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Lenovo has been forced to expand the recall of possibly flamey desktops it first announced back in March. The Chinese PC giant, in conjunction with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, announced the initial recall affected around 50,500 ThinkCentre M70z and M90z desktops. At the time, it said, "A defect in an internal …

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  1. Pirate Dave
    Pirate

    Geesh,

    have we 'Merkins really gotten so stupid that we can't even safely handle saw blades that AREN'T IN A FUCKING SAW? Next we'll find out that if you drop a hammer on your foot, you might hurt your toe.

    1. Michael Tansley

      Re: Geesh,

      God help everyone if the regulators actually find out that those saw blades fit into a machine that SPINS them around at a high speed.

      Why, someone could get really badly hurt!!

      1. Steve Renouf
        Joke

        Yeah! specially if they try to hang on to them!

        letters

    2. Azzy
      Facepalm

      Re: Geesh,

      Yes. Go talk to an average American. It's scary.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Geesh,

        Just the same as the average Brit, or others just about everywhere.

        In the UK we generaly only a year or so behind repeating the dumbest parts of the US, whether it be wars on drugs, terror or H&S jackasses.

        About the only places the native populations are less dumb are those with extreme weather (hot/cold) as being an idiot can be fatal (eg: going clubbing in a t-shirt and flipflops when its -20C).

      2. ItsNotMe
        FAIL

        Re: Geesh, @Azzy

        And British Football fans are the most well behaved fans in the world...right? Never caused any trouble when traveling abroad...have they.

  2. Grey Bird
    FAIL

    Chinese Outsourcing To Mexico?

    So apparently, Chinese company Lenovo has outsourced the construction of these machines to Mexico and gotten defective products? Another fail for outsourcing!

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Foxconn Rebrander sets fire to tables

    Another headline fixed for you.

    it's no trouble at all for me to do it.

    1. Steve Renouf
      Thumb Down

      Re: Foxconn Rebrander sets fire to tables

      Hmmm... I don't think that quite works in this context, as (if you recall) Lenovo was the manufacturer of Thinkpads for IBM and subsequently bought the brand off IBM and now manufactures them for themselves. (Notwithstanding the outsourcing of assembly).

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Foxconn Rebrander sets fire to tables

        Got me this time i think.

      2. Jim Preis

        Re: Foxconn Rebrander sets fire to tables

        Lenovo was never 'the' manufacturer of ThinkPads for IBM and further it bought the entire PCD (Personal Computing Division) from IBM, not just the brand. That consisted of the people, the processes, the brand, the logo and other typical business assets e.g. real estate, dies, machinery, intellectual property etc.

        In order to to avoid a hard stop of manufacturing and to ease the customer transition, Lenovo was grated limited license to continue to use the "Eight Bar Rainbow" version of the IBM logo for a set period of time after legal consideration was made between Lenovo and IBM. Lenovo did not use the full allotment of that window.

  4. Martin Maloney
    Coat

    Even more frightening

    Imagine how dangerous a Lenovo blade server could be!

    (Why do I always have to be the one?)

  5. Wunderbar1

    People still buy desktops?...

    Do they use them to play Doom?

    Lenovo has taken the luster off of the premium ThinkPad brand they acquired.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Facepalm

    WTF?

    Saw blades falling out of the packet??

    Stack the fuckers horizontally...

    Christ on an AT-AT how hard can it be!!!!!!

    1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

      Re: Christ on an AT-AT

      I'm willing to pray to see that !

  7. Craig 28

    Saw blades...

    Much as I'm aware of the masses of ignorance on both sides of the pond they have a sort of valid point here depending on the circumstances. Even if stacked horizontally someone will have to pick them up at some point, if they don't hold it perfectly level or if they get jostled for any reason the blades could come loose and end up causing injuries to forearms, legs, feet, or any other body part in the vicinity. While in many cases the injuries may be relatively minor this cannot be guaranteed and would likely lead to a lawsuit, especially in the US, in either case this is not acceptable for packaging of a sharp object. Any idiot should know that sharp objects should be handled with care, this includes ensuring you don't place them in a container where they have a likely chance of falling out and landing on part of an individual.

  8. david 12 Silver badge

    flaming computers

    Here in AUS around 20 years ago there were several fires and at least one death caused by a faulty electrical (not electronic) applience. For years afterwards there were policeman wandering around interviewing people to see if they could get a manslaughter case up.

    The police involvment was widely reported, and really focused the attention of AUS industry on the importance of using non-flammable plastics for the casings of electrical (including electronic) appliances.

    There is nothing like spending a couple of years in jail to really spoil your day.

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