The Critical 'I'

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Saturday, June 05, 2004

HOT COMPUTERS AND YOUR SCROTUM
So I'm gliding through this mildly interesting article about how bigger and badder computer processor chips are throwing off bigger and badder heat, and how that's great for coolant companies.

Blah blah blah, magnesium... blah blah blah, Death Valley... blah blah blah, Centrino. Enlightening, but not earthshattering.

Then, at the very end, the money shot:
British medical journal The Lancet in 2002 reported the case of a man who used a notebook computer on his lap for about an hour -- and developed blisters on his scrotum.
Blisters on the scrotum. That'll drive the point home, all right.

Interestingly, the versions of this Reuters article that appear on ZDNet and ComputerWorld trim this last paragraph. I guess they felt it didn't add to the technical nature of the subject; or perhaps the topic of crotch burns is a sensitive area (pun intended) for their readership.