* Posts by ColonelClaw

364 posts • joined 30 Apr 2010

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

ColonelClaw

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!

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

ColonelClaw

That apology is... an actual apology.

Makes a nice change.

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

ColonelClaw

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.

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

ColonelClaw

This is disgraceful, outrageous, insulting etc etc

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

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

ColonelClaw

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

https://www.cia.gov/news-information/press-releases-statements/2017-press-releases-statements/cia-releases-additional-files-recovered-in-ubl-compound-raid.html

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NASA reveals Curiosity 2020's 23-camera payload

ColonelClaw

Re: When will the name change?

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

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

ColonelClaw

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

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

ColonelClaw

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

Sold.

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

ColonelClaw
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So, it doesn't generate profit?

You could never do that with a Mac

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

ColonelClaw

Two men say they're Jesus

One of them must be wrong

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

ColonelClaw

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.

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Microsoft sparks up Ignite with fresh Azure, Office 365 features

ColonelClaw

New Skype, Bing and Linkedin integration?

Kill me now

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

ColonelClaw

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!

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

ColonelClaw

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."

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

ColonelClaw

Toby Young: Cunt

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

ColonelClaw

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.

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Microsoft reveals first Windows Server Insider Build

ColonelClaw

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.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

ColonelClaw
Coat

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?

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

ColonelClaw
Facepalm

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

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

ColonelClaw

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

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

ColonelClaw

"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.

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

ColonelClaw

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.

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

ColonelClaw

"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?

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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
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"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
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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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