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Get one of those TV dinner cushion thingies. Separates the laptop from your body WITHOUT blowing it up.
In the latest installment of "The Chronicles of Duh...", researchers from the University of Basel, Switzerland, have discovered that letting a hot laptop rest on your thighs for hours at a time isn't good for you. Their research was published by the journal Pediatrics in an article enticingly entitled "Laptop Computer–Induced …
The most popular method in use at Pete 2 towers to stop a nasty case of slow roasted nuts is a cushion on the lap and a tray on the cushion. Forget all these hi-tech coolers and chemicals an' stuff. It also has the beneficial side effect of raising the lappy to a more comfortable height and being able to adjust the angle of the keyboard by fluffing or compressing the front or back of the cushion.
> splotchy, mottled thighs will, however, brand you as someone too dumb to take
> a hot laptop off of your lap.
OTOH you can probably draw some comfort from the thought that if your social life consists of hours spent with a laptop on your lap the chances of being in a position where anyone else is likley to see your thights is somewhat minimal...
I make these darkened brown big spots on my upper part of the legs for about 4 years now using my laptop. I knew they are because of it, but I didn't know that a scientific study is needed for that. They disappear in few days/one week and you can re-create them in one day (red) and two days (brown).
Can I get a Nobel prize for that?
1. Use a netbook :P
2. with regard to the article "So if you're a hard-core laptop gamer who pushes your machine for hours on end"...
...They'd be already playing on a surface (Desk, table, floor.. whatever). If they are hardcore, they'd have their own G15 and razer (or equivalents) and would know they'd have to game on a surface or they'd get pwnt.
At this point in time, it still does not matter what genre it is, MMO, FPS, RTS... to be reasonably competitive, you need a mouse and good keyboard and good ergonomics.
If they're not playing on a surface of some sort and instead, on their laps, then they are not hard core. Just stupid, imho :P
This is presumably what happens to kids who are protected from every risk without experiencing the pain for themselves? "Don't touch that fire, darling, it might be hot!"
For some reason I'm reminded that frogs in slowly heated water don't climb out...
Paris, because I'm sure even she is bright enough to stop if her thighs get too hot.
If he's playing that many hours of games on his lappy every day, I'd suspect that unless it's a humungous machine, he'll end up with shoulder/ upper back issues from the cramped keyboard that when on your lap isn't the best position.
Just wait; in a few years it'll be a story about how the laptop ruined hios life without the parents taking responsibility for owt!
If you go back a few years there was a long campaign by manufacturers to call them notebook computers. But it was too late and the term laptop had made it in to common usage.
I suppose its a kind of wishful thinking - we jointly called them what we wanted them to be, and for the most part succesfully ignore their limitations.
You'll actually find that for most purposes, like watching a film, browsing the web, etc. putting the laptop on your lap isn't an issue because it won't get hot, just a little warm.
Conversely, if you're going to put serious load on it (HD movies, games of any kind), then it can become hot.
Personally, for games I'll still use my desktop machine most of the time, for obvious reasons.
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