[LINK] 'Cloud Computing doesn't fly'

Darrell Burkey darrell.burkey at anu.edu.au
Tue Sep 28 15:55:09 EST 2010

On Tue, 2010-09-28 at 13:22, Kim Holburn wrote:

> I believe that there was a batch or a series of batches of  
> electrolytic capacitors from Taiwan or China that were really bad but  
> in general modern capacitors shouldn't wear out.  I think those bad  
> caps should have been subject to recall but weren't I seem to remember  
> that if you got a Dell motherboard with blown caps they would replace  

It might be urban myth but I once was told that those bad capacitors
were the result of a company knowing that someone was planning on
stealing some information about their capacitors and so they planted
false information that was then used when knock-offs were produced.

No idea if it's true but it makes a good story. I have run in to quite a
few products of the right age that did die due to faulty capacitors


Darrell Burkey
UNIX Systems Administrator
College of Asia & the Pacific
Australian National University
Ph: (02) 6125 4160

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