* Posts by ColonelClaw

416 posts • joined 30 Apr 2010


The 40-Year-Old Version: ZX81's sleek plastic case shows no sign of middle-aged spread


Ah, the memories. The ZX-81 was also my first encounter with a computer, my grandfather bought one soon after they first came out. He was a former codebreaker for the Admiralty during WW2, and university professor at Manchester where they had a machine he described as being as large as a room. I still feel particularly sad that he never got to see how modern computing turned out, as he died in 1987.

The one thing that sticks in my mind with the ZX-81 was typing in and running the code for something called "Life", which generated some really interesting (blocky) patterns that evolved over time. It left a huge impression on me, and helped make me into the geek I am today!

Microsoft tells Biden administration to adopt Australia’s pay-for-news plan


"at a time when left-of-centre media outlets already stands accused of wilful falsifications and bias"

Er, pretty sure the right-wing media outlets (Fox News etc) make all the others look like complete amateurs when it comes to wilfully making up complete bollocks?

Intel CEO Bob Swan is stepping down to be replaced by VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger


Re: Good Lord, he's still alive ?

Not only is he still alive, but he looks about 45 years old. If I didn't know better I'd swear he was a vampire

Back to the Fuchsia, part IV: Google's in-development OS now open to community contributions


From their web site...

"Fuchsia is an open source effort to create a production-grade operating system that prioritizes security, updatability, and performance."

Odd that they don't mention privacy.

Microsoft to charge $200 for 32 GPU cores, sliver of CPU clockspeed, 6GB RAM, 512GB SSD... and a Blu-Ray player


I was just about to post the exact same thing. I would take 60fps at 1080p over 30fps at 4k every single time. Or any res at 30fps.

Framerate > resolution

60 fps absolute minimum.

Rant over.

Apple to Epic: Sue me? No, sue you, pal!


I know it's not possible, but...

In this case I think the best outcome would be for both sides to lose.

For goodness sake, just grow up the lot of you (etc, etc)

Intel couldn't shrink to 7nm on time – but it was able to reduce one thing: Its chief engineer's employment


This right here is why I will never understand the markets; they fire the person responsible for years of mismanagement and incompetence, and their share price goes DOWN?

Incredible artifact – or vital component after civilization ends? Rare Nazi Enigma M4 box sells for £350,000


Out of interest, does anyone know how easy or hard it would be to crack Enigma today using, say, an average office PC?

Document? Library? A new kind of component? Microsoft had a hard time explaining what its Fluid Framework is



Has anyone ever come across a solution looking for a problem more than this? Answers below please!

I'm going to get in early with Clippy, The Ribbon, Win8 Start Menu, XBox Kinect. Hmmm, there appears to be a common factor.

International space station connects 100Mbps symmetric space laser ethernet using Sony optical disc tech


I bet the sysadmin for the Japanese module has suddenly and unexpectedly found him/herself to be the most popular person on the ISS.

"$1000 for the wifi password, did you say?"

SE's baaaack: Apple flings out iPhone SE 2020, priced at £419


If I'm understanding benchmarks correctly, you're getting the best phone CPU and GPU currently available for just over 400 quid. That's genuinely good value, and completely bizarre that it's coming from Apple.

NASA reveals the new wavy Martian wheels it thinks can crush the red planet


I don't know if it's important, but as well as all the points mentioned here already, I notice that Mars is much larger than the Moon, and must therefore have considerably more gravity. Add to that the 899kg weight of the rover itself (nuclear-powered craft can't be lightweight) vs the lightweight 209kg moon rover, and we're dealing with quite a different proposition.

NSO Group: Facebook tried to license our spyware to snoop on its own addicts – the same spyware it's suing us over


Re: Anti-Popcorn?

For some reason I am reminded of the time Fayed and the Hamiltons were in court suing each other over something or other. All I can remember thinking is surely there has to be a way they can both lose?

Microsoft Teams gets off to a wobbly start as the world and its cat starts working from home


IE Flashbacks

Teams - is that the thing I didn't ask for that's mysteriously appeared on every PC on my network? And after you uninstall it, it comes back the next day?

To be serious for a moment, it took me a while to figure out how to permanently get rid of it. Not cool, Microsoft.

Adobe and Slack report buoyant revenues, but is that a COVID-19 iceberg ahead?


Time to buy shares in TeamViewer?

I would expect that this is to be a good time to be in remote desktop software business.

It's calculated Apple leak time: Cheaper iPhone, laptops with proper keyboards, and, oh, a Tile competitor


Re: Tile ?

And definitely not used to track your wife/husband/girlfriend/boyfriend etc etc?

It's a billion-ton, 14-million-mile long mysterious alien formation – and Earth is heading right into it


I wonder if the catastrophic event that happened a couple of thousand years ago was visible to the naked eye if you were in the vicinity of, say, Bethlehem?

MacOS 'Catalina' 10.15 comes packed with exclusive security fixes – gee, thanks, Apple



I found a very handy free app (donationware) that scans for 32-bit apps on your mac, grab it here:


It's by a long-time developer, so is likely to be trustworthy.

Lucas Pope: Indie games visionary makes pen-pushing feel like an exciting career choice


Couldn't agree more with this article - especially the bit about spaffing way too much cash on gaming hardware that gets completely underutilised; I have a 2080Ti, and trust me, The Binding of Isaac runs like a dream on it.

Switch about to get real: Openreach bod on the challenge of shuttering UK's copper phone lines


"But certainly 2025 is the end date."

Not for one second can I see this statement come back to haunt him.

Adobe results show it is still creaming those subscriptions but its share price fell – why?


Pedant Alert

Sorry to be a pedantic git, but as someone who uses Photoshop and After Effects for a living, I thought I'd point out "And what would you use instead of After Effects?" is actually incorrect; it's the one part of the CC suite that actually has decent professional competition. Key rivals are Nuke and Fusion, two packages that are highly regarded by their user base.

But yes, in the case of Photoshop, for how I use it at least, there's nothing that comes even close. Alas.

Eggheads have found a positive link between the number of racist tweets and the number of racist hate crimes in US cities


Just out of interest

I don't suppose they found a hotspot around the area of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500, USA?

How do you like dem Windows, Apple? July opening for Microsoft's first store in Blighty


"There are now around 90 stores in the US, seven in Canada, one in Australia and one in Puerto Rico"

Someone high up in Microsoft's retail department has family/a boyfriend/a girlfriend in Puerto Rico.

'Evolution of the PC ecosystem'? Microsoft's 'modern' OS reminds us of the Windows RT days


(Bullshit) BINGO!

When two tribes go to war... Intel, AMD tease new chips at Computex: Your spin-free summary


"Onto the Zen 2.0 third-generation 7nm Ryzen 7 processors"

What is it with tech companies and their bizarre naming schemes? No doubt they have their reasons, but generally '2.0' and 'third-generation' in the same name is just going to confuse the average punter.

Cocaine, psychedelics, DMT? They sure knew how to party 1,000 years ago: Archaeologists make startling discovery


Re: Not really sure why this surprised anyone ?

And also coming in cultivated around the 8000 years ago mark is the humble grape. Could have been for eating them raw? Or perhaps producing some lovely raisins?

Nah, it was for getting hammered.


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.



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