* Posts by Swordfish1

40 publicly visible posts • joined 20 Jul 2019

40 years since Elite became the most fun you could have with 22 kilobytes


I'm sure I played Elite on the Commordore 64, or was it the Atari ST - such a long time ago - can't remember which . It was definitely Elite, because I remember the wire frame 3D graphics, and it was on a 5.25 inch floppy. I have the revamped Elite Dangerous on my current PC.

Google rings in 2024 with sweeping layoffs


The AI revolution has begun

The home Wi-Fi upgrade we never asked for is coming. The one we need is not


I'm on City Fibre out in the sticks of March, in the Fenland of East Anglia.

My ISP is Zen, and my package for £40 per month provides me with 900Mbps up and down which I do check regularly,

However, I don't use the ISP provided Friz Box.

I use a Netgear RAXE500 triband Wifi 6E router/

Its excellent, providing coverage for all my devices, over the 3 bands it operates on, with minimal interference.

Our Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra;s operate on the 6G Wi-Fi band, and using Wi-Fi analyser it appears we are the only ones using that band in the area.

But that will change, as more devices come onto the market, that can operate at those frequencies.

I welcome Wi-Fi 7 and will probably upgrade my router a few years from now. But in the meantime, I'm happy with my current set-up, with over 20 devices, spread over all 3 bands, and up to 4 over ethernet on our network

Patch Tuesday update is causing some Windows 10 systems to blue screen


Re: Ploy to make you upgrade to Win 11

Err I've had the occasional daily BSOD since the last updates, and I'm running Windows 11 Pro

NASA's Orion Moon capsule to splash down this Sunday


NASA coverage is a joke

Artemis one tracker has been stuck for several hours now

Typical of a government agency.

Space X would do a better job and coverage, when they get Star ship sorted

Five British companies fined for making half a million nuisance calls


Re: Fined?

Jail and a fine would be more appropriate

After lunar orbit trip NASA's Orion capsule is on its way back home


Waste of money, as most of it is not re-usable. The idea is great, and its great to see that after all these years, NASA is planning to send astronauts back to the moon, hopefully establishing a permanent base. But to cut costs, the main stage and boosters have to be re-usable. Space X has already proven that with Falcon 9. Cant wait until they prove it with Starship as well.

The Osprey has landed: IBM's 433-qubit quantum processor


will they work with my trivia bot

Windows 11 runs on fewer than 1 in 6 PCs


We've got 2 towers and 1 laptop. Only one tower was suitable for windows 11. The other 2 won't run Windows 11, and I'm not forking out even more cash, to get those replaced, or upgraded. Windows 10 is running fine on both of them.

InSight Mars lander has only 'few weeks' of power left


Get the helicopter from the other rover to fly above it make a vortex top clear the dust. Anyway, it should have been equipped with some sort of Martian air blower.

Windows 11 update blocking some users from logging in


sick and tired of MS so called updates wrecking my computers, over the last 20 years. Perhaps I should be charging MS, for all the time wasted, trying to sort issues out, and then several months, or several years down the line to be told it was us. I thought the idea of beta testing, was to iron, out software issues before being released. But we all know that MS, are ignoring, that, and using the general public as cannon fodder, for testing IMHO of course.

Microsoft's fix for 'data damage' risk hits PC performance


Sick and tired of Microsoft, and its excuses

It all the time.

I should charge Microsoft for the countless hours, that I've had to spend, fixing their erroneous updates etc.

I reckon over the last 10 years, I've spent best part of 4 months sorting their crap out,

perhaps its time to bight the bullet, dump windows, and finally move over to Linux

Pull jet fuel from thin air? We can do that, say scientists


I worked as a petrochem scientist for an oil refinery for 22 years Syngas is nothing new, it's been used for many decades, to for synthesis of various products in the refinery.

RAF shoots down 'terrorist drone' over US-owned special ops base in Syria


Surely a laser, would be more cost efficient

Flash? Nu-uh. Windows 11 users complain of slow NVMe SSD performance


Same old crap from MS - its bad enough, they are no supporting, first generation Ryzen processors, with systems that more than able to support Windows 11

Sod of MS, your degenerating into a cash cow.

Perhaps, finally, I'm going to move our network over to a LInux based system.

Sick and tired of MS promising this and that, and are oblivious , to the concerns raised on the Insider program

Are they deaf, blind, or just stupidly ignorant

Me I'm fed up with their excuses, wasting my time, EVERYTIME, they botch up updates, and an update of an update


There's something to be said for delayed gratification when Windows 11 is this full of bugs


Not wasting my time on Windows 11 - the update AFAIC, can wait for at least another year. After being burned, when windows 10 surfaced - I've learned one lesson - never ever update windows, until, it actually works. Not being used as cannon fodder anymore MS.

A Windows 11 tsunami? No, more of a ripple as Microsoft's latest OS hits 5% PC market


What a joke

Wife's Ryzen 1800x 8 core 64 bit doesn't fit Microsoft criteria. Its just over 3 years old. Has TPM2.0, and secure boot enabled, has 32GB, of RAM, Dual 8GB AMD graphics , and still it doesn't qualify for an upgrade. Microsoft can sod off, if they are expecting me to fork out even more dosh, to upgrade a system, that is working brilliantly . Me thinks Microsoft are biased towards Intel. Anyway, I'm not happy.

31-year-old piece of hardware not working very well: Hubble telescope back in safe mode over 'synchronization issues'


And if the James Webb has a glitch, who is going to service that kit

Windows 11 Paint: Oh look – rounded corners. And it is prettier... but slightly worse


1 of our 3 computers, is supposed to be windows 11 compatible.

I'm holding off installing the 1, as I really just don't trust MS to provide a stable platform until all the many bugs are ironed out.

As for paint - couldn't care less - never use it as its boring, with or without rounded corners.

I just want a reliable OS, and windows 10, just about makes that requirement, after 100's of updates, and fixes after it was released originally.

Windows 11, no, MS, you can stuff it

Microsoft slices Windows 11 update size by 40% (no, not by cutting hardware support)


My computer s windows 11 compatible, as I've just ripped the guts out and upgraded, due to heating issues, but -

Wife's 3 year old Ryzen 1800X ROG 32GB RAM TPM2. and secure boot enabled not compatible - all because Microsoft say the original Ryzen is not compatible although its ROG, with twin AMD 8GB graphics cards - They can shove it - I'm buggered if I'm paying even more money to upgrade the processor, and MB

We got a 12 year old Lenovo,laptop, which is running windows 10 pro, 64bit and is bang up to date. Yes its slow to boot, but it works fine once booted. Now that I would agree not to be supported, but NOT a 3 year old computer, which cost me over 2K MICROSOFT . GRRRRRRRRR

Facebook pulls plug on mind-reading neural interface that restored a user's speech


What does Zuckerberg actually do with his billions - its certainly not for the advancement of the human race, but for the advancement of his wallet

Windows 11 still doesn't understand our complex lives – and it hurts


Microsoft can stick windows 11, regarding the TMP saga. Sorry MS - we have a home network of 3 computers, which cost an arm and a leg. Non have TPM, although, 2 could accommodate TPM chips if the correct ones can be found.

Even if they can be found I'm not paying over £80 for a 20.1, and a 14.1 - no way, without any guarantee, that they'll work with the CPU, or secure boot configs.

Yes I know you claim to support windows 10 to 2025, but for my wife and I Windows 10 is the end of the line, and we are not going to update our machines, because you assume everyone has a brand new TPM enabled machine.

I'll just get rid of windows, on the to PC's, and use Linux and run Chrome on the laptop.

Really taking the piss Microsoft, especially as we pay you a an annual subscription for Office 365, and OneDrive.

Not a happy customer


Nvidia launches Cambridge-1, UK's most powerful supercomputer, in Arm's neighbourhood


Has it got a TPM 4.0 chip :)

Black screens in Windows 11? Bork has seen it all before


I'm not happy because of TPM 2.0, mandatory requirement, and even if you have that hardware, it does not mean, because of CPU requirements, that the upgrade will be available. I'll stay with windows 10, until it becomes unsupported, then move over to Linux.

Bezos v Branson: Battle of the wannabe Space Barons as Virgin Galactic cleared by FAA to start flying customers


Lol - my bet is Elon- the other are just scratching the Karman line, were Elon, is producing systems, which will, in due course land craft on the moon and mars. Bezos, is all talk, but we can't see any practicable action, beyond that line, whereas at Boca Chica, we can see, in real time the construction, and building of Star City, and the associated rockets, and see, the testing, even if it fails...

Microsoft releases Windows 11 Insider Preview, attempts to defend labyrinth of hardware requirements


And MS expect everyone to upgrade systems with TPM 2.0

My Sabertooth MB, has a 20 pin connector, for such a device

Our laptop won't as its 12 years old, but is running the latest version of windows 10

My wife's computer, I'll have to checkout the pinout on the MB - its the original Ryzen ROG MB, Asus - Crosshero IV .

If worst comes to the worst, I'll install Chrome on the Laptop, and Ubuntu or Lime on the PC's, and just dump MS

I've not used Chrome, but I used to have Linux software tri-booting on my PC, so I can handle the likes of Ubuntu, and Lime.

MS - not everyone can afford to replace their main boards , and all associated stuff such as CPU's RAM, etc

I can afford a suitable TPM chip, but those have rocketed in price, and we do need a tool, that checks your system, and point you in the right direction, regarding a suitable TPM, for a particular system.

Much like what memory manufactures do, like Crucial- Download a tool, and it scans your system, and recommends a compatible device.

Otherwise MS, you can stick your Windows 11 update

Very pissed off CS

Beyond video to interactive, personalised content: BBC is experimenting with rebuilding its iPlayer in WebAssembly


Re: Fuck the BBC - fuck iPlayer

I legally stopped paying the Licence Fee last year- not missed Live TV, or Iplayer whatsoever. Watch Netflix and Amazon Prime instead, and catchup on the commercial channels, which you can legally watch without a TV Licence

Seagate UK customer stung by VAT on replacement drive shipped via the Netherlands


Seagates returns policy, has not been updated since 2017, according to the link in this article.

As the product is under warranty then Seagate should provide an RMA with postage paid, and should return the replacement free from all charges too IMHO.

I emphasise SHOULD.

Until they update their policies; I would suggest boycotting Seagate, in the future, and buy Western Digital, who do have a RMA return address in the UK


As UK breaks away from Europe, Facebook tells Brits: You'll all be Californians soon


Tell Zuckerberg, to go and do one - totally unacceptable. I wont sign any FB agreement regarding this, and if its not offered, then its illegal, under our laws. If as I suspect he takes no notice - simple - dump FB

Microsoft pokes Cortana's corpse to give her telepathic abilities on Windows 10


Waste of space

Microsoft just write off Cortana - just like Samsung and Bixby - both crap

Write Cortana off, useless waste of resources, and get on with providing a reliable OS

Oh, while your at it write off Bing, equally useless

Comcast to impose 1.2TB-a-month broadband download limits across more of America from next year


Seems steep in USA

I'm paying in the UK £27.50 per month for 75/20 FTTC broadband with TalkTalk fixed for 18 months and yes its unlimited, and not throttled.

BBC picks SiFive RISC-V chip for Doctor Who programming-for-kids kit – with Jodie Whittaker narrating


BBC as usual out of touch with reality...

AMD fans forced to sit out latest Windows 10 Insiders build due to 'bug impacting overall usability of these PCs'


Microsoft, cant even get Windows 10 2004 feature update, sorted.

I'm fed up with wasting my time, on this crap OS

The end really is nigh – for 32-bit Windows 10 on new PCs


Still working fine.

One of computers, is a 10 year old Lenovo running 32bit version of 1909.

It slow to start, but works fine after around 5 minutes

Microsoft enables phone calls from your Windows PC (as long as it's paired with an Android)


Do what they want but I'm using the Galaxy Note 10 plus, and the phone companion on Windows 10 1909, keeps dropping, and is no use.

My PC is high end, with a fast processor, fast graphic's, and 32Gb of RAM

So I'm not going to hold my breath with this announcement.

In tribute to Galaxy Note 7, BBC iPlayer support goes up in flames for some Samsung TVs


My Samsung 3D TV seems to be working all right.

Yes there's a nag screen before the update and after the update, but my iPlayer stull works

Next year's Windows 10 comes bounding into the Slow Ring, which means 19H2 waits in the wings


And if 19H2 is another nightmare

Then heaps of will be having a very grumpy Christmas sorting 19H2 out

Profits dip at BT while troubled biz steams ahead with restructuring


I've got a 5G phone, but I'll doubt I'll see a 5G service in the sticks of the Fens, for several years.

Some parts around here are lucky to get 3G.

I use giffgaff, which is run over the 02 network, but I cant say, that them or even the others will provide the 5G network that is promised, in my rural area for several years to come.

Again as is always the case in rip off UK, companies, thinking more about their corporate bonuses, and share holder dividends than the subscribers.

Of course, its alright if you live in London, or any other major city, in the UK, they of course will always be prioritised.

Boffins blow hot and cold over li-ion battery that can cut leccy car recharging to '10 mins'


I'm fast charging my Galaxy Note 10 plus 5G, from 45% to 100% . The Lithium ion battery contained, is 4300milliamp hours, I believe

That process takes at least 30-40 minutes

So, to charge a car battery in less than 10 minutes, hmmmmmmm

Enjoying that 25Mbps internet speed, America? Oh, it's just 6Mbps? And you're unhappy? Can't imagine why


I'm with TalkTalk in the UK on Fibre large and get 75Mb/s download and about 18Mb/s upload, all for £27.50 per month, unlimited data.

I could go cable for extra with Virgin Media, and get 300Mb/s download

A country like the USA, which is celebrating the landing of man on the moon in 1969, and has Silicon Valley, and all the tech that has been born from there, and from NASA, I would have thought by now, you'd have the best broadband in the world.