back to article BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'

Haters might say the man responsible for bringing the world the Microsoft empire has finally had a taste of his own medicine, with Bill Gates admitting on Monday to having swallowed liquid poo. El Reg couldn't possibly comment. In a blog post this week, Gates wrote about trialling a machine that turns faeces into drinking …

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You are right, there can be no comment here. :)

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I thought it was going to be a story about Windows 8.

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The first sentence says it all

Need I say more?

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Coat

You're shitting me, right?

Coat...

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Re: You're shitting me, right?

I wouldn't shit you, you're my favorite turd.

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Well

He does it with software

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arguably Wetware

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Joke

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Ah, but it takes a Steve Ballmer/Elop to turn gold into faeces ..

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May I remind you of a phrase from BOFH: "Downloading Brownware"

Seems suddenly appropriate.

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" it takes a Steve Ballmer/Elop to turn gold into faeces"

Now that Ballmer owns a basketball team, perhaps he can snatch Defeat from the jaws of Victory too.

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Austin Powers(Gates)

Austin(Bill): Crikey! This coffee smells like shit!

Basil: It is shit, Austin.

Austin(Bill): Oh well then it's not just me.

[Drinks coffee.]

Austin(Bill): It's a bit nutty.

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Well..

All water we drink has probably been consumed many times by people and/ or animals at various points over the last couple of hundred thousand years. But as for actually watching the process and drinking the results? Pretty brave, Bill, pretty brave.

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And some of it must have been Hitler too.

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And probably DEITY too ( helps keep the believers happy)

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But that means it's homeopathic shit, it's super powerful poo.

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"And some of it must have been Hotler too"

It'd be interesting to know whether a child born in 1990 would drink water that had been in contact with Hitler's or Mike Godwin's poo first.

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The amount of water estimated to have been drunk by all humans that have existed is a tiny fraction of all the world's water ---- dinosaurs on the other hand were around for a very very long time so the chances that what you drink today has passed through a dinosaur is very high.

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I looked on the internet and my conclusion is a suspicion that there are orders of magnitude more water in the sea than all of the animals that have ever existed could have passed.

Not very robust for a lunch-hour investigation but:

o Discussion: how many organisms have ever lived on Earth?

o Volume of the sea

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There is a famous French song 'Dès que le vent soufflera - Scélérats" by an artist called Renaud which has appropriate lyrics

J'ai déserté les crasses qui m'disaient sois prudent

la mer c'est dégueulasse, les poissons baisent dedans!

translation:

I deserted the dross that said to me be careful

the sea it disgusting, fish fuck in it!

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There is a famous French song 'Dès que le vent soufflera - Scélérats" by an artist called Renaud which has appropriate lyrics

Who came first, "Renaud" or W C Fields?

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With all the Water on the Earth. It seems unlikely that anyone ever drank Dinosaur Pee... Ever!

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@Tom

Ah-ha I didn't know the WC Fields version ( died 1946 - Renaud is still alive - so credit to WC Fields)

Here is the quote :

“I don't drink water. Fish fuck in it.”

― W.C. Fields

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c.38000 molecules of Hitler's last piss

Pretty potent by homeopathic standards!

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"The amount of water estimated to have been drunk by all humans that have existed is a tiny fraction of all the world's water"

Indeed, but surely some bodies of water get recycled more often than others? For example, some bottled mineral water (such as that in Buxton) is estimated to have been sat underground for 10 000 years or more before bottling. Whereas I imagine shallow lakes, man-made reservoirs and the like will end up in the loop more often as rain will fall in the mountains and refill said shallow lakes etc.

I could be wrong about this, of course. Much sleep has been had and much beer has been consumed and subsequently returned to the planet since my Geography lessons of 20 years ago...

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Re: Dinosaur pee

XKCD's What If

Near the bottom of the page

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Re: Water and dinosaurs

Randall Munroe already did the math there:

http://what-if.xkcd.com/74

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" Whereas I imagine shallow lakes, man-made reservoirs and the like will end up in the loop more often as rain will fall in the mountains and refill said shallow lakes etc."

IIRC water from the Thames has passed through at least three sets of consumers before it reaches the sea. Extract from river, purify, supply, drink, excrete, flush, sanitise, re-insert into river....and then repeat at the next extraction point downriver.

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>c.38000 molecules of Hitler's last piss

>Pretty potent by homeopathic standards!

That, and combined with that memory effect...

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Check out W.C. Fields' films, they're pretty good

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Some groundwater predates animals, some volcanic steam, and water from recent comets would be less likely to have passed through an animal, but in general, most water on Earth has passed through several fish at the very least. The mass of the organisms is not what matters...rather how much they take in over time.

Just one human produces 82,150kg of crap in a lifetime. We eat fairly nutritious stuff. Many animals have to eat stuff that is much less nutrient dense and produce far more for the mass equivalent.

Not to worry, H2O is H2O...as long as it has the right number of protons, neutrons, and electrons. It could have gone through a billion anuses and it would be no different.

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I'd be more impressed if he'd smeared his face with it and jumped around making chicken noises.

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To paraphrase a popular sentiment

Eat shit and live

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Or - Eat shit you might die - don't eat shit you will die.

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It always amuses me how squeamish people are over the whole human waste into drinking water thing. Literally every glass of water you've ever drunk in your entire life was at one stage some kind of piss, human or animal, likely both, that's how the world freaking works, it's a mostly closed recycling system that turns shit into food, piss into water, and so on.

Machines just allow us to see the process a bit clearer.

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I suggest you overuse 'literally'.

In the UK at least, much drinking water comes from the sky, and is collected in various reservoirs located in the more rainy areas of the country, the water itself ultimately originating in the Atlantic Ocean, which is huge to say the least. Yes biological waste will and does end up there (and has done over all of geological time) but I would wager that most of it repeatedly runs off back into the sea where it came from, unadulterated by faunal oesophagi!

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sorry bub... but rain mostly sinks into the ground, washing out whatever waste elimination product by [organism] is on it into the soil, where it is recycled by [organisms] which think of [excrement] as [food], in turn producing [stuff] ..... etc...

You can be assured that water from a natural source ( be it a well or pumped up from several 100 meters down ) has seen so many "faunal oesophagi" that there's literally nothing left to use as [food]. This is known as a natural filter, quite widely used, and nowadays actively induced in waste treatment plants.

I know that most modern dutch waste treatment plants turn out a water quality that's significantly better than our "cleanest" surface water, and that the only reason it is not piped directly into the drinking water plants is the well-known Squeamishness about "recycled poo". Which is funny as hell given that the water that is used in those drinking water plants comes straight out of the Rhine/Meuse delta, carrying....well you can do the math...

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The more important bit is this process can work in parts of the world with little natural precipitation, and also if it is small enough, on space stations/ships!

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nothing new here

Many years ago (approx 1968/69) I went on a visit with my school to the local sewage works (they did those sort of things back then). At the end of the trip we all stood around the water outfall from the plant. The Chief Chemist took a glass and filled if from the outfall. Then he drank it.

Only one of the class took up his offer to do the same. Ironically, that person went on to get a Phd in Chemistry.

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Ironically in the late 60s that probably wasn't as safe as it is now, but his immune system was probably better than the current average too :)

I find people who have faith in science refreshing (no pun intended) compared to the mass of humanity who think 'chemicalz r badd'

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"Only one of the class took up his offer to do the same. Ironically, that person went on to get a Phd in Chemistry."

Why is that ironic?

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"Only one of the class took up his offer to do the same. Ironically, that person went on to get a Phd in Chemistry."

I shared a flat with some medical students once. I'm pretty sure they would have drunk it on the way in.

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Ah yes, the same in our neck of the woods although the workers on site had to remove the " night fighter rings " from the various settlement / treatment tanks before that School trips.

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but Dihydrogen Monoxide is a key component of acid rain!!

Won't somebody think of the children!?

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Hi, Martin: While the filtration and purification technology has vastly improved since the 1960s/70s, did we have as much junk in the waste stream? Sure, the agricultural runoff may have been worse (DDT and other since-then-banned chemicals) but the average American back then wasn't loaded up on Big Pharma's finest to anywhere near the extent she/he/ze is today. Maybe it's a wash, I dunno.

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"..a glass of delicious drinking water."

H2O: Odourless, colourless, tasteless.

So Bill's machine doesn't work and he enjoys the taste of a mouthful of skat.

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Saying it was delicious doesn't impart any reference to taste, odour or colour, just that he enjoyed it.

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Myself I don't like my H2O too pure, I like my H2O full of minerals.

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Hmm. Perhaps instead of the FAIL icon, I should've chosen joke. (Dictionary.com) ...

Delicious - adjective

1. highly pleasing to the senses, especially to taste or smell:

2. very pleasing; delightful:

Using definition 1: Bill is imbibing, so the reference which is imparted is to the sense of taste.

(Icon - pedantry).

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