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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
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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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BT Sport scores own goal with £897m Champions League footie rights deal

ColonelClaw

They weren't just buying footy rights

Don't forget, they are also paying for a percentage of new customers previously with Sky, and for Sky's stock price to tank. It's a 3-in-1 deal.

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Adobe exec puffs cloud shop: Online features are so 'compelling'... What are they again?

ColonelClaw

Wat

"Yes, that is hard to do now, isn't it," Snyder told us, "When you skip versions you end up with a mixed work environment and at some point you've got to clean all that up. You can't have some of your workforce on 3, and some on 4 and some on 6."

Christ, the shite that salespeople come out with sometimes.

We've skipped every other version of Photoshop for 10 years and everyone is miraculously on the same version, and always has been. What kind of dipshits does he take his customers for?

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Canadian operator EasyDNS stands firm against London cops

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TYVM

Can I just take this opportunity to thank the London Police? Without them bringing this torrent site to my attention, I may not have found it. Thanks guys!

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All rivers flow into the sea: Apple holds TEN PER CENT of corporate America's dosh

ColonelClaw

What am I missing?

Why 'excluding financial companies'? Don't they count?

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A £30,000, 295bhp 4G MODEM?!? Must be the Audi S3 Quattro, then

ColonelClaw

Re: It's still just a Skoda

Well, yes it is, but it's even more of a Golf than a Skoda. All 3 are based on the same platform, and it's priced much nearer the Golf. As you say, there's nothing wrong with that, and the Golf is basically perfect.

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iOS 7 SPANKS Samsung's Android in user-experience rating

ColonelClaw
Flame

How are these results surprising?

Say what you like about Apple, going back to the 1980s their interfaces have always been easier to use than anyone else's. It's what they're good at.

Of course blind hatred for all things Apple here will deny this.

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Just how flash is your enterprise storage rig?

ColonelClaw
Coat

So that's either 60TB of porn, 60TB of torrented movies or 60TB of both. Any plans to open it up to the public?

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You thought slinging Photoshop into the cloud would fail? Look who's laughing NOW

ColonelClaw
Mushroom

So that means...

"An 8.5-per-cent spike in operating expenses to $737.6m came on the back of rising research and development, sales and marketing costs and "general & admin" bills. "

This can be broken down to:

Research and Development - 1%

General and Admin - 1%

Marketing - 98%

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Intel's new top-dog desktop 'Extreme' CPU fails to excite geekerati

ColonelClaw

Re: threading question

It completely depends on who wrote the software and how competant they are. We use V-Ray as a renderer on exactly the same hardware you described, I did the exact same test and rendertimes with hyperthreading turned on was up to 30% faster and never slower.

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ColonelClaw
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Extremely average

Bit of an insult to label that CPU as EXTREME when it's anything but. Intel does do Extreme, but no longer for 'enthusiasts', see http://www.cpu-world.com/news_2013/2013080801_More_details_on_Intel_Xeon_E5-2600_v2_lineup.html

3000 dollars (so thats 3000 quid) will buy you a pretty decent second hand car

Bit of a shame, I always enjoyed building myself crazy-powerful PCs, even if the most taxing software they ever ran was a game.

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

ColonelClaw

Out of Interest...

Does anyone know what the Nokia phone business was worth when Elop first arrived?

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Mother/daughter team jailed for million-dollar internet dating scam

ColonelClaw
Joke

I knew it

So it turns out the Victorians were right all along with the whole physiognomy thing

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'Kim Jong-un executes nork-baring ex and pals for love polygon skin flick'

ColonelClaw

Blimey

That Kim Jong-un, what an absolute cunt he is, eh?

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Hey, Bill Gates! We've found 14 IT HOTSHOTS to be the next Steve Ballmer

ColonelClaw

Re: It's got to be Elop

Now I don't want to sound pedantic, but you waited as long as it took you to press the Enter key and type 'Nope', which didn't really give me the chance to respond. But since you asked, take your pick from any of:

XP -> Vista

Win7 -> Win8

Office with no Ribbon -> Office with Ribbon

etc etc

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ColonelClaw
Mushroom

It's got to be Elop

The guy is perfect for the role, he's completely fucked over Nokia by discarding something that was working fine and ramming something else down everyone's throats that no-one wants. He would be a natural at Microsoft.

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Boffins: Dolphins call each other NAMES. Not RUDE ones!

ColonelClaw
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Not surprised

Nothing surprises we about dolphins any more, they are incredible animals. And beautiful, too. Having been up close with a pack of about 50 in a motorised dinghy down near the Cape of Good Hope, I can tell you first hand that their behaviour is almost human (in a fishy kind of way).

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Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Ultrabook: Your new summer convertible?

ColonelClaw

Speaking of falling to bits...

I bet that detachable screen is going to be popular with IT departments everywhere.

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HP the only PC maker to bleed distie sales in Blighty

ColonelClaw
Unhappy

In our office...

Our experience as a small business with HP is as follows:

Our professional HP A3 inkjet printer packed up after a few years, but not before pissing off everyone in the office with its ridiculously bloated driver software, which included an utterly pointless 'device management centre', constant patches and alerts every time the paper or ink ran out, or pretty much anytime it did anything, come to think of it. Hundreds of megabytes of absolute shite.

We replaced it with an Epson.

Our edit suite was based around an HP workstation, who's motherboard started flaking out after a few years, not seeing all the ram and generally being shit just when you're trying to get a job out. New proprietary CPU heat sink? That'll be £100.

Recently we needed to replace our file server, we looked at the options and HP was way behind the times, so we went with Dell.

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Ground control? My space helmet is FILLING WITH WATER!

ColonelClaw
Coat

Clearly a Radiohead fan

I did warn him the 'No Surprises' tribute video in space was a bad idea

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LG's curvy telly and Samsung's Galaxy camera seen in the wild

ColonelClaw
Happy

Re: Curvy screen... why?

The big problem with current TVs is that they are really good, and there isn't much need to replace them. If LG can sell us one of their pointless curved TVs they're actually selling us TWO TVs as we'll need a flatscreen replacement when we realise that they're shite.

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STEVE BALLMER KILLS WINDOWS

ColonelClaw
Megaphone

Did anyone read the full post on the MS web site?

That post from Ballmer is the new gold standard for Bullshit Bingo. You could have a winner about 3 paragraphs in.

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BT earmarks super-speedy 300Mbit/s broadband for 50 exchanges

ColonelClaw

More Upstream Please

300 down, no complaints there, but 20 up? I feel like I already spend way too much of my day watching a YouSendIt* progress bar crawl along, and 2 megabytes a second isn't going to improve that a great deal.

*YouSendIt have just told me they are rebranding to 'Hightail'. Is that a joke? I will be genuinely embarrassed to send anything to anyone using such a terrible name. Time to switch to someone else...

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