1) It looks like a RFI problem waiting to happen.
2) A sheet-metal case is probably the most non-hazardous,
easily recycled, environmentally friendly part of a PC.
=== rant follows =I know the kind you mean: there are always a few well-intentioned
but underinformed greenies about. They can be quite entertaining
if you know how to play them. The "leaded petrol is better for
the environment" argument is always fun.
However, the preference for form over function is widespread,
possibly even endemic:
Consider side windowed computer cases. These are obviously a good
idea because they look cool. Who cares about RFI screening? I
don't even know what that is so it can't be that important. I've
only ever read two issues of PC Noob but neither of them even
Heatsinks are another area. As we all know the best finish for
heat sinks is highly polished chrome. This is because it looks
all shiny, hi-tech and new. Since it is the best finish for
aesthetic reasons it follows that it must also be the best at
radiating heat but in any case this is only a secondary reason for
having the heatsink: its primary role is to look big and impressive.
Finally after spending a fortune on our hi-tech heatsink and three
times as many fans as are needed, let's piss all our cooling efforts
up against the wall. After all we need some lights in there to
reflect nicely off all the shiny bits that cost so much and make
the machine look cool. Who cares that as surely as night follows
day all that light is going to eventually end up as additional
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