Nomenclature (was: NEXT Color Printer find

From: Ian Koller <>
Date: Thu Jan 3 04:52:15 2002

> so the oft-mentioned $600 hammer was maybe
> out of a lot of five or some hammers).

And maybe made out of controlled material ( subsafe? MC-I, or was
it MC-III, I forget ) traced back to when the ore was dug out of
the ground, inspection, metallurgical analysis and documentation
through every step of the refining and raw material production.
Requiring patterns to be made in the foundry and retained for x
number of years? With machining required on CNC machines? With NDT
testing? and every step in the manufacturing process, documented,
inspected, etc. Warehouses set up and people hired to retain and
maintain the paper?

 But perhaps it is needed for use in an application where
if something went wrong with it ( say a hammer chipped and
a piece of foreign material got into a very, very expensive
( million dollar? ) set of reduction gears ) could cause
the loss of mega bucks.

You are probably one of the few that understands things are
not always as simple as the uninformed think they are, and
that is a complement to your "awareness" and "openmindedness".

 Yes a hammer might cost $600 if you have extremely special
requirements for that hammer. And toilet seats can cost
bunches of money too if the requirements require special
"tooling" ( forming dies, etc. ) be manufactured to produce,
in limited quantity, the special toilet seat needed that is
unlike anything found in the hardware store. I think the
toilet seats on a submarine are formed stainless steel, and
on each submarine ( of which there are only a limited number )
there are only a certain number of toilets ( limited space on
submarines ).

Eric Dittman wrote:
> > > So are you going to be the one to post a link, or are you going to make
> > > everyone search for themselves?
> >
> > Being a MIL standard, you will need to go to a (big) library to get it.
> > For some reason, these handy things refuse to show up on the web.
> I used to have access to the complete MIL STD library. There's a MIL STD for
> toilet paper (including testing) and toothpicks, to name a couple.
> That's part of the cost of the high cost of military equipment. Certification
> and testing does not come without extra cost (and the smaller the purchased
> lot, the higher the per-item cost, so the oft-mentioned $600 hammer was maybe
> out of a lot of five or some hammers).
> --
> Eric Dittman
> Check out the DEC Enthusiasts Club at
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