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This Is The Best Vapouriser I Have Used.

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This is how a vapouriser should work.  The Puri5 Magnum 2 is a magnificent product, simply the very best vape available on the market today.

Unlike every other vapouriser I have ever used, this one works perfectly, first time, every time.  It doesn’t require a ‘knack’ or practice to understand it, it just delivers thick, smooth, taste-filled vapour as soon as you fill it up and switch it on.

No, I haven’t been paid a fee and sadly the sample I’ve tested is not a freebie.  I shall be saving up my own pennies to buy one of these.

Nothing else to say really. My only remaining wish is that one day Americans will learn how to spell properly. Here’s the website and here’s a rather weird but informative video.

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February 2, 2017 at 5:19 pm

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Facebook Says Calling A Black Man A Baboon “Doesn’t Violate Our Community Standards”.

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On the other hand Facebook says that recommending a responsible, reputable supplier of verified, lab-tested, legal CBD food supplements does violate its standards.

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LoveHemp 40% CBD Oil

At a guess (because you can’t get a straight answer from Facebook about anything), the issue is “We prohibit any attempts by unauthorised dealers to purchase, sell or trade prescription drugs, marijuana, firearms or ammunition.”

Now CBD food supplements are fully legal products.  They are not prescription drugs.  True, CBD is present in cannabis but it is also found in many other plants.  So it’s difficult to understand what the problem is – but not as difficult as getting a coherent answer from Mr Zuckerberg and his disciples.

For the ‘offence’ of recommending a CBD supplier your page gets a seriously heavy warning to all page admins, a threat of permanent deletion and I, as the author of the post sharing a link to CBD Oils UK, was banned from Facebook for 30 days.  Such is the reality of living under the diktat of the unaccountable, overbearing, bureaucratic monolith that Facebook has become.

However, when some vile American Trumpoid leaves a comment on the CLEAR page calling a black man a baboon, that’s just fine and dandy.

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It is time that Facebook was placed under serious regulation for its unfair and oppressive trading practices.  It has become so ubiquitous that it now has a responsibility that goes beyond any independent business.  It is virtually impossible for individuals and small businesses to operate without a Facebook account.  It should be subject to strict standards and forced to comply with fair practices.

I’m all for free enterprise but it’s time to slam Facebook hard for its tax dodging, its failure to take responsibility for publishing abuse and its unfair treatment of users and advertisers.

Do Not Buy An ASUS Transformer Book.

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I apologise for the technical jargon but there is only one way accurately to describe this product.

It’s crap.

In 36 years of buying and using personal computer technology, I have never suffered such frustration, inconvenience and real consequential losses because of an unreliable product.

When and if the power works properly it’s fine but it is so unpredictable that it is a nightmare.  I can never rely on it to power up when I need it, irrespective of its state of charge and it has caused me a real problem on several occasions.

On paper and the display shelf of PC World Currys in Weymouth it looked good.  I paid just over £150 for a small, neat laptop with Windows 10. The screen can be detached to form a tablet but that’s not what I bought it for and I have never used it that way.  Obviously, at its price and size, it has a lot of compromises which I was happy to accept.  It has just 2GB RAM, 30GB of disk space, one conventional USB port and no possibility of expansion.  That’s OK, I knew what I was buying.

asus-transformer-book-boxWhat I didn’t know was that it has a mind of its own when it comes to pressing the on button.  It doesn’t matter how long it’s been charging, you never know whether it will start or not.

The first one went back to PC World within a week.  They were great about it and didn’t quibble at all – but the replacement machine was exactly the same.

Of course, there is nothing in the pathetic paper manual provided, nor online at the ASUS website.  Only when you call the support line does it become obvious this is a well known problem.  The solution I am given is ridiculous and nearly six months on it doesn’t work consistently either.  The ‘fix’ is to take the power cable out, hold the power key down for 30 seconds, replace the power cable and press the power key once.  Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t.  Sometimes it sorts of half boots up but then hangs.  Sometimes you can’t even shut it down.  To use another technical expression, it is a pain in the arse.

On several occasions I have needed to fire it up urgently to post something or deal with a problem while I’m travelling and it just hasn’t happened, whether it’s just been charged or not.  I’ve had to find a power socket and then mess around for up to a half and hour before it will finally work.

I’m told by my friends who have been suckered into buying Apple iPhones that they don’t work without an initial charge. Apparently, if the battery’s flat you have give it 15 minutes before it will switch on.  That’s what you get for buying technology for fashion rather than function.  I’ve never had a phone that won’t run straight off the power supply.  My Sony Xperia Z3 does so perfectly.

We all know that the real cost of buying technology is not the initial capital purchase cost but the time you have to invest to get it working.  On that basis I have put thousands into this machine and it keeps letting me down.  One day, some technology company is going to get sued for the consequential losses its faulty or badly designed product has caused.  Perhaps then these companies will get serious about serving customers instead of using us, at our expense, for their new product development and testing.

I’ve invested too much in this now and I just have to adapt to its shortcomings.  If it worked as it should it would be a great product – but it doesn’t, so don’t buy one!

Written by Peter Reynolds

September 25, 2016 at 11:48 am

Online Trolls Are Psychopaths And Sadists, Psychologists Claim.

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A Gang Of British Trolls

A Gang Of British Trolls

Source: The Independent, 18th February 2014

Canadian researchers have confirmed what most people suspected all along: that internet trolls are archetypal Machiavellian sadists.

In a survey conducted by the group of psychologists, people who partake in so-called trolling online showed signs of sadism, psychopathy, and were Machiavellian in their manipulation of others and their disregard for morality.

The researchers defined online trolling as “the practice of behaving in a deceptive, destructive, or disruptive manner in a social setting on the Internet” for no purpose other than their pleasure.

To achieve the results, the team asked internet users about subjects including how much time they spend online, and whether they comment on websites such as YouTube.

They were also given tests that measured their responses against psychology’s “Dark Tetrad”: narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy and a sadistic personality.

Questions also surrounded sadistic statements including: ”I enjoy physically hurting people,” “I enjoy making jokes at the expense of others” and “I enjoy playing the villain in games and torturing other characters.”

“It was sadism, however, that had the most robust associations with trolling of any of the personality measures,” said psychologists from the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg and University of British Columbia in an article published in the ‘Personality and Individual Differences’ journal.

It went on to claim that trolls are “agents of chaos” that exploit “hot-button issues” to inflame and exploit users’ emotions,

“If an unfortunate person falls into their trap, trolling intensifies for further, merciless amusement. This is why novice Internet users are routinely admonished, ‘Do not feed the trolls!’,” the study warned.

The team concluded that those who enjoyed trolling more than other activities, such debating and making friends, had tendencies in line with the psychological “Dark Tetrad”.

Perhaps most worryingly, the psychologists based their conclusion on cyber-trolling being an “Internet manifestation of everyday sadism,” rather than merely on online phenomenon.

It is thought the findings may contribute towards a trend of sites such as YouTube and the Huffington Post requiring users to comment using registered accounts rather than allowing anonymous posts.

Written by Peter Reynolds

February 18, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Assange Freed!

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“Well it’s great to smell the fresh air of London again!”

 

British justice is not dead!

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December 16, 2010 at 7:03 pm

The Severn Scandal Of Huhne

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If there is idiocy in the coalition this is it.

Chris Huhne, the so-called progressive LibDem Energy Minister has called off the Severn barrage, the biggest tidal energy project ever in Britain.  See here.

What more sustainable, reliable, self-evidently ideal source of energy is there than the tide?  Until the earth spins off its axis or the moon melts into green cheese, the tides will continue to work.  The Severn estuary has the second highest tidal reach in the world.  The power inherent in its cycle is unimaginable.  When we find a way to harness it efficiently we will have achieved something every bit as revolutionary as cold fusion.

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Yet our short sighted Energy Minister has cancelled the project and says that investment in such new energy sources should come from the private sector. Then he says that private sector investment is unrealistic.  There is something seriously wrong with this man’s thinking.  This is not the sort of project that you judge on the basis of some nit picking consultant’s report.  This is akin to the invention of flight or the microprocessor.  This requires vision.  This is a project that stretches across centuries and dwarfs Chris Huhne and his shameful decision.

This is exactly, precisely and properly the sort of project that government should be investing in heavily.  Only government can promote this sort of essential, long term development.  As for the pathetic whinging of the RSPB et al, this reveals how many small minded fools there are in the green movement.  The birds will find somewhere else soon enough.

A disastrous and terrible decision that will define and should destroy Chris Huhne’s career.

The Red Arrows

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Portland Harbour 2010

At five o’clock yesterday evening I stood on top of White Horse hill and watched the Red Arrows perform for Weymouth carnival.

From this perfect vantage point I could see them soar a mile high above me then swoop down five or six miles to my left (east), climb again and explode out of formation five or six miles to my right (west).

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They say the Red Arrows are the best recruiting sergeant that the RAF could possibly have.   That is if we have the RAF for very much longer.  It looks likely that soon we will have just one integrated service.  That makes sense though.   In modern times we need an integrated approach using land, sea and air.

Nothing can extinguish or outshine the honour of the RAF or the Army or the Navy, whatever the future holds.  As we remember the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the Red Arrows flew yesterday through the same skies that our young heroes did then in their Spitfires and Hurricanes.   Nothing can ever repay our debt to those who enabled Britain to stand alone for more than a year against the Nazis.  It is no exaggeration to say that through those dark days they and Britain saved the world.   See brilliant BBC story here.

We shall honour them for ever.