Frozen Computer Finally Shut Down On March 17, 2013

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On March 17, 2013, a frozen computer in a Baker Hall cluster was finally turned off.

A prolonged legal battle has taken place over the past few years regarding this case. Proponents of shutting the computer down have argued that someone should just pull the plug. Others opposed to such measures claimed that Firefox will eventually open and that we just need to give the computer time to load.

Some of these proponents of the computer’s shutdown have cited doctors’ claims that the computer is in a persistent vegetative state, but opponents have dismissed these facts on the basis that the computer is an Apple iMac, classifying it as a fruit rather than a vegetable.

The case had even gone so far as to be adjudicated by the Supreme Court, although the opinion they handed down consisted mostly of confused mutterings and complaining about the “new-fangled Interwebs computron machines”.

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