* Posts by RedRichie

38 publicly visible posts • joined 14 Jun 2011

James Webb Space Telescope finds first evidence of CO2 in exoplanet atmosphere



I went to junior school with a lad called John Hopkins. Naturally, his nickname was 'Froggy'.

I'm depressed that that was over forty years ago though.

Russia: Hey, don't act surprised if we're still on the ISS in 2030


Dump it in the Pacific

...and let it drown with Russia's space ambitions.

China is trolling rare-earth miners online and the Pentagon isn't happy


" This campaign spread content claiming Lynas' planned processing facility in Texas would harm the environment and expose neighbors to radioactive contamination, cancer risks, gene mutation, and deformities in newborns."

Ahh! Just like the Covid vaccine then!

God help us if I need to add /s.

The James Webb Space Telescope has only gone and deployed its primary mirror



...the Howard Webb telescope has a fantastic view right up Alex Ferguson's wizened whisky stained hoop.

Unvaccinated and working at Apple? Prepare for COVID-19 testing 'every time' you step in the office


I would.

If it was possible I'd stick it in the bloody water supply.

Space tourists splash down in Atlantic Ocean after three days in orbit


Re: ...in one piece.

Reminds me of Nightingale by Alastair Reynolds.

Virginia school board learns a hard lesson... and other stories


Mike Oxlong sheds a silent tear

...whilst Bendyb Anana looks on and weeps.

Something fishy is going on in Taiwan as folk change name to include 'salmon' for free sushi


Should have saved this article for Fryday.

AI clocks first-known 'binary sextuply-eclipsing sextuple star system'. Another AI will be along shortly to tell us how to pronounce that properly


Re: (((3xbody)++)++)++

Bloody Trisolarans!

Apple takes another swing at Epic, says Unreal Engine could be a 'trojan horse' threatening security


Re: "most egregious acts of sabotage that Apple has experienced with any developer,"

Either way, I hope Epic gets ragged backwards over this one.

You *bang* will never *smash* humiliate me *whack* in front of *clang* the teen computer whizz *crunch* EVER AGAIN


Re: mea culpa - always check compatibility

These things become a battle of wits, don't they? You get to the point where failure is not an option - spend hours banging your head against the problem; finally get it working, then realise it's a bag of crap and chuck it away a couple of days later.

This is the reason I have drawers stuffed with iPaq's and the like. I'm secretly hoping the wife bins it all when I'm not paying attention.

'I'm telling you, I haven't got an iPad!' – Sent from my iPad


Re: Which is why I always turn off email sigs...

My pet sig hate is users that insist on 'signing' their name in a lurid script font, usually in a biro shade of blue.

Might as well format the whole email in Comic Sans while they're at it.

When Apollo met Soyuz: 45 years ago, Americans and Russians played together nicely... IN SPAAAAACE


Brings back memories...

I trained as a Technical Illustrator back in the late 80's. I chose the Apollo/Soyuz mission as the subject for one of my submissions. Had great fun researching and coming up with infographics, cutaway diagrams and artist's impressions. All in the day before Illustrator & Photoshop, so it was pencil construction, trimetric grids, Indian ink, airbrush, Frisk, rubilith tape, gouache, paste up, etc.

I miss all that stuff.

Das reboot: That's the only thing to do when the screenshot, er, freezes


Re: Black and white

Reminds me of this absolute classic Calvin & Hobbes strip!




Don't forget levering out the 'N' and 'M' keys and swapping them over.

All fun and games until you roll in at 9:45 and discover that the victim had one of those characters in their password...

We've Falcon caught it! SpaceX finally nets a fairing half after a successful Heavy launch


Re: "the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You"

I suppose that's a bit of a Grey Area!

Is that a stiffy disk in your drive... or something else entirely?


Don't forget those seedy ROM's!

Clunk, bang, rattle: Is that a ghost inside your machine?


Re: Scary ?

The year is 2150, you are Bernard Cribbins and I claim my £5!

Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user


Re: Mouse fun

Haha!!! :D

A little proof reading may have been required there... But it's Friday, so sod it.


Mouse fun

Reminds me of the time when I was working in a studio on Mac II's.

I hooked up a spare mouse up to a colleague's spare ADB port and removed the track ball. Over the next couple of weeks, I drove him absolutely wild by occasionally sticking my finger in the carefully hidden mouse and giving one of the rollers a little spin to send his pointer up or down the screen. Not helpful when you're trying to use Adobe Illustrator.

Needless to say he went absolutely MENTAL when he found out. Fun times...

Super Cali goes ballistic, Gatorade app is bogus: Even the sound of it is something quite atrocious


Bravo for shoehorning that one in!

How long until we can build R2-D2 and C-3PO?


Here's my attempt...

Hi chaps, I'm a member of the UK R2 Builders Club, here's a couple of pics of my droid:





It's only when you have to share living space with a lump of plastic the size of a washing machine that you realise what a fantastically unwieldy thing an astromech droid is! I wouldn't know where to start to make him even slightly autonomous. There are builders in the club that are working on it at a basic level (i.e. not running over kids at conventions!).

It's a fun hobby though. Addictive too - I've just started on BB-8 :)

New flexible lens works like the one in your eye - and could replace it


Re: Asimov - Marooned off Vesta!

Ah yes... :)

Time to google it and refresh my memory!


Asimov - Marooned off Vesta!

I can't quite remember (I read the book decades ago...) isn't this anopticon? Or was that something else...

Volkswagen Beetle car review

Thumb Down

The previous Beetle was UGLY...

...and this one is even uglier.

Job-hunting honeybees rely on 'meth' to find work


As opposed to UK teenagers...

...who use 'meh' to find work.

Reader experts thrash LOHAN's mighty rod


Umm... mighty flaps?!


Investigation (in to)








...or PISSFLAPS for short.

Actually, it looks great - really enjoying following this :)

LOHAN checks into REHAB chamber


LOHAN's mighty flaps...

Hmm... could it be:











(PISSFLAPS for short...)

Eddie Murphy heading for worst movie ever glory


Re: Pearl Harbor Sucked...

Pearl Harbor did indeed suck...

..but wow, have you seen Red Tails yet? It sucked so hard, my ears popped.

Readers suggest LOHAN mount single mighty rod


LOHAN's mighty flaps!

I propose a rod and pin configuration mounted at the end of the truss, hence:

Pinned In Static Start Firing/Launch Atttitude Pylon System.

...or PISSFLAPS for short.

Laser used to cool semiconductor



Ahh, this takes me back to when I read David Brin's 'Sundiver'.They used a 'refrigeration laser' to escape the heart of the sun by cryogenically freezing the ship... (if memory serves me correctly... it's been a couple of decades since I read it...)

Iran displays video footage of captured US spy drone


A country run by bearded religious lunatics that are trying to build a nuclear bomb?

I really can't fault the Yanks on this one!

Ghanaian she-devil chews off bloke's 'nad sack


Tip off?!


Thanks to Keith Kennedy for the tip-off. I think I need a stiff brandy now, taken with my legs firmly crossed, and our male readers are invited to join me."

Not so much a 'tip off' more a 'nad off'!!!

Bullfrog Syndicate


Loved Syndicate

I was hoping this article was going to herald that the game had been re-released for iOS or Droid.

Oh well.. hope springs eternal.

Dam Busters dog dubbed 'Digger'


Missing the point!

I think you’re all missing the point here. Imagine a family of diggers moved into your street. You wouldn’t be happy about it, would you? And where there’s one family of diggers, there’s usually more diggers. Before you know it, the whole area is overrun with diggers, your house it worth nothing and your car has been stolen.