The Guardian’s False News

Amazon’s Halo wristband: the fitness tracker that listens to your mood

Quote: “A pair of always-on microphones will listen to users, trying to assess their mood and stress levels.”

Lies lies lies

I thought journalists could read.

“You also have the option to turn the mics off any time to disable the feature—just press the button on the band for about three seconds until you see the LED light flash red.”
The Amazon blog

I used to like The Guardian but they are now devoid of balls. Want proof? The above shows they are clueless, the fact they report nothing about Assange and even less about Craig Murray and the SNP?

The Govt has The Guardian by their empty limp scrotum and The Guardian is totally happy with that warm caress.

Filmrise on Amazon

Find the show I want to watch
Have to install the Filmrise App
Do so, search, find what I want


Moments after starting, because Filmrise assumes I have the attention of a rock, adverts

Natwest bank
then the same Natwest bank ad
it repeats
and again
and yes, AGAIN

FIVE identical ads


Filmrise – is shite like that that drives people like me to better sources. Fuck you

A Seal

Imagine a garden rake.
Imagine a perfectly okay lawn.
You duct tape the rake to an electric drill.
Place the rake against the lawn and press ON.

The new tattoo rotary arrived yesterday.

The middle section of my right R finger is … interesting as a consequence.
I might stay with hand poking there after all.
Live and learn 🙂


Finally felt okay today after the veg/salad incident.

Amazon replied with a “Not us!” which I expected. The seller will now get even worse feedback.

I really like this (src: reddit)

Didn’t realise my Gaming page had gone – it’s now back (scroll up)

An Amazon query

I sent them this earlier:

On May 3rd I ordered a cushion
[order number]
I did not check the seller

I contacted them last week and asked for a refund due to the delay.
They said no, it had been shipped.
I checked the seller and noted that ‘Danley’ is based in China.

Okay, so I’ll buy another cushion I can get quicker

I find an identical cushion and when I click to buy the green one it says
” You purchased this item on 3 May 2020. ”
but the seller is now ‘TINA’ with no profile.

So the seller has changed their name?

I leave a comment about what I think of their behaviour on the Danley profile and continued my search for another cushion from a different UK site.

The next morning I get a phone call. From China.
+86 182 3405 xxxx
I did not answer but there is literally no-one I know in China.
It went to voicemail and it is the seller.

Did Amazon share my phone number with the seller?
If so, where in your customer facing documents does it say this will happen?

Thank you.

I await their reply.

Jeff Bezos. FUCK YOU.

Amazon customer since 2005.
Prime member for over a decade.

Yet you – yes YOU – you reap the rewards so you get the fucking blame – decide to randomly delete tracks from my disabled wife’s playlists. I have to recreate.

Top tip Jeff – when you can’t fucking move at all shit matters.

And when I try to create them again? Alexa says NO.

Alexa, play Don’t You Want Me by the Human League

OK… track plays

Alexa what is playing?

I get told full information

Alexa add this to my playlist

“I do not know what is playing”



Get a fucking grip and don’t fuck with people.

Not a hard request.

Amazon Alexa and the Bravia XE80

Short version – the Sony Bravia XE80 does not work with Alexa.

My wife is forever going to remain bed-bound (3+ years and counting) and recently I'd noticed that she is having increasing difficulty manipulating both her iphone and TV remote controls. She obviously cannot affect any part of the wider environment. Voice control has to be the answer.

I bought an Amazon Echo, a Dot and a couple of smart plugs (TP-Link). So now she can turn lights on/off, call me using the Echo and play Music. All good and she's as happy as a clam about these improvements.

Apart from the Echo playing music the TV is her only other source of entertainment so that was the next target. The Sony Bravia XE80 sells itself as Alexa enabled. The price was okay, reviews seemed okay so I ordered one. And I just wasted an entire morning finding out how bad that model actually is.

Got everything setup, updated when prompted, installed the Alexa app on the TV itself and the Sony skill on Alexa. The app has a List of Things to try, so I started going through them. Alexa would turn the TV on/off. It would change the volume sometimes. It would obey 'next channel'. And that's it. No other commands would work.
Tell it to switch to HDMI 4? No
Tell it to change to channel 5? No
Tell it to pause? No
Tell it to change to BBC 1? "Command not supported by device TV". All attempts at changing channels failed unless I said "Next channel".
So this terrible Alexa enabled device was already proving unsuitable.

Youview. Jacqui uses Youview (we have a Youview box) constantly. It's her goto TV guide, she records what she wants and the UI is familiar. The Sony Bravia XE80 cannot record Youview. The only way to get this TV to record is to disable Youview completely and then add an extra HDD to the TV. This would mean Jacqui having to learn not just whatever UI was then presented but also would need to learn how to use the new tv remote. I'm not disabled but the navigation arrows being inside another ring of buttons meant it would be totally unsuitable. So that's another Bad Thing about this TV.

Speed. The TV Ui as a whole is so so slow. It took minutes to boot. Pressing a key to switch channels brought a delay of a few seconds.

It is now factory reset and back in it's box awaiting a return to Amazon.