* Posts by SimonL

20 posts • joined 22 Jun 2012

Google is a 'publisher' says Aussie court as it hands £20k damages to gangland lawyer


Re: Can easily find the article

Presumably Bing will receive the same fine?

I hate Google as much as the next person, but agree they should not be held responsible unless they specifically went against a court ruling.

Surely any search engine that shows the article in their results should receive the fine??

Dyson celebrates 'shock' EU Court win over flawed energy tests


Re: I hate those airblade dryers.

I too have a V6 Animal. Great at suction but the battery life is awful.

A Dyson really does suck, but Dyson really sucks at battery technology...... lol

Researchers take the piss with pee-powered liquid energy project


Better Solution

Just charge your phone before you go out...... :D lol

I want to launch thousands of drones, says Facebook's flying Wi-Fi router chief


What's wrong with better use of satellites?

Oh wait, presumably these drones do uplink and downlink?

The big wi-fi in the sky :) LOL

Oi, Apple fanbois. Your beloved Jesus Phones are pisspoor for disabled users


*shakes head*

My late mother having had mobility issues in her latter years, I fully appreciate the issues faced by the disabled and fully support the notion of providing solutions to all their problems.

However, this article has me getting a bit grumpy with some people!

When you have issues to overcome you select the right tool for the job. Money can also be tight for many disabled, especially when they are relying on benefits to help.

So why on earth would they spend a premium on something that doesn't quite do the job they require? It honestly beggers belief that some are so darn brainwashed by brands like Apple that they are prepared to buy something that doesn't fill their needs (they are of course inteligent enough to check first, right?) then complain.

Accessible/disabled friendly can tend to be more expensive, in the case of phones, it would appear the better option is probably the cheaper option!

Why is this even an article? A paragraph in disabled media alerting fanbois that Apple products may not do everything would be all that's needed............

Is this what the world is coming to? Vanity before well-being?

Height of stupidity: Heathrow airliner buzzed by drone at 7,000ft


Let's hope....

....that these morons flying where they should - regardless of what it is they are flying - DO post their ill-gotten gains to YouTube.

At least then the Police stand half a chance at getting the b******s.

Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?


Re: Anyone who puts the milk in tea whilst the bag is still in the cup

"Tea, Earl Grey"

Second only to "Engage!"


French duck-crushing device sells for €40k


Re: I hope the new owner donates the thing ...

But will it blend? :)

ZX Printer's American cousin still in use, 34 years after purchase


The article is slightly wrong - Dan 55 has picked up on it.

The printer pictured most definately was not a version of the ZX Printer, it was - as Dan 55 points out - an Alphacom 32 printer in the UK.

The paper was different for a start, whoever wrote the article did not do enough research (Unlike Sinclair ;) lol). The Alphacom 32 and the one pictured uses a white coloured paper and the result looks a lot like a modern cash register receipt. The smaller ZX printer used the silver faced printer the article mentions.

They were two different printers, available at the same time IIRC?

Surprise! That blood-pressure app doesn't measure blood pressure


The way I read their 'attack' on the tests basically told me they were admitting that their app was just some novelty rubbish that should not be taken seriously or for that matter has any real-life use!

This business of it does not display outside 'whatever' range is worrying.

From what the tests discovered, if your blood pressure is particularly high, rather than the machine saying "It's too high, outside of my range, go and see a doctor" it just makes up a reading!!! :o

Why a detachable cabin probably won’t save your life in a plane crash


"Only thing which might be of value could be the ability to jettison a burning engine, leaving the rest of the aircraft intact - but I expect in reality even that would be of minimal use"

Especially when said burning engine lands on a school or shopping mall killing more people than if the plane had just carried on in to the field the pilot was aiming for - even though he knew he would certainly die.

By the same logic, ejecting the cabin anywhere near population and it hitting a populated building (and probably being destroyed by the impact) would result in say 1000 deaths instead of the 300 who were on the plane heading for the field mentioned above...... Hmm...

Man sparks controversy, fined $120 for enjoying wristjob while driving


What life?

"This is my life," he said. "Its products have really helped me."

What a sad, sad ,sad world we live in.

A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK


If the new machine doesn't do what you need it to do, don't buy the darn thing!!!

If non of the Apple range do what you want for a price you can afford, then don't buy an Apple.....

Apple being better than PC blah blah is just nonsense, they all have their strengths and weaknesses.

Anyone who claims Apple are better build quality than PC is just plain naive - the Toughbook has already been mentioned. You can virtually drive your car over a Toughbook and throw it in a river, I wonder which of the Apple range could survive that?

On the other hand, the Toughbook is (arguably) a pig ugly lump and would make your living room look like a garage, where as an Apple is quite pretty.

Sadly there are millions of brainwashed fanbois who will blindly pay significantly more for something that does not do what they want than something that does, simply because it's new and from Apple and looks pretty.

Disaster roster: OMG, are YOU SAFE? I dunno. Check Facebook


Re: Here's a Thought

"Why doesn't every Facebook user simply update their status with whatever they're doing a few dozen times every day? That way when we notice they've stopped updating we'll know they're in trouble."

Because of the FB algorithm. You know, that social engineering they do.... ;-)

If someone is posting regularly, FB will probably decide they are too happy or too boring and stop showing their statuses on your timeline. After all, FB are far better at deciding what we want to see on our timelines.....



I can't work out the heck this report is on about. It talks of a broadband outage but only mentions Sky. So was it just Sky customers or all ADSL customers?

Thankfully I'm on Virgin/NTL/Cable & Wireless/Nynex/whatever they are called today!!

VMware's new VDI play is self-destructing virtual desktops


Re: I guess it's neat that they "self destruct"

Maybe they will only run on systems that use roaming profiles / folder redirects?

George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests



Is it just me trying to figure out why anyone would need phones at a wedding that can't communicate with the outside world?

For pictures/video then point'n'shoot handed out and collected at the end would be easy and very secure.

Or maybe weddings have now become pop concerts where the guests are simply there to sit and poke meaninglessly at a 4" screen and not socialise or participate in the proceedings?

Click on a Facebook ad on your mobe, then buy a thing on your PC ... Facebook remembers


Re: How?

So when they say "annonymised" (is that how you spell it!) it isn't truely if they can track between devices....

Scary stuff :(

Oh yeah, I also get bombared with ads for stuff I've just bought......

When PR backfires: Google 'forgets' BBC TV man's banker blog post


Get a grip!!!

I just wish the world would get a grip and accept that Google doesn't run the planet or own the internet. They cannot 'break' the internet. If Google vanished overnight the internet would carry on as before....

Personally I have as little to do with Google as possible and avoid 'Googling' at all costs, I use Yahoo! and am very happy.

I just see a constant stream of news about Google and it just makes me cringe at how they have managed to brain wash such a HUGE part of the world.

If there was ever a monopoly......

Tesco exec brands UltraViolet 'too complicated' for Brits


Personally I don't get the obsesion with downloading everything.... broadband provision is bad enough in this country without clogging it with potentially unecessary downloading.

I have some DVD's that came with a 'file' version on disk. What's wrong with that? To save on media just create a disk that can be both played by a 'player' and contains a 'file' version.

If I want a copy on my portable device I don't want to have to get online and wait three hours for it download something which then tells me it's corrupt and has to do it again......

Drag'n'drop from the disk will do nicely thank you!


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