* Posts by Mark C Casey

171 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

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Hey, we'll do 4G for £15, says O2 (just mind how you go on the 1GB limit)

Mark C Casey

Re: Tethering

They perform packet inspection on HTTP headers, if they see a desktop browser user agent then it's naughty time for you.

Before I switched over to a sim only plan that included tethering I got around that limit by simply tunnelling the traffic through an SSH connection. It is pretty easy to bypass, use a VPN, tunnelled SSH etc.

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Amazon veep: We tweak our cloud code every 16 seconds – and you?

Mark C Casey

Huh

I guess that explains why their AWS and various sub-sites are such a convoluted mess then.

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Look ma, no plugins! Streaming web video with just JavaScript

Mark C Casey

Re: WebGL

Supposedly, IE11 will have webgl support. I think everyone else supporting it has shamed MS into finally implementing it.

Plus WebGL is pretty awesome.

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Microsoft leads charge against Google's Android in EU antitrust complaint

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Stop

Re: Yes

Um, it was Opera who raised the browser choice thing in the EU...

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Microsoft finally ships Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7

Mark C Casey

Only Microsoft...

Only Microsoft could make it hard to port a web browser.

Mozilla, Google, Opera and Apple can all not only manage multiple versions of windows but also multiple operating systems. You really have to wonder what Microsoft's thinking is of tying some of the capabilities so tightly to the OS are.

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Up your wormhole: Star Trek Deep Space 9 turns 20

Mark C Casey

Re: Best episode ever...

Couldn't agree more, it's not just the best DS9 episode. It's the best of any Star Trek episode in my opinion.

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Nokia HERE today with decent mapping on Apple devices

Mark C Casey

Re: Amazon - don't pay corporation tax so - NO DEAL

You might have trouble then, all big international corporations do that. Amazon, Apple, Google, Starbucks, Microsoft, Yahoo etc.

So, you may find it somewhat troublesome if you're avoiding those companies if you want to say do a search for something on the net. And before you mention something like duckduckgo, they use bing.

The only way it will stop is if politicians grow some balls and legislate to not allow tax avoidance schemes like the ones these corporations have been using so far. But the reality is, the politicians won't.

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Microsoft offers 60-day free trial of Office 2013

Mark C Casey

Re: Upgrade? I don't need no stinkin upgrade!

Problem with that is that it can't open DOCX or ODF files.

MS are going to start losing the home users as stuff like Google Office and Libre Office become more polished and feature filled.

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Star Wars VII: The Disney Movie signs Toy Story III script genius

Mark C Casey

Yeah, I couldn't believe all the guns that got replaced with walkie talkies in Schindlers List!

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Will Santa be working overtime to shift Win 8 kit? No. Yes! Maybe

Mark C Casey

Re: I get an inferior experience from Windows 7.

You misread, what I'm saying is by switching from windows 7 to windows 8 I'm getting an inferior experience.

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Mark C Casey

Done my tech buying

I've done my tech buying for the year and honestly why would I switch to Windows 8 anyway? There's no incentive to switch, I get an inferior experience from Windows 7.

Bought a few toys this year like a Nexus 7, an SSD for the pc etc. My next purchase will not be Windows 8, i'll see what Windows 9 is like for my next OS update. Heck, I could even end up on Ubuntu for all I know by that point.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7in Android tablet review

Mark C Casey

Re: Buy cheap...

Have you used a Nexus 7?

I'd say it has a pretty damn good and stable ecosystem.

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Microsoft offers cut-price Win 8 PCs and fondletops to UK schools

Mark C Casey

Windows

Windows 8 is an improvement over 7, if only they'd kept the start menu and made the start screen/metro/modern ui optional I would be singing its praises.

If you use something like Start8 or Classic Start Shell then it's all good as you then never have to interact with the awful start screen. There are a number of little things like the task manager is a great improvement. But honestly, I can't seriously recommend Win8 over Win7.

The forcing of a touch screen UI into a desktop keyboard/mouse environment is the very epitome of stupidity. How did anyone at Microsoft seriously not put up their hand at some point and say "isn't having to move the mouse cursor to the side of the screen where there is no indicator that it does anything horribly unintuitive?" or a various number of other usability problems that windows 8 creates.

It boggles my mind how Microsoft have managed to be the jack of all trades and so have become the master of none. Apple and Google have realised you can't force a desktop UI into a touch screen device and vice-versa, why can't Microsoft?

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LucasArts' Dark Forces

Mark C Casey

Come on, George, free up the source code.

Actually, that is no longer Georges decision. It's up to Disney now.

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'This is Apple. It will take them 2 weeks to alter their website, will it?'

Mark C Casey

Re: iPad Mini traffic

"Obviously, they're going to take down the notice, get through as much Friday evening/Saturday weekend traffic without seeing it as possible, and then put up the new notice after 47.9 hours."

That's just tempting fate on Apples part. That said, this is all highly entertaining. If Apple hadn't done their little strop this wouldn't be all over the news sites in a Streisand like effect.

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Mark C Casey

Re: iPad Mini traffic

The link has since disappeared from the Apple site, so now they're not in compliance of the order at all.

Bravo to Apple, the judges will have a field day with you.

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To Russia with Love? Georgia snaps 'cyber-spy' with his own cam

Mark C Casey

What I'm amazed at is that pretty no one uses javascript in PDF's... no one.

Yet everyone leaves it enabled by default, you'd think some companies and governments would disable it by default. Since disabling it mitigates almost every single exploit.

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Mark C Casey

Re: Why?

You're right.

But, now this person has an image plastered over the internet the chances of him going abroad are next to nil. He'll be limited to Russia for the rest of his life. Lest Georgia put a request for his extradition with some pretty solid criminal evidence.

Because that is what I'd do, I'd find out who this person is and keep an eye out for when he goes abroad. The moment he lands in another country I'd put out an arrest warrant through interpol and have him extradited to Georgia.

So, no going to defcon for this fellow. Ever.

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Google goes ahead, unveils Nexus 4 and 10

Mark C Casey

Re: I'd murder for...

Actually, you're wrong on that. The Nexus One had a microsd slot.

A few reasons why I like a large amount of storage 1. I have more than 16GB of music. 2. Google Music isn't yet active in the UK like in the US (as in streaming from the cloud, but I understand this might be available next month) 3. Streaming music over a mobile network is very expensive, because it uses lots of data. So therefore isn't practical hence I need to store it on an sd card.

I might hold back and see if Google release a 32GB or 64GB Nexus 4. I'm still of the preference about screen size though, 4.3" is my sweet spot.

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Mark C Casey

I'd murder for...

A phone that is a Nexus device, has an sd card slot, a 4.3" screen at 720p with a decent camera, 2GB RAM and a minimum of 16GB storage. (essentially an upgraded Galaxy S2 but with software support from Google rather than Samsung)

I hate this obsession with ever larger screens, 4.3" is my sweet spot of screen size on a mobile phone.

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Google data center spies on ITSELF: 'Like a boring version of Doom'

Mark C Casey

Re: 'Like a boring version of Doom'

Now that you're famous remember all us little folk. And don't let your ego take charge, many a star has fallen because of ego.

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Google hails hacks to WinPho 8 spoiler event

Mark C Casey

The rumour mill is that they're releasing details of the new Nexus phone(s) and Android 4.2.

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Dishonored game review

Mark C Casey

Re: So it does get better then?

You're really early in the game, essentially you are still in what i'd consider the tutorial/introductory phase.

As for how far can guards see etc. You need to use runes you find (by using the heart) to upgrade your powers. (I'm on the pc, so pressing J brings up the screen for that)

Also, you get a little warning about guards seeing you by the little three bolts thing above their heads. It's at three they go into full alert and see you.

As long as you're crouched the guards won't hear you.

As to getting better, it gets better and better.

I feel like this game has been a long time coming, I love the style of it. Everything about it is pure class. It really does put to shame a LOT of what people consider AAA games.

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BBC unveils UltraViolet DVDs, BDs

Mark C Casey

Re: No such thing as UV DVD

I've been doing this for a while now with both DVD and Bluray. Buy film, copy onto media centre pc (or re-encode to save space).

Why bother with the hassle of creating accounts and drm when I can easily rip the film onto my media centre pc or just download it from a less than reputable place if I'm feeling extra lazy. Then I've got a easy to use front-end to all my media without having to dig through a bunch of dvd/bluray boxes.

The front end to which I refer is XBMC of course.

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Cisco drops ZTE after claims of sanction-busting Iran sales

Mark C Casey

So, what can the US do?

Appears to me ZTE are in deep doo-doo.

Apart from the usual fine of x million dollars, can ZTE get their products banned from the US market etc? I mean, don't the Americans usually have something of a dim view of people and companies who go sanction busting?

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Mozilla floats fondleslab-ready Firefox for Win 8

Mark C Casey

Re: Mozilla developers describe as "streamlined, modern, and beautiful"

They're referring to their australis thing.

As to metro, I don't think I've ever heard them say anything negative about it. They have been very rightly vocal about MS limiting Windows 8 RT to IE only. Which is an awful, awful decision on MS' part.

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Nokia pumps up Lumia browsing with Xpress

Mark C Casey

Re: I'll stick to Opera thanks.

I'm pretty sure other browser engines are still forbidden on Win Phone.

So, you'll be waiting quite a while...

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Paul Allen: Windows 8 'promising' yet 'puzzling'

Mark C Casey

Re: Yep

I highly recommend classic shell from what i've used so far it's the best start screen replacement. It makes Windows 8 usable again.

For example.

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Is Oracle squeezing the MySQL lemon too hard?

Mark C Casey

All this has happened before, and all this will happen again

It's the same story over and over with Oracle, they buy up a company which runs a project relying on a community of developers. Then, Oracle does something to piss off the community which then goes off and does its own thing. See Jenkins/Hudson and OpenOffice/Libre Office.

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Windows 8 early-bird users still love Windows 7 more - poll

Mark C Casey

Re: Win8 without Metro would be awesome

If you need to find something the UI on the start screen is terrible since you have to scroll horizontally, the gigantic buttons waste vast amounts of screen space, the entire UI is designed for a touch screen rather than a mouse and keyboard.

Also, it plays into breaking the users train of thought. This is known as the doorway effect. (google this, it's quite interesting)

Say you're working on a document and you need to open something else, so you go to the start screen which covers the entire screen and you open a program you were wanting on a second monitor or side by side with the document. Only you've now forgotten what you were thinking of.

Sounds funny I know, but having something that doesn't cover what you were working on keeps it at the forefront of human memory. Ever walk through a doorway into a room and forgotten why you went in there in the first place? Same effect, the doorway acts as a "new thing, new memory" event just as the start screen does.

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Sharp punches out über-retina phone screen

Mark C Casey

Ridiculo(TM) resolution!

Honestly, I would like a higher screen resolution on my S2 than 800x480 like 720p or 1080p.. but for me the S2 screen size is the perfect size. I can just reach all parts of the screen without the use of my other hand, hence mobile.

To be fair, I'm pretty fond of it. If I could have an upgraded S2 with the same shape, size etc along with the 2000mah battery (it's an official thing samsung sell for the S2) I'd be perfectly happy.

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RIM reports more losses, lower sales, lots of cash

Mark C Casey

"There's nothing wrong with Windows Phone 7"

Does not support native compiled code for the processor architecture

Does not have multitasking

Does not allow browser engines other than IE

Does not support OpenGL thereby limiting its usefulness for cross platform games

MS have too many limits upon the manufacturers (for example, 800x480 is the maximum screen resolution)

I can continue if you like?

If you can't admit to a platforms limitations and failings, then how can you ever expect it to improve?

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Mark C Casey

It's got nothing to do with fashion when it comes to knocking Nokia.

Their recent hardware and design is solid, it's the software they have gone with that's the problem. That and some of their marketing efforts have just been plain bad.

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Euro watchdog to charge Microsoft on web browser choice boob

Mark C Casey

Re: EU should look into others

A note on Chrome, whilst you can download an app named Chrome on the iPhone. It isn't Chrome itself. It's merely a reskin of the Safari webkit engine. As Apple forbid browser engines other than their own.

Also the fast safari nitro javascript engine is limited to Safari only, so all those browser safari reskins on the appstore use a much slower js engine. Lovely eh? It's one of the reasons I stopped using an iPhone and switched to Android.

By the way, windows phone has the exact same limitation. You're stuck with IE. Lovely eh?

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Mark C Casey
Mushroom

Popcorn time

Put your feet up fellas and enjoy. This is going to be a good one.

Nom, nom, nom

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Rumour: Asus rejects $99 Nexus 7... rumour

Mark C Casey

Cheaper Nexus 7

I can see them removing features that are rarely used on the Nexus 7 like GPS (it's useless outside of a wifi network anyway, so all it's really telling me is where I know I currently am) and the front facing camera.

But knocking the storage capacity down to 4GB would be a nightmare, it's bad enough for those people on the 8GB. But with 4GB after the OS and a few apps they'd run out of space damn quickly.

Can't say I like the new kindle fire much, but amazon were bang on the money when they said the minimum should be 16GB.

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Eric Schmidt: Ha ha, NO Google maps app for iPhone 5

Mark C Casey

They're probably negotiating over it

Pure speculation warning.

My guess, is Apple and Google are disagreeing over some aspect of Google Maps as a separate app. Like Apple want a feature add/removed from it. Whilst Google probably want something add/removed or possibly an option for the user to select Google Maps as the default. (which Apple would not like)

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Myspace mutates Windows 8 with new look

Mark C Casey

Horizontal scrolling?

Horizontal scrolling, on a touch screen interface.. using a mouse and keyboard?

Oh dear.

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iOS 6 maps can't find Sydney Apple Store

Mark C Casey
Stop

Re: Map errors

Oh stop whining dx.

First, there is a button at the bottom right on Google Maps called "Report a problem" that allows people to quickly send corrections. Because, lets admit it nothing is perfect. Especially with something as hard to do as mapping an entire bloody planet.

Second, google maps only has rare occasional mapping problems. I can't actually remember the last time I came across something incorrect.

Third, Apple maps in its current state is horrendous. Lets not beat about the bush here, it was released before it was ready by at least a year if not more. Want to know why this is a story? Because it is newsworthy and people are loudly complaining about Apple maps.

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Fans rap Apple's 'crap' Map app

Mark C Casey

Re: yea

What I'm surprised at is Apple are sitting on a gigantic cash pile, why haven't they ploughed some of that into their new mediocre maps app?

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Report: Microsoft to cop it from Brussels in Browser Choice affair

Mark C Casey
Mushroom

Someone pass the popcorn

I say, this is rather enjoyable to watch.

http://i.imgur.com/tCp90.gif

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Windows 8: Never mind Office, it's for GAMING

Mark C Casey

Re: GFWL

This right here.

Microsofts GFWL has been an absolute disaster after disaster. Their first incarnation required you to pay if you wanted to play online... on a pc. They have had endless missteps. Go into any pc gaming orientated forum or site and GFWL is treated as a joke.

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Office to propel Windows tablets past Android in 2015

Mark C Casey

Re: Office to propel Windows tablets past Android in 2015

Hold on, you say Android tablets sales are flat.. then you say successful android tablets and mention the kindle and nook...

Contradict much?

Oh, you forgot the Nexus 7 which has been selling ridiculously well.

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Mark C Casey

TL;DR.

Moral of the phone market place, don't become stagnant. Nokia became stagnant (and still is sadly), Apple came and ate their cake with a vastly superior phone UI/UX for consumers and the press made them darlings for it.

That's why people were digging into Nokia, because whilst they were number one their share of the phone market was falling off a cliff whilst they dithered around with shitty phones in comparison to the iPhone.

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Microsoft keeps Win Phone 8 under hype-boosting wraps

Mark C Casey

Re: disappointment

I frequently see iphones, android phones and blackberry phones. Not once have I seen a win phone.

The UK is Europes biggest smartphone market, if MS want to make a dent anywhere it has to be here. Sad thing is their market share is decreasing, it went from 1 percent last year to 0.4 percent this year.

The only place in the big European countries it saw growth was Germany for some bizarre reason. (0.9 to 1.4 percent)

Source. (This cnet post)

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Mark C Casey

Re: disappointment

It's more than just that, MS aren't really doing anything to make it truly interesting to people.

Not only have I never seen a single person using a windows phone, I’ve never even heard anyone talking about it except for tech sites like this. And it's usually in a negative light.

They seem to think emulating some of what Apple does will magically make their products successful. But there's a base misunderstanding going on.

Copying some of the tactics and strategies that Apple does will not give them success. What they fail to understand is what makes Apple successful is they're able to cohesively develop a fantastic product from top to bottom that people want and are interested in.

MS have yet to still figure that part out.

It's so bizarre, MS do a lot of the things that Apple has done like locking out other web browsers and competing services. Yet these things are done because Apple can get away with them, not because people want those being locked out. (they don't)

This is why Android is a success that's going to eventually end up eating 90%+ of the phone market. Google are doing to Apple and MS, what MS did to Apple in the 90's. They're commoditising smart phones.

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Microsofties to get Windows 8 Surface tabs

Mark C Casey

Oh hum

This isn't a move of desperation to get people developing for winphone/win rt. No siree.

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Firefox support extended to older Android mobiles

Mark C Casey

Re: It's a Beta

Typo, on the colour. Was thinking of 24bit colour plus alpha channel. (24+8)

Even with dithering in the nightlies it still looks horrible. API level 8 is Android 2.2, I'm pretty sure 2.2 supports true colour.

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Mark C Casey

Re: Good heavens, is Firefox still around?

There are a few big improvements coming down the line, incremental garbage collection is one. (ever have Firefox pause briefly or become unresponsive for a short period? That's the garbage collector)

With the new garbage collector it splits up the gc into very small chunks so you don't have noticeable pauses.

Incremental garbage collection should be enabled by default in Firefox 16 (in a few weeks).

Also, IonMonkey (a newer faster Javascript engine) is planned for Firefox 18 I think.

All that said, I really wish they'd have some kind of separate process model similar to Chrome. I understand it'd break addons but even something as simple as a browser ui process and a tab/content process that contains all the web pages would be a significant improvement. (as in a website not freezing up the entire browser would be nice)

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Mark C Casey

Re: It's a Beta

Will someone at Mozilla please wake up and enable rendering of pages in 32bit colour instead of 16bit? (on mobile)

Speaking as a proponent of Mozilla it's plain embarrassing. Especially when there is banding between shading in rendered CSS or images. *Every* single other web browser renders in 32bit colour. It's 2012, we shouldn't be in this situation.

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