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Submission + - How do I get Microsoft to get up off their asses & look at a Windows 10 prob (live.com) 4

mykepredko writes: My product communicates with a host system via Bluetooth (using the Serial Port Profile) and each time a device is connected to a PC a couple of serial ports are allocated. Windows has always had a problem with not automatically disposing of the allocated ports when the connection is removed, but until Windows 10, there were processes for deleting them. This isn't possible for Windows 10 (which apparently has new Serial/Com port and/or Bluetooth drivers) — but individuals, who are apparently working for Microsoft, periodically reply with useless suggestions or attempt to promote questions and ideas as solutions to the problem: http://answers.microsoft.com/e... I suspect that this is an issue for all Windows 10 users (although I guess few people are plugging/unplugging devices) — so how do we get Microsoft to take notice (and not have to pay for them to fix their bug)?

Comment "Support" vs "Use all the bells and whistles"? (Score 3, Insightful) 458

As long as the chips adhere to the X86/x64 standards, how relevant is this announcement? Yes, newly introduced extensions and features may not be backported to Windows 7, but unless this OS will not run at all on next-gen silicone, this is nothing but FUD.

Am I missing something here? Do Skylake et al. really require substantial modificaitons to existing OSs?

Comment Re:+1 funny (Score 4, Insightful) 618

One would think that trying to organize a "discussion panel" would imply they are interested in a conversation.

There is a slight chance that this particular set of organisers was indeed looking for an open, honest, critical conversation. From experience I would be surprised if this were the case. Surprised as in "Jesus swings by and turns my glass of water into Pinot Grigio" surprised. I study subjects from the social sciences, I have had to deal with this issue and the people pushing it for several years now. And my patience and goodwill have both been worn thin.

Comment Re:which "no fly" list? It matters. (Score 1) 264

[...] for whom there is enough evidence [...]

If there was evidence of those people doing something wrong, they would not be on the No-Fly list but in a prison cell. The very fact that they are free to take a leisurely stroll out their homes' front door means that their being on the list is a grave violation of their constitutional rights.

Comment Re:Attempting with existing title was a mistake (Score 1) 239

[...] 45% goes to Bethesda. You know, the guys that made the Skyrim. [...] they created the engine, a ton of assets, models, textures, sprites, effects, the whole game [...]

...and already got paid for it all by everyone who bought a copy of Skyrim. That includes the mod makers and the mod users. Bethesda was not taking their fair share, they were simply being greedy fucks, cashing in on someone else's work that directly translates into more sales for a still hugely popular game that was released in bloody 2011.

Comment Re:There goes most of Shadow IT (Score 1) 190

The silver lining, of course, will be a sudden drop in "My computer mysteriously broke down, and of course it wasn't me (or any of the gazillion applications I managed to sneak past the firewall onto my harddisk)." type calls to IT helpdesks all over the world. Yes, there are overreaching admins and locked-down-to-death platforms, but the damage done by insecure, outdated or plain crappy software run without official sanction in offices every day is not exactly peanuts, either. And there are few things as crippling to a company than 'inheriting' such a - usually undocumented and fragile - shadow infrastructure once the people responsible leave.

Sensible companies develop sensible IT policies and provide procedures to get required software included into the platform in a stable and supported way. Yeah, I know. They are few and far between. But they exist, and they do hold a significant advantage over their competitors. And the more such measures as the one announced in TFA are being recognised as state of the art and prescribed as such by certifications and standards, the more financial incentive there will be to be sensible. It took until the mid-Eighties for seat belts to be mandated by law. Give IT time. (Ha ha.)

Comment "Related" links!? (Score 1) 61

The "related" links /. gives me as of now are:

  • Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls
  • Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture
  • The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry
  • Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill
  • Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Could someone kindly explain to me how those articles relate to the topic at hand? I sure have not the faintest clue.

Comment Re:Animal House (Score 1) 765

[...] not understanding that women don't like hearing dick jokes is a sign of social immaturity [...]

It is so good to find you here on Slashdot to explain to us how all the women in the world universally feel about a given topic. So those amongst my friends who sport breasts must all be transsexuals. Else they would not come up to me and tell me dick jokes on a regular basis.

Thank you so much. The world just became a much simpler place.

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