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April 21, 2017

Overnight Open Thread (21 Apr 2017)

Alright, I'm back from my misadventures in computing. Long story short, I had an overheating CPU that was spiking to 99C and causing programs to lock up when the CPU throttled itself due to the heat spike. I originally thought it was the EA software but that turned out not to be the case. First I replaced the thermal paste that was located on the heat sink/water cooler bottom that attaches to the CPU chip. That didn't address the problem so I replaced the water cooler itself and that didn't work either. Eventually, I ended up swapping out the CPU chip and everything is back to normal. Then I had to mess with the BIOS as it stopped recognizing one of my GPUs. Good learning experience though.

Tax Trivia

I had forgotten about this part during the Apollo 13 mission. Jack Swigert forgot to file his taxes prior to launch.

Another major event on Sunday threw a usually cool and calm astronaut into a mild panic. In the rush to substitute for Mattingly, Swigert forgot to file his Federal Income Tax return.

"How do I apply for an extension?" he asked. Amid laughter from Mission Control, he sought to explain: "Things kinda happened real fast down there and I need an extension. I'm really serious. Would you..."

Joe Kerwin, the capsule communicator, was unsympathetic: "You're breaking up the room down here."

Swigert continued: "... turn it in?"

Palestinian Hunger Strike

OK, this is funny. Israeli protesters barbecue outside prison where Palestinian terrorists are on hunger strike.

George Carlin

h/t AspiringThrawn

Verizon Wireless

Interesting. Hopefully this continued competition improves VZ's customer service and pricing. Why Verizon is losing more cellphone customers than ever.

Solar Storm

Looks like a coronal hole on the sun is rotating into geoeffective position to bring about some geomagnetic mayhem. SolarHam is a good site to keep getting updates on how it develops.

Ozzy Man

CA is boned

California Governor Brown acknowledges other states aren't buying his climate change BS. But as Californians flee their home state, they'll bring their damaged ideas with them and pollute their new state.

California Democrats punt on all fiscal issues. Man CA is a train wreck.

Vintage Flying

The fabulous bars and restaurants of the Boeing 747 circa the 70's. Man that would be nice today.

Government Shutdown Looms

One week to go. Congress has shutdown aversion but deal-breakers loom.

Dog Video

Tonight's ONT brought to you by why you shouldn't leave your pets home alone:

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