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10/30/2012 12:00 PM EDT
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mike.seiler
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mike.seiler   10/30/2012 9:09:31 PM
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That is such a messy looking lab they really need a feng shui expert to come in and tidy up. Interesting, thanks for sharing.

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Semiguru   10/31/2012 8:07:51 PM
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Such mess indicates 'disorganization' and related 'inefficiency' (drag and impeded progress) to me in most cases. Hey, where is that damn 'xxxxxxx' I need and been searching for all day and where can I find it if we even have one? I've entered some extremely messy development lab and seen it all. Personally cleaned up and organized the lab for 4 weeks and started (continued) a manufacturing process development with results and success within one year and this after 4 years of neglect, frustration and failure by the previous 'undisciplined' R&D crew.

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sprite0022   10/31/2012 12:42:53 AM
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there is a fine line between honest R&D and cheating funding. this one, uh.. I am feeling 75% of it belong to 2nd category.

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rick merritt   10/31/2012 2:29:58 AM
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It's not a pretty lab but its not supposed to me. They are clearly doing real work of value there. Finding the path to GMR heads for disk drives was huge for the whole industry.

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sprite0022   10/31/2012 5:03:36 AM
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he might have done some disk drive head contribution. but getting room temp superconductors with this method just sounds cheesy.

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seaEE   10/31/2012 5:26:24 AM
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The first thing I thought of was Jim Williams lab!

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SecurityGeek   10/31/2012 3:38:30 PM
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Agree. A messy lab means real work is being done. Always question a clean engineering desk. If the research in room temperature levitation properties helps us get flying cars, then I'm all for keeping the lab as messy as possible.

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Brutus_II   10/31/2012 4:41:40 PM
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A messy lab like that means job security. Who would be able to make heads or tails out of it that is not intimately familiar with "the layout". (I am joking and agree that a messy desk or lab usually means a lot is going on). Very interesting stuff. Thanks for sharing the views.

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trm1945   10/31/2012 6:44:46 PM
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Neat and tidy have a place. When you find it, please close the lid and turn out the lights when you leave.

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selinz   10/31/2012 6:46:27 PM
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The lab doesn't look messy to me, it simply looks jam packed. Wires, cables, etc are not bundled up, making their access and debugging easy and adding flexibility. However, I'm guessing that there is a lot of old "junk" in those cabinets in the background...

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jaybus0   11/1/2012 11:54:58 AM
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My thought exactly. It looks like equipment on the bench is being used, old junk in the cabinets. It looks like the lab and single bench isn't big enough.

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the lavender fan   10/31/2012 7:16:48 PM
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The last device is really nice... I wish I had one at home. ;-)

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Semiguru   10/31/2012 11:35:36 PM
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Seemingly the most manipulated and utilized device in the lab.

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sprite0022   11/1/2012 12:28:06 AM
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some old folks of IBM lab should switch to a college or sth instead of hanging around and squeezing out nonsense. this one i'm not 100% sure, but for the other IBM achievement --the 10k nanotube microchip, I can tell you safely it's a piece of junk, completely hoax.

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rick merritt   11/1/2012 12:41:17 AM
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These vacuum deposition are notorious for lots of pipes and cables. At one point, IBM actually had to excavate out a space below the floor of one of the systems to maintain it and add some capabilities to the chamber.

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Mineyes   11/1/2012 4:17:29 PM
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Opto-22 interesting. IBM has made a few attempts at industrial control, ("Gearbox" mid 1980s). IBM purchases industrial control hardware & software in my (limited) experience.

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sprite0022   11/2/2012 12:31:18 AM
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rick, next time u report a lab, spend sometime to check their publication records. some picture like these won't tell anything. this type of report just exposing your ignorance and naive.

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resistion   11/4/2012 1:32:39 AM
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For a while, it looked like a warehouse of previously useful equipment.

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sprite0022   11/5/2012 12:19:59 AM
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this is a warehourse indeed. these equipments are not dependent /connected, ie. they don't have to be packed so close. Is IBM lab so short of space? maybe, or maybe they just want to wow those outsiders. If you take any fab tool's cover off it will look same or more complex. this just shows how inexperienced Rick is.

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