* Posts by ColonelClaw

390 posts • joined 30 Apr 2010


iPhone price cuts are coming, teases Apple CEO. *Bring-bring* Hello, Apple UK? It's El Reg. You free to chat?


By some strange coincidence you could replace 'Apple iPhone' with 'Nvidia RTX cards' and the prediction would still be correct!

Hubris, eh?

Are you a Windows 1 in 10 (1809)? Or a mighty 80 percenter (1803)?



Exactly my experience too. For whatever reason, even if I go to Windows Update and repeatedly spam the Check for Updates button, it doesn't give it to me. Can't say I'm hugely bothered, but it's definitely still not available for absolutely everyone.

If you ever felt like you needed to carry 4TB of data around, Toshiba's got you covered


Re: This has been available for a while

I think what you all have in common is the randomness of, er, randomness.

I've bought about 15 MyPassports, and 2 or maybe 3 have failed, so I guess you can add that to the sample.

If you want to talk about proper fail, ALL 8 of the 2TB hard drives in my SAS RAID enclosure for video editing have failed over the years! But then again, they do get properly pounded 24/7

What's big, blue, and short on Intel? The supercomputer world's podium: USA tops Top500 with IBM Power9


"the most powerful UK supercomputer was the Cray XC40 installation at the Meteorological Office in Exeter"

Ah nice. I wonder what they use it for?

Persuading world+dog to love Microsoft's AI assistant a step too far for Acompli founder

Thumb Down

Cortana, Zune, Bing, these are terrible, awful names.

At the very least to be sucessful it helps to have a name that doesn't suck, human beings are precious like that.

Slabs, huh, what are they are good for? Er, not quite absolutely nothing


I love my 2nd gen iPad Air. And that's the problem; it works too damn well for me to replace.

Sysadmin running a Mac fleet? IBM has just thrown you a lifeline


Re: So...

Aparently the move to Mac has saved them money. In Slashdot's coverage of this story they quote an IBM person thusly: "IBM is saving a minimum of $265 (up to $535 depending on model) per Mac compared to a PC, over a 4-year lifespan. While the upfront workstation investment is lower for PCs, the residual value for Mac is higher The program's success has improved IBM's ability to attract and retain top talent -- a key advantage in today's competitive market."

Link here: https://news.slashdot.org/story/18/10/23/2052227/ibm-open-sources-macibm-code

If that's true, then that strikes me as one of the more interesting details of this story.

US govt concedes that you can indeed f**k Nazis online: Domain-name swear ban lifted


Re: For the musically inclined

Aw, now you've made me all misty-eyed for my school days.

It's still a cracking way to spend 60 seconds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MkRuV0aCcI

By gum: Supermicro's Samsung storage ruler server uses secret SSD



How does redundancy work with these boxes? I notice they have no RAID (AFAIK no hardware RAID solution exists for PCI-E SSDs), so how does the data they hold get protected? Some sort of software?

Supermicro breathes in, shimmies a PB of Intel flash into one rack unit


What's the deal with NMMe flash drives and hardware RAID controllers? I can't find any!

Wait, did you hear that? That rumbling in the distance? Sounds like... a 16-socket IBM Power9 box shuffling this way


"It can take up to 4,000 or more directly attached SAS disks or solid-state drives (SSDs)"

?? up to, or more than?

Apple laughing all the way to the bank – with profits of $5.3m per hour


Slightly off-topic, but...

"demand for flexible OLED screens was weak"

I actually can't think of too many practical applications for a flexible OLED at all. Something medical maybe? Or fashion-related?

New Windows Server preview ships with an AI crystal ball


Re: Question

Thanks for the answer, makes a lot of sense!



Who is it who makes use of the GUI-less installs? Is it something that becomes more useful if you need to control many servers? Or thousands of users? Or something else entirely?

Reason I ask is that I run a Win2016 Server in a small (around 15 employees) business, and I can't immediately see how it would benefit our sort of setup. Am I missing out on anything?

Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?


Not that long ago AMD gave me a Radeon Pro WX 9100, but I don't see it as a bribe.

By the way have you tried out AMD's amazing CPUs and their brilliant GPUs? I can't recommend them highly enough. They're much better than anyone else's.

Spring is all about new beginnings, but it could already be lights out for Windows' Fluent Design


I'm sure it will every bit as successful as The Ribbon

F-35B Block 4 software upgrades will cost Britain £345m


This whole paid DLC thing is getting out of hand.

Windows Server 2019 coming next year and the price is going up


"...moving workloads to Azure is one way to avoid this cost, since there is no concept of a Windows Server base CAL in Azure."

Well, not yet, anyway.

James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto


I see a lot of people here defending the guy. Just out of interest, if you're one of those, would you be happy to sit next to him at work?

Good luck, have fun: Thanks Xeon SP, now SPEC benchmarks blurt out hundreds of results


It would indeed be nice if someone (from SPEC) put together an enterprise version of this:


Dead simple drop-downs and clearly laid out results.

Dell goes on Epyc server journey with AMD



Thanks for the answer Vogie and AC!

Not quite sure why I got downvoted for asking a question



Here's what I don't understand - why would you buy the 24xNVMe chassis option, when there's no support for hardware RAID? In fact, why are there no hardware RAID cards that support NVMe (that I can find)? Are you meant to use a software RAID? Or just use the 24 drives separately?

What am I missing?

PC sales get that post-Brexit vote sinking feeling


Slightly off-topic, but sort-of related:

The RAM for a machine I built last September, and just built again this January cost £200 more for the exact same specification and quantity (went from £500 -> £700). Strangely, though, RAM never seems to be out of stock with any of our suppliers.

Are RAM prices a complete scam? A year ago the same RAM would have been just over £300. Something aint right.

Memo man Damore is back – with lawyers: Now Google sued for 'punishing' white men


Well, it's clearly an unpopular opinion, judging by the downvotes, but I place the happiness of my existing employees above all else. We spend half our lives in the same room, I'm not prepared to share it with some bigoted misogynistic bro arsehole.


All I know is that I wouldn't want this prick working in my office, and neither would anyone else here (I asked). Personally I don't have a problem in firing people if they stink up the atmosphere.

Hold on to your aaSes: Yup, Windows 10 'as a service' is incoming


I have a crafty way for Microsoft to increase W10's market share by at least 10% in under a month - Include the option of a classic Start menu

BT, Sky bury hatchet with deal to sell each other's telly channels


Serious question - Am I correct in thinking that the UK's Sky TV will no longer be owned or run by a Murdoch after (or if) the Disney deal goes through? Reason I ask is that I've always objected to Sky on the grounds that their politics are disgusting, and James Murdoch is a massive see you next Tuesday.

If this is the case I can finally subscribe to Sky guilt-free!

As Apple fixes macOS root password hole, here's what went wrong


That apology is... an actual apology.

Makes a nice change.

The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?


Re: 30 per cent faster

I've been using it all day so far, and 30% seems conservative. For me it feels more like a 'shitload' faster.

Pastry in a manger: We're soz, Greggs man said


This is disgraceful, outrageous, insulting etc etc

...So, anyone else off to Greggs for lunch? That's a damn fine looking sausage roll.

Osama Bin Laden had copy of Resident Evil, smut, in compound


Just spotted this gem on the CIA web site, one of the videos he had was "Where in the World is Osama bin Laden"


NASA reveals Curiosity 2020's 23-camera payload


Re: When will the name change?

I can't make up my mind between Curiosity One X and Curiosity Pro

Forget One Windows, Microsoft says it's time to modernize your apps


Re: Forget One Windows, Microsoft says it's time to modernize your apps... Really?

"Modernization is a journey that we're always on"


See you next Tuesday

Legends of the scrawl: Ordnance Survey launches augmented reality tool for maps


"the app also offers extra crucial information like ... local pubs."


Resellers on Surface: Yeah, go ahead and kill it. What do we care...


So, it doesn't generate profit?

You could never do that with a Mac

Gartner says back-to-school PC sales failed. IDC says they worked


Two men say they're Jesus

One of them must be wrong

Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it


My single personal experience of a Windows Phone came a few years ago when my 70 year old dad was sweet-talked (i.e. conned) into 'upgrading' to one by a salesperson in an Orange shop in Birmingham. He tried his best to use it for a week or so, but could barely work out how to make a phone call, much less input contacts or anything else.

Now, I know many of those reading this will scoff that "he must be some kind of technically incompetent luddite", well yes that may be, but he's a just a normal human being, and he's used Windows for many years seemingly happily. We may be all geeks here, but we're not the norm; what comes easily to us, doesn't to most people. And that, for me personally, was Windows Phone's major failing - the interface was just too alien for your average person.

Fortunately the story has a happy ending, I bought him a cheapish Android phone, which he figured out how to use almost immediately.

Microsoft sparks up Ignite with fresh Azure, Office 365 features


New Skype, Bing and Linkedin integration?

Kill me now

UK PC prices have risen 30% in a year since the EU referendum


The laptop that last year I bought for my mum cost £450. The equivalent laptop I just bought for my dad cost me £630.

Thanks Brexit!

Sub plot subplot thickens: Madsen claims hatch fumble killed Swede journo Kim Wall


To quote Blackadder the 3rd...

"...the Acting Returning Officer, Mr. E. Blackadder, of course. And we're all very grateful, indeed, that he stepped in at the last minute, when the previous Returning Officer accidentally brutally stabbed himself in the stomach while shaving."

Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork


Toby Young: Cunt

Microsoft breaks Office 365 sign-in pages ahead of surprise update


Am I missing something here?

"We've done a lot of testing of this design and our telemetry shows that people are able to sign in with a notably higher success rate using this approach,"

Typos and forgotten passwords aside, shouldn't sign-in pages always have a 100% success rate by default? Doesn't really seem like something I'd be boasting about if I was in charge.

Microsoft reveals first Windows Server Insider Build


Re: For Clarity

I too am wondering about that. Will the next update be free or paid? Forced on us or not? Avoidable or not?

It might not be relevant, but I remember when Windows 8 was updated to 8.1 it was a free upgrade, but the corresponding Server upgrade (12 -> 12 R2) wasn't.

Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in


I'll go along with The Doctor having two hearts, capable of full-body regeneration, and cruising around the universe in a time-travelling phone box. But, being a WOMAN?

Intel bolts bonus gubbins onto Skylake cores, bungs dozens into Purley Xeon chips


My god that new naming system, who the hell thought that was a good idea?

Murdoch's £11.7bn Sky takeover referred to competition regulator


Whilst I certainly don't wish death on anyone, I wouldn't exactly be sad should it happen.

Windows 10 Creators Update preview: Lovin' for Edge and pen users, nowt much else


"I am not sure who would prefer the new version unless using touch control."

Pretty much sums up how I feel about the entirety of Settings vs Control Panel. And it's been like this for what feels like the last 5 or six iterations.

Please, Microsoft, make one set of system controls and make them not be shit.

Did someone say server sales are crappy? Yes, nearly everyone


After 15 years of buying Dell/Fujitsu/HP etc servers, this year we switched to self-assembled Supermicro kit. I suspect we are not alone.

Chalk us up for 'others', I guess.

Lochs, rifle stocks and two EPIC sea gates: Thomas Telford's Highland waterway


"As work on the canal got under way, it soon became apparent that Telford’s estimates of both time and money were dreadfully optimistic."

In modern parlance, I guess that makes Telford the equivalent of Longhorn-era Bill Gates?

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


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.



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