Journal: News & Comment

Wednesday, December 18, 2002
# 12:16:00 AM:

Could your CD-ROM drive draw blood?

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At about 40x speed, CDs may become unstable due to the structure of the plastic media, scratches on the disk surface and weight or friction of the ink used to print the label. At 52x (27,500rpm), disks can shatter in a "rain of plastic particles," shooting out long, sharp, knife-like shrapnel at half the speed of sound.

Yikes. And I thought the vibration and whooshing noises were just annoying.


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