Mythbusters (was: OT - Need fuse and jumpers from APC battery pack)
Roy J. Tellason
rtellason at blazenet.net
Mon Feb 6 11:30:33 CST 2006
On Sunday 05 February 2006 05:33 pm, Richard wrote:
> In article <200602041206.30714.rtellason at blazenet.net>,
> "Roy J. Tellason" <rtellason at blazenet.net> writes:
> > > Like, say, for example, ads that advertised ruggedized computers by
> > > saying they could survive a drop from the empire state building...
> > >
> > > Were there any? ;-) That would be a good show...
> > There was some "event" out on the west coast a while back where they did
> > just that sort of thing, dropping computers off of the top of a
> > building. [...]
> In 1978 I was told that Ma Bell telephones would survive a drop from a
> 3-story building. I was in disbelief. I was made a believer by
> throwing a phone out a window and collecting it from the ground below.
> The plastic has some scuffs and scrapes on it, but everything worked
> and nothing was broken.
The really old phones were built *solid*, I don't know what kind of plastic
that was, but you could do all sorts of stuff with them and they'd keep on
working. Not like the crap that's being sold these days...
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ablest -- form of life in this section of space, a critter that can
be killed but can't be tamed. --Robert A. Heinlein, "The Puppet Masters"
Information is more dangerous than cannon to a society ruled by lies. --James
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