* Posts by Michael Sanders

60 posts • joined 12 Mar 2007


Winter is coming for AI. Fortunately, non-sci-fi definitions are actually doing worthwhile stuff

Michael Sanders

Let's not start patting each other on the back just yet.

You don't need to be HAL to take out quite a bit of the middle of IT and accounting/exec. jobs. With an AI baked into the windows AD environment it would be a lot easier than the AI trying to administrate by powershell scripts. The only thing saving us is that microsoft's AI is dead last in the ranking. Can't drone on, so please use your imagination to fill in the gaps.

We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

Michael Sanders

Games unaffected?

I'm afraid I don't buy the claim that games are unaffected. Some basic shooter shouldn't be. But the game AI/game mechanically intense, large map or MMORG will. Anything that fills the cache will too.

EPYC leak! No, it's better than celeb noodz: AMD's forthcoming server CPU

Michael Sanders

Re: disappointed

Yeah. But isn't that the 1.x GHz Xeon?

Lockheed, USAF hold breath as F-35 pilots report hypoxia

Michael Sanders


At this point I'm really starting to wonder that there's some kind of Stuxnet (Stuxjet) happening. A lot of software is complicated. But this has gone on so long to be this sick...?

Windows 10 love to see PC market grow again. Future iPhone to be clear. Elvis to re-appear

Michael Sanders

Any analysis from IDC I will now suspect. This growth is expected because people love Windows 10?! We killed the desktop with our phone/console fetish. And now we'd like to fix that with flashy flash. Should'a kept developing software that only runs on a beefy desktop. It's too late now. You couldn't manage your way out of a wet paper bag.

Windows 10: Triumphs and tragedies from Microsoft Build

Michael Sanders

1 feature

I think the future update having the ability to run apps in a safe container sounds interesting. Everything else has been a disappointment.

Hey. Fun fact. I remember Novell used to be much smarter for file copy. A file copy from one server to another or one drive to another in the same server still travels across the network through your PC. Novell was smart enough to make that copy local to the resource. OS/2? Let's bring Novell back. Microsoft is still playing catch up.

Vigorous tiny vibrations help our universe swell, say particle boffins

Michael Sanders

Nassim Herriman

Just a little plug for the non-mainstream published physicist Nassim Herriman. He has been saying this very thing for a long long time now. Specifically he talks about a expansive and contractive space-time geometry at that quantum scale. Also he talks about the large energy density of the vacuum predicted by the model not being an error corrected by normalization.

For answers to your questions you'll have to start studying his theory. It's taken me years. So good luck. In any case he should get the credit for this discovery. They are doing just as much theory work as he is. But he has been published and has a much more refined theory. And his theory makes predictions, some of whom have since been proven.

ServiceNow's new CEO thinks IT can spare us from corporate re-orgs

Michael Sanders

Oh it's a turd allright

We implemented it here. It's been a nightmare. It replaced our inventory system and help desk ticket system. I didn't think we could find a worse inventory system. But now it's fair to say we don't have an inventory because of it. And if it didn't have a search or a way of saving a favorite in the system...There would be no way to use it. It's just an i-frame on the left with all the commands and features listed in tree form. And you have to know what it means. It's Regedit basically. And this is after spending an embarrassing amount of money. Run screaming from any ServiceNow representative.

Series of Seagate missteps as revenue generator spins down

Michael Sanders

Hard drives are pretty much dead for anything but backup. So both companies are living in a dream. While they could continue to be made more dense it wouldn't be reliable. Other tech is just taking over. And they are better suited to storing data at such a tiny scale than magnetic domains of the same size. Shingled drives? You would trust your data to not enough butter scrapped over too much bread? Overlapping tracks? Epic fail. Not that thinner pieces of glass in helium does much for me.

Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips

Michael Sanders


Did Microsoft laughably just say they are planning on optimizing windows to the silicon? Well that will be a first.

Intel's buggy Puma 6 chipset earns Arris a gigabit-modem lawsuit

Michael Sanders

complete non compete

Didn't we all learn on this very website about the dodgy Intel non-disclosure agreements? They probably couldn't say anything. In any case, Intel is making some serious mistakes and missteps these days. Even worse ones than Arris doing absolutely no testing or not caring.

Mac Pro update: Apple promises another pricey thing it will no doubt abandon after a year

Michael Sanders

people are long-winded here

Don't license the OS. Have ASUS make an official Mainboard with a limited production run and have them support it. Done. Mic drop...

'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

Michael Sanders

Hey. It's the 90's.

This is the CEO John Sculley/Guy Kawasaki years folks. Don't you understand that? They are just cranking out product. You thought innovation was happening? That was the Mac circa 1985. Since then every market or device matures to that 1985 point then stops. Windows 3.11-Windows 7 all caught up. Then we had to wait for the phone/tablets to do it. Linux still hasn't made it yet. So Apple did that with Unix. Now that's all caught up with 1985. Thought we'd be doing it with watches too. But I suppose your TV needs it now. Or is it your refrigerator?

Michael Sanders

Re: Education PC seller says Apple is no good in that market

Yes. Europe completely missed the boat during those years. I think you got screwed on purpose in exactly the same way the U.S. got screwed on phones until the iphone. What we used for cell phones compared to you was pathetic. All you needed for that Apple II was the software. And a lot less paid in tariffs maybe. You know that Apple clones were basically free right?

This week's top token gesture: Google Chrome chokes energy-hungry background tabs

Michael Sanders

Most Google sites use the bloom box or bloom energy server to produce electricity onsite. It's a lot better.

TWO BILLION PCs to sell in next five years

Michael Sanders

Needs a big app

All it needs is an application that requires a huge box. 6k Gaming comes to mind. An AI that has a holographic "I dream of Jeanie" sprite comes to mind as well. Face it. People stopped making cutting edge software that needs horsepower. Xbox and phones...what did you think was gonna happen?

Kids these days will never understand the value of money

Michael Sanders

African's already pay for everything with their symbian OS phones directly through their bank. My source? A Reg article form 2-3 years ago.

Elementary, my dear IBM: When will Watson make money?

Michael Sanders

Fries, no ketchup..Ham, no burger..

The single biggest market for AI, IBM and Google don't own. And Microsoft does not have a good AI. I'm talking about managing IP space and switches. And managing Microsoft domains. There is actually a lot less to think about and program into an AI for that. If Watson was coded into the software layer, instead of using shell script and GUI like we do, it would be far simpler for it to think and act. And if it was beefy enough to oversee and manage everyone's remote thin client session, it's hard to see needing a help desk either. Watson would be watching your every click and head you off before you broke things. You'd have two Watson's. One to watch the other. And a service contract with IBM gives you someone to call and unstuck Watson by going through his think log like backing out of a bad transaction in a database.

Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab

Michael Sanders

The question is, did it come up with new code? Or did existing code get turned on? That's the difference.

Why Apple's adaptive Touch Bar will flop

Michael Sanders

Re: Flawed Market Analysis

Thank-you so much for posting that. First I had to wait for the PC to catch up to where the Mac was originally. Then I watched the PC stagnate while we all waited for phones to catch up to where the PC was.

October proves to be the cruellest month for Twitter staff as 350 more laid off

Michael Sanders

Sometimes you get what you wish for.

Now if only it would die. I have always hated twitter. I can't stand it when some one says, "hash tag", and then adds something they think is funny. I never have until now. #goodriddance

Seagate bowls out fattened-up spinner

Michael Sanders

Slower than SSD...and more expensive?

They will never sell that drive. It was pointless making it.

I think they'd do a lot better making a 2016 version of the Western Digital Bigfoot drive from 90's era fame. A large capacity slower spin drive. Though no body has the room in their case for something like that these days, even if it's 3.5".

AMD is a rounding error on Intel's spreadsheet and that sucks for us all

Michael Sanders

Intel has military contracts that contribute heavily to it's bottom line. Everyone always forgets that. And yes, AMD did suffer from a lot of fake FUD regarding their processors. After they adjusted their prices is was the best kept secret.

US reactor breaks fusion record – then runs out of cash and shuts down

Michael Sanders

NO. To most of your comments. Yes to only a few.

Come on you Reg hacks. Not one mention of the Lockheed magnetic bottle? The fact is nobody at Lockheed just openly speaks about a little fusion project they're working on. It's obvious they've had it working for years. It's already working better than the tokamac which is such a flawed concept it might never work. Why would you fund MIT when Lockheed is about to roll a fusion reactor out on the back of a truck.

Apple’s macOS Sierra update really puts the fan into 'fanboi'

Michael Sanders

Re: You're Wrong Sir.

Or....I have giant fingers (among other things) and a small phone.

Windows updates? Just trust us, says Microsoft executive

Michael Sanders

Typical corporate disconnect

Normally I'd follow after all the conspiracy theories. But this is just as shining example of how completely removed suits can be from how things really are. But this time they cut the lead time between board room fantasy and a bricked machine, so close, it could crater the company with one black scandal.

Apple to automatically cram macOS Sierra into Macs – 'cos that worked well for Windows 10

Michael Sanders

I have a Mac I never use. So take all this with a grain of salt. But I never had a problem using my old HP 6P printer. Other's mileage could vary. But that printer is 20 years old. Even Win7 has to check with windows update to find a driver. The Mac worked with it out of the box. I always update the OS. I always expect it to brick the machine. It never does. Those i-tards with their phones are irritating. And easy to poke fun of. But I've been impressed by the Mac. As soon as I put an SSD in it I might switch to using it instead of my PC. It's a suitable replacement besides gaming of course. I highly recommend people check out how the touch interface works with the trackpad gestures. It's a completely ignored platform. I sympathize with the poster who complained about the compiler not working with Sierra. But you know that pales in comparison to moving all your apps to the Microsoft store version. And all the $ problems that go with that scheme.

Windows Server 2016: Leg up or lock in?

Michael Sanders

If you think about it though, most of the things that "just work" in Windows are ancient. The exception is Hyper-V. But all virtualization's real appeal is in kicking the can down the road on proper software development. So I think it's fair to say the whole windows universe is just one great rewrite away from obsolescence.

Google Chrome OS has done an impressive job in such a short time. And it's amazing what Apple has done with Unix as well. It's 10 times the usability of Linux and comes with an impressive software suite.

While not complete alternatives in and of themselves they demonstrate what I'm saying. Microsoft has been sitting on it's hands for years. It's not really a software company is it? It's an incubator for stocks. And if people are seriously considering the admittedly poor alternatives it shows just how awful and extortive the product line really is.

Sad reality: It's cheaper to get hacked than build strong IT defenses

Michael Sanders

Take it from this poor health American. Insurance is not the answer.

Latest Intel, AMD chips will only run Windows 10 ... and Linux, BSD, OS X

Michael Sanders

Re: Microsoft continues to destroy the PC

Everyone who disagrees with this is wrong. THE prime reason for the public to refresh their PC was for new game support. Microsoft sent everything to console. They even took halo away. Then they dropped two turds, 8.x and 10. "Duh..What happened? No body is buying PC's?" Everyone bought phones and consoles you idiot. Since nobody bothered to innovate for an 8 core processor, a modern phone does everything your PC can do, just as fast. Who wants a PC? I should have a half-nude Cortana AI at this point. But instead I've got a phone interface on my PC that is not as convenient as a touch screen phone in my lap with a bag of popcorn. So yes. Microsoft killed the PC.

Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

Michael Sanders

Powershell is the worst. Text interfaces are supposed to be short commands. You have to type out powershell, just to open it instead of just PS. And from there it just gives German a run for it's money. The \. to access files breaks any conventions from DOS or *nix as they do opposite things. And the idea of breaking up nouns and verbs to simplify things has had the opposite effect. I can't wait for this to die. Thanks for putting a face with a thing that I hate. Does it come in dart boards?

Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

Michael Sanders

Re: @Tom 64 - Isn't the first time

That's my experience as well. I worried for the first few weeks until I made a USB installer...I've never used it.

Michael Sanders

So...no change then.

Hold on a sec. When did HDDs get SSD-style workload rate limits?

Michael Sanders

Great research. That was a very informative article about the state of affairs. My two cents is that flash is taking over and its pretty obvious. If it continues to get bigger and cheaper at the rate is has been. And I don't see any reason why it shouldn't. And it's also reasonable to expect that the technology that's used in SSD will become less delicate and more permanent.

Spinning rust fans reckon we'll have 18TB disk drives in two years

Michael Sanders

Do you trust?

Shingled drives are wringing out the shammy/caching out the bowl just a little too much. Solid State is pretty much king. It's ridiculous to think its not getting cheaper faster. One only has to look at my own upgrade experience to see that. 220Gig last year/480Gig this year, -same price-

The only thing Magnetic storage is good for now and going forward is for backup and for data sensitive servers where speed is not a factor. It will stay the medium I use at home for my server for example.

I would not trust my data to an overlapping write scheme. And a helium drive needs to show me a significant capacity difference and incorporate a sensor that lets me know when it's leaking out.

Michael Sanders

Everyone is mostly wrong regarding: Question

It has to do with the motor's ability to rotate more/larger discs. 3.5" size and 3 platters is really the optimum. 4 or more do exist but not at 7200 RPM or faster. But yeah, I do miss the days of full and double height drives...and 5.25 drives. I had this same question a few years back about bringing back the Quantum Bigfoot. Even though that drive was a pile...

Read America's insane draft crypto-borking law that no one's willing to admit they wrote

Michael Sanders

Senators with Disabilities Act

Or Gift to the People's Republic of China...

A backdoor in every piece of secure software... So you could just shut down most of Homeland security at that point. As 6-hours after the first crippled security software is installed I'll be able to Google how to get into everything.

Done making the big stuff better? The path to Apple's mid-life crisis

Michael Sanders

Following's not what Apple was good at

Steve's real skill wasn't in tech. It was in knowing when a product's time had come. And knowing exactly when the right technology was available to make it premium and a hit. Successful Apple hit the wealthy spender with a big price tag to make up for being first. That's when margins are the tightest.

If Apple takes the strategy suggested they will just be another tech company. And nobody beats Dell at that. Or Samsung for phones or any other company that does great quality/form at a reasonable price. They are in the "suits in charge" phase. That's the dying Apple.

Personally I see there's some team within Apple that's doing phenomenal work. But management isn't doing their job either in marketing/realizing those ideas are great. Or in seeing a project through to success. ex. Apple TV losing Disney.

And another example is the amazing Magic Trackpads and the new interface it brings to the desktop. Touch screens do not work on a desktop. It's awkward. But the Trackpad and going full screen for your apps and all the new gestures revolutionize the desktop interface. Scroll bars are unnecessary and you utilize more screen space without them. Plus no windows! But do you hear about this? No. Well I mean you know there's a trackpad. But nobody explains what goes along with it and why it's important.

Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

Michael Sanders

Just deal with it?

..'cause everybody is doing it. We'll forgo what awful advice that is..and point out there's a big difference between an application snooping on me I can control/modify or kill. And a OS that I can't. Also my computer belongs to me. It's not microsoft who bought it or pays for the power bills that make it run. They certainly don't tech it out for me when it dies or pay for upgrades. So why do they think it belongs to them? It is not an extension of their intellectual property, thus theirs. It's mine. That's it and that's that. Apply this sort of thinking to any other machine you use in life and see if that makes sense going forward. My shaver wouldn't start today because a new policy ruled out using the dull blade I had. deal with it? How about you face the fact that you're an apathetic lazy thinker that enjoys throwing money at a problem.

Michael Sanders

Re: Two things only?

Exactly what I keep telling people. You can't rely on utilities. They'll just keep slipping it back in with updates.

Michael Sanders

Re: Don't blame users for the UI

Exactly. No user in the preview wanted the color scheme or for aeroglass to go away. And everybody was confused about where to go for control panel settings. This was a microsoft, done by committee special.

If you want a USB thumb drive wiped, try asking an arts student for help

Michael Sanders

better than a hammer


Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Michael Sanders

Who's got two thumbs and can microwave his own meal....THIS GUY!

BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

Michael Sanders

Worse the Windows Fister

Maybe it's a bug with AMD processors or the chipset. But my experience with Windows 10, bare metal or virtual machine has been awful. I figured that maybe new hardware, specifically surface tablets must work perfectly. But now we hear that those needs firmware updates as well?

Windows 95/98 wasn't understood. People tried to run too much legacy. Vista ran slow for me. Early windows 2000 had some compatibility concerns with packages. I never ran ME. But windows 10 is by far the worst. It's an interface design by committee. And my basement has less bugs in it.

Other's mileage may vary. Fair enough. But you don't ship the working state I've been testing.

Michael Sanders

Re: hmm

I don't know. Apple is a much more mature unix. The Linux world has pretty much been sitting on it's ass. RPM vs. installing on a Mac is a huge difference. Running Linux means "being" a developer. I've finally been impressed with Mac enough to buy one. If Apple sold it's OS to the masses with a bundled motherboard or some other scheme. They just might kick windows in the nuts pretty hard.

Hole in (Number) Two: MYSTERY golf-course pooper strikes again

Michael Sanders

We know it's not a man because the poos are too big? Well this guy ain't married...

We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

Michael Sanders

Re: Marketing and politics triumph over engineering and common sense... again

You're right. They don't listen to the testers suggestions. Aero theme pack..exactly what I suggested.

Michael Sanders

Thanks for saying it

No one else on the Web is. Setup Bugs I ran into in VM and bare metal installs I can't find reported on the web. And periodically it will say please wait while shutting down for eternity, till I hit the reset. I'm not a H8r. But I think this is going to be a worse flop than 8. How can this be ready? As far as the UI, I've been saying all along why not copy the xbox dashboard? It's actually useful in every way that those tiles aren't! And who came up with the styling recently? I know women's clothes fashions had this color palette for a while. But those pepto-bismol colors for the original surface tablets..and now this? It's the JJ Abrams reboot of windows.

Vint Cerf: Everything we do will be ERASED! You can't even find last 2 times I said this

Michael Sanders

The technology exists

Maybe I'm missing something. But doesn't an emulator do that? Backward compatibilty is something we've been over doing if you ask me. Rip it off like a bandaid.

Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

Michael Sanders

Apple's are oranges

Apple can't make money on all 88 people who will buy this. That's why they won't make them anymore. I've watched Apple since Apple was Apple. And they are going to disappoint you. Trust me. The IIFX is coming back in a big way. Why can't you artists just stop using Macs? Just rip it off like a bandaid. It will hurt. But in less time it takes Apple to replace this model with another one, the PC would take up the slack. The only people who are going to make an odd ball shaped video card for this is Apple. Enjoy your paper weight.



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