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Windows 8 Sound Randomly Drops Out (Solution)

You, like me, have a Windows 8 machine which has the sounds randomly drop out. Your drivers look fine, everything is up to date, but this annoying thing keeps happening. Fear not, there is a solution, courtesy of Tech Support Forum. For Windows 8, search for and open Sound, click the Communications tab, select “Do nothing”, and click Apply.

sound-window

Why this is not the default setting is beyond me.

 

A Breakdown of Guns and Ammo’s Response to a Reasonable Editorial

Recently, a [former] editor at Guns and Ammo published what most rational citizens would consider a measured and logical approach to gun control. For that, he was fired, disowned, and earned an official response from the remaining editorial staff. Below is that response, editorialized by me, a current non-crazy gun person (which apparently is now something we have to designate ourselves as). Since Guns and Ammo is such a Constitutionally-minded organization, they clearly understand my First Amendment rights (one better than Second!) in editorializing  their rebuttal.


From Jim Bequette, editor, “Guns & Ammo” Magazine:

As editor of “Guns & Ammo,” I owe each and every reader a personal apology.

If it’s for the following message, yes. Yes you do.

No excuses, no backtracking.

What follows is a metric shit-ton of everything elses. Mostly ignoring the original editorial and begging for you to return to your previous mental patterns.

Dick Metcalf’s “Backstop” column in the December issue has aroused unprecedented controversy.

Mostly in the cognitive dissonance he created in our readers’ minds. Sorry for the overload required to process his pretty basic gun regulation discussion.

Readers are hopping mad about it, and some are questioning “Guns & Ammo”’s commitment to the Second Amendment. I understand why.

Actually, he doesn’t. And, like him, no one emailing Jim has anything remotely resembling a passing knowledge of current Second Amendment Law.

Let me be clear: Our commitment to the Second Amendment is unwavering. It has been so since the beginning.

We think Fred Bear is a documentary. Also, we may not understand what documentaries are.

Historically, our tradition in supporting the Second Amendment has been unflinching. No strings attached.

You should totally be able to own a fully automatic, tripod-mounted, .50 caliber machine gun to compensate for… whatever. Commies! Terrorists! ‘Murica!

It is no accident that when others in the gun culture counseled compromise in the past, hard-core thinkers such as Harlon Carter, Don Kates and Neal Knox found a place and a voice in these pages.

We support the craziest, batshit-insane arguments for the most completely unregulated gun laws you could imagine. Seriously, Google these guys.

When large firearms advocacy groups were going soft in the 1970s, they were prodded in the right direction, away from the pages of “Guns & Ammo.”

I ran out of scare quotes. Please insert as necessary so you take my euphemisms for fact.

In publishing Metcalf’s column, I was untrue to that tradition, and for that I apologize. His views do not represent mine — nor, most important, “Guns & Ammo”’s. It is very clear to me that they don’t reflect the views of our readership either.

Guns and Ammo is a bastion of out-dated and fringe viewpoints, based in a world that hasn’t existed in 20 years, if ever. We promise to not make you think about any stupid-ass position you have internalized. Please continue ignoring all the kids dying in this country and believing that more guns somehow counters the excessive amount of guns already in circulation.

Dick Metcalf has had a long and distinguished career as a gunwriter, but his association with “Guns & Ammo” has officially ended.

The world, embodied in Dick Metcalf, has moved on but we resolutely refuse to acknowledge that so we fire anyone who represents a viewpoint that doesn’t conform to our narrow viewpoint.

I once again offer my personal apology. I understand what our valued readers want.

Armed revolt against a boogieman.

I understand what you believe in when it comes to gun rights, and I believe the same thing.

I don’t actually. We think it’s unfettered access to military-grade weapons, but so few of you can parse scientific studies that say you’re wrong, we default to marketing weapons from the manufactures in the most political way we can. Mostly due to your subscription dollars.

I made a mistake by publishing the column.

This statement was mostly based on your removal of subscription dollars.

I thought it would generate a healthy exchange of ideas on gun rights.

Or pageviews. Either way.

I miscalculated, pure and simple. I was wrong, and I ask your forgiveness.

I really thought we could bring you Neanderthals along into a discussion most of the country finished in the 20th century (for those of you keeping time, that was almost 15 years past). I was wrong and you threatened my livelihood and, let’s be frank, I need this job way more than my integrity or honor.

Plans were already in place for a new editor to take the reins of “Guns & Ammo” on January 1.

No they weren’t.

However, these recent events have convinced me that I should advance that schedule immediately.

Please stop cancelling your subscriptions.

Your new “Guns & Ammo” editor will be Eric R. Poole, who has so effectively been running our special interest publications, such as “Book of the AR-15” and “TRIGGER.” You will be hearing much more about this talented editor soon.

We promise to continue feeding your conspiracy-minded worldview. Please buy the stupid shit we referenced above as we’ve already arranged to get a cut of those sales.

“Guns & Ammo” will never fail to vigorously lead the struggle for our Second Amendment rights, and with vigorous young editorial leadership such as Eric’s, it will be done even better in the future.

Seriously, your ridiculous worldview will be completely justified in these pages. We’ll also promote the various weapons and ammo you can use to threaten the strawmen we set up in our editorial pages.

Respectfully,

Please don’t shoot me

Jim Bequette

Coward

How Times Change

Steve Jobs, 1996:

Steve Jobs, 2010:

“We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it. We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”

I love your products, Apple, but it’s hard to continue promoting your stuff when your strategy for a market is to patent-troll everyone else. If you can’t beat Androids on your own, maybe it’s time to innovate. And stop acting like that other huge monopoly; remember how that worked out for them?

Apple Sues HTC

The Apple Patents Cockpunching All Smart Phones: An Illustrated Guide
(best headline of the year so far)

Stupid OS X tricks – window management

I’m still getting used to my Mac, and one of the things I ran into recently drove me nuts. For a company that prides itself on the user experience, Apple sure does drop the ball in odd ways.

My annoyance was window sizing when switching from docked to not-docked on my MacBook. When docked, I’m running on a larger monitor so I have my windows sized to use more real estate. When I go mobile, the windows remain that size, which is far larger than the MacBook’s monitor size.

Here’s the thing though; you have to get to the bottom-right of the window to resize it, which I couldn’t do. iTunes in particular was giving me a headache because none of the tricks I found were working.

Finally, I stumbled onto this page that revealed the fix (someone else found through guessing it appears). It’s simple when you know it (hold Alt while toggling Window > Zoom), but so esoteric to be confounding. (Side note: for other apps, you can switch the dock location to another edge and then back and the windows seem to come back. Again, really? This was the intended UE?)

Anyway, windows now back to their working sizes, but what a stupid thing to have to deal with. At least Windows let’s you grab any side of the window to resize.

50 things you are not supposed to know

  1. The Ten Commandments We Always See Aren’t the Ten Commandments
  2. One of the Popes Wrote an Erotic Book
  3. The CIA Commits Over 100,000 Serious Crimes Each Year
  4. The First CIA Agent to Die in the Line of Duty Was Douglas Mackiernan
  5. After 9/11, the Defense Department Wanted to Poison Afghanistan’s Food Supply
  6. The US Government Lies About the Number of Terrorism Convictions It Obtains
  7. The US Is Planning to Provoke Terrorist Attacks
  8. The US and Soviet Union Considered Detonating Nuclear Bombs on the Moon
  9. Two Atomic Bombs Were Dropped on North Carolina
  10. World War III Almost Started in 1995
  11. The Korean War Never Ended
  12. Agent Orange Was Used in Korea
  13. Kent State Wasn’t the Only – or Even the First – Massacre of College Students During the Vietnam Era
  14. Winston Churchill Believed in a Worldwide Jewish Conspiracy
  15. The Auschwitz Tattoo Was Originally an IBM Code Number
  16. Adolph Hitler’s Blood Relatives Are Alive and Well in New York State
  17. Around One Quarter of “Witches” Were Men
  18. The Virginia Colonists Practiced Cannibalism
  19. Many of the Pioneering Feminists Opposed Abortion
  20. Black People Served in the Confederate Army
  21. Electric Cars Have Been Around Since the 1880s
  22. Juries Are Allowed to Judge the Law, Not Just the Facts
  23. The Police Aren’t Legally Obligated to Protect You
  24. The Government Can Take Your House and Land, Then Sell Them to Private Corporations
  25. The Supreme Court Has Ruled That You’re Allowed to Ingest Any Drug, Especially If You’re an Addict
  26. The Age of Consent in Most of the US Is Not Eighteen
  27. Most Scientists Don’t Read All of the Articles They Cite
  28. Louis Pasteur Suppressed Experiments That Didn’t Support His Theories
  29. The Creator of the GAIA Hypothesis Supports Nuclear Power
  30. Genetically-Engineered Humans Have Already Been Born
  31. The Insurance Industry Wants to Genetically Test All Policy Holders
  32. Smoking Causes Problems Other Than Lung Cancer and Heart Disease
  33. Herds of Milk-Producing Cows Are Rife With Bovine Leukemia Virus
  34. Most Doctors Don’t Know the Radiation Level of CAT Scans
  35. Medication Errors Kill Thousands Each Year
  36. Prescription Drugs Kill Over 100,000 Annually
  37. Work Kills More People Than War
  38. The Suicide Rate Is Highest Among the Elderly
  39. For Low-Risk People, a Positive Result from an HIV Test Is Wrong Half the Time
  40. DNA Matching Is Not Infallible
  41. An FBI Expert Testified That Lie Detectors Are Worthless for Security Screening
  42. The Bayer Company Made Heroin
  43. LSD Has Been Used Successfully in Psychiatric Therapy
  44. Carl Sagan Was an Avid Pot-Smoker
  45. One of the Heroes of Black Hawk Down Is a Convicted Child Molester
  46. The Auto Industry Says That SUV Drivers Are Selfish and Insecure
  47. The Word “Squaw” Is Not a Derisive Term for the Vagina
  48. You Can Mail Letters for Little or No Cost
  49. Advertisers’ Influence on the News Media Is Widespread
  50. The World’s Museums Contain Innumerable Fakes

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