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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We always knew he was full of shit. At least now we know why.

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sisk: we always knew he was full of shit. at least now we know why.

Please enlighten us with your accomplishments, so that we can form uninformed opinions about your personality?

At least know that i'm not part of your 'we'.

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Lighten up. It's a joke. I just forgot the icon. I actually have a healthy respect for Bill Gates' accomplishments. Even more so for his recent ones than for the ones everyone knows about.

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Processed poo...

Naturally links to the article about 3D printed Hershey "chocolate" (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/06/good_news_3d_printer_now_runs_on_chocolate/).

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What kinds of Poo?

If it he can get water out of a "White and Crumbly" dog turd he deserves the Nobel prize.

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Re: What kinds of Poo?

There will have to be a machine to remove the lolly sticks first!

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Re: What kinds of Poo?

I remember those. Since scoop laws, not seen one in years.

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Re: What kinds of Poo?

If you read the linked blog you'll see the system actually burns the poo producing both water and electricity so presumably as long as the dog turd contains hydrogen at least a fraction of it will wind up combining with oxygen to make water.

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Re: What kinds of Poo?

You just have to squeeze very hard. ;)

Here is an experiment I am sure you will appreciate: Shovel about a thousand pounds of the stuff into your car with the windows up on a hot day. Then look for condensation on the windows as the weather cools. Trust me...just do it ;) Maybe only a thimble, but there is still some water. And if that does not work, you can set the stuff on fire and collect the gasses. There will be some water vapor. And maybe you can run a turbine or two with the heat.

That is what we need, a dog poo recycling center...well maybe. Don't even put that thing near me ;) Only people with 3 or more dogs have to live nearby. ;)

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New American TV Show

"Guess The Poo", where contestants try to guess who did the dukey in the potty by drinking the liquid latte.

For once, I will not copyright this.

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Re: New American TV Show

I'm sure that the Japanese would have already beaten you to this...

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Bill Gates putting his mouth where his money is.

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.... where his pennies were spent?

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Microsoft Shite box

I thought that was the Xbox One.

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Re: Microsoft Shite box

More like the FailBox 360...

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Any chance this machine could be reshaped into a stillsuit?

Drink your own...

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Re: Any chance this machine could be reshaped into a stillsuit?

Nice Dune reference!!!

Its amazing anyone finds this surprising, we are all drinking piss and shit that's been cleaned up. The good thing here is that the bit you cannot drink is being turned in to something useful!

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Re: Any chance this machine could be reshaped into a stillsuit?

are you wearing your suit desert fashion because it seemed the way to do it? Very good Muad'Dib!

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The story that has it all...

The classic combination of affluence and effluent.

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Poor ol' Bill

Too many people poo-poo (ahem) Bill Gates in his efforts to use his amassed wealth to help humanity, he doesn't have to; good on him I say!

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Re: Poor ol' Bill

I came here to say the same, he's done a LOT to combat malaria by all accounts, all recent stats show

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Could this be made small scale?

Just got back from sailing an Atlantic circuit and dealing with poo|shit|effluent was a pain in the arse. We also had a challenge carrying sufficient drinking water for the long passages. The chance to recycle the water out of the holding tank would have real appeal.

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1) Get a reverse osmosis machine.

yes, but they need a shed load of energy - either electricity or run off the engine flywheel. Both options mean running the engine more than is preferable.

2) Sail more than 12 nautical miles from land. and 3) Throw sewage overboard.

That is what we do (I won't admit to doing at less than 12 miles though). Holding tanks are horrible things and being able to reduce the amount of shit being lugged around would be nice.

I just like the idea of being able to get water from shit as well as carrying jerry cans lashed to the guardwires.

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Re: Could this be made small scale?

Mrs Mouse has a Brita Filter jug thingummy in the fridge at home.....

Should I ask permission first or just go for it in the name of Science?

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Re: Could this be made small scale?

One would imagine all that water outside the sailboat (while not readily drinkable) would be a lot closer to drinkable (easier to convert) than any waste held inside the boat...

EDIT: oops, all these similar replies were hiding on the next page...

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Re: Could this be made small scale?

Typical Reg. I ask a semi flippant question and get a load of sensible ideas.

I have actually looked into solar stills. The trouble is keeping it stable on a moving platform like a small boat (10.4M in my case). I will think more about it though as I think it would be the best solution for water. No good for distilling shit though.

I agree that it is much easier to process sea water than poo but if the poo could be reduced a bit for storage and disposal offshore it would be all to the good. Think anchoring in remote coral atolls here.

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Gates FAIL

No amount of "philanthropy" by Gates will make up for the decades of destruction by which he made his money. How many careers were ruined because someone dared to compete with Microsoft?

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Re: Gates FAIL

ok, I get it, capitalism is a screwed up, miserable system and by any sense the cash Gates accrued off the labor of others and abuse of market position is absurd and inequitable. But while Gates certainly benefited from the system, he didn't create it and his story isn't much different from that of other billionaires. I think it's worth considering what he's doing given where he stands and looking at that in comparison to others in the same position.

Lots of wealthy people donate to charities of various sorts, often as a tax dodge, or as a means to further some political ambition, or for good publicity (usually something that resonates well with a first-world audience like breast cancer awareness).

What I think sets Gates apart is that he's spent significant effort focusing on a few areas that will have a major impact in the quality of life and the life expectancy of the vast majority of our world's population. Sanitation and malaria research are not glamorous, and as we see here, efforts to improve sanitation in remote locations in particular are more likely to draw sniggers and childish remarks about drinking shit than adulation. I can't say that in his position I'd be doing anything near as worthwhile or with nearly the same persistence. For that at least, I think Gates deserves some credit.

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Sad bunch, if the UNIX boys had their way PC's would be $5000 each and an OS licence $2-3 K. Most of it would be command line and you would only be able to buy software to run on one variant of UNIX, if you wanted to use another variation you would need to buy the $200,000 software again. To install it then you would need an expert for 2 - 40 days.

We know this as most of the original UNIX manufacturers still have this business model or went bust.

Between Bill & Linus the software arena was blown wide open due to low cost and usability. So we really owe them a big thank you, regardless of your envy.

Bill made lots of money out of making life easier for you, he is now spending most of that making life better for those less fortunate. The big thing is he is actually achieving it in a few years unlike many of the established charities.

Getting rid of Poo and supplying fresh drinking water are two of the biggest problems affecting the developing world.

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Bill's been full of it for years.

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So, somebody has managed to extract H2O, along with some minerals, out of excrements and you call the extract "poo" ? Do you study chemistry at all in the UK?

This comments section is full of teenagers, where are the UNIX system admins, Microsoft certified surface specialists ?

Could you use a joke icon next time ? Coz, guess what, we all drink poo, all the time [if all it takes for the H2O molecule-minerals combo to be called poo is they must have been in feces at some point in time]

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I'd be happy to buy him a coffee if he can't afford one.

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Eat shit ...

Billions of flies can't be wrong ...

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At least Bill Gates only sampled one component.

Somewhere at home, I have a Food Science paper from the Cold War era that discussed the nutritional value of human faeces as a food substitute. The authors autoclaved samples and tasted them. Mind you, they were so appalled at the prospect that instead of autoclaving the samples at 15 psi for 15 minutes (which guarantees sterility) they autoclaved them for several hours.

Coat!

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Travelin' man

Gates must have just got back from the Holy Mountain. Spot the cryptic artsy film reference.

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"delicious" drinking water?

I've never had water that tasted "delicious" (unless you count various beverages and dishes that have had so much stuff added that nobody would ever call them "water"). I find water to be pretty much tasteless. How something like that could be called "delicious" is beyond me. The goal for water is to be comletely bland and tasteless.

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Re: "delicious" drinking water?

Its all relative. If you drink something expecting it to taste like shit then it tastes of nothing at all, it's probably fair to call it delicious.

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Re: “delicious” drinking water?

GBE, if the goal were for drinking water to be completely bland and tasteless, then (certain) bottled water companies wouldn’t add minerals to the (municipally sourced) water that they purify via reverse osmosis.

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I have always thought MS products were a bit shitty

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I have been consuming microsoft shit for years.

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Gut bacteria

It has been discovered that many human ailments are due to an imbalance in their gut bacteria. They are now feeding people with pellets that are screened faeces that come from people with "good" bacteria.

Some medical treatments are known to upset the patient's gut bacteria balance. The mix of bacteria can be very specific to each person. They are now "banking" some of the patient's own faeces before the treatment - so they can be used afterwards as pills to re-populate their gut.

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Such a sport

Not only a Windows Fan but glad to see one of the world's wealthiest giving back to the world at large. Jobs and Apple have never given anything back.

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Be nice to have this in parts of the U.S., too.

Areas with lots of livestock whose waste is causing a problem (storage, leaking untreated into waterways) might want to give this a look, see if the cow/pig/other poo can be recycled into water for agriculture or livestock use so groundwater or other potable source water can be kept for us squeamish humans. And then we can see about cleaning the water in areas where gas fracking is dumping "trade secret" chemical cocktails into the ground.

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Turn Windows 8 into potable water? 8.1, too.

For his next trick, Gates needs to finance an endeavor to turn Windows 8 into potable drinking water. Or at least turn it into something it is not.

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Hail the new Bear Grylls!

icon: he is drinking water, isn't he?

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The short explanation

So, basically he miniaturized the waste water treatment plant; sort of like using another person's work to miniaturize computers into cheaper models so households could eventally afford them. My first computer in 1995 cost $2400.00 with a huge 1 GB of memory that "would last a lifetime without being able to fill it". Let's look at Zuckerberg, also, stole the twins idea for Facebook and put it out there before they did.

Is this the road to success? To steal other idea, tweak them and take the credit for oneself? If so, I'll keep my integrity and stay amoung the working class.

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Bill gates has been turning shit into gold all his life.

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always thought

that he had a bit of a shit eating grin on his face

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