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iPhone 3G vs. Solar Death Ray 104

You'll note that after its destruction, the phone still plays music.

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iPhone 3G vs. Solar Death Ray

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  • Poor iPhone :-(

  • They could have sold it for maybe 30-40 bucks.
  • Uhh, 2G (Score:4, Informative)

    by jacksonj04 ( 800021 ) <> on Tuesday June 29, 2010 @10:57AM (#32731142) Homepage

    That's a 2G, not a 3G. I think the result would be the same though.

  • by SweeBeeps ( 1827982 ) on Tuesday June 29, 2010 @10:57AM (#32731144)
    Another Star Wars references could be appropriate, I'm sure somewhere there are fanboys crying out who are suddenly silenced by this action.
  • by TheRaven64 ( 641858 ) on Tuesday June 29, 2010 @10:58AM (#32731150) Journal

    I just checked my settings to see if I'd made a mistake, but I had not. Idle is blocked from the front page by my settings, and yet I currently see this 'story' and the 'Kind of Computer Mice' one displayed. The other one was in collapsed form, but this one is fully expanded just like a story I might be interested in, in spite of the fact that it's in the idle section.

    The kdawson block still seems to work - maybe I should just block samzenpus as well.

  • by magsol ( 1406749 ) on Tuesday June 29, 2010 @10:58AM (#32731162) Journal
    I could be wrong, but isn't there a danger of the battery exploding from that kind of heat?
    • by NixieBunny ( 859050 ) on Tuesday June 29, 2010 @11:02AM (#32731230) Homepage
      Danger is in the eye of the beholder. Anyone with a solar death ray is blind to danger.
    • by Brandee07 ( 964634 ) on Tuesday June 29, 2010 @11:06AM (#32731306)

      Keep in mind who you're dealing with here: guys who build heat rays in their backyards for fun.

      To them, setting things on fire is fun. Making things explode is AWESOME.

    • I believe that the explosion risk of a Li-Ion battery is more from it being exposed to extreme electrical impetus beyond it's tolerance, and less about heat. Certainly exposing the Lithium to the water vapor in the air will cause combustion, but that's more of smolder than an explosion.
      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by jeffmeden ( 135043 )

        The heat is what causes the explosion, as a side effect of the "electrical impetus". The electricity itself isn't really explosive. Heat it up sufficiently some other way, and you will have just as much of a fireball since all you need to do is kickstart the exothermic chain reaction in the lithium. There are plenty of fun videos around of this in action.

      • by fear025 ( 763732 )
        Hopefully they remembered the "will it blend" episode with the iphone. "iPhone Smoke, don't breathe this". I did hear some coughing in the video though...
    • by Teun ( 17872 )
      And even when it doesn't explode, inhaling Lithium vapour is certainly a real danger.

      The effects might only show up hours to a day after exposure and can be fatal.

      • by vlm ( 69642 )

        And even when it doesn't explode, inhaling Lithium vapour is certainly a real danger.

        A pharmacological dose, probably of a salt not pure metal, would be about 20 mg/Kg. So, 100% complete consumption of less than 2 grams of Li metal would seem to be borderline safe for me. An entire iphone weighs about 100 grams, and what matters is not the weight of the phone, or even the weight of the battery, but the weight of the lithium metal inside the battery.

        Depending on exactly how stored, batteries are allowed on passenger aircraft from 8 to 25 grams of Li content, and air circulation inside a pl

        • by Teun ( 17872 )
          The toxicity is one thing but Lithium vapour will potentially destroy your lungs and that's a real-life danger when inhaling it, just read the data sheets.
    • I could be wrong, but isn't there a danger of the battery exploding from that kind of heat?

      There's a danger of the battery exploding in any temperature.

    • by flyneye ( 84093 )

      That would be a feature , not a bug.
      Of course then this would be a Jackass video instead of Idle video.
      The only thing that comes close to idly exploding things would be to idly watch others idly exploding things.
      Even better to idly sit by giggling as you watch some Jackass pull chunks of Iphone out of his zit collection.


  • Decadent (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Rauchbier ( 745414 )
    Others would be happy to own one of these...
  • by Dr. Manhattan ( 29720 ) <> on Tuesday June 29, 2010 @11:02AM (#32731232) Homepage
    Back when calculator watches were cool, I had one die on me over the summer. I replaced it, melted the dead one with a magnifying glass, then hid it and waited until I went back to school. Then I waited more, for the right weather.

    One night I wandered into the neighboring dorm room, hair wet from the rain, acting fuzzy.

    Of course they thought I might be drunk. But I slurringly denied it. "No, I think I got hit by lightning."

    Hoots of derision. "No, really. I was walking back here, and then I... I woke up... and my watch was like this." I held up my wrist with the melted face...

    I wish I could have milked it a bit more, but I had to stop them before they called an ambulance.

  • Why do people just burn stuff they don't need anymore? It create unnecessary pollution.
    • Because nobody would watch a 3-minute video of an iPhone sitting untouched on a table somewhere ... and for some people, getting attention is their primary motivator.
    • by vlm ( 69642 )

      Why do people just burn stuff they don't need anymore? It create unnecessary pollution.

      Everything that doesn't dissolve, burns eventually, even if it takes a billion years to enter a subduction zone. Ask a geologist.

      Someone not burning an iphone in front of you does not resolve you of your guilt over pollution. Its going to end up in the air/water regardless of pageviews.

      • by neumayr ( 819083 )
        I'm pretty sure the iPhone has some recyclable parts.. Regardless of what Greenpeace says about Apple's environmental policies, they're still bound by environmental laws..
  • I'm glad you filmed this because one day you can say "No, Doc, I dont know how I could have developed lung cancer, I dont smoke... but I did make this burning iPhone video, check it out"

  • Now you have destroyed the touch screen, how are you going turn the music off?
  • Daisy, Daisy
    Give me your answer do
    I'm half crazy
    all for the love of you.........
  • video ripped off? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by iamhassi ( 659463 ) on Tuesday June 29, 2010 @11:06AM (#32731304) Journal
    Link goes to a video with only 300 views.... but in the right column there's an identical video with 100,000+ []

    Thinking someone ripped off this guy's video and posted it.
    • by Barny ( 103770 )

      Not to mention the other guy (the 100k+ views) also has part2, where he turns it over and the Li-ion battery ruptures :)

    • Someone submitting a slashdot story with a link to their own duplicate of the original, so as to boost their hits? Never!

  • Over the last 40 years or so, we've seen an incredible pace of technological improvements. Sometimes I wonder if it's going to end soon. And then I see a couple of idiots burning a phone for fun that not-even three years ago sold for $600 and I know that the march of progress continues.

    Although, you must consider, the depreciation of those early iPhones is killer. $600 to kindling in three years is pretty bad.

    • You should never search for 'does it blend' on YouTube... It will permanently damage your brain.
    • How about this for progress?

      These guys used a solar deathray! 40 years ago, similar idiots would have used a shotgun. When borderline miscreants graduate from firearms to directed energy for their tools of destruction, that is progress!
    • by nurb432 ( 527695 )

      I guess you missed the idiots breaking an ipad on the day of release.

  • Step 1: Filter out "Idle" Step 2: Stop crying.
  • It took 2 minutes to melt LCD and damage speakers or main board.
  • >after its destruction, the phone still plays music

    I don't think the editor understands the meaning of the word "destruction." Tape that sucker to a half-stick of dynamite, touch off the dynamite, and I am quite sure that sucker will not play music.

    • by Fumus ( 1258966 )

      They absolutely missed a geek chance to play Still Alive on it instead of some random song.

  • Oh, how I look forward to a single day without something about the iPhone. It is as if our trillion dollar economy depended solely upon this novelty. The poor desperation of all the lost souls in the world that don't own one and never will. Come on /.ers, let's try just one day without a meaningless story about something that most people don't own and most never will.
  • You know, you can never really turn iPhone completely off ('coz BB-Apple needs to know where you and your iPhone are every moment).

    And by never I really mean NEVER.

  • That phone took a beating before it broke. I guess they are as durable as Apple claims. Very funny video thought that poor phone.
  • Just in case your captain goes nuts and opens the solar shields, and you still need to listen to music.
  • How totally wasteful and childish!

    I just bought a new 3GS and I retired my 1st gen iPhone to "remote control status".

    It still functions as a pocket PC plus I am using a remote control app on it to control my home theater system via my WIFI.

    It still functions quite nicely as a multi-function, general purpose tool.

    Using it around the house in such capactity greatly reduces the wear and tear on my nifty new 3GS..

    I just can't believe someone would be so wasteful. If nothing else, give it away to
  • YouTube now says "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by chris." This seems to be the same video: iPhone 3G Vs Solar Death RayVideo [].

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