Cognitive Mileage

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So my girlfriend was driving on a highway in Colorado with no tolls to pay at. A month later, we get a bill in the mail from “Go-Pass” telling us that we need to pay $7.20 in tolls. This is fine, but we lost the bill due to hectic summer activities. They sent another bill with a late fee and, due to hectic beginning of the semester activities, we lost that one too.

Finally, a month after the second bill, we got a bill with $160 dollars in civil penalties for “toll evasion”. Needless to say, we found this to be an insane amount of penalty to pay for a road with no clear toll booths to even pay at. So we prepared for a week with a defense to call Go-Pass with, ready to say we would file a complaint with the Colorado Attorney General since we did not actually evade the toll: there was no toll booth to evade.

So I called, provided the customer service representative with my bill number, verified my personal information, and prepared to make a strong case. Except I didn’t have chance to because she immediately offered to waive all late fees and civil penalties if I simply made a pay-as-you-go account with them using my credit card. No monthly fees and they would only charge the amount for the original toll.

So if this happens to you: just call. Apparently, they charge the outrageous civil penalty to motivate you to call in and create an automatic payment account (again with no extra or monthly charge).


So my girlfriend’s daughter accidently spills water all over my Macbook screen leaving huge bright white splotches in the lower right and left corners of my screen. I freak out and take my MB to an Apple technician and he tells me it will be $750 to replace the screen but that I can probably just evaporate the water myself by running an intensive process that heats up my MB. Obviously, I opt for the latter.

The following Python program did the job.

i = 0
while True:
    i = i + 1

It got my CPU A up to a consistent ~80c with the fans obviously kicking on high. I put some pillows behind the screen to increase the heat.

I’ve been running it for about 3 hours now and the splotches are almost cleared up. It will probably take 4-5 hours total to complete the evaporation. But it beats paying $750 for a replacement..

There seems to be no permanent damage to the screen.

Well, it has been about 15 hours total now of drying, some with the program on, most with it off and the splotches are almost all gone. All that is left is a little pea-sized dot for the right splotch. I’ve no reason to think it won’t disappear by the end of the day.

24 hours later: screen is as good as new. You wouldn’t be able to tell the difference if you tried.