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Monday, October 27, 2008

More funny phrases off the net: Computer-grade capacitor

Normally this should look alright, but know the context and u'll be shocked:

- from the description of a high-end* audio amplifier sales ad

*High-end, for me, is anything that costs over a few hundred dollars original price.

Because we know current-day audio-grade capacitors can cost over a dollar each, for the modest capacity ones. And capacitors in computers? $0.02. For a pack of twenty.

Plus, we have seen how the power capacitors in PSUs and on motherboards leak and blow up and die.

So is computer-grade capacitor any good? I don't think so.

And a high-end* amp that actually takes computer-grade capacitors as an advertising point, I'm so gonna stay clear of that and let the true hardcore "audiophiles" waste their money so that we lazy engineers can earn 5-digit salaries while doing nothing.

Since I'm on this topic, might as well take the chance to talk about things being compared to each other.

Like hospital-grade, army precision, and built with the precision of a spacecraft.

So the Ferrari is built with the precision of a spacecraft. Big deal. The first spacecraft is built in the age when people listened to what we now call "retro" music. This is fifty years later, we managed to invent and build things that are a hunred times smaller. So the precision of a spacecraft isn't precise anymore. And this thing isn't very precise to start with either, many of them explode during take-off or disintegrate during re-entry. Like that one which had one piece of its heat shield come off during take-off. Maybe they should start building spacecrafts with the precision of a Ferrari instead.

Hospital-grade power socket/cable/supply, by hospital, which one do you mean? They still use normal wall sockets and wiring, and the supply is loaded with EMI coming from all the funky devices. I wouldn't say it's better than the power coming from your conditioner, nor is anything better than your one-inch thick, 24K gold plated, fully shielded, funky crystals whatever, powercord.

And the best term is army "precision". Or the lack thereof.

I cannot mention any specific organization due to the recent threat looming around, so I'm going to use a fictitious entity. Any resemblance to any real-life organization is purely coincidental.

This is what actually happens at the fictitious entity:

Mechanic A: Pass me that size 17
Mechanic B: Can't find one, how about this size 18?
Mechanic A: Will do. Thanks.

Mechanic B: It says we need to torque to 300Nm
Mechanic A: Come, let me show you. (uses hand)
Mechanic A: There, it's tight enough.

Mechanic A: The voltage shows 26V (when it's supposed to be 28V).
Mechanic B: As long as it's above 24V (battery voltage) it's fine.

Note: Although 26V is above 24V, depending on battery design it may or may not result in charging. Which is important if you do not want your tank to be unable to start.

Mechanic A: Mix 17L of coolant to 33L of water
Mechanic B: Just dump the whole bucket (20L, of coolant) in followed by a bucket of water.

Mechanic B: We need to leave 2mm of gap.
Mechanic A: (Jams the pieces together) As long as can fit it's okay.

And many more.

So much for "army precision". This is what you get when you get untrained people that are paid less than cheap foreign labour to do things. Or people who cannot get a better job outside.

So, next time if you want a metaphor to describe your product, choose the object wisely.

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