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Boeing Hummingbird Drone Crashes In Belize

Mattb90 Wikipedia content (68 comments)

Almost all of the summary story above is content straight from the A160 Wikipedia article, including a glaring reference number.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Drops Xbox 360 Pricing

Mattb90 Re:MS needs to be thinking about the 720 (169 comments)

That list actually highlights the issue with MMOs on the Xbox 360:
- Age of Conan: "development hell", though still possible
- All Points Bulletin: not confirmed for any consoles yet (check this at gamescom last week)
- Champions Online: may actually come to 360
- CrimeCraft: not confirmed for any consoles yet
- Huxley: "development hell", looking less and less likely
- Kingdom Under Fire II: may come out, and will be on 360, but we've not seen the MMO part yet, and it's still got a vague 2010 release date
- Marvel MMOG & Marvel Universe Online (same thing: cancelled by Microsoft, parts became Champions Online
- Stargate Worlds: not confirmed for any consoles
- The Secret World: as Age of Conan (same developer, except even PC version is still rather vague).

That's not really a great list in the end. There are likely various reasons behind these issues, including development costs, but I'm sure Microsoft's tight grip on Xbox Live is part of the problem. Of course, console MMOs in general are an issue, as we have yet to see one on the PS3 either, though DC Universe is getting there, and SOE have a couple more on the way, along with Square Enix's FFXIV, of course (which itself may end up on 360, once they are able to negotiate the Live issues).

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 Touchscreen Details Emerging

Mattb90 Not convinced (152 comments)

I'm not convinced that the touch screens can replace a keyboard and mouse on a desktop, or even a laptop, for some time. Text is the big issue, and I can't see myself being able to achieve the same typing speed on a touch screen until there's some really good haptic feedback in place. While handwriting technology could come on leaps and bounds (and has done so), I already type faster than I can write, so this wouldn't be helpful to me. For the mouse there is definitely places where touch would work better, particularly for new users, but the precision of a mouse is better for certain applications (notably gaming) compared to stubby fingers and having them block your view of the screen. Even if Microsoft can get touch working nicely in Windows 7, it's still going to be quite some time until I'll be getting rid of my keyboard and mouse.

more than 5 years ago
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History To Repeat Itself With PS3?

Mattb90 Re:Who writes these, 12 year olds? (390 comments)

Well, it would seem the editors have awoken, because the article now says "This one cost $300".

more than 7 years ago

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Mattb90 Mattb90 writes  |  more than 8 years ago I'm extremely out of date with this one (though it could have been worse...), but I received my A-Level results this August, and thought I'd add them to complement last year's. My final results were as follows:
Mathematics - A
Further Mathematics - B (missed A by 16 UMS)
Physics - A
Chemistry - B
STEP Mathematics Paper I - Grade 2
STEP Mathematics Paper II - Grade 2

I needed AAB+STEP Grade 2 to get into my first choice uni, so here I am studying for a 4 year Masters in Mathematics at the University of Bath. Time to update that bio...

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A-Level Results (Year 1 of 2)

Mattb90 Mattb90 writes  |  more than 10 years ago A week late, I know, but it's good to have a record of this somewhere, nonetheless.

Of course, there might actually be someone reading this. Who knows.

Right, here goes:
Maths A-Level: B (so far - year early, and I'm retaking one module anyway to help with Further Maths too)
Physics AS-Level: A
Chemistry AS-Level: B (3 marks off an A)
History AS-Level: C (including my worst essay I've ever written. Ever. for english history... yet one of my best - for the subject - for european history)


Part 2 of this adventure will be released next year on 18th August 2005 on the EA GAMES label.

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That Time of Year Again

Mattb90 Mattb90 writes  |  more than 10 years ago It's that time of year again. No, I'm not talking about International Reggae Music Week, Armenian Independence Day, the Sping Bank Holiday (UK), or even National Accordian Awareness Month (that's just one for you Americans) - no, I'm talking about exam time. My A-Levels have already got underway, with an exciting AS Physics practical (wonder if the school noticed their ruler was covered in copper chloride at the end...), and a relatively easy Mechanics (M1) paper, which makes up my 6-module sprint through A-Level Maths in 1 year.

This probably isn't very interesting to many people out there (particuarly if you don't even know what an A-Level is - in which case I direct you to here) - but it allows me to look back on this and say "WTF was I doing back then" after I get my results on the 19th August. And back to the revision I go...

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First Post with 5 points :)

Mattb90 Mattb90 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Yay for me... finally got a post modded up above 2, and landed myself a +5, with a whole conversation following on from it...

OK, it might not seem much, but a few of my previous posts have been modded up, before someone points out something I missed, which gets my post modded down :P Never had a negative score, but the 5 will give my Karma a good boost at least.

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/. Subscriber

Mattb90 Mattb90 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Having spent quite a bit of time here over the last few months, I finally decided to subscribe to /. - $5 was only £2.77 due to the dodgy US-UK exchange rate at the moment :)

Anyway, now enjoying benefits such as early stories and ad-free pages...

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Mattb90 Mattb90 writes  |  more than 10 years ago Yay, it's my birthday today.

The weather is pretty poor here in the 'London fringe area' (fog, fog, and the usual British Winter mix of cold and damp), but that doesn't disappoint me today as I'm turned 17 - now legally old enough to drive a car in the UK, and... well that's about it (besides the stuff I could do at 16, etc.). I suppose you're interested in what I go (or probably not...) and unsurprisingly my main presents from my parents are tech related:
- Project Gotham Racing 2 (Xbox) - Lodos Freeview box (Free-to-air digital terrestial TV box) - PC link up for my Casio CFX9850G graphical calculator (now I can play games in Maths and Phyiscs and look like I'm busy...) And they also saved me a surprise: - a 20GB iPod, engraved with my name

Yes, I'm sure there are many envious people out there (or not... I've no idea how many people actually read this...) but this is my day to enjoy, so let me have my glory. Anyway, moved over from MusicMatch to iTunes on my laptop (Apple moved the software over since the PC version was launched) and getting used to the system of syncing everything in one go really quickly over FireWire (compared to my iPaq where the USB connection is slow to sync and anything other than ActiveSync files have to be done manually or via WMP).

Anyway, time to go and finally play PGR2 on Live...

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Mattb90 Mattb90 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I got my results yesterday, and for anyone interested, they are as follows:

English Language - AA (includes a grade for listening and speaking)
English Literature - A*
Maths - A*
Physics - A
Chemistry - A*
Biology - A
Geography - A*
History - A
German - B
Religious Studies - B
Statistics - A

All in all, I think I did well: 4 A*s, 5 As and 2 Bs (11 GCSEs).

I was surprised by English Literature (I got a B in the Yr10 exam and in the mock) and Geography (I didn't even finish the paper on this one!). I brought my Chemistry up from a mock B to A*, which is what I was aiming for, and I got my Maths A* as expected (its my specialist subject).

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More Mod points?!

Mattb90 Mattb90 writes  |  more than 11 years ago I have just received another 5 mod points - bringing my total to 15 in just over a week and a half. Quite impressive, eh? Still, I suppose (as I said in my last entry) it is because I neither troll nor occasionally browse; I'm the guy in the middle who /. are looking for when picking moderators. It is a hard balance to keep, mind you.

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Moderating.... and moderating again

Mattb90 Mattb90 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Well it seems I've gone from moderation newbie to a more experienced 'spent mod 6 points'. I got my first Slashdot mod point last Tuesday, and used them up by Friday. "Great" I thought, I'm now truely part of Slashdot. I wasn't expecting to get any more for a month or two, but two my surprised I logged in yesterday (Monday) morning to discover 5 more points sitting there, staring at me, saying "Use them or love them". So, 1 of them gone, I'm currently looking at whether I will get any next week. According to the conditions I must be browsing Slashdot enough not to be a passer-by, but going lightly enough not to be an obsessive troller... Its a hard balance to keep, but so far it has worked. :)

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End of GCSEs.... What now?

Mattb90 Mattb90 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I finished my last GCSE on Friday; Statistics. The exam was alright, because, after all, it was only my specialist subject, Maths. Anyway, the exam itself is not important, its what it sybolises; the end to my GCSEs, and the end of my compulsary eduction. I plan to stay on to take A-Levels, but there will be a different feeling know I don't HAVE to go to school, and that I won't have some council/government officer turning up at my door if I miss a session without a good excuse.

However, now the exams are over, the question is what do I do now? I have about ten and a half weeks before Sixth Form begins, so it looks like I have two options: a) Do nothing or b) Get a job. Not that I need a job, of course, but then I wouldn't mind a laptop with wireless capabilities and a WiFi jacket for my iPAQ 3870. Still, two things that need to be done first; 1) finish off at school and do the Sixth Form induction course, 2) Finish my CCNA; I'm currently qualified in CCNA1 and CCNA2, but its probably best to do 3 and 4, and get the full qualification.

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Slashdot preferences

Mattb90 Mattb90 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Finally got round to sorting out my slashdot preferences today. Despite being registered on the site for quite a few weeks (few people know this since I'm a reader, rather than a poster), I've only just sorted out my homepage news lists, etc.

My excuse?
GCSEs, of couse.

Indeed, these have taken up a lot of my time, especially with revision in the last few weeks. Hopefully, it should pay off with good grades in August. But for now, I'm just taking the exams, and after two more completed today, I now have 14 down, and just 4 to go...

Oh, and welcome to my first journal entry!

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