Technologically innovative advancements in the field of computer science have vastly improved both the industry and our standard of living. An estimated 85% of American adults and more than 90% of teens use the Internet. According to research from the University of Southern California, low-income African-American and Latino families who received computers through the Computers for Families program in 2013 were able to submit resumes and fill out employment applications through online resources at significantly greater rates than non-participants. What’s more, a study reported by Forbes also found that 55% of companies who started using cloud computing and hosting services became more efficient.
However, computers can also be frustrating. Recently, one man became so frustrated he decided to troubleshoot his PC by actually shooting it.
The LA Times reports 37-year-old Colorado Springs-man Lucas Hinch took his 2012 Dell XPS 410 out back to an alley and shot it eight times.
In most circumstances, it’s illegal to fire a gun in Colorado Springs, but police have said there’s no law or rule regarding machine homicide. Consequently, the police issued him a summons to sort the issue out.
“[He] was very matter-of-fact about it and cooperative,” police spokesperson Lt. Catherine Buckley told the LA Times. “He had just gotten a new gun and had enough of his computer.”
The “extremely frustrating” reason Hinch “reached critical” mass was because the computer kept giving him the “blue screen of death.” After it kept happening, Hinch snapped, took his new 9-mm pistol, and plugged the old computer eight times in an alley.
“That computer had a bad day,” he said.
Hinch was issued a summons for discharging a firearm within city limits and cited for the same reason. Police said he may possibly face a fine, but is unlikely to get any jail time. They did confiscate his new gun, though, and it’s unclear as to whether or not he’ll get it back. Despite getting in trouble with the law, Hinch had no regrets.
“It was glorious,” he said. “Angels sung on high.”