* Posts by ColonelClaw

341 posts • joined 30 Apr 2010

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Base specs leak for Windows 10 Cloud – Microsoft's wannabe ChromeOS assassin

ColonelClaw
Facepalm

Blimey, this is a real change of attitude from from Microsoft. Normally they're out there leading the market, and not releasing late-to-the-party copies that will obviously bomb.

Right?

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Apple's zippy silicon leaves Android rivals choking on dust

ColonelClaw

> This comparison is mostly clickbait nonsense.

Well done, Donald Trump would be proud.

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Core Blimey! Azure moving from physical to virtual cores

ColonelClaw

A quick Google search shows up this chip to be 20 cores/40 threads. Methinks somebody at Microsoft got their bits mixed up with their cores.

An easy mistake to make (if you don't work in tech).

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UK to block Kodi pirates in real-time: Saturday kick-off

ColonelClaw

'The actions requested by the Football Association and the Premier League (unfortunately abbreviated to "FAPL" in the judgement*)'

I think the word you should have used was "appropriately"

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BT splurges £1.2bn on securing Champions League rights, Sky heads for an early bath

ColonelClaw

AFAIK Both Sky and BT spread their price increases across all subscribers regardless of what package they are on. I don't know the ratio of spread - I would expect/hope sports subscribers to pay the larger share - but I believe it's spread everywhere to soften the blow.

As the sports channels are optional, but the base package of channels isn't, this prevents the sports channels from becoming off-puttingly priced, as they are by far the most expensive to produce.

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ColonelClaw

Extremely annoying for me, I only pay for BT Sport to watch MotoGP. If they put their prices up again I may be forced to look 'elsewhere' for my feed.

I'll just leave these two links here, any connection between the two is completely coincidental...

https://thepihut.com/collections/raspberry-pi-kits-and-bundles/products/raspberry-pi-3-media-centre-kit

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5tUi0nhIWLJvO_oWxuzekw

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RAF pilot awaits sentence for digicam-induced airliner dive

ColonelClaw

This is why I keep my seatbelt fastened when seated in an aeroplane. Extremely bad turbulence could cause injuries similar to the unfortunate co-pilot. I've only experienced such turbulence once, but bloody hell it was terrifying, and put me off flying for at least 5 years.

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Pimp my racks: Scale-out filer startup Qumulo bangs up its boxen, er, '4U'

ColonelClaw

About 10Gb networking

I have a question:

The whole world already has RJ-45 based network cabling installed. When we move to 10Gb why go with SFP+ over 10Gb Base-T?

What am I missing? Lack of Cat 6/7 cabling? SFP+ is better? Something else?

I'm asking because we are about to buy some 10Gb kit.

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In China, Apple's gegenpress doesn't scare the locals

ColonelClaw
Coat

"In all emerging markets, Apple is fighting an overvalued dollar – meaning prices are “20 per cent, 30 per cent, 40 per cent” higher than they were"

Yeah, THANKS Brexit

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Nvidia's financials have great numbers. Yuge numbers. The best numbers, believe me

ColonelClaw

Well, I'm no expert on data centre products, I'm a CGI artist, and I game quite a lot at home.

What I will say is that Nvidia is currently in full rinse-the-customer mode right now, as in these two sectors they pretty much rule the medium to high end. Which I need for work, and would like to have at home.

This is what happens when greed meets lack of competition.

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Capita's head of tech solutions resigns

ColonelClaw

They actually had a head of tech solutions?

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Europe loves to pay by bonk* - survey

ColonelClaw

Re: Who the hell is using them daily?

Interesting that a great new bit of technology should get so downvoted... on a technology website.

Or was my error uttering the dreaded Apple word?

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ColonelClaw

Re: Who the hell is using them daily?

Well, these days I find it mildly annoying if a card machine doesn't support Apple Pay. Simply put, it's faster and easier. Why dig out a card and type in a PIN when I can simply hold my phone near the reader?

At a rough guess 19 out of 20 card readers work with my phone, so it's pretty rare that I need to pay for anything under 30 quid by card.

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Ireland reaps benefits of Apple's tax schemes, even without EU bounty

ColonelClaw

"The government are only interested - like every other government in the world - in serving themselves."

Hard to argue with this.

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First look at Windows Server 2016: 'Cloud for the masses'? We'll be the judge of that

ColonelClaw

I wonder what percentage of Windows Server customers upgrade their servers to new versions? Personally, the Dell server my office uses came with Server 2012 v1, and I honestly can't think of any reason to change it. Unlike the desktop OS, it's never nagged me to 'upgrade' it.

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RIP Samsung 'Death Note' 7

ColonelClaw

I look forward with interest to see which far-away 3rd world market a bunch of these end up on in 6 month's time.

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There are some really crap budget phones out there. Vodafone's Smart Ultra 7 isn't

ColonelClaw

Don't knock White Elephants

That Alcatel Pixi 4 phone looks so godawful it may just make the perfect xmas present for a (purely hypothetical) obnoxious 11-year-old brat nephew.

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Cosmology is safe and the Universe is one giant version of the Barbican

ColonelClaw

There's one thing I've never been able to get my head around:

Go outside and point in any random direction. What happens if you keep going, and going, and going (forever). Where do you end up? Is there no end, or do you somehow come back around on yourself? Or something else?

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HP Ink buys Samsung's printer business for a BILLION dollars

ColonelClaw

Here's a fun diversion...

First look at this photo:

https://www.3printr.com/file/2016/05/HP-MJF-3D-Drucker.jpg

...Guess how big you think it is...

...and here's the answer:

https://575717b777ff8d928c6b-704c46a8034042e4fc898baf7b3e75d9.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/9484528_multi-jet-fusion-3d-printer-hp-focused_t4928f92f.png

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Newest Royal Navy warship weighs as much as 120 London buses

ColonelClaw

"The 1,600-tonne warship is now having her complex combat systems installed, ready for her handover to the fleet in mid-2017"

Right then, with BAE Systems 'on board', she should be good to go around 2030. In Safe Mode. With an hourly reboot.

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How to make the move from ISDN to SIP

ColonelClaw
Coat

I Still Don't Need it

...and that's what we called it 15 years ago

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Windows 10 market share jumps two per cent

ColonelClaw

Re: Retail Therapy

Yes, but as a Reg reader you are in a very small minority of people who are clued up about all aspects of modern tech. Those stores are aimed at selling stuff to an average user, i.e. someone who doesn't know that much. That's why Apple are basically printing money with their stores, they make tech approachable, and market it as a desirable commodity, or luxury product.

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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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