French boffin: Mac Pros emit toxic fumes
Hi, I'm vaporize benzine
A French newspaper is claiming some Mac Pro owners are at risk of developing leukemia and other ills from breathing in toxic materials emitted from Apple's top-of-the-line PCs.
According to Paris newspaper, Libération, an odd odor given off by some Mac Pros could be the result of several toxins used in the machines, including benzene.
The original report (in French) is available here.
Libération cites an anonymous researcher for the French National Centre for Scientific Research, who originally purchased a Mac Pro in order to study molecules in 3D. He soon noticed a strong odor when using the machine. Ten days later, his eyes, nose, and throat were irritated.
"The computer emitted fumes which, after a week of use, caused a pronounced irritation of the cornea and respiratory passages," he told Libération.
The researcher first contacted Apple, which sent a technician to change the power supply – but the problem persisted. After exchanging the computer for a new one, the second unit had the same strange odor.
Searching the internet, he found his case wasn't unique. Libération claims Apple forums in Germany, Great Britain, and the United States are full of testimonials complaining about a "new car smell" or an odor similar to a "rotting carpet." There's also complaints of smell causing migraines, nausea, and dizziness.
ZDNet also dug up this a complaint on Apple's Mac Pro support forums discussing a "musty odor." Several people in the post also claim to detect an odd odor coming from their Mac Pros. Others on the Mac Pro forum seem to think their computer smells like someone smoking cannabis.
Libération said the researcher contacted Greenpeace, which sent word to the Analytica analysis lab.
"We have identified seven volatile organic contaminants," the lab's Bernard Tailliez is quoted saying. The notable ingredients are styrene, benzene, and its derivatives.
The publication claims it then passed the analysis to the French National Institute for Risk in the Industrial Environment.
"Benzene can affect bone marrow. Imagine if a person worked eight hours per day for two months breathing in these vapors, some people could very well develop leukemia," Annie Leszkowicz, a chemical risks expert from the French agency, told the publication.
Emails to Apple seeking comment were not immediately returned. (Nor frankly, does El Reg expect them to be returned.) Libération claims that after contacting Apple France, they were told "engineers are working on the problem." ®
Voice Of Reason
I own 4 XP boxes, 1 Linux box, a Mac Pro (8 Core) and a Macbook Pro.
When new all the computers had a funny smell that wore off pretty quickly. Seems quite normal. The Mac Pro has an huge set of fans that probably makes the situation far worse. That box really does pull some air through it even more than the PC next to it which I use to think required alot of fans.
So this is abit of a non story. As for the Mac haters on this thread, jeeez, just get a life? I've witnessed every fanboy war since Commodore v Sinclair v Amstrad and it was as sad then as now. I loved owning all three of those machines so I could take advantage of all their strengths. And in 2008 I love owning XP, OSX and Linux boxes because again I can enjoy all 3 OS's. Get over it.
French boffin ???
Surely a contradiction in terms?
The only fumes he could smell were coming from his own garlic breath, la bête twat
Paris? She likes a good boffin too
I quote: "Don't be a fucking knob."
But it's *only* the truth, AA, and the truth can *never* hurt us.
Unlike Benzine and Polyphenol emissions.
Probably why Steve's liver is so shot to bits.