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Submission + - Vinyl Record Sales Highest in 30 years (

retroworks writes: Wall Street Journal taped interview describes reinvestment in new vinyl LP record production, based on high demand for turntables. What old technology will be the next to resurface?

Submission + - US Ally Used $3.4M Patriot Missile to Destroy $200 Consumer Drone (

retroworks writes: USA General David Perkins, commander of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), led a symposium (taped address where he alluded to a recent use by an unnamed "close ally" of a $3.4M dollar Patriot Missile to shoot down a $200 consumer drone. While the drone was successfully destroyed, the general presented it as a clear example of "overkill" and unsustainable military cost-benefit economics. Andrew Liptak of The Verge observes "The situation showed: whoever was flying the drone now knows that they can easily undermine this unnamed ally with the missiles. All they need to do is buy more cheap drones and fly them, running up the operational costs of that military."

Comment For God's Sake, it DEPENDS (Score 1) 498

I'm furious when certain newspapers or other non-important or non-financial websites force me to use combinations of letters, symbols, capitals and numbers. They are actually trying to make sure I don't give my password to other people to read their content, they aren't protecting ME from anything. That forces me to either a) disclose my important password techniques, or b) create an even more difficult to remember password for a site that's considerably less important than my bank, etc. Worst case are (a) the poor fools who use their important bank password for a bullshit local non-important site where a snotty 20 year old has access to all the customer passwords.

In other words, the answer is "it depends".

Comment Google Checkmates Antiphorm (Score 1) 160

This has been a war over user rights to "camouflage". Google and other ads-funded corporations have feared the "false positive", the background-running random search engine. The recent "are you human" captchas come when I'm not even running an anti-phorm, so I guess I have to prove I'm human because my searches appear to be non-sequetors to Google (though they are not, to me). x2010

Comment Screw Child Porn (Score 1, Insightful) 244

And anyone here defending it. Most of the arguments against the FBI that I see here follow the logic that "if FBI does X to stop a crime, FBI or some other person might do X for bad reason". So no one can own a software exploit, a gun, or a computer, or a sandwich, if it sets a 'precedent' that someone else could posses such an exploit, gun, computer, etc. Seems to me FBI is making a judgement call, how much they can damage the child porn industry through the prosecution and disclosure of method, and how much they can damage it by having people know they aren't immunized by Tor. See header. I'm for giving the FBI that discretion, and if and when it's power is abused, object to THAT, rather than to FBI doing their job correctly.

Comment Re:I was an editor there.. (Score 1) 60

Yep, I was an editor from about 1999 to 2006. It did have a positive effect on SEO back then. But then I had to reapply to be an editor, and since it was kind of a thankless task I gave up. As wilth Wikipedia, it was fairly easy to detect the personality of the people in charge of the group one was subgroup/topic editor of, and sometimes there was suspicion of bias in the industry website DMOZ approval/disapprovals. Overall quaint, I have some fond memories, but wouldn't bother to resurrect the thing.

Comment Re:Goodwill & Dell Computer (Score 2) 274

Bullshit. MIT tracking study found only 14% of CRTs were exported, and most of those were found in reuse operations. And they didn't even track any large CRT TVs (only small monitors) which haven't had much of an export market for a decade. The NGOs who made up this story about "primitive" tech sector have a uniqure role, raising millions with pictures of kids at foreign dumps, but not actually sharing a single penny with the people in the photos - instead driving it into these warehouses. I'm a lifelong environmentalist, but the NGO's "CRT e-waste policy" was a sever case of malpractice, planned obsolescence, and racial profiling.

Comment Re:That's why I pay to recycle monitors (Score 4, Informative) 274

Mod Down! That's the biggest bullshit. I was at the so-called "largest e-waste dump" in Africa 3 weeks ago (my second visit). Total and complete hoax. World Bank data shows how many African city households had televisions 20 years ago (millions) and the major problem is that Africans aren't throwing them away - there are not enough of them burned, because they repair them forever. I don't like to throw the "racist" term around, but the fact that so many reporters repeated this false story about the "primitive" Africa Tech Sector is kind of telling. UK is the worst, actually put an African TV repairman in jail, citing 80% bullshit statistic at his hearing (which the NGO now admits was false).

Comment Bad Waste Policy (Score 5, Informative) 274

I'm a professional CRT recycler with experience with the companies in the article. The leaded silicate in CRT glass can actually be valuable as a fluxing agent. It's basically the same as anglesite, the leaded quartz that's mined worldwide. But because of e-waste alarmism (e.g. original article said they were full of "toxic gases", still says the CRTs "explode"), the primary copper and lead smelting industries stopped accepting the material. I personally managed several hundred tons of cullet from one on the companies in the article, but the smelter didn't like the regulators and environmentalists poking around, or the red tape. So they went back to mining lead and silica from the ground. Here's an article I wrote about the "no good deed goes unpunished" aspects of CRT glass recycling. Previously I wrote one - also published in Motherboard - about how Asian refurbishers stopped buying CRTs from America for the same reason (they were being cast as "primitive wire burners).

A good rule of thumb is that the worst forms of recycling are better for the environment than the best forms of hard rock metal mining. But "waste" policy says the opposite, waste is a "liability" for the consuming industry, mined material is subsidized.

Submission + - Samsung Battery Manufacturer's Warehouse Catches Fire (

retroworks writes: Reuters News reports that Samsung's SDI facility in Wuqing, Tianjin, China — the takeback facility responsible for recycling, among other things, the recalled Samsung Note 7 smartphones — has itself burst into flames. Nineteen fire trucks and 110 firefighters reportedly showed up to put out the blaze. The fire burst out in the area dedicated to managing scrap batteries and phones.

The same SDI subcontractor is set to start supplying lithium batteries for Samsung's upcoming flagship smartphone Galaxy S8 in the first quarter of this year. The S8 replaces the Galaxy Note 7 mode, which suffered a global recall last year due to battery defects. Electronics recycling factories are generally suffering increasing incidents of fire, as lithium batteries become exposed to oxygen during the recycling process.

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