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Last night, while watching a tv episode, my laptop screen did this. This morning, after installing the most recent video driver and copious shut-downs and restarts, the problem is still here. Sometimes the bottom 3/4 is flickering like it is continuously refreshing at a stuttering rate, sometimes it is still.At other times the bottom 3/4 mirrors what should be at the top of the screen. Another relevant point is that I tried to take a screenshot of the problem, but the problem does not show up in the screenshot. This is a laptop that I purchased refurbished 2+ years ago for about $400. It is no longer under warranty. I live in Puerto Rico, so if it is worth getting repaired, I guess I will have to mail it to Lenovo... Is my screen doomed? Can anyone guess what the underlying problem might be? Is reinstalling Windows 8 worth a try? Should I upgrade to Windows 10, etc? Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should do going forward? Or am I just wasting time by avoiding the inevitable saving up for another computer? (PS please forgive any typos as it is hard to read on this flickering screen.)

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I've had this sore throat for the past month.YANAD, YANMD. For a variety of travel reasons, it is very difficult for me to seek non-emergency care. I'm more curious in what's going on and what I can expect that immediately fixing it. I have a sore throat. No big, but I've had this constant ache and lump in my throat for at least a month. I wake up in the morning and it feels like I can hardly swallow or breathe due to the lump in my throat. The aching gets a little better throughout the day. I feel some relief to the irritation when I drink a hot or carbonated beverage. I took a course of cipro for a UTI and that didn't do anything for the throat. I am allergic to everything with leaves or fur and dust/mold. I was previously staying at home with tons of pollen and open windows; for the past two weeks, I have been in a hotel in a totally different state with tons of air conditioning. Outside or inside, regardless of location, it doesn't abate. I take Zyrtec daily; I have been taking advil, which reduces the irritation but not the swelling. Gracias!

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Can you recommend podcasts you like, where there's an eclectic set of topics, and those topics are pretty much just all the particular things the host of the show is interested in?I'm asking because I'm thinking about starting a podcast of my own, and doing one on a mix of topics like that seems really enjoyable. (I have a small existing audience, as the co-author of a book on similarly varied topics, and as the host of of a lecture series that's also kind of eclectic. My hope is there are at least some people out there who would tune in to listen to me talk and interview people about a breadth of topics) A couple of sort-of examples for me are Sam Harris's "Waking up" podcast, which is about neuroscience, Islamism, meditation, veganism, and whatever else Sam Harris is interested in. Also Mike Pesca's "The Gist", some of which is just general current events stuff, but where, more importantly for my interests, he talks about vexilology and about word origins and makes up very corny songs, and talks in excruciating detail about pop music, and the thing that that holds it all together is "yeah, those are just things Mike Pesca likes". There must be others like that. I'd love to hear about them! (This is as opposed to a podcast that has a single, specific, nameable topic...) Are there podcasts you enjoy that work like this?

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The drugmaker Purdue Pharma launched OxyContin two decades ago with a bold marketing claim: One dose relieves pain for 12 hours, more than twice as long as generic medications. OxyContin's stunning success masked a fundamental problem: The drug wears off hours early in many people, a Los Angeles Times investigation found. OxyContin is a chemical cousin of heroin, and when it doesn't last, patients can experience excruciating symptoms of withdrawal, including an intense craving for the drug. The problem offers new insight into why so many people have become addicted to OxyContin, one of the most abused pharmaceuticals in U.S. history.

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I had a new roof installed last August and am not happy with the way the drip edge was installed. The company came out and "fixed" this issue which made it look worse. Is this something I need to worry about?I own an older home and the shingle roof was beyond the end of it's life (30 years). After having multiple companies give me estimates (everything ranging from "there's nothing wrong, we can do some minor repairs for $500" to "that'll cost you about $18,000" which was incredibly frustrating) I went with a big box store installation thinking it would be less hassle and that they'd do a good job. When the saleslady came to give me an estimate I told her that I wanted to have the fascia replaced as well and she poo pooed that idea to "save me money" and that the fascia only needed to be sanded and painted. The new roof installation itself seems fine. I don't seem to have any leaks. However, the drip edge doesn't look great and I know that part of that is because the fascia is warped and or needs to be hammered back into the house or you know, replaced. The project manager came out and looked at the drip edge and agreed that it didn't look great. He tried to adjust it by hand and ended up making it look worse. He also noted that my house must have been "built crooked." The company kindly came back out to "fix" the drip edge which seems to have mainly involved nailing roofing nails horizontally through the face of the drip edge into the fascia. The part where the project manager bent the drip edge by hand was fixed by putting a nail there. So, now the drip edge still doesn't look good and now has nails through it in multiple places. For the amount of money I paid for the roof, I'd like the finishes to look good and I'm worried about having so many nails through the drip edge. My question: Will the nails through the drip edge cause any issues over time? Secondary question: Is my complaint about the aesthetics of the drip edge a legitimate complaint or am I just being picky? I am having a hard time parsing this and can't tell if I'm being treated like I'm asking for so much because I'm a woman or because it's something that's actually dumb to worry about.

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Multiple times in the past few years I've baked cakes from scratch that haven't risen, and two dutch babies that probably reached a cumulative total height of 6 millimeters. Baking powder doesn't seem to be the issue. Box mixes do fine. I'm at sea level. Controls and variables within...I've made vanilla, chocolate, and lemon cakes. In that time I've replaced the baking powder as a possible culprit, gotten an oven thermometer, adhered to recipes' instructions for room temp ingredients, and made variations of the same cake. For example, in the last two days I made two different versions of lemon cake: cake flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, egg whites, sugar, and butter. One used zest, the other extract. One had buttermilk, the other called for milk. One whipped the egg whites with cream of tartar, the other added them one at a time to the batter without tartar. I bought new baking powder for the second recipe. The cake flour is brand new. I used a different batch of eggs and butter for each. Eggs and butter were well creamed. Whipped egg whites were incorporated and not over-mixed with the batter, in my opinion. Each recipe produced two cake layers that did not seem to rise at all. They are about 3/4" tall, certainly not tall enough to cut in half. All recipes tasted great raw. (And before you ask, no, I did not eat most of the batter!) I've tried a variety of cake pans (non stick dark finish, Wilton aluminum performance pans), in a variety of sizes (8", 9", 6"). I've tried wrapping them with homemade baking strips. I've tried placing them in the oven on cookie sheets, and off. I've tried multiple rack heights. I've tried turning midway. I've tried convection vs. traditional baking. Toothpicks come out clean and usually the edges are just browning. My oven, a Thermador Professional, is 3 years old and I am otherwise happy with it; other foods (quick breads, meats, muffins, etc.) come out just fine. The finished cakes are dense, almost rubbery, and sticky, not light, spongy or crumbly. Any other avenues to test/explore, or ideas about what's going on?

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Ever since the end of World War II, there have been rumors in Poland that the Nazis hid a substantial part of the loot from their European conquests in hidden tunnels underneath the Owl Mountains near Książ Castle. A number of independent researchers have worked to discover the location of these tunnels, but in the end, they found nothing. ...or did they?

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Asking for my friend. My 42 year old friend was just diagnosed with very early stage MS. She wants a second opinion. How do you go about finding somebody? Original diagnosis at Cleveland MS Clinic. Willing to travel to MD, DC, PA, or about 6 hours from Cleveland. Ignore insurance issues. TIA!

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Roadliners. A short documentary about a Glaswegian freehand painter of text and signs on roads.

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What is the legal position here? Can a band actually deny someone the right to use a song of theirs in public? Or - providing the appropriate royalties are paid - does the band relinquish all control of the song's usage as soon as it's out in the market? Similarly, could a band bar someone from covering one of their songs? In this case I'm thinking of a case like Noel Gallagher objecting to The Smurfs' plans to cover an Oasis song.My guess is that most bands sign a blanket publishing deal which puts their music up for grabs in every way possible, and then shrug off any questionable use as they count their money. There are exceptions though - such as Nick Cave's refusal to licence his songs for commercials - and I'm curious to know how this whole area works in law.

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My 11-year-old cat most likely has lung cancer with a poor prognosis. Aside from the heartbreak, I don't know how to proceed in terms of surgery versus no surgery.Meet Bob. We adopted him from a local cat shelter about four years ago, after he'd been found wandering the streets as a stray. I honestly can't imagine this cat as a stray, because he is the most timid cat I've ever known. He is also the sweetest, most lovable cat I've ever known. He has not a mean bone in his body, and just wants to be petted and loved. When I am having a crappy day at work, thinking about Bob and looking at pictures of him is seriously what gets me through it. Which is part of why this year has been so rough. Bob has already had a tough time given his past life as a stray. Then earlier this year, he was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, and we opted for the radioactive iodine therapy that is supposed to essentially cure it. The therapy unfortunately involved being hospitalized for several days, which Bob did not deal very well with. The radiologist vet even said that he could tell Bob was unhappier than most there due to his fearfulness. However, he came home (and was overjoyed, shaking and walking around the apartment head-butting everything and meowing excitedly), and we were delighted that we would now have many more years with him. Then last month he started throwing up repeatedly, not eating, and losing weight. After a couple days of this, we took him to the emergency vet, where he was diagnosed with pancreatitis. After repeatedly taking him back over the course of three days for several hours at a time, he was finally hospitalized overnight for it, and the emergency vet again noted how unhappy he was there. While diagnosing his pancreatitis, the vet noticed a mass in his lung that a specialist there later told us was 95 percent likely to be lung cancer. The mass is too deep to ultrasound or biopsy. The next step would be to do a CT scan, which the vet said could be done only as a precursor to surgery. She said that if they performed the surgery and the cancer was aggressive, Bob would likely live for another 3-5 months afterwards. If they did the surgery and the cancer was less aggressive, he could live for another 1-2 years. Without surgery, she said that again, depending on the aggressiveness of the tumor, lifespan could range from less to three and up to 12 months. We had a home visit vet come out this week to discuss hospice options for Bob. He still seems like he always has, and we've just noticed a little shortness of breath sometimes when playing (actually noticed this as long ago as this past winter). Otherwise, he is in seemingly good shape. The home vet, however, seemed a bit surprised that we were not pursuing the surgery option for him. Maybe that was just my interpretation. She said that the good news is that lung cancer tends to be slow growing in cats, and seemed to think that it might be worth it to extend his life by considering the surgery option. The reason I'd been leaning away from the surgery is that I figured Bob has already been through so much this year, between the two hospitalizations and multiple emergency vet and regular vet visits. I cannot emphasize how much he hates the vet, and it seems like every time we bring him home from hospitalization he's just a little more shaky and uncertain. It took several months for him to warm up to us when we adopted him, and I have sometimes thought that maybe he has a version of cat PTSD from his time as a stray. If we were to go through with the surgery and he died three months later, I would never forgive myself. But presumably, if they were to prepare him for surgery and do a CT scan, they would be able to tell how aggressive the cancer was and then would back off from performing the surgery. Would it be worth it, taking Bob's mental health into account, for us to go ahead with this? Would an extra year or two of life be worth taking him back to the hospital, and hospitalizing him for 2-3 days following a possible surgery? For what it's worth, the specialist vet said cats tolerate surgery very well and she was confident that the surgery would not be a major risk for him. I love Bob so much and am grief-stricken that our time with him is now so limited. I want his remaining time with us to be comfortable and happy. At the same time, I don't want to sentence him to a premature death by failing to take action. Has anyone else here faced a similar decision with your pet, in terms of an illness with a poor prognosis like this? Any advice or opinions will be gratefully considered.

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The software engineer's guide to asserting dominance in the workplace

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My wife and I are expecting our first child in early fall, and she has the chance to travel for work 3 months after the kid is due. But since we have never traveled with a child we are completely overwhelmed by the logistics of getting to the airport, transporting the kid on the plane, getting the kid to the hotel, and back. Can you help us figure out everything we need to consider, and how we'll accomplish this so she feels comfortable with this trip?My wife has been invited to give a presentation at a work conference in December, 3 months after our child's due date. She has done presentations like this before, so this one presentation is not critical to her career, but she would like to present these new developments. Her mother is interested in coming on the trip to watch the kid, and I am happy to go on the trip if they want me there or to stay home so they can spend time together and with the kid. So my wife would either have 1 or 2 people in town to watch the kid depending on what she wants. Given all that, we initially thought this trip would be no problem. We also like that it would let my wife's mother to spend more time with the new grandkid as we live in a different state. But now that we're starting to actually plan the trip it seems a little overwhelming. First, she and the kid (and possibly me) would have to fly to the conference. Do we just hold the kid on the plane? Do we bring a car seat? Then, we would have to get to the hotel. Do we bring the car seat and its base (that's a lot of weght and volume - does that mean I have to come just to lug the car sear through the airport)? Do we check the car seat + base? Do we get a cab (which is what she usually does), and if so how do we deal with the car seat issue? Or do we have to rent a car so we can put a car seat in it, which is a whole other hassle? Once we get to the hotel, where does the kid sleep? Are there other things about caring for a kid in a hotel that are different from caring for a kid at home? Do we have to bring a stroller or should we just plan on carrying / wearing the kid if we want to take them out of the hotel room? I realize there are other AskMe answers about this, but none of them felt comprehensive, and feeling like we understand the process from start to finish is key here. I think these issues are surmountable and she should go to the conference if she feels comfortable, and as I said I'm happy to go or to stay home (my work is flexible enough that I can do either). But this is her deal so it doesn't really matter if I feel comfortable with it, it matters if she does. And right now she's feeling overwhelmed by the logistics and torn - she wants to go but feels uncomfortable with all the traveling-with-a-kid issues that we've never dealt with before. If I or her mother just say "I will be completely in charge of taking care of the kid" but we don't know the answers to the questions above, that doesn't really make her feel comfortable with the trip - she wants to know the answers first, and that's what we're looking for here. Her mother lives in another state and so can't be on the same flight as my wife. And she never flew with her kids and only traveled when they were older, so this is all new territory for her as well. So what I'm asking for is - can you help us think of all the logistical issues we need to sort out, and how to fix them? Basically, please help us feel comfortable - like we know the issues from leaving the house to returning and how we're going to handle them each step of the way. Also relevant: I offered, but my wife has said she is not okay going on her own and leaving the kid with me for a few days (which would be problematic anyway as my wife is planning to breastfeed). So that option is off the table. Either we get comfortable with the logistics or she won't feel okay going at all.

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(WARNING: Contains strong language) In this Guardian video, Patrick Stewart, Adrian Scarborough and Sarah Solemani expose the problems in the Conservative plan for a UK bill of rights. This satirical take inspired by the classic Monty Python sketch asks 'what has the European Convention on Human Rights ever done for us?' Apart from the right to a fair trial, freedom from slavery, freedom from torture ... Worth it, if only for the utterly reusable sample or GIF of Patrick Stewart dropping the F-bomb.

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The Miley Cyrus Entrance. The Phil Collins entrance. The Venga Boys entrance. The Pokemon Entrance. The Foo Fighters entrance. The Queen Entrance. The Limp Bizkit entrance. Featuring The Local Hero, Joe Hendry. (All links YouTube, which has tons more.)

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A very Donny and Marie Star Wars

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DJ Shadow will release his first album in five years, "The Mountain Will Fall", on June 24. A month ago, he shared the title track on Soundcloud; it was not met with the warmest of welcomes at FACT. In an interview with Pitchfork, Shadow, however, stated that "Sometimes records are a struggle. This record I knew exactly what I wanted to get across." Now we have the opportunity to watch the fresh official video for "The Mountain Will Fall", directed by Territory Studios' Marti Romances. (via; DJ Shadow previously)

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Two days ago, I walked past a shop and its anti-theft system started beeping loudly. I looked into the shop, and a guy was walking out. A shop assistant turned to look, and the guy ran. She immediately chased him. Hoping that I could help, I joined the chase.We chased the shoplifter for about half a block, before he "gave up" and threw down the t-shirt that he had lifted from the shop before running off. Seeing this, the shop assistant and I stopped. My thoughts then were "ok, they got their stolen thing back. Should be good." I gave the shop assistant, and the colleague who came after, a nod as they picked up the recovered item, and I went my merry way. Should I have minded my own business? Should we have totally chased the guy down? I keep playing back the incident in my head and I was wondering if we should have totally caught up to the shoplifter - him throwing the t-shirt away gave me lizard-tail vibes - could he have something more valuable and the t-shirt was only a distraction? I also didn't think of safety - mine or the people around - until after the fact :( In addition, I didn't think to shout "shoplifter! stop!" or something like that - I don't think the shop assistant did as well. This is in Vancouver, BC, downtown. Would appreciate suggestions what I could do if I should encounter a case like this again please. Thanks!

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What is the best way to help support women who are having to terminate a pregnancy or organizations that help these women?Other than donating money, which I would love to do but am unable to at this time. I am a legal resident of GA but currently living in CA. Suggestions of "Vote!" are welcome, but please provide a link of who I should vote for so I can do more research. I am also a very empathetic person so anything I can do in person would be something I'd be interested in.

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Norwegian artist Esther van Hulsen draws a picture of an ancient octopus, using 95 million year old octopus ink (link to original article in Norwegian).

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Australia plans to release a strain of herpes that targets invasive carp into the Murray River. "Suddenly, there will be literally hundreds of thousands, if not millions of tonnes of carp that will be dead in the River Murray." This can't possibly go wrong, amirite?

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The French embassy in my neck of the woods issued a statement basically saying that, due to an upcoming major event in one of the Schengen countries at the end of July, processing visas would take 10 days instead of the usual 2 days because said country had asked to vet the applicants first. This piqued my curiosity: what major event could that possibly be? I think it's not the Euro 2016 because that starts in June.

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Three months ago, I stupidly put down my credit card to pay for my best friend's bachelorette weekend away in late May. The bride, four other bridesmaids, and me are staying at an expensive AirBnB, and the other women--none of whom I know well--promised they'd pay me back ASAP if I booked the place. Surprise! Everyone's ignored my very polite emails requesting repayment. Do I involve the bride as an enforcer or accept the money's gone because I'm stupid?So, look, I know I shouldn't have accepted financial responsibility for an entire trip, but the bride and I have been best friends for twenty years, and when her other friends seemed a little scatterbrained, I was worried she wouldn't have the bachelorette weekend she wanted. The price of the trip would seem very small to someone with an average salary but is a significant cost to me. I know now that I should've requested everyone pay me before I booked the trip, but the Maid of Honor was constantly texting me, asking whether I'd nailed down the AirBnB house yet (her own account had been mysteriously suspended. Ugh, I know). I seemed to be the most responsible person involved, and I knew the other women absolutely had the money, so instead of intelligently saying, "I'm sorry, but I don't feel comfortable being the one to book the house," I capitulated. I've sent out a several email reminders to the other bridesmaids, outlining the amount each person owes, exactly how I arrived at that amount, and which forms of payment I'll accept. I sent a couple of texts to the Maid of Honor. I haven't received even one response over the past three months. All of the texts and the constant group "I'm so excited to go away with you all!" emails have stopped. I'm out several hundred dollars and really, really need the money. I'm worried that once these women get their weekend away and have enjoyed the house, they won't have any reason to pay me back whatsoever. I'll certainly ask them when we're in the house, but I imagine at least a couple, if not all, of them will wave me off and be like, "Oh, can I get you later? I don't have the money on me" or "I can't remember my Venmo password right now," etc. Two of the women are actual celebrity heiresses (ughhhh) so my guess is that money means nothing to them and they can't even understand why I keep asking for it or might even think it's sort of rude that I'm badgering them over a seemingly small amount. I don't want to involve the bride, who doesn't know that no one has paid me back, but I don't know the other women all that well, and she'd be infuriated enough with them that she may convince one or two to pay up. I don't want to threaten to cancel the house to get my money back, but at this point, that's the only way I can see forward that doesn't involve telling the bride her friends are dicks. How should I proceed?

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I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow, and I'd like to go in with some way to talk intelligently about my symptoms and perhaps an idea of what I should be tested for. Symptoms within...During the past month or so, I've been having ongoing stomach issues in terms of bloating and feelings of gassiness and heartburn. I believe at least a portion of it might be stress related, as it flares up worst at work, right after eating lunch. At home, after eating dinner, for instance, I rarely have any symptoms. Or, if I do, I don't really notice it. I have been taking Prilosec, which seems to help, but I still have a lot of really loud gurgly noises throughout the day and feeling like I have an urgent need to go to the bathroom but when I get there, it's almost always gas. An ulcer is the first thing that comes to mind. I've never had one that I know of, so I don't know what it feels like. Heartburn is another possibility. Does anyone have any more ideas about what this could be? Thanks.

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We should seek an understanding of the drugs of concern: how they work to relieve pain, how they kill in overdose, how deaths might be prevented & how we should respond as a society. A professor of pharmacology and therapeutics writes in Slate about the undertreatment of pain, discussing how to manage the conflicting risks of inadequate pain relief, physical dependency, overdose and addiction. (Written in response to Prince's suspected overdose before his death, but covers the known facts with respect.)

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