* Posts by ColonelClaw

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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

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

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18 million iPHONE USERS HAVE NEVER BONKED to ApplePay

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Something I've been meaning to ask - is it possible to use ApplePay in the UK yet? Or is it just in the USA for now?

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Microsoft: How to run Internet Explorer 11 on ANDROID, iOS, OS X

ColonelClaw

So, if I use it to go to a web site that's infected by a zero-day vulnerability, whose machine get's hacked? Mine? Microsoft's? Both?

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iPad Air 2: Vulture chews on new Apple tablet

ColonelClaw

I'm not 100% sure, but last christmas I bought my 72 year old dad a 16gb Air, and since then he's barely added 2GB of files to it (mostly applications), so it's been absolutely fine. He uses it constantly, primarily to browse the web/read email/listen to the radio etc. I did ask him before I got it if he wanted to put music and films on it, but he has no interest in that.

Personally my iPad is permanently on 63.9 out of 64GB used, but I'm a massive geek and he isn't.

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CATACLYSMIC Sun BELCH causes hour-long RADIO BLACKOUT in SPAAACE

ColonelClaw

You realise that in publishing this article you've just given EE yet another bullshit excuse as to why I get no reception in my office in the middle of London?

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It's a TAB-tastrophe – 83 million fewer units to ship in 2014

ColonelClaw

Note to tech companies: Make your stuff crappier to begin with then we will have a reason to upgrade more often. My 2.5 year old tablet (not saying what it is lest each side of the divide should take offense) still works absolutely fine and does everything what I want it to.

BTW I was being sarcastic about the crappier thing. The trick is to make your new stuff compellingly better.

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Virgin Media DOUBLE-PUNCHED by BSkyB AND BT over ad fibs

ColonelClaw

This reminds me of the time Al Fayed went up against the Hamiltons in court. How the hell are you meant to back when all involved are such scum?

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Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10

ColonelClaw
Coat

The burning issue...

What I want to know is why Microsoft hired someone from Flock of Seagulls to do the intro video.

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

ColonelClaw

Dear interface designers, please read this web page as many times as it takes for you to understand why my eyes are bleeding:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_theory

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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

ColonelClaw

The race to the bottom continues at it's furious pace.

No sign of the bottom even coming into view, yet.

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Internet of Stuff: Chip rivals try to stop Cortex-M7 from flexing ARM’s muscle

ColonelClaw

"We are bringing intelligence to what used to be dumb objects."

If ever there was a statement that covers the entire gamut of possible outcomes, from potentially great to probably pointless and frustrating, that would be it.

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Patch Bash NOW: 'Shellshock' bug blasts OS X, Linux systems wide open

ColonelClaw

I suppose the real problem isn't patching Linux and OSX, which can be done in fairly easily and quickly, but is fixing all those millions of boxes and devices out there with the software embedded?

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Chipzilla promises $6 billion to upgrade Israeli plant

ColonelClaw

"Tax holidays" piss me the hell off, in any country. It's the nearest thing I can think of to legalised bribery, and it's being perpetrated by bloody governments!

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Divinity Original Sin and Wasteland 2 reviews: Turn-based gaming's NOT DEAD YET!

ColonelClaw

Both of these games are high up my 'to buy' list, but there's a problem. Since Steam introduced the Steam Sale, I find myself generally only buying games during these sales. Therefore I end up buying 20 plus games 2 or 3 times a year, and not much else outside of these times (apart from the frequent daily random sales). Steam itself has, in effect, turned me into a tight-fisted bastard. Don't think I'm complaining about low prices, I just feel a little sorry for the developers.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

ColonelClaw

"only four are worth watching anyway"

So, that's Ghostbusters, er, Captain Philips, hmmm, Moneyball? and... and...

help me out here please

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

ColonelClaw

Nevertheless...

Could you do your usual TCO article on the 6 and 6 Plus please? I'd like to know which supplier here in the UK offers the least-ripoff contract.

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Intel's DDR4-friendly Xeon workhorses bolt for workstations, servers

ColonelClaw

Disappointed that Intel didn't increase the value proposition of the V3s over the V2s. Instead they just made the new higher core count chips proportionally more expensive. If you spend, say, a thousand quid on a Xeon V2 and a V3 you get very nearly the same amount of processing power. (source: Scan Computers who have them in their store)

Guess that's what happens when you have no competition.

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Mac security packages range from peachy to rancid – antivirus tests

ColonelClaw

Re: Chowder

I also use clamXav, and have yet to catch anything nasty (that I know of). It could be I'm being lax with my security, but I just get the sentry program it comes with to scan anything that appears in my 'downloads' folder, and then make sure anything I download/copy/import/etc passes through said folder. So far so good.

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

ColonelClaw
FAIL

Seriously CNN? Chri$t on a fucking bike

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Hot Celebrity? Stash of SELFIES where you're wearing sweet FA? Get 2FA. Now

ColonelClaw

I'm not remotely surprised iCloud itself wasn't breached. If I was trying to hack celebrity grumble pics would I go down the arduous risky route of hacking a cloud server, or just getting an email address via social engineering and brute-force the password? Pretty easy answer.

A chain is only as strong as it's weakest link etc etc

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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

ColonelClaw

The pen issue is what makes the Surface/Win8 a non-starter for me. In my opinion using a pen on a screen just isn't a very pleasant experience for a number of reasons; I'm yet to come across a pen tip that feels 'right' on glass, and it's awkward to not be able to let the remainder of your hand rest on a touchscreen, like it would on a peice of paper, as you constantly end up inputting involuntary clicks and movements.

The other big issue with an expensive dedicated pen is that they have the habit of getting lost, something that can't be said for my right index finger, which I'm glad to say I'm still using version 1.0 of, since birth.

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Has your IT budget expanded or contracted in the summer heat?

ColonelClaw

Admittedly my company is very small, but I'm happy to report that at the very least the industry we work in, (architectural visualisation i.e. the building idustry) is getting stronger every week. After a few very dodgy years indeed, where we lost half our employees, we now have possibly the largest volume of work in our history. All this means I got to spend £20k on a shiny new Supermicro 2U 4-node rendering device. There's also another 10k or so available to buy a few workstations. It's been over 5 years since our IT spending was anywhere near these levels.

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Apple 5S still best-selling smartphone 8 months after launch

ColonelClaw

Doubtless Samsung are very happy, possibly as happy as Apple. It's just every other phone maker on the planet that aren't.

Funny how so many tech markets turn into two horse races, seems to have been like this for as long as I can remember.

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

ColonelClaw
Coat

I wanted to get one of those iPhone covers...

...but I thought it would make me look even more of a cunt.

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Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops

ColonelClaw
Mushroom

If Microsoft's cheap version of W8 is called "Windows 8.1 with Bing", does that mean that they are saying adding Bing to Windows 8.1 equals a cheaper (i.e. inferior) product? Sounds an awful lot like it to me.

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Microsoft throws Kinect under a bus, slashes Xbox One to $399

ColonelClaw
Joke

Re: XBox 180

Or maybe, going by the handful of games that have been released, the XBox 720p?

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Faster Macbook Air pops out: What, a NEW Apple thing and ZERO fanfare?

ColonelClaw

Re: Wow

I would have sacrificed the processor for an i5 to get flash storage. I will NEVER go back to a mechanical drive, the difference feels like 10-year's worth of processor upgrades.

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Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED

ColonelClaw

"According to the Merc, Apple paid $13.2bn in taxes, far more than Intel's $3bn, Google's $2.3bn, Cisco's $1.9bn, and HP's $1.5bn. In fact, Apple paid more in taxes than those companies combined, plus eBay and Oracle."

Ok, that is surprising. I wonder why? Public shaming actually worked for once? Whatever, it's good news.

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LaCie bigs up 2big, 5big, 8big... WHOMP: Lands big data on your desk

ColonelClaw

With regards to the RAID 5 support, many of these devices will typically end up in the broadcast edit suite shops found all over areas of digital creation (Soho, LA etc), where they will be connected to non-linear editing systems. This data is extremely transient in it's nature, so perhaps the need for bullet-proof reliabilty is less important?

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Bono bests Bezos in Fortune's 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders' list

ColonelClaw

Say Wha?

Why is the Pope even on that list at all? I've been to central and southern Africa and seen with my own eyes hundreds of (mainly Christian) people of all ages dying from AIDS. It's both incredibly grim and unbearably depressing, and Popes past and present are directly responsible for it happening by telling them not to use condoms.

Of course, the big pharmaceutical companies love him for it...

And that's before we even get into the debate about religion being a load of utter bollocks.

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

ColonelClaw

This is well worth a read, it's on Nate Silver's new web site:

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-statisticians-could-help-find-flight-370/

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OpenGL mobile graphics spec inches closer to desktop, laptop cousin

ColonelClaw

Ignorant tech question incoming:

Why do they even have a mobile version of OpenGL? Why just not use the existing full-fat version?

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Vulture wraps claws around Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ portable SSD

ColonelClaw

Thunderbolt is a bloody great idea - break out PCI Express onto a cable. So why aren't we seeing any real innovation in it's deployment? For a start Elgato could source the PCIe hard drives Apple uses and stick that in a case, they have a 1250MB/s advertised transfer rate, straight away you'd be getting speeds faster than SATA 3. I'm not in the hardware business, but they are, so why are their products not taking advantage of what Thunderbolt is designed for? Not much imagination, I'd say.

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The Sun ERUCTATES huge ball of GAS at 4 MILLION MPH

ColonelClaw

Woah, I'm getting flashbacks to my teenage years spent squeezing zits

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Microsoft shunts top exec Julie Larson-Green sideways to make way for Stephen Elop

ColonelClaw

Re: lol

Reading between the lines I'm guessing that Satya wants to get rid of the money-draining XBox division, so who better than Mr Elop to see it dies a quick death?

As for Julie L-G, I don't care what division she works in as long as she never, ever, EVER has anything to do with interface design again.

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HP EliteBook 840G1: Sometimes it's an Ultrabook, sometimes it's not

ColonelClaw

Those photos clearly show a laptop, not an ultrabook.

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

ColonelClaw
Joke

Re: What were they thinking?

You mean ex-girlfriend?

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US Navy trials GIANT ROBOTIC SPYBIRD for coastal patrols

ColonelClaw

So...

It's basically a remote control heavy bomber to replace the B-52?

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Fanbois, prepare to lose your sh*t as BRUSSELS KILLS IPHONE dock

ColonelClaw

Pity that there's about a snowball's chance in hell that Apple will release the spec on the Lightning port so everyone can use it, as it's a bloody good bit of design.

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Microsoft's licence riddles give Linux and pals a free ride to virtual domination

ColonelClaw

What do Reg commentors think about Microsoft's decision to charge full whack for a Server 2012 to 2012 R2 upgrade? Fair enough or tight fisted?

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Ballmer: 'We made more money than almost anybody on the PLANET'

ColonelClaw

Out of interest...

If I say the same thing three times in a row does it make people more likely to believe what I'm saying? Or does it make me sound like a desperate idiot?

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Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

ColonelClaw

I'm a middle-aged guy who's been using computers in the form of a keyboard connected to a box connected to a screen since I was 9 years old or so. In other words I'm your typical geek bloke.

I was given an iPad for my birthday about a year and a half ago. In that time, well, more like in the first 3 months, it almost completely replaced my 2 desktop machines at home.

The only thing I use my computers for now is big-screen gaming and 'downloads'.

When the iPad launched, like many, I scratched my head and thought "who the hell is that designed for?". Now I know. Like it or not it's a hell of a disruptive technology

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Ford says Microsoft CEO target Mulally not going anywhere

ColonelClaw

I want to see Elop get the job just for the sheer entertainment value. I suspect he will either be an amazing success or a complete disaster, either of which ought to be great to watch.

None of the other candidates fill me with much excitement.

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Visual Studio 2013: 50 Shades of Grey not a worry for MONSTER dev TOOL

ColonelClaw
Mushroom

That's not fair

How come Microsoft's own programming app gets a really nice looking and productive interface, whilst as an end user I have to put up with this godawful Ribbon shite?

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PS-PHWOARRR: We review Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 4

ColonelClaw

Re: I will get one because....

Easy. The PS4 is one better.

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Apple guru Sir Jony's RED beer can PC raises $980k for AIDS fight

ColonelClaw
Thumb Up

That desk is absolutely beautiful, an amazing bit of design. Well worth an image search.

Pity I can't stretch to £1.7m, but I would probably do some serious re-budgeting if it was available for under £2k.

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Sony scoffs at the Microsoft EX-BOX: A MILLION PS4s sell in ONE day

ColonelClaw

Sympathy for Sony

I can't help feeling slightly sorry for Sony when it comes to their profit margins. Owing to accountancy shenanigans, Microsoft rolls the cash they make from Android royalties into their Xbox division, which makes them look pretty profitable. The reality is that no-one knows for sure if they've ever made a single dollar's profit from their Xbox/360 business, with many analysts claiming they've only ever made a loss.

That's what Sony (traditionally an entertainment-driven company) has to compete against (a business software giant who got into gaming).

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Sony's new PlayStation 4 and open source FreeBSD: The TRUTH

ColonelClaw
Stop

So that means...

Apple have famously been using FreeBSD for OSX since before it was born (NeXT Step), so that means there's almost certainly plenty Apple code in the PS4.

Given how 80% of Reg commenters hate Apple with a passion usually reserved for serial killers and paedophiles, does this mean they will be boycotting the PS4?

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Ricoh Theta 360˚ camera: Point and click immersive imaging

ColonelClaw

Close...

This would be incredibly useful for my job if it had a multiple exposure with bracketing option (so I can make HDRIs) and much higher resolution. Currently I use a Nikon D800 and a 14mm lens, and the entire process takes me about half an hour from taking the photos to stitching them all together using specialist software to create a single image. I am aware there are better solutions on the market, but they cost thousands.

Definitely heading in the right direction, though.

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