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Submission + - How do I get Microsoft to get up off their asses & look at a Windows 10 prob ( 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: 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)?

Submission + - Movie Chain Drops 'The Interview' After Threats of Violence writes: In the latest episode of the Sony hack, Hollywood Reporter says that Carmike Cinemas, which operates 278 theaters and 2,917 screens in 41 states, will not show the Sony comedy "The Interview" following threats of violence from hackers. Sony Pictures told exhibitors who had booked The Interview that it planned to move forward with the movie's release, but that they were free to decide not to show the film, and that the studio would support them in whatever decision they made. Citing 9/11, the hackers issued a warning and said, "We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places The Interview be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to." The situation is also raising concerns among studios that the threat of violence could keep some moviegoers away from the multiplex over the lucrative holiday moviegoing period. "This is bad for everyone. This will stop people from going to theaters, and that affects all of us," says one source at a rival studio. "If somebody called a bomb threat for a concert, and it was credible, you'd have to cancel or postpone the concert."

Submission + - Audio Pioneer Ray Dolby Of "Surround Sound" Fame Dies Aged 80 (

dryriver writes: Mr Dolby was born in Portland, Oregon, and grew up in the San Francisco area. He began his career in the Ampex Corporation, helping to develop early videotape recording systems while he was still a student. He then went on to complete his PhD at Cambridge University in England and in 1965 founded Dolby Laboratories in London. The company grew to be an industry leader in audio technology, cutting background hiss in tape recordings and later bringing out "surround sound". Mr Dolby moved his company to San Francisco in 1976 and in 1989 was awarded an Oscar for his contributions to cinema. He shared the award with Dolby executive Ioan Allen. He also received a Grammy award in 1995 and Emmy awards in 1989 and 2005. Mr Dolby's son, filmmaker and novelist Tom Dolby, said: "Though he was an engineer at heart, my father's achievements in technology grew out of a love of music and the arts. "He brought his appreciation of the artistic process to all of his work in film and audio recording." Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, which hands out the Grammy Awards, said Mr Dolby's innovations had "changed the way we listen to music and movies for nearly 50 years". "His technologies have become an essential part of the creative process for recording artists and filmmakers, ensuring his remarkable legacy for generations to come," he added.

Submission + - Power Out at Super Bowl (

jpruneski writes: Wow. Super Bowl 47 lost power. Coincidence or was it a cyber attack? How would we know?

Submission + - Electrical Power Outage at the Superbowl (

McGruber writes: The lights went out at the Superbowl ( tonight. According to ESPN (, "too much electricity was being pumped into the Superdome."

So was it caused by hackers, or is yet another sign of American's decrepit infrastructure... or both?

Submission + - SPAM: How+To+Create+An+Even+Wash+of+Stage+Light

daviqhhenry writes: "So you've got lights, dimmers and a console all setup and working, but when you turn everything on you've got huge dark spots on your stage- has this ever happened to you? Have you ever had a presenter walk into a dark spot and cause your audience to lose focus? Do you know what it's like to not be able to see one of the band members over in the corner? That's right- even with all of the right gear, setup and working, you still may not have what you want without a little knowledge on how to create an even wash of light."
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Submission + - Inventor of the TV remote control dies (

futuristic writes: "A spokesman for Zenith Electronics says Eugene Polley, the inventor of the first wireless TV remote control, has died.....Couch potatoes everywhere have Polley to thank for hours of feet-up, channel surfing. His invention began as a luxury, but has become a necessity in an era of hundreds of TV channels and home theaters. Just ask anyone who's lost a remote."

Submission + - Does Anyone Repair Electronics Any More? ( 1

futuristic writes: The comments on this article are an interesting read, covering a wide span of interest and experience in component-level electronics repair. Personally I enjoy harvesting components and assemblies for re-use and am looking forward to refurbishing a 1970's analog synthesizer my son recently acquired.

Submission + - Edison would've loved new light bulb law... ( 1

futuristic writes: Edison's great-grandson's take on Thomas Edison and the alleged demise of the incandescent light bulb. FTA: 'My great grandfather's 100-watt incandescent will be replaced with new energy-efficient versions, including CFLs, LEDs, and — yes — new and improved incandescent bulbs.....And my great-grandfather wouldn't have it any other way.'
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Bitcoins Are Now Worthless (

An anonymous reader writes: Then I had my big idea. I wanted to make more money. The number on the exchange. A number. I could change it in the programming. Not too much, because their are other exchanges to balance, but a little would be okay to do. So I did it. I increased the Bitcoin value a little...

Submission + - How are businesses using Facebook et al?

futuristic writes: How are businesses (particularly software services) using Facebook and similar social media? Is it changing anything? How does the Facebook presence mesh with the corporate web site? Have any companies tried, and bailed on their social media presence? What companies have the most effective Facebook site? Are customers looking for, and depending on companies having a Facebook presence? What do consumers/customers expect in a business Facebook presence?

(slashdot editors — thank you for considering my question and if accepted, please feel free to massage into a sensible request. I search over the past few months for a similar question with no luck....I'd appreciate the link if the question has been presented. Thanks. )

High Fructose Corn Syrup To Get a Makeover 646

An anonymous reader writes "With its sweetener linked to obesity, some cancers and diabetes, the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) doesn't want you to think 'fructose' when you see high fructose corn syrup in your soda, ketchup or pickles. Instead, the AP reports, the CRA submitted an application to the FDA, hoping to change the name of their top-selling product to 'corn sugar.'"

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