Finally: Less Easily Scratched CDs

from the just-as-everyone's-giving-up dept

Well, it's about time. If you remember when CDs were first coming to market, there were all these stories about how they were "indestructible." We were told that you'd be able to drive over them with a car and they'd still play perfectly. Obvious, that's not what we got at all -- so now that people are less and less interested in even using CDs for music or storage, someone finally comes up with a more scratch resistant coating for the discs. Seems a bit late.
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  • identicon
    patentman, 4 Jan 2006 @ 9:00pm

    old old old news!

    Ok, the bumps are new spin on things, but ultrahard and scratch resistant coatings for CD's and pdas have been around for at least a year or so, and probably more then that.

    i.e.
    http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn6583
    http://www.ioproducts.com/scratresdvme.html
    http: //news.zdnet.com/2100-1040_22-5513524.html

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  • identicon
    ?, 4 Jan 2006 @ 9:24pm

    ??

    Who cares? Seems like somebody's life work is about two decades too late. Hope they don't loose much moola!

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    • identicon
      Rikko, 4 Jan 2006 @ 9:27pm

      Re: ??

      Gotta agree with mysterio up there.. I think solid state media is at the point where it's going to tear into dominance in a matter of years.

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      • identicon
        discojohnson, 4 Jan 2006 @ 10:03pm

        Re: ??

        put a dvd in solid state. this is a godsend for rental companies and disc-based game systems

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        • identicon
          sixo, 4 Jan 2006 @ 11:04pm

          Re: ??

          now if he had a way to make scratch resistant .mp3's...heh, sorry mab ut too late

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            C3Po, 5 Jan 2006 @ 2:46am

            Re: ??

            I find this statement padantic, and somewhat less than worth my time pondering the staleness of which his words came...

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              ?, 5 Jan 2006 @ 3:53am

              Re: ??

              At first I didn't know what you were trying to say. But then I relized that you must have really wanted to type 'pedantic'.

              Now I think that YOU must not know what you are saying.

              So please, C3, explain to those of us who have a narrow, often ostentatious concern for book learning and formal rules could conclude that scratch resistant CD's are 20 years too late?

              Because I think it would be completely reasonable to have this scratch resistant technology at the beginning of the CD life cycle, and not at the end.

              Of course, maybe you think that CD technology will be around us for a long time. In which case, you might be the 'pedantic' one.

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      • identicon
        Oliver Wendell Jones, 5 Jan 2006 @ 5:22am

        Re: ??

        I think solid state media is at the point where it's going to tear into dominance in a matter of years.
        I hope you won't be too upset the first time you walk across your living room carpet in winter time to stick your solid state movie card into your solid state movie player and a 2" bolt of static electricity induced lightning jumps between the two and destroys both items.
        I've personally already fried a desktop motherboard by dropping a Pocket PC into a docking cradle connected to the PC's USB port *and* a 512 MB SD card in my Treo 600 the same way.

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        • identicon
          Mike, 5 Jan 2006 @ 5:52am

          Re: ??

          Oliver, I think you need a tip I learned from an old sysadmin a long time ago. Get a spray bottle and put an ounce of liquid fabric softener in it then fill with water. Spray your carpet lightly with the mixture.
          It helps significantly reduce static buildup on carpets and (if you like the scents available) can help reduce any potential odors as well.

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          • identicon
            Format c: v:stupid /q, 5 Jan 2006 @ 6:01am

            Re: ??

            You ought to patent that.

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            • identicon
              Mike, 5 Jan 2006 @ 6:10am

              Re: ??

              You're right.... but then the guy that gave me the original idea would probably turn up to have a prior claim and sue me for infringement or copyright violation or having too many brain cells or (shudder) not having 20 lawyers on retainer.
              Besides, I think my mom used to do this.... yeah, that's the ticket.... my mom taught me. (with credit to Jon Lovitz' Saturday Night Live character)

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          Road, 5 Jan 2006 @ 6:10am

          Re: ??

          Even though a solid state media may be around the corner, there will always be a need for some sort of cheap storage device at approximately 20 cents a pop and 700mb you can’t beat it. As far as the average person is concerned, a tangible thing such as a CD or DVD that you collect or own can be very important to some and many already have a huge collection. Not to mention the people who haven't been engrossed in the computer world. The likely hood that these devices are going to disappear any time soon is doubtful and if they can improve on the device why not.

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          • identicon
            Anonymous Coward, 5 Jan 2006 @ 9:00am

            Re: ??

            I agree it'll probably be around for a while. Look at the floppy disk its just as small and unreliable as it ever was, yet it still exists today.

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    crystalattice (profile), 5 Jan 2006 @ 12:17pm

    How well do they play?

    One thing that wasn't discussed is how they work in CD players. Having bumps on the bottom sounds like some players and drives wouldn't tolerate them that well. Plus, would the laser be able to focus properly now that the CD is raised up higher than normal?

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      Road, 5 Jan 2006 @ 12:54pm

      Re: How well do they play?

      I have to agree with crystalattice. It would be nice if they had found a material that was more scratch resistant, but this is just all the way around lame. It's like those plastic covers that they came out with a while back that wouldn't work half the time in a CD player and it seemed to collect finger prints and dirt like no bodys buissness. Equally lame invention. But I'm not offering any better ideas so I can't say much.

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