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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

Matthew Smith

Antactica is melting too

Antactica is a continent. Water ice is draining off the land, and the salinity of the southern ocean is dropping.Water with lower salinity is quicker to freeze, hence the increase in sea ice.

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Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

Matthew Smith

Putting the Mars into Marxist

20 years ago these books rocked my world. I studied engineering at university just so I could go to Mars. Sadly I re-read them recently and they've not stood the test of time. Cardboard characters and so utopian that they make Star Trak:TOS look like Soylent Green.

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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

Matthew Smith

If I win, I'm going to get a bit thick felt tip and write 'ZED EX' all across the front.

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

Matthew Smith

Re: At last

But a Trent wouldn't work in space or if powered by a solar panel...

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Farewell Felix Dennis, deal-maker supreme of tech publishing

Matthew Smith

" I didn't get fired, but I did get relieved of command and I reckoned it was probably time to go." Hello, constructive dismissal case.

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BEAM ME UP SCOTTY: Boffins to turn PURE LIGHT into MATTER

Matthew Smith

Whats the matter?

What exactly are the photons being transmuted into? Atomic particles like electrons? Sub-atomic like quarks etc?

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Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today

Matthew Smith

I don't understand these miles and kilometers thingies

Whats that in a proper EL Reg measurement, IE : Multiples of Wales.

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Intel uncloaks next-gen 'Braswell' Atom, 64-bit Android KitKat kernel

Matthew Smith

Re: Who names these things?

And they say that the age of sillicon is coming to an end.

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SATANIC 'HELL DIAMOND' tells of sunless subterranean sea

Matthew Smith

Fountains of the deep

There has been lots printed about the Book Of Genesis mention of 'The fountains of the deep opening to flood the earth'. Well, they are actually correct. Of course there is water kept deep below the ground by divine providence.

For we all know, that is where Cthullu sleeps.

:€

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Rotten to the core: Apple’s 10 greatest FAILS

Matthew Smith

Pffffttt

I'm tired of articles trotting out Apple's 'failures' over the years. At least they tried. Newton was still incredible tech for 1993, and the lessons from that would have been included in the IPhone. Otherwise we should be celebrating the bad old days of Microsoft where they made heaps of money trotting out mediocre versions of Windows and Office and forcing customers to upgrade. They didn't innovate, but they didn't fail either, so hooray for them.

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JavaScript is everywhere. So are we all OK with that?

Matthew Smith

If your language has its lines numbered, theres no point completing them with semi-colons.

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Are you experienced? The Doctor Who assistants that SUFFERED the most

Matthew Smith

Peri has strangulation by Doctor.

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The CURSE of WHO: WHY has there never been a decent videogame with the Doctor?

Matthew Smith

Oh, you youngsters

'Doctor Who'esque was a genre of game in the early 80s. There wasn't a 'Teach yourself BBC Basic' book released that didn't have a variant on it. You had a sprite onscreen that could move up/down/left/right. Scattered randomly across the screen were daleks (Or walking fridges in my version) that homed in on the sprite. When two daleks were in the same square, they were destroyed. Simple stuff, but it got me to the, er, tax-database developer that I am today.

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Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo: The big three slug it out at E3

Matthew Smith
FAIL

"Spectacular"?!

Microsoft's "spectacular U-turn"? Don't think so. Craven, inevitable, dismal, desperate, belated are words that all spring to mind. But Spectacular? Uh, no. At all.

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Can Microsoft's U-turn stop the Xbox 360 becoming another XP?

Matthew Smith
Happy

Would the 360 being another XP be a problem?

Console developers have generally made a loss on the console and a profit on the games. If Microsoft could continue to sell the games without having to make the XBOne, I'm sure they'd be very happy.

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Whoever recently showed us the secret documents: Do get in touch

Matthew Smith

Aurora

Please say that Project Aurora is true, and the contact has one in their garage.

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Interview: Steve Jackson, role-playing game titan

Matthew Smith

Creature of Havoc

Lawks, I spent years, years, trying to get through CoH. In the end I gave up using it as a gamebook, and just read it as an interactive novel.

Also, the only spell that matters : VIC

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Fighting Fantasy and fantastic fights in tights

Matthew Smith

Theres a secret in the Sorcery! games

Cast the Vic spell, that will always sort you out.

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Adobe kills Creative Suite – all future features online only

Matthew Smith

Re: Give me your money!

"Make no mistake, this is just a scheme to squeeze money out of the end users. They may as well brand it "Adobe remote wallet opening device". Yeah, and the pint of milk I bought from the newsagents this morning had a price tag attached to it. Pesky thieving capitalists wanting my money for their product.

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Pirates scoff at games dev sim's in-game piracy lesson

Matthew Smith

Oh the hypocisy

But the game itself is a rip-off Game Dev Story. Whats the developers high moral stance on that? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_Dev_Story

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Samsung didn't break quarterly profit record, consoles itself with $7.7bn

Matthew Smith

Apple needn't worry

Its not as though South Korea is going to be around by the end of next quarter.

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Fujitsu pulls a muscle, drops out of race for £530m broadband pot

Matthew Smith

"Super-fast broadband by 2015"

Are there any known hard figures on what speed this 'super-fast' is expected to bring?

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Photoshop fakery exposed by fake Photoshop tool

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Would

That is all.

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HYPERSONIC METEOR smashes into Russia, injuring hundreds

Matthew Smith

Not a meterorite

1. The trajectory across the sky was almost horizontal. It should have been vertical.

2. It could be seen to be moving. If it truly was from space then it would be travelling at kms per second.

3. While it would leave some vapour contrail, there was too much smoky contrail left undispersing in the sky.

It was a plane.

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Google's JavaScript assassin: Web languages are harder than VMs

Matthew Smith

Re: Death to Javascript

Because you shouldn't have to. The fact that === is included in the language as a cheap fix simply underlines how wrong it is.

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Matthew Smith

Death to Javascript

Any language where ("0" == false) resolves to true is just plain wrong. Javascript is only used because theres currently no in-browser alternative, not because its any good. So good luck to Dart to try and displace it. It can't do a worse job.

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Live blog: Facebook's 'screw you' to Google revealed at last

Matthew Smith

The only search that anyone performs

Search : Images

Depth : 10 degrees of friends

Wearing : Bikini

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The Sons of Kahn and the assembly language of the internet

Matthew Smith
Unhappy

Delphi was corrupted from within long ago

I spent many happy years with Delphi. But the advantage was never the language itself (I happily switched to using curly brackets) but that it all just worked. It spat out a single, highly efficient exe which could be sent off to the customer and would be guaranteed to work. How we laughed at VB with its DLL hell and java with its runtime engine.

Now that Delphi is all .net, it is all about which version of .net is installed, just the same as the other languages. Shame.

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Sam Sung found in Apple Store SHOCKER

Matthew Smith
Stop

Re: Should change his name to...

I think the punchline you're looking for is that Sam has an Apple coworker called Sue Yu.

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Author of '80s classic The Hobbit didn't know game was a hit

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Re: An inspiration

I spent many happy hours on GAC after buying it for £24 (Five weeks paper delivery money!) My best effort, suitable for the mid-late eighties, was a Red Dwarf adventure. With lots of gradual paint-in images like The Hobbit.

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Apple is granted a patent on the rectangle. No, really

Matthew Smith

"A method for inducing cats to exercise"

Inducing? As in forcing the cat to chasing the laser against its own will? Bah! The patent would be null and void once it was test on my old moggy. She'd think it was some sort of sunbeam and go to sleep.

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Craig, Connery or ... Dalton? Vote now for the ultimate James Bond

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Lets hear it for Lazenby

On Her Majesty's Secret Service problem is that it has Telly Savalas as Blofeld. Unfortunately instead of a creepy baldy super fiend, he plays the role as .... Telly Savalas. That pretty much makes it a Telly Savalas film, not a James Bond film. Lazenby does a good job with what he has left. This is the film where Bond marries his girl. Marries! That sounds a terrible idea, but Lazenby makes it work well. He carries the lines, 'That man had guts' after he throws a purser into a snow plough, every bit as good as Connery.

If he had stayed, we wouldn't have descended into the techno camp fest of the Moore years. And we would have been better for it.

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Apple pulls China Japan war game amid diplomatic tensions

Matthew Smith

"using nets and lasers"?

The game has an impressive tech tree.

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Multimillion-pound hoard of 50BC GOLD PIECES found in Jersey

Matthew Smith

Good find

So thats where the RBS backup got to.

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Raspberry Pi IN THE SKY: Wallet-sized PC is disaster drone brain

Matthew Smith

Victims?!

I know this is meant to be a civilian project. But I just can't get past the double meaning of "the green boxes mark out where the drone's software thinks a victim might be found". How long to we see a weaponised Raspi?

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VIA outs $49 Raspberry Pi-alike

Matthew Smith

New unit of measure

The Reg occasionally looks at strange units of measure, especially comparing countries to be multiple times the size of Wales. Well, I like the introduction of the banana. 3/4 banans in size looks good to me.

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How politicians could end droughts FOREVER: But they don't want to

Matthew Smith

Pushing water uphill

The other problem with desalination is that all of the water starts off at sea-level, not surprisingly. London is only about 5m above sea level on average, but it will still take a large amount of energy to pump the water, rather than rely on gravity.

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Computer nostalgia is 10 PRINT 'BOLLOCKS'

Matthew Smith

30 RUN

Yep, you never owned a Spectrum.

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Hitachi spins up 'leccy fan motor sans rare earths

Matthew Smith

Nothing rare about rare earth

There are huge desposits in Canada and Australia. But digging up toxic heavy metals with rock grinders is not kind to one's lungs. In the first world theres understandable health and safety concerns which makes them expensive to mine. China doesn't have the same worries about its staff with its unlimited supply of willing men with shovels, so is able to undercut the other countries. The claim about improving environment conditions isn't a wild statement.

So its not that China has the supply of rare earth minerals, just that they are prepared to dig them up at a cost people will buy.

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Devs cheer as Osborne okays game coding tax relief

Matthew Smith

Tax dodge

So I write inventory tracking software for a living. All very dull. But if I write tracking software - WITH GUNS! - do I get a tax rebate?

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Mammoths, sabre-tooths MURDERED by second giant space boulder

Matthew Smith

Re: The evidence of biomass burning

Its reasonable to blame humans who showed up at the same time as the megafauna extinctions in the Americas. But the megafauna in Africa co-existed just fine. Humans don't ride giraffes. If its humans, why did they extinct the mammoths but not elephants?

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Bikini clad Princess Leia spied shakin' booty in Star Wars game

Matthew Smith

Holy mother of God. In all my 37 years, this, THIS, is the moment I've been waiting for.

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Quantum computing IN OUR LIFETIME - IBM breakthrough

Matthew Smith

Whats the story?

They've done something "thereby reducing errors in computations.". But theres still errors. What have they cracked exactly?

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Node.js Native breakthrough: cloudy C++ on steroids

Matthew Smith

Ugh. Javascript.

Javascript really isn't scalable in the same way as RoR isn't. It has no concept of threading, and its inheritance model is a bodged job. It might allow interfaces, but only in a kinda, sorta way. Its fine for manipulating web pages, but not for heavy serious cloudy backend processing. Which is where RoR also fell down.

If Google stick with Dart, that'll do the same job better.

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Black Ops has best videogame ending ever

Matthew Smith

yes, this

I came on the forums to post this. Does Black Ops end with the main character throwing up down the loo, all in 48K? I think not.

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The Sons of Khan and the Pascal Spring

Matthew Smith

Although...

The Delphi _compiler_ throws a strop if you try to assign a float to an integer type. I've just spent hours tracking down a bug in javascript which turned out to be caused by an implicit rounding error. I worry that me complaining about the strictness of Delphi is that I'm just sloppier than I once was.

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Death to the Curly Bracket!

I did a bit of Delphi work recently for the first time in years. Christ, it was hard work. Modern languages have made me soft. Ultra-strict typing, all variables declared at the start of a procedure before they are needed. And Begin and End instead of {}. And only a TList vector array as a data structure. And strings are just simple, well, strings; they don't have their own methods. Old school. It made me the bitter programmer I am today.

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iPad SURVIVES FALL FROM SPACE

Matthew Smith

Ethical?

So they dropped a weight of a couple of kilograms from the edge of space, and hoped there was no one stood underneath when it hit. A bit dodgy.

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A simple HTML tag will crash 64-bit Windows 7

Matthew Smith

<blink>

<blink>Always knew it was evil</blink>

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Mars rover Curiosity autographed by Obama

Matthew Smith

Mysterons

Oh great, when the body snatching Mysterons turn up, they won't just impersonate Obama, they'll know how to forge his signature as well.

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