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The LCD Panel vs. The Crossbow

timothy posted more than 6 years ago | from the cheaper-than-a-kevlar-vest dept.

Displays 324

Ev!LOnE was one of several readers to point out an interesting LCD stress test: "ASUS recently came out with Asus LS201 — a TFT monitor with a protective panel made of crystal-sapphire. What I didn't imagine was the amount of punishment that thing can take. Apparently some Ukrainians shared the same concern and went for a test." Translation not necessary, but some clues about the narration would be appreciated in comments.

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lets see.... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21817054)

crossbow wins every time [xrl.us]

Re:lets see.... (5, Funny)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817084)

You do realize that, sooner or later, one of us is going to find you and kill you, don't you?

Re:lets see.... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21817100)

bring it on but while you are looking please feel free to take a look at this [snipurl.com]

Re:lets see.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21817220)

I'll email you his address.

Re:lets see.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21817548)

You do realize that, sooner or later, one of us is going to find you and kill you, don't you?


Who are we going to find and kill? And why?

Why is your post moderated funny? There is no context. What are you talking about?

How are your comments related to the article? Are you frustrated with the monitor's creator and intend to find and kill them? If so, why?

Re:lets see.... (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817580)

One word: myminicity.

Click the Parent link on my previous post. He's been popping up all over Slashdot lately.

Re:lets see.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21817680)

Oh I see.

Though I'm not familiar with that word. http://www.google.com/search?q=define%3A+myminicity [google.com] and http://slashdot.org/search.pl?tid=&query=myminicity&author=&sort=1&op=users [slashdot.org] both come up blank, as do I.

Lol, I'm such a lazy slashdot 'reader' - not only do I not RTFA, but now I do not even RTFCs! - I just post randomly with questions like this that exhibit the flaws of the moderation system. I'm surprised you replied. I knew full well to click the parent link (and already have), but you see, I am on dialup and would prefer to see the entire thread in one go, which is not possible (pagination of threshold -1, nested is broken badly enough to render a thread unreadable).

I understood after having to load a new page in my browser that it was an obvious spam link, thus understandably moderated down, and your reply was moderated up as funny with no context.

Regardless, thanks for the polite reply. Much appreciated.

Re:lets see.... (1)

mustafap (452510) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817876)

>Lol, I'm such a lazy slashdot 'reader' - not only do I not RTFA, but now I do not even RTFCs! - I just post randomly with questions like this that exhibit the flaws of the moderation system.

No, I'd say you are a perfectly normal user. An uncanny description really.

Re:lets see.... (3, Interesting)

novakyu (636495) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817894)

I just have fohooCOWtville.myminicity.com (remove herbivore) blocked in my Privoxy [privoxy.org] setup. It certainly reduces fear of these nasty links.

And, oh yes, if there's a fund setup to catch and kill these bastards, I fully support it.

Or just DDOS ripway.com (or is it h1.ripway.com), I guess.

Re:lets see.... (1)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817132)

Yay, a spam link. What a clever little AC you are...

Re:lets see.... (2, Funny)

Walt Dismal (534799) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817520)

Note to self: Ukrainians do NOT understand how to play video games. Rewrite instructions to say, when the game requires you to shoot someone onscreen, we do NOT mean shoot the screen. Really. Also tell the Poles there is a Delete key for word processing, and WhiteOut is not actually a good idea.

Re:lets see.... (1)

dieth (951868) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817886)

Ok guys, I hate the myminicity-com guy too. This is made by a french company called Motion Twin. You can email them at contact@motion-twin.com . This idiots myminicity is called fohootville. Diluge this address, maybe even their http://support.motion-twin.com/ [motion-twin.com] website. With requests that this asshole be tarred/featered, burned at the stake, shot X number of times, where X is the number of posts he's made. And to request the cancellation of his account. I'll probably be trying to troll this message under each of his posts sorry for that :(

bullet proof (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21817060)

this is no good until the comercialize bullet proof monitors [tubeurl.com]

go away SPAM man (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21817068)

that is all

DANGER! (5, Funny)

TheMiddleRoad (1153113) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817066)

Do not use this monitor when you are frustrated. Banging your fist against the screen will result in broken fingers.

Re:DANGER! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21817082)

Modded: Gay

Re:DANGER! (1)

A Wise Guy (1006169) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817620)

I never thought you can punch with finger.

Re:DANGER! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21817652)

Somewhere in Redmond...
Steve Ballmer clicks "Buy"

Re:DANGER! (4, Funny)

noidentity (188756) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817918)

WARNING: Do not pound on screen with remaining hand.

That thing can really take a pounding (1, Funny)

hax0r_this (1073148) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817074)

I'm just throwing this out there so I can claim prior art when the sex toy industry patents the idea of using that monitor in sex toys.

Re:That thing can really take a pounding (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21817210)

seems like you're a little too late [blogspot.com]

Mason Williams's Classical Gas (4, Interesting)

mosel-saar-ruwer (732341) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817384)


can claim prior art

The Ukrainians' background music was Mason Williams's Classical Gas:


I wonder if they have to pay these things called "royalties" in the Ukraine?

Re:That thing can really take a pounding (1)

grolaw (670747) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817710)

Can't patent sex toys - not patentable subject matter.

Soviets... (0)

jemenake (595948) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817076)

"In soviet union, monitor shoots crossbow". I loved how bent-over the bolt-tips were afterward. Next, there'll be a video of someone using one of those monitors to bash open a Master lock or something.

some of the youtube comments are funny.. (3, Funny)

oedneil (871555) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817078)

ordodk (2 hours ago) Show Hide Marked as spam +6 Poor comment Good comment Reply | Spam I am getting a couple of these! The last four monitors I had was pierced by crossbow bolts.

Crossbow Strength (0)

QMalcolm (1094433) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817080)

That crossbow seemed pretty weak. I've seen compound bows and crossbows shoot arrows through some pretty dense stuff. But it did bend the tips so who knows.

Re:Crossbow Strength (4, Insightful)

wizardforce (1005805) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817122)

That crossbow seemed pretty weak.
even so, you probably wouldn't want this to happen your your flat screen monitor and that's the point, by the looks of it, this monitor is *better* at withstanding abuse in comparison to the average one most people would be buying.

Re:Crossbow Strength (5, Funny)

dvice_null (981029) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817170)

Yeah. You only need to get attacked by a crossbow about 5 times and that monitor has paid itself off.

Re:Crossbow Strength (1)

badfrog (45310) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817298)

I agree, it looked like he required no effort at all to pull it back.

I'd like to see it hit with a 175lb crossbow!

Re:Crossbow Strength (4, Insightful)

John Miles (108215) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817340)

That looked a lot like the handmade crossbows fabricated by "Iolo the Bard," a well-known SCA figure in Austin circa 1990 (and inspiration for the character of Iolo in the Ultima games.)

Iolo's bows weren't made to be competitive with modern polonium-doped nanocrystalline bolt launchers or whatever, but to recall the craft of medieval weaponsmiths. Still more than enough to shoot your eye out with.

I agree with the other poster who suggested that these LCDs are coming to police riot shields near you. That's just too cool an idea to pass up. Shove enough images of flowers and frolicking puppies in their faces, and the Black Bloc crowd will surrender without a fight, right?

Re:Crossbow Strength (5, Funny)

Ian Alexander (997430) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817692)

I agree with the other poster who suggested that these LCDs are coming to police riot shields near you. That's just too cool an idea to pass up. Shove enough images of flowers and frolicking puppies in their faces, and the Black Bloc crowd will surrender without a fight, right?
Why show puppies and flowers when you can sell that space for advertising?

Re:Crossbow Strength (2, Informative)

Hillview (1113491) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817350)

The tips could have easily been bent by that shot, even by a weak crossbow as it appears was used here.. if they were first annealed. From the glance at the quarrels in the video, they appeared to have been subjected to high temperatures at some point. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annealing_(metallurgy) [wikipedia.org] Perhaps even made from lead or babbitt, from another look at the video. Hard to tell.. Regardless, though.. I am impressed by this demonstration.

Re:Crossbow Strength (1)

Antique Geekmeister (740220) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817810)

That crossbow is a sad, sad joke, the sort of thing you'd sell to an ignorant tourist or use in a target range for a child. Pulling it casually with one hand the way he did, with the crossbow raised, means that it has no more power than a child's bow. 30 lb. pull, tops, and thorugh the noticeably shorter length through which the crossbow accelerates the bolt, it's going to have noticeably less energy deposited in the quarrel or the bolt than a bow of similar pull. Frankly, I've got a stronger crossbow in my workshop, an old Sharper Image one-hand crossbow, that I've used on machinery I've given up on. (I shoot cheap wooden dowels with it, with a notch for the string cut in one end and the other end sharpened iwth a pencil sharpener.)

It makes me wonder how they skewed the other tests: the deep red background that the screen displayed, for example, will tend to hide scratches or even the marker that the girl used on it and wiped off.

Blendtec (5, Funny)

werdnapk (706357) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817086)

Will it blend?

Re:Blendtec (3, Funny)

wizardforce (1005805) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817230)

in former soviet ukraine, monitor blends you

Re:Blendtec (3, Informative)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817242)

Too big for the blender.

Re:Blendtec (1)

nxtr (813179) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817352)

No, no, you've got it all wrong!! The question should be if the monitor will blend in a blender made out of those monitors!

hmmmm.... (4, Insightful)

DMoylan (65079) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817090)

well if he can cock the crossbow with just his hand then it's not a very powerful crossbow. try a 90lb long bow and get back to me.

like that monitor though. wonder if it would survive a sledge hammer to the screen. i've seen monitors taking a few punches from angry windows users.

Re:hmmmm.... (1)

avandesande (143899) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817150)

A more powerful crossbow requires a winch to cock. A real crossbow would have gone completely through that piece of wood.

Re:hmmmm.... (5, Funny)

KillerCow (213458) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817322)

well if he can cock the crossbow with just his hand then it's not a very powerful crossbow. try a 90lb long bow and get back to me.


You must have pretty tough working conditions. We've never felt the need to put "ability to withstand 90lb long bow attack" on any of our purchasing forms.

Re:hmmmm.... (1)

iapetus (24050) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817826)

Really? It's pretty much compulsory round here. Ideally they should be able to withstand long bow and crossbow (proper crossbow, not the pussy one from that video) fire, and hold up well under assault with broad sword or mace. That pretty much covers the weapons we frequently have in the office. In a perfect world laptops and other field kit should be able to handle cannon and trebuchet fire as well, but those laptops tend to be a little on the pricey side.

Re:hmmmm.... (1, Insightful)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817332)

well if he can cock the crossbow with just his hand then it's not a very powerful crossbow. try a 90lb long bow and get back to me.

Try a compound crossbow and arrows that don't have wooden shafts and soft iron heads, and call me when the arrow doesn't pierce the monitor, punch through the wall behind it, and impale itself in a marketing intern.

It is pretty impressive that he can pound on it with a hammer, even lightly- that's far better than anything else...buuuuuut there were a lot of things going for the monitor that I noticed:

Wood is soft and compliant, as is cast iron (he showed the rather bent arrowheads)...and the crossbow he used didn't put that much force into it. Also, did you notice how floppy the stand was?

All of that adds up and helps spread the force of the impact over time...

Re:hmmmm.... (1)

DMoylan (65079) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817438)

a compound bow? well i have seen a person shooting a target and knocking over the target stand. it was a huge compund bow and he was not a small person. he used blunt arrows as they only went half way through the target block and could be extracted. sharper arrows went all the way through and ripped the fletches off the arrows. something like that would penetrate any personal armour currently available. that monitor wouldn't even slow the arrow down.

i don't think that much more power is needed to damage the monitor. the longbow arrows would be slower than the crossbow bolts but would have more mass. remember the longbow was used to penetrate plate armour with the right head and was used effectively for centuries against fully armoured opponents.

have to say that the video of that monitor resisting a cross bow will still probably sell asus a lot of monitors.

Re:hmmmm.... (1)

Antique Geekmeister (740220) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817858)

I agree about the power of a typical longbow, or a typical crossbow. Compound bows are wonderful, but expensive and difficult to maintain in the field, so they're not a combat weapon.

There was a fascinating NPR special about the longbow versus plate armor claims. English longbows, according to modern tests of the soft iron used for their heads and tested against plate iron similar to that of plate armor, simply bent the tip and was deflected. What the arrows *did* do was go easily through chain, leather, unarmored bits, and horses when fired in an arrow storm, and knock armored knights off their feet. A decent English archer, who was basically a farmboy who practiced at least once a month, could easily fire 10 times a minute. The result was that very, very expensive armored or mounted knights were easily disabled by farmboys who could kill them from 100 yards away, then close in at leisure and use hammers or long daggers on the remaining knights.

Theh result is similar to that of RPG's versus a modern tank. Enough cheap RPG's will destroy any modern armor, the trick is to kill the armor before it can fire on the infantry.

Paging Mr SuperBanana (2, Funny)

Tim C (15259) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817728)

call me when the arrow doesn't pierce the monitor, punch through the wall behind it, and impale itself in a marketing intern.

Well I did it, but I missed the marketing intern - I think the monitor knocked the arrow off course. Any pointers?

This monitor is for pussies! (5, Funny)

TheMiddleRoad (1153113) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817460)

Yeah! What kind of weak-ass monitor can only take a couple hits from a 90lb pull crossbow? Shit, I hit my LCD with a 280b pull all the time. Just the other day, I put ten rounds with my 9mm into it. It's still standing! I put a youtube up of it. 50,000,000 hits in two hours. SUCK IT DOWN!

OK, you win. (1, Funny)

twitter (104583) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817816)

I hit my LCD with a 280b pull all the time. Just the other day, I put ten rounds with my 9mm into it. It's still standing!

Stamp it Vista Ready.

Re:hmmmm.... (1)

thelastquestion (1090169) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817472)

oh, trust me, I've seen monitors taking a few punches from angry non-windows users too...

Re:hmmmm.... (1)

Daltin (1153533) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817512)

Informing and subtle trolling. Nice.

What I wanna know is.... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21817094)

...will it blend?

if only... (4, Funny)

MarkRose (820682) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817104)

I'm sure Big Blue would have love it [wikipedia.org] !

Weeeeee..... (1)

youthoftoday (975074) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817106)

... bounce. Perfect for anyone who gets their hands on one this Christmas.

Re:Weeeeee..... (5, Funny)

pushing-robot (1037830) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817188)

These displays should have a sticker:

Warning: Rebounding Wiimotes may cause severe injury.

I am in AWE (5, Interesting)

retiredtwice (1128097) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817110)

While that left me agape, I keep having visions of police with these things strapped on the front and back flashing subliminal messages and doubling as bulletproof vests.

I do wonder how they do against a bullet (slow bullet like an ordinary 38), maybe you need to double them ...

Re:I am in AWE (4, Interesting)

kypper (446750) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817320)

It would be cooler to have mini video cameras on the back of the cop routed to the chest monitor so that it looked like you were looking right through him. In dark lighting that could be really interesting.

Re:I am in AWE (1)

pushing-robot (1037830) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817492)

It would be cooler to have mini video cameras on the back of the cop routed to the chest monitor so that it looked like you were looking right through him. In dark lighting that could be really interesting.

Assuming you were standing in precisely the right spot to see in line with the camera's vision, yes, it would be convincing. Otherwise it would look like a guy with a TV on his chest, and draw even more attention than no display at all.

Unless the system can project a different image in every direction, the best approach for active camouflage is not to try to precisely duplicate anything but simply try and blend in with the surrounding colors, breaking up the human outline. Essentially it would be just like regular camouflage except for its ability to adjust to changing environments and light levels.

smarter monitor (5, Funny)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817124)

I'm gonna build one with a built in crossbow so the user knows if they shoot at it, it'll return fire. That will prevent the user from damaging it in the first place. Don't build tough, build smart lol.

Re:smarter monitor (5, Funny)

Burning Plastic (153446) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817312)

No need to build - Shop smart - Shop S-Mart.

what about firearms (1)

FudRucker (866063) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817164)

shoot it with a .44 mag or a rifle with a 7.62 or a .50 cal sniper rifle :)

Here's them firing a .50 cal at the monitor (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21817290)

Re:what about firearms (1)

Hillview (1113491) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817358)

All this talk of shooting monitors only makes me think "High Tech Redneck". ;)

Now All I Need (-1, Offtopic)

fred911 (83970) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817174)

Is some hotdog flavored water to wash down my chocolate covered starfish.

Hard core! (5, Funny)

fedx (549787) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817190)

In most offices I've worked in your monitor just has to withstand NERF darts and the occasional hacky-sack attack. I take it Ukranian office wars are a little bit more serious with their choice of weapons.

Good but.. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21817198)

It's no titanium. Or is it? :)

Wow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21817204)

What a great version of Classical Gas!

Re:Wow! (1)

Wonko the Sane (25252) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817702)

I'm pretty sure it came from this [wikipedia.org] CD. I'll have to dig that one out of my collection.

Cleavage (1)

fermion (181285) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817248)

I guess we learn something everyday. Most crystals I have worked with cleave, so I thought, how is this possible. The arrow will at least cleave the sapphire. But aluminum oxide, apparently, does not cleave. Cool. Now I understand why it is used for so many things.

I agree with other comments that it seemed like a pretty lame cross bow, and I wonder of which material the tip is made. It looked soft. It is still a good lesson on the strength of single crystals.

Re:Cleavage (1, Funny)

speedingant (1121329) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817268)

Cleavage?! Giggidy giggidy giggidy giggidy, let's have sex!

Re:Cleavage (4, Funny)

rts008 (812749) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817370)

Yeah, I see cleavage on my monitor all the time, but it never seems to harm the screen.

Re:Cleavage (1)

confused_demon (1161841) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817624)

Sapphire is monocrystaline aluminum oxide with one impurity, ruby is the same thing with another impurity. It's been a few years so I don't remember which impurities.

However, I do remember that it has a hardness of something like 9.2. Which means that it takes a diamond to scratch it.

My guess is that that monitor will take punishment, but when you go past it's limit it will shatter. However, it's limit might be something like a bullet or being driven on by a car.

I don't get it (5, Insightful)

dangitman (862676) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817262)

They make a nice monitor, with expensive materials, and then they put it on a shoddy non-tilting stand? WTF? What an insane world we live in. Why the hell does anybody even make non-tilting display stands?

Re:I don't get it (3, Interesting)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817386)

Because most of us don't use a stand if you get a high end monitor. I use monitor arms, I could not even imagine wasting desk space with the stands let alone having to suffer with looking at them that low.

People blow $599.00 on a "premium" LCD monitor and then bitch about paying $199.00 for a decent arm that will outlast 12 monitors and give you real freedom. Hell get decent LCD arm and the speakers are even off the desk mounted off the arms as well.

Re:I don't get it (3, Insightful)

dangitman (862676) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817646)

Because most of us don't use a stand if you get a high end monitor. I use monitor arms,

I think you're kidding yourself if you think that most people do this, even most purchasers of a "high end" monitor. It is a distinctly minority item, even among high-end purchases. Personally, I do use a monitor arm in my office, but I'm one of the very few. And there are plenty of situations where a monitor arm isn't feasible or practical.

Re:I don't get it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21817856)

Really, I'd better tell my boss that the 30,000 monitor arms we sold last year were fake and did not exist.

Companies like Moview sell them faster than they can make them, they have been back ordered because of demand for 2 months now.

Oh well, you know more than everyone else so it must be true. Lumpy and others like my company that sell them must be wrong. Thanks for telling us! I'll go burn all the money we made on selling them.

Re:I don't get it (1, Insightful)

sheldon (2322) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817422)

That's the nice thing about LCDs... There is a standard mount, and you can buy any stand you want.

Re:I don't get it (2)

dangitman (862676) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817656)

That has two problems - you have to spend more money, when they could have simply added a hinge for very little cost, that would suit most users fine. The other problem is the waste involved in throwing away more plastic because the display is shipped with an inferior (and often unusable) stand. We already throw away enough plastic crap, why add to that mountain?

cNet UK review. We scratched it. (5, Informative)

caferace (442) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817286)

http://crave.cnet.co.uk/monitors/0,39029456,49290999,00.htm [cnet.co.uk]

One such product is the Asus LS201 -- a TFT monitor with a protective panel made of crystal-sapphire. Our Asus rep says not only is it scratch-proof, but it's also 'punch-proof'. We were dared to hit it as hard as we could and told it wouldn't break.

Never ones to shirk from a challenge, we formed an orderly queue and gleefully punched the hell out of our first LS201 sample. Unfortunately one of our punchers was wearing a ring, and the offending jewellery left a 2cm scratch on the supposedly scratch-proof monitor.

Asus sent us a replacement and politely asked us to remove any jewellery before we let rip. We duly obliged, but instead of emerging unscathed, the LS201 developed a small, unidentifiable blemish below the protective panel. It wasn't a scratch or a dent -- it looked more like a small piece of fluff.

Our verdict: the LS201 will not shatter into a million pieces when punched (don't try this at home). It's therefore ideal if you're the type of person who likes to attack inanimate objects, or just drop blameless pieces of technology. But it's most definitely not scratch-proof -- we don't care what the stickers say.

Re:cNet UK review. We scratched it. (2, Insightful)

Zironic (1112127) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817336)

About the jewelry, it was most likely diamond or another saphire, makes sense that that would scratch it. However it should resist all kinds metals.

Not too surprising (4, Interesting)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817288)

During the Vietnam war some US helicopters were using synthetic sapphire crystals for bullet-proof windows.

It's nice they have gotten the process cheap enough for LCD screens. Definitely won't scratch when you clean it with ordinary cleaners.

In Soviet Ukraine (0, Redundant)

cyofee (975070) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817328)

Monitor breaks you!

This looks like a job for... (1)

Hawthorne01 (575586) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817354)

The Box O' Truth !!! [theboxotruth.com]

Heck, if they can test ammo penetration on books, frozen clothing and bread, why not this monitor?

I'd trust a Ukrainian product review show ... (1, Flamebait)

Charles Dodgeson (248492) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817360)

... as far as I could bribe them.

The Ukraine is weak. (1)

Pvt. Cthulhu (990218) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817390)

With the hammer, he was definitely holding back at the last second of the swing. the crossbow was not all that impressive looking, i was expecting a modern hunting setup with titanium and pulleys and everything, but the 'weapon' he used was probably inherited from his Ukrainian dirt-farming ancestry. The bolt would have blunted just the same fired at my CRT. What i learned here is that Ukrainians are timid and have access to only the most primitive of arms. How are they surviving the onslaught of Chernobyl super-mutated wildlife?

Am I the only one.. (1)

R_Growler (84235) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817392)

Who parsed the opening credits as: "Crackpot"?
Until I realized it was a foreign alphabet and then I parsed it as "Cockpot"...
Apparently I need help.

Re:Am I the only one.. (2, Funny)

daniel23 (605413) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817712)


It read like foxtrott for me.

Why doesn't the iPhone have this? (5, Interesting)

Animats (122034) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817402)

That kind of toughness makes real sense in expensive mobile devices. I was surprised that the iPhone didn't come with a sapphire or diamond screen.

This isn't exotic technology today. The typical supermarket checkout scanner uses sapphire [seamarkinternational.com] or diamond [diamonex.com] coating on the glass. That's why it can survive years of canned goods (and, for Home Depot, hand tools) being scraped across the scanner. In the checkout scanner world, plain glass lasts 2-4 weeks. For diamond, the makers claim 9 years. The sapphire vendor offers a lifetime warranty.

Re:Why doesn't the iPhone have this? (0, Troll)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817726)

Why doesn't the iPhone have this?
Because an iPhone costs about $10 to make.
 

Re:Why doesn't the iPhone have this? (1)

PWNT (985141) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817798)

diamond is stronger (harder) than sapphire. Ergo diamond will last longer.

lifetime warranties are not a measure of durability, they are of economics.

Re:Why doesn't the iPhone have this? (1)

cnettel (836611) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817882)

That's not the only thing to take into account. As it is a coating, things like (off the top of my head) different thermal expansion coefficients and the thickness of the actual coating might mean that sapphire is the better choice.

Oh no... (1)

thewils (463314) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817448)

It'll take all the fun out of Call of Duty 5 if they model the monitors after those.

It's fun shooting the monitors while the sarge is talking...

Translation (5, Informative)

Strange Quark Star (1157447) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817462)

First, it's Russian he is speaking, despite the commercial being Ukrainian. The only thing worth translating he says at about 1:00 : "The thing is, that the coating of the monitor is out of the ordinary. In theory, it should withstand extreme stress, some even say it is bullet-proof. That's exactly what we wanted to check. The monitor has survived the shoot, but since the manufacturer gave it to us for tearing apart, we decided to literally kill it. For this we have a crossbow and crossbow arrows." In the end he concludes that this is probably the most resilient monitor in the world.

Listen up, Lenovo! (5, Insightful)

n1hilist (997601) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817494)

.. and put this tech into the next Thinkpad! .. with LED backlighting, kthnx

Re:Listen up, Lenovo! (2, Insightful)

Valkarie70 (913212) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817788)

Or better yet, into replacement screens on current Thinkpads.

Re:Listen up, Lenovo! (1)

n1hilist (997601) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817808)

That'd be the bomb, my T61 is perfect except for the sub-par screen.. ohwell.

A far more rigorous test (5, Funny)

Blancmange (195140) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817540)

Ship it across the United States and back using FedEx, in a cardboard box marked "Fragile."

pure pwnage (1)

Techman83 (949264) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817584)

Finally an lcd that can take some of Jeremy's antics!

But the real question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21817674)

Is it Wii safe?

http://www.wiihaveaproblem.com/show_cat.php?cat=2 [wiihaveaproblem.com]

Translations. (5, Funny)

UncHellMatt (790153) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817730)

I found a book of simple Russian phrases to try and figure out that video. It seems that the announcer's record is scratched, and his hovercraft is full of eels. ...bouncy bouncy.

I need to get this for an old customer. (1)

SocialEngineer (673690) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817760)

built a gaming PC for a guy who had serious anger management issues. Caught him punching his CRT once. Lucky he hasn't busted it yet.

Side note - That was a REALLY cheesy arrangement of Mason William's "Classical Gas" in the background. Sounds much better with classical guitar leading it.

The Obvious Question (3, Funny)

dynamo (6127) | more than 6 years ago | (#21817926)

I just have to know -- Will It Blend?
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