June 28, 2016

Gross stupidity and carelessness really ought to be crimes, you know...


Josh Van Winkle, 29, one of the horse-carriage drivers at the hotel,saw a dog he thought was posinga threat to one of his horsesand pulled out his .357 pistol, Nixon said.

"The weapon was cocked, and when he put it back into his holster, the gun went off, hitting a 6-year-old male right in the leg just above the knee," Nixon said. The bullet went straight through his leg,Nixon said. ...

Van Winkle was taken to Coconino County Jail and held on suspicion ofaggravated assault, child endangerment and disorderly conduct with a weapon.

I hope so! I hope the kid doesn't lose his leg because of this...

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Weird World at 07:16 PM | Comments (16) | Add Comment
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1 At least he's not the DEA agent doing a gun safety demonstration and shot himself.

Posted by: BigFire at June 28, 2016 08:00 PM (pNmmq)

2 Well, the aggravated assault charge should keep this idiot from carrying a gun in public ever again, and the civil suit against the hotel should convince them to pay closer attention to their hiring and training policies.


Posted by: J Greely at June 28, 2016 08:49 PM (ZlYZd)

3 SOMEONE is going to get sued, that's for sure!

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 28, 2016 09:20 PM (+rSRq)


They seem to have gotten rid of the "hibernate" option. You can shut down and you can sleep.

I can't find Solitaire or Hearts. Are they gone?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 29, 2016 04:40 AM (+rSRq)

5 In Windows 10, all I have is "Microsoft Solitaire Collection." I don't see Hearts.

Posted by: John at June 29, 2016 06:25 AM (DInF9)

6 @BigFire, if he'd shot himself that would've been an improvement over what actually happened.

Posted by: RickC at June 29, 2016 08:21 AM (ECH2/)

7 Steven, the Microsoft Solitaire collection has 5 kinds of Solitaire.  Minesweeper's available as a separate app from the store.
Hearts appears to have been gotten rid of--here's an article on their website that says "go to the Store, search for 'Hearts', and pick the version you want."
Theoretically if you still have a machine with an older version of Windows, you can copy the executable and any DLLs onto your Win10 machine and use that, but I have never tried it.

Posted by: RickC at June 29, 2016 08:25 AM (ECH2/)

8 I'm sure that's very nice, but the store doesn't work for me. It times out and says it cannot connect. Probably it isn't harvesting the connection instructions from IE so it isn't correctly navigating through my LAN to reach the outside world through my gateway.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 29, 2016 02:27 PM (+rSRq)

9 OK, I found the "Solitaire Collection" in one of the big boxes on the right side of the start menu. When I click it, a big window shows up, and a picture appears, and then it blinks and vanishes with no indication that it ever existed.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 29, 2016 03:15 PM (+rSRq)

10 And I screwed up this morning by posting all of this in this thread instead of the previous one. Oh, well...

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 29, 2016 03:16 PM (+rSRq)

11 There are fairly obvious things you could Google that may lead you to a solution for the Store problem.  The Solitaire Collection is probably the same thing and will be fixed once you get the first one taken care of.

Posted by: RickC at June 29, 2016 03:54 PM (FvJAK)

12 You're right, I found an answer, and it isn't very satisfactory.

The answer was to turn off Proxy connection in the LAN control menu of IE. But I don't like that because it means I can't use Proxomitron, and that's my ad blocking and nasty code protection.

I guess I can turn it off before visiting the store and then turn it back on again afterwards.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 29, 2016 04:11 PM (+rSRq)

13 Geeze, is the store disappointing. Loads of games that are "Free*", where the * means "in-app purchases". Fuck that.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 29, 2016 04:13 PM (+rSRq)

14 In your shoes, turning the proxy off briefly is probably what I'd do too.  Odds are you aren't going to be going there much, anyway.
Also, Freemium is apparently the way it is now--at least it has been for phone users for years.  It seems like nobody wants to BUY an app, so apparently, from what I've read, buying premium in-game currency or whatever, seems to be the only way app makers can actually earn money.
Writing a game for a phone (or the Windows store) is a great way to earn approximately minimum wage.

Posted by: RickC at June 29, 2016 05:43 PM (FvJAK)

15 I'm not hugely surprised that the game makers think this is a good idea. But that doesn't mean I have to like it.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 29, 2016 05:45 PM (+rSRq)

16 My mom is the real solitaire player in my family.  She gave up on M$ a while back and bought SolSuite.

I've played a few F2P+P2W MMOs lately, but I've steadfastly refused to give them any money out of principle; most of them have multiple currencies, one of which can be bought with cash and sold in some form or other through the auction house, which means that I can earn in-game currency and trade it for enough cash shop funds that I can get the bare necessities.  I refuse to play pay-to-click games like anything candy, crush, or saga-related, though.

Posted by: BigD at June 30, 2016 05:23 PM (VKO9N)

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