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The Piercing (The Piper Trilogy Book 2)
The Piercing (The Piper Trilogy Book 2)
Price: £3.10

5.0 out of 5 stars It leaves you waiting for the finale in the third book., 19 Nov 2014
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This novel follows on the Piper, the first in the series. Although the readers know that nothing will be explained in this book, there is sufficient interest generated to see what happens next as the story unfolds. It is well written and there is no confusion as to the sequence of action, and I would agree with the other reviewer about the atmospheric descriptions.


The Transhumanist Wager
The Transhumanist Wager
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4.0 out of 5 stars You'll love it if you agree with Transhumanism, 19 Nov 2014
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If you are the sort of person who is disappointed in the way the world has supported scroungers, wasters, and self serving clerics, businessmen, doctors, lawyers and politicians, then you will love The Transhumanist Wager and reading about them all getting a sound thrashing. However I suspect this is a lot of wish fulfilment and preaching to the choir.

There is a spoiler with regards to outcome of the novel in the announcement that its author is running for President of the USA under the Transhumanist banner. It is a bit like fiction centred on the Titanic – we all know what happens – it sinks. In this case Transhumanism rises against all odds. I am hardly giving anything away by writing that in a review.

The novel contains various protagonists. The Key Character is Jethro Knights who is pitted against equally self opinionated people, to represent various professions including politicians lawyers and clergymen. If the reader likes the idea of Transhumanism then he will enjoy Knights bashing his way through the opposition offered by these people. Knights doesn’t get his own way all the time and there is real opposition, but the reader knows he will get through it.

Although the novel ridicules the God Hypothesis, in the instance of any novel there is a God – the author – and the characters think and act exactly as he wants. The characters in The Bible and other holy books based on historic events have exactly the same problem with respect to the authors thereof.

Also there are lots of long speeches by all of the protagonists - a bit like party political broadcasts. Some readers may find these boring and skip through them. However they do attempt to consider the arguments put by people in the real world as they consider Transhumanism, and are worth reading. Ideally, though, a non fiction book by a Transhumanist and some others by its opponents may be a better way for open minded scholastic study of the field.

Maybe within the lifetime of those reading this, a sufficiently accurate “world simulator” will appear that enables various people to act out their own points of view and see what happens. So far we just have History, and studying what happened to Napoleon, Hitler and so on we see that world domination by one person never works. Often these people start out with the best of intentions, but never get where they wanted to go. Hitler had his autobahns, “Strength Through Joy Car” and an idyllic life set out for his citizens with Baltic holiday camps based on Butlins, but crazy ideas and megalomania took over and replaced all that. Napoleon had a government based on science, but all that there is left is the metric system and that still hasn’t caught on in the USA.

Using reality as the only alternative to a simulator, I get the impression that the events depicted in The Transhumanist Wager could not happen. The idea that the key character could just persuade people to give him vast fortunes to do what he wanted also strikes me as fanciful. Reality again has the super-rich earning it, winning it or inheriting it. Only those earning it would ever accrete a sum comparable to that which Knights persuaded people to give him.

Despite all that, I think that the Transhumanist world as described in the novel does not sell the idea well. A lot of people will see it as a fanatical unfeeling dictatorship. People want a leader, certainly. They want indefinite good health. They love technology toys. But the idea of being chucked out if you don’t come up to scratch isn’t appealing even to a lot of people who are confident that they personally will meet the grade. People do think beyond themselves, which is why death taxes and confiscatory divorce laws (“gold digger charters”) are unpopular even amongst those who would never be affected by them.

Barring a calamity, technology will go an advancing. Amazing changes will go on occurring, and many self serving professionals will find they need to look for other jobs. But people often look for leadership and comfort, and unless something else can replace religion to provide that, many will still flock to it regardless of how irrational its premises, axioms and hypotheses.


Ralph's Journey
Ralph's Journey
by David S. Pizer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.95

5.0 out of 5 stars The Trials and Tribulations of Someone with a Grand Idea., 8 Oct 2014
This review is from: Ralph's Journey (Paperback)
I read this book some years ago when it first appeared. The reviewer who complained that it does largely describe the life of someone living in the present is correct, but then this is reality as we know it. The novel does, however, discuss the key character's relationship with the idea of trying to extend life indefinitely and his trials and tribulations in so doing, and how it affects his life and that of those around him. To that extent it is a present day reality novel rather than science fiction. It is light entertainment rather than heavy erudite literature.

The author has some experience with cryopreservation and therefore writes with experience of how people can get involved. Many science fiction stories about cryopreservation, such as those by Heinlien (Door into Summer) or Niven (World Out of Time) may be a good fantastic read, but they are not written with any experience of reality. The only bit of Ralph's Journey that is speculation is the last few pages.


Technicolour TG582n 4 Port Wireless Router
Technicolour TG582n 4 Port Wireless Router
Offered by Future1 Systems Ltd
Price: £35.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Apalling user interface, 2 Feb 2014
I chose this product on account of the fact that it offers 3G backup via a USB plug in device.

I wanted to set it up so that it had exactly the same parameters, IP address, DHCP etc as my existing Netgear router.

This proved impossible on account of its execrable user interface. Change things and it won't communicate at all - you have to re-set it and go back to where you were.

As several ISPs issue them they must run out of the box to new users. But if you have existing equipment and want to synchronise settings, well then you can't.

These are cheap for a reason, which is a shame. No doubt with better user interfaces the hardware could be made to do a lot more than it does at present.


Sharp LC22LE240K 22-inch Full HD 1080p LED TV with Freeview
Sharp LC22LE240K 22-inch Full HD 1080p LED TV with Freeview

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Recorder restricted, 28 April 2013
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We bought this TV for the guest bedroom and as such it is OK for occasional viewing. The first visitor to use it seemed quite happy watching football and Coronation Street whilst the rest of us were watching something else in the main room. We had to add external amplified speakers to make the sound acceptable, but this is quite common with cheap small TVs. The sound with the amplified speakers was good.

The idea of being able to record was appealing as a back up to other recording devices, but it was disappointing to discover that the system had been crippled so that recordings would only play back on that particular set. Presumably this was at the behest of Sharp's legal department. Also it did not seem to record on timer if left on standby. The picture had to be showing, which seemed a bit of a waste, although the power consumption is minimal compared to older sets. It did, however, power down once the recording had been made.

For our purpose it is fine, but we could not recommend this as a main TV, and to be fair it probably isn't marketed as that.


Kärcher S650 Push Garden Sweeper
Kärcher S650 Push Garden Sweeper
Price: £98.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars quicker than a broom, 13 April 2012
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We got one of these today. It arrived the day after ordering, and was soon assembled and put to work. It swept dried mud off the car park with no trouble at all, and then cleaned dust from around the swimming pool. Its cost will soon beat paying people to do these tasks with a broom. I can quite understand that these machines may not be too good at sweeping leaves and twigs off a lawn, but then a lawnmower will do that for you.


Dell Compatible Full Set Multipack Toner Cartridges for 1250 1250c 1350 1350cnw 1355 1355cn - High Capacity (Premium Brand - replaces 593-11016, 593-11021, 593-11018, 593-11019)
Dell Compatible Full Set Multipack Toner Cartridges for 1250 1250c 1350 1350cnw 1355 1355cn - High Capacity (Premium Brand - replaces 593-11016, 593-11021, 593-11018, 593-11019)
Offered by More Inks
Price: £54.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laser toner does what is says on the box, 2 Feb 2012
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There is not much that one can say about a laser toner, except possibly comment when it is all used up. This example seems to be doing what it says on the box, ie prints pages. The vendor despatched the item promptly.


Cyclone Live Full HD1080p Media Player Adaptor
Cyclone Live Full HD1080p Media Player Adaptor

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Looks to be a good product in early stages of software development, 9 Nov 2010
I have recently bought a Sumvision Cyclone Live Media Player Adaptor.

This product shows promise now it is out in the market and is capable of firmware upgrades.

I have found that it displays photos over the network on my HD ready TV better than a Linx media PC and other players I have tried. It also displays HD videos made with a camcorder stored on PCs on the local network extremely well. There is no judder as the manual warned there might be.

However there are some niggles. Getting video over the Internet from the BBC and ITV media on demand sites don't seem to be functions that that are available. In fact I wouldn't regard its internet function as particularly useful in its present form. It needs a recognisable browser, and ideally the ability to use a USB wireless keyboard plugged into one of the USB ports.

It won't get files stored in a Sumvision Aero NAS Enclosure. This is a bad fault considering the two appliances are from the same manufacturer. It logs on and shows the directories, but won't show the files on them. The NAS enlosure works with other computers on the network, so it isn't at fault as far as I can see.

The Cyclone Live will copy files from a PC on the network onto a USB hard disk attached to it using its own firmware, but the PCs don't seem to recognise this USB disk as network drive as the manual suggests they should.

I see these problems as either being faults in the firmware or a failure of the manual to explain how to perform these tasks properly. These are correctable, and can be done so retrospectively for early adopters.

If the main use is to display HD and SD photo and video files from a networked PC on an HD ready television, then I can recommend this device now. Its cheaper and easier to use for this purpose than a media PC, and gives better results.
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Iparhi Logos
Iparhi Logos
Price: £9.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 18 Jan 2010
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I found this singer by chance. Although separated by time, place and language, she still got through to me. I am sure that many others who listen to the previews will buy.


Vrisko To Logo Na Zo
Vrisko To Logo Na Zo
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 18 Jan 2010
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I found this by chance. Although separated by time, place and language, she got through to me. I am sure that many of those who play the previews will buy.


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