* Posts by SeanR

45 posts • joined 31 Aug 2007

Searching for Skylab: Even the most casual astro-nerd will revel in this respectful elegy to unsung space history


Skylab Medical Experiment Altitude Test?

could have called it:

Skylab Medical Experiment Altitude Research

and then they'd have to conduct SMEAR tests.

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ 'backer'? Nope, you're now a creditor – and should probably act fast

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Is this a wind-up? Planet Computers boss calls time on ZX Spectrum reboot firm

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Re: <pedant-mode=enabled>

or indeed Private Planet, as per the winding up order.


Re: This company being cunts doesn't have a lot to do with indiegogo.

Well, there was a kind of guarantee that the money was for

"the development of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ is complete, and we have a fully working prototype waiting to go into production in the UK. Production and shipping of the first Vega+ games consoles are planned for late summer 2016"

Saturday 15th October, 2016

The campaign receives "Arrow certification", saying they have received a design review to ensure the campaign is ready for production.

oh wait

Thursday 16th March, 2017

The "Arrow certification" that has been present since the 15th of October is revoked.

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Re: I feel sorry for Janko

Hello Chris Merriman!


Re: No money but lots of paperwork

Yes, it's got his grubby finger prints all over it

see also:

Brain Games

mind sports

Intelligent Toys

it seems to be:

start company

be majority share holder

raise funds

shift assets

vote to wind up company (use proxy vote to ensure it goes your way)

assign own liquidator

buy remaining assets on the cheap

repeat, but there's nothing illegal in that, is there?

see also:

kingpinchess for details of the first

"A ‘Pump-and-Dump’ Fraud from Brain Games"

retrocomputers DOT co DOT uk for the latter

"Minutes of the Board Meeting and General Meeting of Intelligent Toys Limited"


I hope you have better luck with IGG

I've been asking them that very question on a daily basis.

Mind you, that was via twitter, rather than other "official" channels.

and I'm not very polite about it either.


oh well done!

Court orders moribund ZX Spectrum reboot firm's directors to stump up £38k legal costs bill


true, but now that Levy, Martin, and Mrsic-Flogel have been instructed to cough up by the high court, they're much more likely to get a visit from a HCEO, as seen on such shows as "Can't pay, we'll take it away" and their ilk.

More likely than indiegogo pulling their finger out and doing what they said they would 7 months ago, anyway...


Re: Two words for you ...

how about if it's an entirely separate project, by a completely different bunch of people?

which the spectrum next is.

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP


I (still) hate Turnpike.

ZX Spectrum reboot scandal: Directors quit, new sack effort started


there was a court case today

andrews and smith vs RCL +4

and someone appears to have closed their twitter account.

Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party


it's apple

there's be another waiting list released in 12 months, and everyone will want to be on that one.

ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator


but that's the same as everyone elses review!

I await the anonymous comments accusing el reg of "a hatchet job in their OBVIOUSLY biased reporting of the zxvega+, for and on behalf of the nefarious ex-directors" declaring the reviewer "a hater and a troll".

Hi Suzanne!

Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?


can hindsight be augmented?

I am shocked. SHOCKED I tell you!

ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball


Re: You're mixing up two things

this IS version two

RCL said so...


Re: As with all these cases, eveyone out for themselves, the customer comes last

define "everyone". There's a bunch of names in that story, and I don't believe it applies to all of them.

ZX Spectrum reboot firm boss delays director vote date again


Re: Deferring decisions for another month

there's nothing left to pay themselves with...

Ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm kicks crisis meeting into long grass


Re: Why?

because theyre /dedicated/?

seriously though, this was going to be a Rick Dickinson design, housing a Chris Smith hardware creation.

look them up.

if Sinclair had made a handheld, back in the day, this is pretty close to what it might have looked like.

and a thousand LICENCED games? with the ability to add more via SD card?

a working prototype ready to go into production.

Reg writer Richard went to the cupboard, seeking a Windows Phone...


um, guys?

seems that Facebook and Twitter ended support for their respective windows phone apps this month.

the end is nigh!


I use windows phones (because no one else will)

I still have a windows phone (my 6th, currently on a lumia 640 after an 820, an HTC mozart7 and a bunch of Orange SPVs. I even tried a samsung ativ S but the RAM...) and I'm genuinely concerned about only having two choices of phone (iOS and Android), and the massive cost of ownership, in the near future.

My plan is to buy up a bunch of 640XLs (or 950 XLs) cheap and then run them into the ground, and yes, the price of the Elite X3 put me right off.

Hear that? Of course it's Indiegogo's deadline for a Vega+ whooshing by


Re: refunds?


now has:

287 backers requesting refunds from RCL totalling £33560

meanwhile, we're 3 days from RCLs next announced release date / IGG extension of the 15th of June.


You'd think we'd have pictures by now, right?

or a games list?

Yeah, no.

We're all counting on the next excuse blaming IGGs (reasonable) demands for a unit to be posted to the HQ, for backers requesting refunds, to be refunded, blaming IGGs 2 week extension date, and blaming Sky for denying that they delayed the previously announced release date.

Remember when they said they were good to go 8th-12th of May?



it's now "133 backers have requested refunds totalling £16320"

of course, releasing a statement acknowledging the existance of:


means that RCL are going to start refunding those backers, right?

Maybe they can refund the backers in the comments section of their:

Indiegogo campaign

FB page

twitter account

as well. I suspect that's more than 133 backers...

Indiegogo grants ZX Spectrum reboot firm another two weeks to send a console


they still think nick cooper/cornerstone media owes them anything?

that's cute

'Clive, help us,' say empty-handed ZX Spectrum reboot buyers


Re: Software problems now

release it without games?

they cant even take photos of it...


Re: Software problems now

the best part was when RCL admitted to only having licencing deals with 4 of the 140 rights-holders, for the original zx vega collection of 1000 games, in April 2016...

they admit they had to replace games, that have been withdrawn, over the last two years. They knew permission had been withdrawn for 400 games.

if they found 400 replacements, they're licenced

if the other 600 hadn't been withdrawn, theyre still licenced

because of the licencing deal for the original zx vega

Anyway this all started when some reposted the original games list as a "leaked zx vega plus games list", they panicked when they realised that we knew they didn't have licences for some or all of them

if that's not true

why did RCL miss the announced delivery date of 8th-12th of May?


fiat lux:


"Development of the product is complete, and a fully-functioning prototype is ready to go into production."

"Our Indiegogo campaign is to raise funds to manufacture the first 2,500 or more units of the Vega+ in the UK, and to prepare us for the second production run."

do you see?

Games rights-holders tell ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Pay or we pull titles


Here we are, EIGHT months later, and RCL still don't have a list of 1000 games...

Sir Clive Sinclair dragged into ZX Spectrum reboot battle


"this is simply the continuance of that legacy"

I guess that makes it ok...


I don't have a crystal ball but...

I sense much disappointment ahead:

for both backers who don't receive their ZX Vega + (V2 first batch), aproximately 4450 of them to be precise.

and backers who receive what may well be:

a ARM A20

a 2.5" LCD screen

with terrible buttons.

On the plus side, the device IS being manufactured in the UK.

With Chinese screens.

as yet there are no photos offered in evidence the mere existance of this "batch", nor a games list *, PEGI rating, packaging, nor advanced reviews, from credible sites.

It's almost like they're going to try and sneak it out in limited numbers to friends and family, and hope it's enough to keep the wolves** at bay.

We shall see.

* due between 5pm and 6pm today. Why? There are 1000 of them, tell us about some of them.

* indiegogo, who are poised to strike down with great vengence, if they don't meet the "end of May" deadline for delivery




ZX Spectrum reboot firm's shareholders demand current directors go


shocked, i tell you!

In news that will surprise no one, the release of the games list has been pushed back to Friday the 4th of May. Between 5pm and 6pm.

Hopefully this year...


"the list of 1000 games will be revealed 01/05/2018"

according to a post on the official FB group, which begs the questions:

the list isn't finalised?

hasn't been submitted for PEGI rating?

can't be partially divulged?

they're useless at marketing?

if i had a product ready to go in two weeks id be:

showing the device (not a render)

showing the box (and listing the contents)

listing the games (at least list a few heavy hitters, 'and many many more')

sending out press units (with no embargo)

getting RoHS and PEGI sorted



Nothing RCL have done to date convinces me that they'll deliver the actual finished product, that was backed, to the any of the disgruntled backers, "between the 8th and 12th May 2018"

and a "limited release" doesn't count.

they've had 2 years

they've had half a million pounds

I do not believe they have the means to deliver 5000 ZX Vega + in the next two weeks.

(leaked (but verified) bank statements, lack of PEGI, RoHS, Roll of honour, and games list aside, obviously)

Ex-ZX Spectrum reboot man threatens sueball over unpaid invoices


why dies it say "Since a bitter falling-out between RCL's directors last year" when the falling out was in 2016, before the vega+ indiegogo campaign finished, and occured because one of the directors recommended not taking a salary until the device was delivered?

Your manhood is safe, judge tells ZX Spectrum reboot boss


Remember when RCL said

"We'll shortly be publishing some images of all 10,000 sets of plastics in all their shiny loveliness."

in an update TWENTY DAYS AGO?

Well, the pattern is still:

news story/court case = RCL update on IGG

so here's hoping we see something in the next 24 hours.

Indiegogo to ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm: End of May... or we call the debt collector


Re: Playing favorites?

half the number of backers,

2/3 the money

1% of the comments.

easily debunked

and only 25 months old

theyre hardly comparable.

also, no one cares. if enough people make enough noise maybe they will move on it. try tweeting with the hashtag #takingyoudownwiththem when you tweet @indiegogo about it? good luck

Olympic cock-up knocks East London off Internet


another BE customer kept in the dark

have BE updated option 2 on 08081013430 yet?

is this related? My phone still works, just no interwebs.

PS3 goes 3D


re: what to save up for

to pay for the stereoscopic glasses?

You know, like the ones you got with the Sega Mastersystem?

New .tel domains bid to be world's phone book



> Shit + Mugs = Profit

are we back to 2girls1cup again?


TXT records or SRV?

Daily Mail cites video game as proof of terrorist doomsday plot


They've deleted the comments on the website

they're slowly trying to remove the story entirely...

BT puts old phone books online


Identity Theft

Anyone who's seen Highlander will know how useful the burial records could be to an immortal looking for a new identity...

Sony unveils third-gen 'portable' PS2

Dead Vulture

Sony... Europe...

You don't actually think we'll get the new slimline slimline PStwo.two do you? At the equivalent £50 price point?


ps. b shubin: wouldn't it be easier/better/cheaper to get a second hand xbox for £50 and then mod it?

Boy racer cuffed for 140mph YouTube jaunt



I'm so glad no-one got my point...

That the internet is nothing more that another vehichle (geddit?) for exhibitionists and extroverts to participate in some willy-waving. (Of which car-owners are the worst type.)

Or at least that's what it's become.




Hey, anonymous. My Cock

is 10 inches long

bet you feel small now :rolleyes:

You. Are. NOT. Your. Car. No one is.

it's a method of transport from A to B unless, and I hope to god I'm wrong, it's your profession too...

see also: people who spend more clean their cars more often than themselves.


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