* Posts by ColonelClaw

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Another failed merger, Carly? Ted Cruz to bring in ex-HP boss Fiorina as running mate

ColonelClaw

What's wrong with getting older?

I know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but I find it very hard to like or trust anyone that's had that much plastic surgery. This goes for both sexes, and particularly includes men who wear ridiculous rugs.

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Creaking Surrey distie Northamber: Windows 10 ate my hamster

ColonelClaw

Not a great time to be in the PC business.

Pretty much "[insert any PC vendor name] blames Windows 10 on falling sales"?

At least it makes a change from "[insert any PC vendor name] blames Windows 8/8.1 on falling sales"

Progress of sorts.

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Intel tock blocked for good: Tick-tock now an oom-pah-pah waltz

ColonelClaw

If Intel's ticks and tocks are as you've described, then shouldn't it be called tock-tick? After all, you have to come up with the chip design first, before it can be shrunk.

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Hey Windows 10, weren't you supposed to help PC sales?

ColonelClaw

That screenshot of the Win10 desktop got me thinking - I wonder what percentage of all Win10 users use the search box, and how regularly? I have no idea, but it sure is taking up an awful lot of useful real estate.

With all the metrics and other stuff Win10 gathers and phones home, you can bet MS know the exact answer to my question, but I'm not holding my breath for them to publish it. This is a real shame; it would be really interesting to see how Windows is interfaced with on a global level. It may even explain why the Windows interface is seemingly designed with an idiot in mind.

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German lodges todger in 13 steel rings

ColonelClaw

Pedant Alert

"...with no less than 13..."

It's 'fewer', not 'less'. Not asking a lot; somebody who writes for a living really ought to know this.

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Seagate says it's scooped the 'fastest ever PCIe drive' record

ColonelClaw

If someone technical is reading this, to put these speeds in context, how does DDR4 RAM compare?

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Microsoft: Ditch your phone biz and do crazy hardware experiments

ColonelClaw

"One reason Windows 10 Mobile is being left behind because it doesn’t talk other devices in your life."

Another reason is that a lot of people (majority? dunno), just straight-up don't like using Windows as much as it's rival mobile platforms; which is borne out by Android/iOS evolving into the dominant systems on a new category of device.

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NASA's Orion: 100,000 parts riding 8 million pounds of thrust

ColonelClaw
Thumb Up

If you're into this sort of thing and are within travel distance of London's Science Museum, I highly recommend the current 'Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age' exhibition. They've gathered an impressive number of actual space craft, and when you see them up close I guarantee you will be utterly terrified. I'm not normally that claustrophobic, but being buried alive seems preferable to me.

Astronauts have a level of bravery that is completely beyond my comprehension.

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Dell PowerEdge R730: Reg rack monkeys crack smiles over kindness of engineers

ColonelClaw

Yup, can agree with everything written here. We've run an R720 for the last 3 years (basically identical, except for previous gen Xeon), and it's been excellent. When one of the mirrored system drives failed replacing it was a breeze (and free), and the iDrac thingy was a doddle.

Best of all it runs in a warm air setup, and our server room often reaches 30+ degrees C when all the render nodes are going full chat - it's never complained once. Our old Fujitsu server melted under the same conditions, and required a motherboard swap-out.

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Autodesk vapourises ten per cent of jobs to go completely cloudy

ColonelClaw

Re: To anyone embarking on a Video Game / 3D art career...

The problem is knowing how to use Blender isn't going to get you a job at anywhere decent, or maybe even at all. I know this because it's the industry I've worked in all my life. You just absolutely have to know either Maya or Max to make a reliable living. There are plenty of other packages that will look good on your CV, as long as they're accompanied by one of the 'big two'.

Autodesk products are priced to pirate, and they know know this. I don't think they even care, they haven't updated their anti-pirate efforts in at least 10 years. What they do well know is that all the ex-students and people starting out in 3D currently using cracked software will find themselves (more often than not) using legit versions when they land an office job, as freelance or full-time.

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Can't upgrade, won't upgrade: Windows Mobile's user problem

ColonelClaw

It would be interesting to know what Microsoft were thinking in 2013. Did they say anything back then about future upgrade-ability? Or maybe they had other priorities? I'm not suggesting they did know that the phones wouldn't be upgradeable, but if that had been the case, that's extremely short-sighted.

iOS9 is supported on a 4S, which launched at the end of 2011. Surely getting Win10 to run on a 3-year old WinPhone is a pretty low bar to set?

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Berlin takes down ‘for sale’ sign over top Nazi’s love nest

ColonelClaw

Between 1988 and 1992, as the son of a diplomat, I lived in a house next door to the former site of Hermann Göring. I say former, because when the Brits took control of their sector they knocked it down and replaced it with some nice low-rise flats. Obviously this is what the authorities need to do in this case.

Spooky bootnote: Our house must have also been occupied by a senior Nazi - it was built in 1933 and had a room in the cellar that had no window, an iron door, and a big iron bar on the outside to stop whatever was inside from getting out.

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Intel Skylake delays, Win10 and stock glut blamed for Q4 PC sales shrinkage

ColonelClaw

I'm not really getting why Windows 10 could be responsible. It's clearly an improvement on W8/8.1. Does HP think that buyers of their Win8/8.1 machines hate the OS so much that they would be willing to buy a whole new PC? Even if MS charged for Win10, the Win8/8.1 PCs would be so new as to make it worth paying for the upgrade, rather than ditching the machine.

Is there something I'm missing here?

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Launch embiggens Galileo satnav fleet

ColonelClaw

For some reason 1 metre of accuracy doesn't sound that great to me. Or maybe I'm over-estimating how good GPS technology should be in 2015?

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Mobile developer report shows growing back-end challenge, weak Windows support

ColonelClaw

Re: So in essence

I'm not sure Google needs to do a great deal. What they (slightly) lack in developers, they more than make up for in sheer volume of users they can experiment on.

However, Microsoft...

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It was Shodan easy! MacKeeper user database left wide open

ColonelClaw

I thought MacKeeper was scumware? And why the hell did 13 million people install it?

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Old jet bits, Vader's motorbike gear, sonic oddness: Hats off to Star Wars' creative heroes

ColonelClaw

Personally I can't wait to find out what new and exciting ways my childhood memories will be shat all over by the new film.

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Acer: Our sales promos left us nursing operating losses

ColonelClaw

Here's one of Acer's problems: Every time I've come into contact with one of their laptops in the last few years it's felt like cheap plastic junk. If I pick up my brother's wife's Acer laptop from opposite corners I can feel the whole thing flex, and it makes creaking sounds as plastic panels rub against each other.

This is not acceptable.

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Work from home when the next big Windows 10 installation arrives

ColonelClaw

Re: What console?

I would say PS4 purely because it's shown itself to play games slightly better. Which is kind of the point.

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Windows 10 out, users happy, PCs upgraded, my work here is done – says Microsoft OS chief

ColonelClaw
Joke

Or perhaps the rumours of Flock of Seagulls reforming are indeed true?

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4K catches fire with OTT streamers, while broadcasters burn

ColonelClaw

There is another audience for 4K that the article doesn't touch upon - gamers. Personally I bought a 4K TV solely for gaming, and it's bloody incredible playing at 4K 60FPS. Ok, it's not a massive audience, but I reckon it's got to be worth a couple of percent of those buying 4K TVs, and it's only going to go up as GPUs get more powerful/cheaper.

FWIW the Steam hardware survey has those gaming at over 2K resolution at about 2%

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Move to the latest IE, or suck it: January’s cold comfort for Microsoft hangouts

ColonelClaw

I know one person who uses IE, and it's because he has to at work. That's it, no-one else; no friends, family, colleagues, or basically anyone I ever meet uses IE that I know of.

Considering IE still has enormous usage on a global scale, where are all these people hiding? Am I missing out on some secret sect?

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Apple rains refunds on Peace'd off axed ad-blocker netizens

ColonelClaw

I now have Peace on my iPhone and P.T. on my PS4.

What other withdrawn software do Reg readers harbour?

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UK terror law probe stresses 'safeguards' amid MI5 plot claims

ColonelClaw
Unhappy

Scaremongering bollocks.

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WinPhone community descends into CANNIBALISM and WOE

ColonelClaw

"Microsoft created an astonishingly good platform"

That's a brave statement, if I ever saw one.

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Adulterers antsy as 'entire' Ashley Madison databases leak online

ColonelClaw
Joke

At a personal level...

This data breach is so embarrassing for me - because I'm not on it, now everyone can see that I was lying when I said I have loads of affairs

...I'll get my coat

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Costa Rican authorities detain drug-smuggling pigeon

ColonelClaw

Put a lightweight GPS tracker in the bag and send it back home

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MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

ColonelClaw

Question: can I natively turn those picture tiles bollocks into a useful text-only list, or will I need to resort to a 3rd party app? (Start10 or whatever)

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

ColonelClaw
Trollface

That XBone streaming thing is amazingly useful - now I can stream 720p 30fps content to my 1440p 60fps PC!

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Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

ColonelClaw

Why the hell connect cars to the net anyway?

We seem to be currently going through a particularly daft period of digital evolution, where the common answer to the above question is "because we can".

My TV packed up recently after 7 years of service (not great, if you ask me), so off I went to John Lewis to pick up a new one. I returned home with a shiny new Sony number, and very nice it looks too, incredible picture quality. But there's just one problem - it runs Android. Yup, a TV now runs an OS. What they didn't explain in the shop is that it takes about 45 seconds to start up from cold.

Seriously, why? Who in their right mind thought it would be a good idea to make you wait for nearly a minute before a bloody TV has to boot up? And then once it's on you're bombarded with a completely crazy smorgasboard of an interface you have to navigate before it will allow you to watch a channel. And then when you do select a channel, it takes at minimum 10 seconds before you can see a live picture.

But hey, the picture quality is amazing.

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Shapps launches probe into Wikimedia UK over self-pluggery allegs

ColonelClaw

This reminds me of Al Fayed vs. the Hamiltons. To be on the safe side can we just find both parties guilty?

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Windows 10 on Mobile under the scope: Flaws, confusion, and going nowhere fast

ColonelClaw

I just don't get Microsoft's obsession with making the OS the star. Every new version has a million new distracting things that all seem to be constantly fighting for your attention, it's like each UI component is designed by a different person who wants his/her bit to get your attention over all others.

All I want from an OS is for it to quickly and easily load my applications and then shut the hell up.

Why does it have to be so complicated?

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

ColonelClaw

You know what really scares me? That little Windows 10 logo currently sitting in the taskbar of both my parents' Win7 laptops. And they're just the tip of the iceberg; as the resident family-and-friends go-to IT guy I can't help feeling I'm going to be very busy in the coming weeks.

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Blighty's BONKERS BANKING BONKING BONANZA: Apple Pay arrives

ColonelClaw

Probably not a very popular opinion, but I welcome the system. The current wave of contactless cards always made me very nervous about the lack of security, at least the Apple version requires your fingerprint (or severed finger).

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Microsoft suspends Windows 10 new-build downloads ahead of launch

ColonelClaw

In memorium of Flock of Seagulls

The haircut on that Microsoft bloke, bloody hell it's awful

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Satoru Iwata, Nintendo chieftain and gamer titan, dies aged 55

ColonelClaw

This is the guy who, when Nintendo's fortunes took a dive, insisted on not cutting worker's jobs, but instead cut executive's pay. That makes him awesome.

Rest in peace

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Microsoft starts switching on paid Wi-Fi service with latest Windows 10 preview

ColonelClaw

Windows sells by the millions, if even 0.1% of users buy some WiFi time, they will have made decent money. You and I will never use it, of course, but I can think of plenty of people who don't know any better that might.

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Microsoft emits Office 2016 for Apple Macs (you'll need Office 365)

ColonelClaw

That interface looks much nicer than the Office on Windows one. In fact it looks much nicer than the overall bleached-white Windows 10 GUI. Whoever is responsible for it should be quickly moved over to the windows division - I'm pretty sure they could do a better job in the 2 weeks left until launch than the current designer has.

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Sorry, say boffins, the LHC still hasn't sucked us into a black hole

ColonelClaw

Re: Bravo

I found one of your 'another lot'

https://youtu.be/X-OatBpJq3E?t=1m48s

Actually, after watching that maybe we all deserve to be sucked into a black hole.

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The sad song Samsung's sung: SEVENTH quarterly fail in a row

ColonelClaw

Too many models

A quick scoot over to http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/mobile-devices/smartphones/ shows Samsung are selling 39 different smartphones.

Why? God only knows. They seriously need to simplify their lineup, just browsing that page makes my head spin. It's the sure sign of a company that doesn't know which direction to settle on, and therefore ends up going pretty much nowhere overall.

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Gaming's favourite fly by night. Batman: Arkham Knight reviewed

ColonelClaw

Re: Darkness. No Parents.

It's annoying to have to wait, but these days it's worth holding off playing any PC game on release, until at least the first patch. Frustrating, but in the long run you'll be less disappointed.

The games industry has learnt well from Microsoft :P

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Foxconn's going to 'exploit' Indian labour? SCORE! Bye, poverty

ColonelClaw

Best of all those lucky Chinese and Indians get to find out just how things were during the industrial revolution - all thanks to being made to work a 12-hour shift, 6 days a week with sod-all holiday.

That's progress!

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Microsoft to Android OEMs: 'Show me the money'

ColonelClaw

Like I always said

If you can't beat them, beat them up.

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Whose GPUs let it cruise to record revenues? Nvidia, that's who!

ColonelClaw

"But Nvidia said sales of its other GPU category, including the Tesla line for high-performance computing and the Quadro workstation chips, also delivered healthy results"

I can't say I'm surprised. As somebody who buys endless numbers of Quadros, it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside knowing I'm responsible for paying a 300% markup on a cheap GeForce card where the only real difference is the driver.

And before you say "so buy GeForce instead", their performance is absolutely crippled in our 3D software. Trust me, we've tried almost everything on the market, including AMD. Both companies have us bent over.

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Satya Nadella, Year One: Has Microsoft's new CEO cut the mustard?

ColonelClaw

" 5 Feb 2015 at 11:26, Neil McAllister

One year ago, on February 4, 2013"

Er, did 2014 not actually take place?

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

ColonelClaw

If it's any help, Scan are *extremely* generous in what qualifies on the hardware front for making an OEM purchase. Speak to a sales rep if you need a copy.

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ColonelClaw

I notice scan.co.uk are still selling Windows 7. Not sure for how much longer, though.

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CES 2015: The good, the mad and the POINTLESS

ColonelClaw

I can't believe you left out the two best gadgets:

http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/06/1099-are-you-kidding-me/

http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/06/skechers-simon-memory-game-into-its-new-kids-sneaker/

And when I say best, I do of course, mean shit.

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Goes like the blazes: Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 late 2014 edition

ColonelClaw

Richard Madeley, Hunger Games and Mail Plus. El Reg, I salute you.

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Why, hello there, Foxy... BYE GOOGLE! Mozilla's browser is a video star

ColonelClaw

Still no 60fps on YouTube in v34, but hopefully it isn't far off.

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