the legal import (i.e. every country in the world) it comes down to just how hard the customs inspectors are scrutinizing things and just how honest the operators at both ends are.

Comment Re:As an eWaste recycle... (Score 1) 113

I think you're confusing industries that propose self regulation as an alternative to government regulation (the meat industry) with an industry that is in many cases actively pushing for greater government regulation and is already under the eye of the EPA, DOT, DNR, and OSHA for more things than you'd imagine.

They are not self regulating themselves to some legal standard, they are self regulating to a moral standard that is completely unenforceable by law.

Comment As an eWaste recycle... (Score 2) 113

The problem here is the same faced by any industry. Programs like eStewardship are voluntary programs and not subject to legal enforcement so the field is potentially ripe with opportunity to defraud your customers with higher processing fees for all the added expense of being green. It's largely a marketing tool on both ends and I'm sure there are plenty of people in the industry who see it as nothing but.

However, there are plenty of people who do take this very seriously, and it's unfortunate that our credibility is being tarnished. Sadly there's little that can be done about it, auditing processes will catch companies that merely don't meet the standards, but there's nothing that can be done about those who intentionally falsify records or aim for loopholes.

I can only recommend that those looking to be rid of their hardware do their due diligence, there's no reason a company shouldn't able be to provide a list of their downstream processors by name or offer you a tour of their facilities.

Comment Re:Whoosh. (Score 1, Insightful) 102

No offense, but if the best thing you can think to do is play Starcraft your example should be "sitting in a basement being bitter" not "camping in the middle of no where". Blizzard doesn't cater to the niche "getting away from it all to do the exact same thing they do at home" crowd.

That aside, I appreciate the desire to return to a kinder simpler time, but really, I think the scenarios you've created only emphasize the sibling poster's point that broadband internet is so common that the exclusion of LAN play might be a moral sin, but from a practical perspective I, and most other people, never even noticed because we're too busy playing with our roommates and friends through with the same gameplay quality we needed LANs for 10 years ago.

And now when a friend gets home late the integration between friends in the same room, those across the country, and random opponents is absolutely seamless. You may not like it, but it is an improvement.

Comment Re:A shame I won't be playing it. (Score 1) 187

Blizzard is just making a preemptive strike saying that people who are willing to hack the game for single player achievements are probably willing to hack for multiplayer achievements are probably willing to hack in multiplayer games.

Maybe it's all just a slippery slope fallacy, but it's certainly less morally ambiguous than to develop a sliding scale of punishments that's always one step behind people who could potentially be ruining the game for your other customers.

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