* Posts by Matthew 17

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'Apple ate my music!' Streaming jukebox wipes 122GB – including muso's original tracks

Matthew 17

The software has issues but still a user error

If you want a streaming service with no local content then the software will sack off your local music collection. If you're a spod like me that has 15 different versions of the same album and 50 different versions of the same piece then a basic streaming service isn't going to work. If you ever accidentally push the button to let 'iTunes organise your music' and witness the instant clusterfuck it makes of all your perfectly organised files it's instantly clear how such a streaming service isn't going to work. There's little concept of albums, different recordings or performances, they're just tracks, it's 'this song' by 'that artist' that's all it seems to understand, if you have straightforward music listening habits then it might work.

I may be one of those odd people that still buys music but I have 1000's of albums all ripped to the computer and use iTunes to play them, other than the software being really slow and clunky after version 10.x I can't say I've ever had something go missing or lose access to my music. If I'm working on a new song then I'll bounce it as an MP4 to iTunes and copy that to my iPhone to audition in the car, again this is more laborious with all the extra shite they've had to add for Apple Music, it would be nice to be able to switch all the extra features off and turn it back into the good ol' days of the iPod.

But if your music library is important or vital to you, don't run software that you know will delete files!

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Prof Hawking to mail postage-stamp space craft to Alpha Centauri using frickin' lasers

Matthew 17

Wasn't Hawking worried about contacting aliens...

in case it alerted them to our presence and they came over and killed us?

Now he wants to point a frickin' laser at them and bombard them with thousands of tiny drones!

Well I for one welcome our new alien overlords.

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SpaceX's Musk: We'll reuse today's Falcon 9 rocket within 2 months

Matthew 17

Far from boring

Ever since the space shuttle hampered space exploration as it sapped the cash and delivered little the days of NASA being the heros and people visited the Moon seemed gone forever. However with the advent of SpaceX they really seemed to have kicked the whole thing up the backside. NASA and the ESA have new launchers, there's plans to take people beyond LEO again.

In a world where we have people thinking that the US faked their moon landings, and so many who live in fear of science and technology. Perhaps all this progress will help open everyone's eyes again.

Still not convinced that barge landing approach is the easiest or most reliable way of going about recovery but fingers crossed they perfect it, and continue to kick backsides.

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Brits rattle tin for 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

Matthew 17

I like the idea of fuelcel powered vehicles

Quick refuel, fewer batteries to lug about and recycle. No urban pollution, and if the hydrogen comes from zero carbon sources like nuclear and is transported via fuelcell powered vehicles to the pumps then you could argue the whole thing was carbon free.

However, why is there the need to make electric cars or those with an alternative drivetrain look so daft.

Just give me a Mondeo or BMW looking car and whack in a fuelcell. Someone on the Internet recently converted a Corvette to all electric and it still would do north of 150MPH as before.

But regardless, make a practical product that is of benefit to your average person and they'll buy one over the normal petrol or diesel vehicles. Doesn't need any gimmicks or daft styling.

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Elon Musk takes wraps off planet-saving Model 3 vapourmobile

Matthew 17

not a bad looking car, hope it does well

My only concern is the leasing costs for the batteries and keeping them healthy.

Also I prefer more tactile controls in the cockpit, that big iPad stuck on the dash for everything.

Still, would consider one if the numbers make sense when they're available.

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Intel's Broadwell Xeon E5-2600 v4 chips: So what's in it for you, smartie-pants coders

Matthew 17

will do methinks for a new Mac Pro

Almost enough cores I reckon, and the current model has been around nearly 3 years.

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FBI backs down against Apple: Feds may be able to crack killer's iPhone without iGiant's help

Matthew 17

Re: Phone in hand.

There was also the concern that if they were forced to break into this phone, they would then be expected to use their tool to break into other iDevices as the precedent had been set and the software written.

I suspect that if the G-Men want to tarnish Apple over this they simply have to release a story that they broke into the phone (they're therefore not as secure as Apple claim) and that they found an evil plot involving baddies on the phone that wasn't backed up to the iCloud, for some reason.

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UK plans robo-car tests on motorways in 2017

Matthew 17

Given that they still need drivers on trains and the tube...

I can't see driverless cars being that welcome.

I'd have The tube, trains done, then buses and freight (they'd save money by not having to stop whilst the driver has a nap and a prostitute). Once all those are sorted then cars can drive themselves. As we're assimilated by the little identical taxis that move us from A to B whilst we browse the web and data is collected to sell us things then we can all start wearing the silver suits and form part of the hive mind. It was always the vision of the 21st century that we'd all be alike so best start conforming.

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First working Apple Mac ransomware infects Transmission BitTorrent app downloads

Matthew 17

being thick...

You don't install transmission, it's a stand alone app. Nor do you run it as root or grant it privileges. Is it just scrambling the users docs in their home directory, so any backup would be fine to recover or is it able to encrypt the attached volume(s) if so, how?

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Solution to tech bros' disgust of SF homeless people launched

Matthew 17

Reminds me of the article on the Day Today

where they reported that the homeless were going to be clamped.

If I recall Kim Wylde was quite upset about it!

Anyway I'm hoping for version 2 that masks out chubsters as well.

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Under-fire Apple backs down, crafts new iOS to kill security safeguard

Matthew 17

The update makes the phone work, but disables the touch ID

It's a sensible compromise. If you're cheap and get a backstreet techie to swap your home button then your phone will still work but you've lost the touch ID feature. If you want that back take it to an approved store. It's not Apple turning back on their security model.

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Feds look left and right for support – and see everyone backing Apple

Matthew 17

Would amuse me that after all this fuss...

There was an iCloud backup of the phone all along :)

I think that even if Apple were given the phone, made a hack in secret to break into it, took a copy and handed the data over without the details of the hack, the software or whatever never leaves their lab then that might be a sufficient compromise. Assuming they can actually do that.

But to hand over software to the Feds that would enable them to break into any iOS device without asking isn't really on.

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New NASA theory: Moon radiation drops so HULK RIP MOON LIKE SHIRT

Matthew 17

Re: Same old NASA

a very long way to go to conclude that it's a round iceberg in space.

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Little warning: Deleting the wrong files may brick your Linux PC

Matthew 17

if EFI and Linux is problematic

Why does Linux run so well on a Mac?

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NASA books second Boeing space taxi

Matthew 17

Re: "Sustainable future on ISS"

Still happening but they've extended operation beyond 2020 now.

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Star Wars: Episode VIII delayed by six months

Matthew 17
Trollface

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOÕ!!!

etc.

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Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

Matthew 17

is the solar system therefore much bigger (than previously thought)?

The irregularities in Neptune's orbit always suggested there must be something very big further out, when they found Pluto and the rest of the TNO's they seemed to be happy that they had the explanation. But if they've concluded again that there must be something really big out there but further out, then does that therefore mean that Voyager isn't in interstellar space, i.e the influence of the Sun stretches out far enough for this Nibiru planet to maintain an orbit rather than just drift off into space itself?

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SpaceX: launch, check. Landing? Needs work

Matthew 17

what stops it falling over, even if all legs work?

The barge looks tiny, has to be moving about in the water.

With those little legs it looks like the centre of gravity is going to be quite high up.

There doesn't seem to be anything to grab it and prevent it toppling over before it has been recovered.

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'Powerful blast' at Glasgow City Council data centre prompts IT meltdown

Matthew 17

the SNP have an EPO?

I've had many a faulty power supply in a server smoke and trigger the fire system, would never feel comfortable leaving a system with an emergency power off unattended.

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Google chap bakes Amiga emulator into Chrome

Matthew 17

A mear shadow of the Beast!

The original Amiga was really quite special, it's a pity Commodore wasn't able to really take it far, I saved my paper-round money to buy a 500, probably the last time I got truly giddy from owning a computer.

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Taxi for NASA! SpaceX to fly astronauts to space station

Matthew 17

Re: Boo, hiss

I think you mean 1 not 7. 7 was the first manned Apollo flight, the previous ones had been unmanned to test equipment.

Apollo 1 had the fire which killed the three astronauts during a test but it never left the ground.

I don't know why people seem worried about SpaceX, spacecraft have always been outsourced to private enterprise, no-one was ever worried before, the Shuttle, Soyuz and Ariane have all had multiple failures, some at the cost of life, SX have a very good track record, yes one failed but it was unmanned and they've changed it since getting the contract, it wasn't an engine fault, the internal bracing of the tanks snapped, it turned out to be due to a bad batch of aluminium, so they changed the design to prevent it happening again. I wish them well, I'm sure they'll do everyone proud.

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How TV ads silently ping commands to phones: Sneaky SilverPush code reverse-engineered

Matthew 17

Re: Those frequencies are too high

Dude, the 90's called, they want your analog NICAM TV set back.

we're all digital now innit, got more audios now.

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Space fans eye launch of Lego Saturn V

Matthew 17

I'd love one however....

I'd rather have Apollo 15 then it would include the car!

It is a little sad that Lego has become a kit rather than a system to design and build things from.

In my day, etc.....

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MacBooks are so hot right now. And so is Mac OS X malware

Matthew 17

Re: been saying it for decades...

decades?

maybe a decade ;)

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Music lovers move to block Phil Collins' rebirth

Matthew 17

Glad he's back

He's a killer drummer and a decent singer, he comes from an era where you had to be able to play and / or sing to make records, not just have an iPad and a Soundcloud account.

Glad he's back to health and can play again.

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GCHQ's SMURF ARMY can hack smartphones, says Snowden. Again.

Matthew 17

How would he know?

He's been in exile a while now, phones and whatnot have since been encrypted, Apple have made a big play about how they haven't installed any backdoors into their kit, they're supposed to be being taken to court over this.

I think he just enjoys the fame, he comes up creates a bit of FUD and has a bit of a laugh at our expense.

So Mr. Snowden; pics or it didn't happen.

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Blighty's Bloodhound 1,000mph rocket car unveiled ahead of record attempt

Matthew 17

My old Nova GTE would take it

It was ace, had Recaros and some serious Pioneer ICE.

They're lucky I drove it into a tree in 1991 and killed it or they'd have been worried about the competition.

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11 MILLION VW cars used Dieselgate cheatware – what the clutch, Volkswagen?

Matthew 17

A physics question, I'm confused.

If I burn a fuel I want to burn as much of it as possible, otherwise I'm wasting it. So during the combustion process I want to turn all of that fuel into an oxide. Therefore in an engine I want the maximum amount of CO (converted to CO2), H2O, NO to come out of the exhaust for a given volume of fuel.

But as far as I can tell on the diesel engines they're deliberately over-injecting the input effectively meaning unburned diesel comes out and therefore the 'emissions' for the fuel going in is less.

This is bizarre, lets make an engine that produces half the pollution by using only half the fuel and piss the rest away, then get a prize for making a clean and efficient engine?!

So the car runs in fuel-wasting, lame performance mode to pass the clean test, but runs efficiently when not. This suggests to me that the problem is more with how the cars are being tested.

Even though I drive a diesel, I know they're dirty and crap but my Mondeo Titanium is quite comfy, reasonably strong and will do nearly 900 miles with a 60 litre tank. I've never forgiven it simply because it's a diesel and drives like one.

I think it's the beginning of the end for this fuel, the road tax for none commercial vehicles will be hiked and hiked and hiked that whilst you'll take the rattly engine and sooty exhaust for the MPG and cheap tax for now if it becomes cheaper to get a petrol car again folk will swap back.

Ideally EV's need to get better as it would take all the pollution away from cities, Christ knows how we'll power them, there will be no such thing as off-peak energy in the future as everyone will be charging their cars over night, but that's a separate discussion.

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All in all, it's just another hit in the stalls: Roger Waters The Wall

Matthew 17

Re: He should stay out of politics....

He used the pig to symbolise greed and oppression, he covered the pig in a whole range of symbols to illustrate this which was used for a moment during one of the songs from the album. No-one else complained. It's true he's against the oppression of Palestine and is quite vocal about it, but if anyone ever is critical of the Israeli government they're immediately accused of anti-semitism as an ad hominem to attack the person instead of their argument.

I don't always agree with Waters' politics but strongly disagree with the notion that he's anti-semitic.

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Matthew 17

A fantastic show

I'm not quite old enough to have seen the original show, the album also wasn't their best (I much preferred Animals), it wasn't until PF released the 'Is Anyone Out There?' concert recording of those original shows that the album seemed to make sense. It had been edited down to fit on the two LP's but now it was there in its full glory.

I was fortunate to see the new version at Wembley, the presentation of it was wonderful, every single brick in the wall is mapped by the projections, they were able to black-fill bricks so they were only illuminated at the correct point. Technically the whole thing was incredible. Musically it was sublime and powerful however has that slight aggression to the performance that was softened by the rest of The Floyd. My wife whom I'd dragged along and definitely not a PF fan had her reservations but soon concluded the show was quite special and unique.

They don't really make rock operas any more, certainly not of this ilk, with the looming streaming world we live in few artists will be big enough to afford to put on such a production and even if they did it would be of the vacuous turd variety.

Not sure how the cinema experience of it will be, it's more of a political manifesto now, but will certainly make the effort to go and see it.

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Shedload of security bugs squashed in iOS 9 – what the hell went wrong with iOS 8?

Matthew 17

Re: One big fix that iOS 9 fixes

But there aren't any devices that were capable of running 8 that can't run 9.

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

Matthew 17

The new piracy

The industry of advertising and collecting data is worth $billions, however almost no-one buys anything due to a pop up or banner, if the companies who are questioning the value of paying for these ads then they can be assured that the reason for poor sales is due to blockers.

Just as the reason people BT TV programmes and films is because they're pirates and fund terrorists!

If they try to mask their browsing habbits, perhaps with TOR then they're paedos or terrorists, or both!

If I download an album I'm an evil pirate who is preventing the artist from making a living, I must be fined $10000, instead I should use Spotify from which the artist makes no money.

I don't want your dodgy intrusive 'ads' on my computer, I won't and will not ever click on one or buy your product, if you insist on having them and preventing me from blocking them then I simply will not use your page.

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The ONE WEIRD TRICK which could END OBESITY

Matthew 17

Wagonwheels?

So our food gets smaller, the price stays the same.

The super size will not be quite as super.

If you don't want to be fat, don't eat that shit, cook a meal at home, it's cheaper.

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MYSTERIES of remote ICE WORLD PLUTO: New pics BAMBOOZLE boffins

Matthew 17

Given that the surface partially melts and refreezes

every time it laps the Sun, it was always going to be a right ol' hotch potch of a terrain but it's all a bit nuts!

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Apple's iPad Pro: We're making a Surface Pro WITH A STYLUS over Steve Jobs' DEAD BODY

Matthew 17

Powerful device

hobbled by being stuck with a smartphone OS.

Put OSX on it and then I'd be interested.

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No, Siri – I said PAWN stars! New Apple TV gets voice, touch control

Matthew 17

Official streamers all have the same problem

Because of all the nonsense rights we have particularly in the UK I can't buy a box that will let me watch content on, I have to have a Sky box to watch somethings on, that requires a subscription, then I need a Netflix subscription, then I fancy watching the new Top Gear stuff, that means an Amazon subscription, oh and I want to watch the news so I need a BBC subscription/license, the list goes on.

I just want an internet connection into my house then a box that will let me watch any TV programme or film I fancy, but the only way to do this is to either have a house full of DVD's and BD's or use something like Popcorn Time, download everything I want via KAT or wherever then set up a PLEX machine and stream it to my RP.

With the ATV4 having the App Store native then if I can install Plex or PT on it without having to jailbreak it then I'll buy one on launch day as other than as a remote screen the ATV3 wasn't much use to me.

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US gov to Apple: COUGH UP iMessages or FEEL our FEDERAL FROWN

Matthew 17

Assuming they win...

And Apple have to add in the backdoors (seemingly as Google and MS have done), if the same government agencies then use software provided by the big three, aren't they then at risk of having all their stuff snooped by a hacker/terrorist/commie?

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Apple will reveal new iPhone on Sept 9 – this is what it may look like

Matthew 17

I'm excited about force touch things

This way the device will know it's in your back pocket and won't magically unlock itself and dial Zimbabwe when you sit on it. No more butt-dialling!

The future is now.

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What Ashley Madison did and did NOT delete if you paid $19 – and why it may cost it $5m+

Matthew 17

If they sue for $5m because of the data leak

Aren't they then going to be sued by their soon to be ex-partners for the same $5m?

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The Onion Router is being cut up and making security pros cry

Matthew 17

any system that obstructs being spied upon

must be demonised.

'X' is used by terrorists and paedos and hackers, robbers, rapists and pickpockets!

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High-heeled hacker builds pen-test kit into her skyscraper shoes

Matthew 17

Very James Bond

The devices did seem a bit over sized, it's not going to be subtle to use.

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Curiosity rolls over onto Martian WET PATCH, takes satisfied selfie

Matthew 17

use the nuclear power to evaporate the water....

FREE MARS!!!!

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Another root hole in OS X. We know it, you know it, the bad people know it – and no patch exists

Matthew 17

will sound like a fanboi but...

the last time one of these showed up it was patched in about 3 weeks from notification. This chap has just gone public straight away, not cool.

Anyway it would be difficult to engineer this exploit to run the script automatically, I doubt anyone will encounter it in the wild and there will be another patch along shortly.

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Virtually no one is using Apple Music even though it is utterly free

Matthew 17

The software has become unusable

I like Macs, always have, they used to be nailed on reliable, Apple software was always super polished and reliable. But they (along with every other tech company) is under so much pressure to 'innovate' and stay on top that the quality is all over the shop. MacOS 10.11 needs to be really special, not due to some nonsense new feature that no-one wants and will disable but have that slick polish that just works (remember that?) iTunes, whilst being a great idea is impossibly buggy and clunky now, constantly looking at the spinning wheel every time I ask it to do anything. If there was a viable alternative on the Mac I'd have binned it ages ago.

I've no interest in subscription music services as I'm old fashioned and still like to buy albums so the people who make the music I like can afford to keep doing it, but regardless no-one likes the iTunes software now, sure there are those that can get one with it, but no-one uses it without the expectation of hassle and slowness. They need to bin it, build something new from the ground up, make it great, make it Apple. Make it something that you want to use.

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If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

Matthew 17

All this spying for marketing and advertising....

is it really worth money?

All this social media and now operating systems that record and log everything we do is to sell data to advertisers who use it to create adverts we block or ignore. Does anyone every actually buy something, anything because of user data that was mined?

Was there ever a service or product created because of this information?

If MS want to be the next Google and give away its software for free in return for spying will ensure it never be regarded as an Enterprise OS, or is that the plan you have a free spyware OS or a paid for Enterprise version that doesn't?

Either way I'm convinced all this data is just a house of cards, when someone looks and sees that despite the petabytes of information collected no-one ever buys anything, the realisation that it's not worth anything and we have another dot com burst bubble.

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Windows 10: Buy cheap, buy twice, right? Buy FREE ... buy FOREVER

Matthew 17

spyware

A lot of sites reporting on the high level of customer data W10 collects about its users.

You wouldn't expect to be spied on that much if your machine had been rooted!

I think this is how MS is able to give an OS away for free without having to sell hardware.

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Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30

Matthew 17

I loved the Amiga, was such an iconic machine

However, looking back it was doomed from the start. I remember it looking so much better than anything a PC or Mac could do, the Archimedes was similarly special but didn't have a huge amount of software. PC's got better every year, when CDROM's and Windows 9x appeared the Amiga was looking long past it. The 1200 was able to improve it a little but only if you had specific software.

I put thousands of hours into making music using Protracker or Octamed but when I wanted to use MIDI and sampling the machine just couldn't do it, finally binning it in favour of a 486PC was almost heaven sent.

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KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

Matthew 17

Re: Physics Says...

It looked like a fault triggered a self-destruction/abort, was a very neat explosion

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Matthew 17

it's not rocket science

that bit has been fairly well understood for a while.

Now, rocket engineering on the other hand it's a bit more of a trick!

Still if nothing else, it looked quite pretty when it failed

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Get your WELLIES to MARS: Red Planet reveals its FROZEN BOTTOM

Matthew 17

Was Mars ever warm enough for this?

I saw this article the other day that suggests that whilst there was water on the surface of Mars it was always ice.

http://www.iflscience.com/space/icy-mars-theory-strikes-back

Seems plausible to me, unless Mars had a really hot core in the past it was never going to get much energy from the Sun to give it the seas and oceans that are often depicted.

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