10 bucks says the "highly intelligent individual"
in question tried forcibly slapping his DVD tray shut one too many times. I find it highly improbable that under any kind of proper use, enough isolated damage could be done do an optical drive to allow it to shoot a steel rod with enough force to penetrate both the computer case and the man's hand.
Originally Posted by Epitope
I call BS. I'm betting he raged on his laptop and tried to slam the tray closed and it buckled and he impaled his hand on the metal guide for the tray. There isn't any kind of spring or component that has any sort of built up tension to propel something out of the laptop with that kind of force.
Exactly this. The only thing that could possibly propel the rod would be the motor at full speed, and that would still require there to be enough friction to actually grip and propel the steel rod (nearly impossible considering laptop drives typically use a plastic and ball-bearing approach) AND that the steel rod have an unobstructed path out of the case, and had almost no force whatsoever holding it in place.... it would also have to somehow be touching the motor in the first place WHILE THE MOTOR WAS ON...Edited by Zero4549 - 10/29/11 at 8:20pm