Buoyed by the usual high quality feedback from readers, the office automated beer delivery service has taken a step towards reality with a suitable moniker.Reader lglethal suggested Beverage Utility Tasked with Liquoring up El Registerians, while ArrZarr proposed Ballistic Imbibement Trajectory Towards El Reg, which so nearly won the day had it not been for I ain't Spartacus producing the splendidly tortured backronym Life Enhancing Sustenance Transportation Embracing Robotics.The robot-building team has broken the work into, er, pint-sized chunks with the first task being to build a prototype able to follow a PFY around.OpenCV running on a Raspberry Pi has been suggested as something that would allow optical tracking of a symbol attached to the PFY for LESTER to follow for a first version before moving on to more complicated tracking tags.Another option is to simply grab a frame of video from the Pi's camera and look for a specific colour, which would undoubtedly be simpler but also subject to a higher risk of false positives.The next step will then be to attach LESTER's brain to some wheels, but it is unlikely the hardworking team will get that far before hearing the clarion call of a weekend trip to the pub.
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In 2017, a message from the art world sent a shockwave in the internet world: V, the world’s largest museum of art and design, listed WeChat as a permanent collection of exhibit 76, which consists of a mobile phone, a tablet, and three hand drawings.V explained why this world-class museum wants to collect WeChat: the social app had a significant impact on Chinese culture and the daily lives of Chinese.Each iteration of WeChat over the past seven years has been accompanied by restraint, says its creator Zhang XiaolongChinese people seem to be accustomed to the isolated ecosystem WeChat has created.Apple’s iOS is born with a closed and self-built ecosystem, which helps the business grow.But in 2017, WeChat seemed to recognize its responsibility and mission of providing services for billions of users and began to explore a new ecosystem outside its local network, while not forgetting to set up rules to maintain its initiative.
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After talks at Windsor Castle, Theresa May will stand alongside other leaders for a press conference in central London this evening.As I suggested yesterday, the issue of compensation is growing.The Times splashes on a wider Cabinet clash over immigration, with hardline Brexiteers like Esther McVey and Andrea Leadsom wanting an immigration bill speeded up.Her Majesty stretched protocol yesterday to state it was her ‘sincere wish’ that Charles will ‘one day’ succeed her, adding she had succeeded her own father in the role.Shadow International Development Secretary Kate Osamor had told The House magazine last week that Charles should not get the post because ‘we need someone people respect’.Anita Sethi certainly didn’t feel respected when she met the Prince of Wales at a Commonwealth event this week.
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The best thing about outdoor playgrounds (when it’s sunny) is that kids can be entertained for hours for free while on the swings, slides and running through tunnels, while you can choose to either get involved with them, or leave them be and set yourself up on the grass to enjoy some peace in the sun.Either way, the suggestion of heading to a park this weekend will go down well, so we’ve selected five great picks from across the UK.London - 93 Guilford St, London WC1N 1DN.There are also two large sandpits open all year round and a paddling pool that opens during the spring and summer months.South Yorkshire - Rustlings Rd, Sheffield, S11 7AB.The playground went through a three and a half year fundraising campaign to get a huge makeover back in 2008, so it’s well-equipped for kids to roam around for a fair few hours.
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The tightly wrapped 10-day-old baby, brought to the well of the chamber by her mother, Sen Tammy Duckworth, became the first newborn to appear there just one day after the Senate approved a new rule permitting it.“It’s about time,” the Illinois Democrat and Iraq War veteran told reporters on the way in to vote.I made sure she has a jacket so she doesn’t violate the Senate floor dress code (which requires blazers).I’m not sure what the policy is on duckling onesies, but I think we’re ready pic.twitter.com/SsNHEuSVnY— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) April 19, 2018The rule had passed without objection — but there had been plenty of grumbling about babies threatening the Senate’s cherished decorum.
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And for those who started university from 2012 onwards, the impact of their student loans this week got a bit greater.From September, they could now face interest rates of up to 6.3% on their loans.Some turned down university places through fear of taking out a loan, while others reckon that while their education was pricey, it still represents “a pretty good deal.”Victoria Chandler, a 24-year-old former Journalism, Media and Culture student studied between 2012 and 2015 and owes £42,000.She is paying her student loan off now, but her debt is bigger than when finished the course – something that she says is “frustrating”, although she has no regrets.“When I first started working, I didn’t earn enough to pay it off, and now that I am paying, it is a small amount [each month] so it doesn’t affect my day to day but it’s always just lingering there.
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A scorned woman poured sulphuric acid over her ex-boyfriend leaving him so badly injured that he chose to end his life at a euthanasia clinic, a court has heard.The couple had been together for five years but had split up the month before and although Van Dongen was still supporting Wallace financially, he had started seeing another woman.In the hours before the attack, Van Dongen and Wallace had attempted to rekindle their romance but at 3am on September 23 2015, Wallace poured the acid over him, causing 25 per cent burns and devastating injuries, the court was told.She says it was Van Dongen who filled the glass with acid and tried to dupe her into drinking it along with medication she took in a bid to kill or injure her.Van Dongen was left paralysed and only able to move his tongue, and had to have his left leg amputated.Fifteen months after the attack, which occurred in the Westbury Park area of Bristol, Van Dongen applied for euthanasia in his native Belgium.
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‘No Tears Left To Cry’ is the lead single from Ariana Grande’s upcoming fourth albumThe song was co-written by Ariana and frequent collaborators Savan Kotecha, ILYA and Max Martin, who have worked on her past hits like ‘Bang Bang’, ‘Problem’ and ‘Into You’Lyrically, ‘No Tears Left To Cry’ hears Ariana jubilantly singing about leaving difficult times in the past and celebrating the love and joy in her life‘No Tears Left To Cry’ is the first song she’s released since the terror attack at her concert in Manchester last year, which took the lives of 22 people.Both the song and its accompanying music video - directed by Dave Myers - dropped early on Friday morning (20 April).S N A P V E R D I C T
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Earlier this week the Secretary of State for the Home Office acknowledged in Parliament that her department has lost sight of individuals.The creation of hostility only results in the removal of humanity.The Windrush scandal rightly reminds us that immigration decisions affect people’s lives.A lack of status creates instability and uncertainty.It impacts on a person’s mental health, makes them question their place in society and even their self-worth.Refugees, those with British spouses/partners/children, those with disabilities, young adults (born abroad but who only know life in the UK), elderly dependent relatives, victims of trafficking, victims of torture – all experience the culture of disbelief and the Kafkaesque workings of the Home Office.
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In the future, tattoos may no longer be mere decorative statements for the body, but useful biomedical devices that can alert us when something’s not quite right.In new research out of Switzerland, scientists have created a tattoo that becomes visible on the skin of mice only once it has detected elevated levels of calcium in the blood.It works like this: First, they engineered cells to contain a calcium-sensing receptor.Those cells are the “tattoo,” and when in the body they can constantly monitor the concentration of calcium in the blood.Cleverly, the scientists also engineered the cells to produce a dark pigment, melanin, when they come into contact with especially high calcium concentrations.When the cells sense the elevated calcium levels, they appear on the surface of the skin as a dark patch.
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There’s a reason that many natural things look unbelievably cool: evolution.Given the stresses of existing on this turbulent spinning orb, some organisms must adapt in literally dazzling ways.This confused me at first, too, but the Cystoseira tamariscifolia algae has an iridescent shimmer just like an opal crystal does.The plant has light-controlling crystals inside its cells to help with photosynthesis.“We have living jewels in the environment,” study author Heather Whitney from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom told Gizmodo.C. tamariscifolia is a common brown alga found in Europe and the Mediterranean.
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Chinese firm claims its survival is at risk after US officials banned the sale of components to the firmChinese telecommunications maker ZTE has claimed that its survival is at risk after the United States this week banned US companies from supplying it with components.The move came due to an ongoing row over the company’s earlier contravention of US sanctions against Iran and North Korea – amid growing trade frictions between the US and China.Also this week, the UK’s national cyber-security agency warned telecoms companies not to use equipment or services from ZTE, saying to do so would harm British national security.The trouble for ZTE’s supply chain began on Monday when the US Commerce Department imposed a ban on sales by American companies to ZTE for seven years.The US alleges that the Chinese company had broken a settlement agreement with repeated false statements, and the ban was to be punished for violating the terms of a settlement agreement.
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Enterprises need networked security architecture underpinned by machine learning, says Kevin RileyIT teams have long been focused on securing data in storage and data in motion, and have invested continuously on ensuring their infrastructure, communications networks, applications and access management control policies are hardened and updated as new threats surface and cyberattacks become more sophisticated and frequent.Too often, however, these same teams, who are now responsible for all applications, including voice, video, messaging and collaboration platforms, are not aware of the vulnerabilities associated with real time communications (real time communications would consists of Unified Communications or UC suite of applications that include Voice over IP, Video over IP, collaboration and messaging, etc.), including cyber criminals who are attacking entire enterprise networks by hacking into real time communications systems, finding “unlocked doors and windows” in otherwise ironclad enterprise computing and network environments.In a “real time world” it is mission critical to protect the network, endpoints, call flows and media (in addition to applications) to ensure uninterrupted quality of service, while equally important to protect the entire cloud and computing environment given that cloud communications which lack the proper security software can create pathways into the entire enterprise technology environment.Attacks on contact centers is just one example of what can happen when cloud communications are not fully secured.
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The usual routine, I think, as a pair of uniformed bouncers slip unhurriedly into the open-plan office, fire doors swinging gently behind them.The more menacing of the two raises a smartphone in my direction and takes a photo.At first I assume he is saving my mugshot onto a corporate database of ne’er-do-wells but it’s taking too long.His thumb stops its little dance and he raises his head, fixing me with knowing eye contact.To think that someone who has been writing a weekly column for The Reg implausibly founded on the concept of artlessly contrived double entendres should fail to realise why such a misunderstanding could so easily come about!It appears that clunky plate-based printing presses these days are configured by computer while the latest in digital printing systems have to be cajoled into operation using hammers and spanners.
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A woman has died following a fire at a care home for adults with learning disabilities in north-east London that broke out early Friday morning.The woman, whose name and age are not yet known, was pronounced dead at the scene on Connington Crescent, Chingford.It is not yet clear whether she was a resident or a member of staff.Pictures from the scene show flames pouring out of the roof of the building, which houses Connington Court and Connington House.Both provide services to support adults with autism and other complex needs or behaviour, according to Care Quality Commission documents.Approximately 70 firefighters attended the blaze at the three-storey block of flats from 2.15am.
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You were confident that your feet would feel the floor, your legs would take the weight of your body as you stood up and the room would stay still as you moved.MS is a neurological condition where the body’s immune system attacks the outer lining of the nerves (myelin).The damage causes disruption to the messages getting through from the brain (picture an electrical cable with damage to the plastic casing so you can see the bare wires and the current misfires).The disruption to the message getting through causes a whole host of symptoms; numbness, pain, muscle spasms, vision issues, problems with balance and fatigue to name but a few.Secondary Progressive (SP) can develop after 10-15 years of Relapsing Remitting and Primary Progressive is a progressive form with no periods of remission from the outset.There are an ever increasing array of treatment options available for RRMS, but less so for the progressive types.
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They would go on to live with each of us 50% of the time, switching between homes each Monday evening.It enabled continuity in their schooling and ensured that we could both contribute equally to their parenting.While I’m biased as their father, they’ve both of gone on to be happy, academically accomplished, socially well-adjusted and positive, optimistic and polite which is all I could hope for.In spite of this, we both remained committed to them completing their education in the town they’d always lived, and to raising them co-operatively and jointly.The time seemed right then, to consider a new way of raising them separately, together.For the last 14 months we’ve adopted an arrangement known as bird-nesting or birds-nest co-parenting.
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A recent study showed that influencer marketing is twice as fast as conventional approaches in finding customers, and up to ten times more effective.You have to find ways of promoting your brand in a subtle way.The new influencers are now social media users with loyal followers.Although not considered the most important factor, ensuring that your social influencer reaches the target market of your brand is vital, else you’re wasting time and money reaching people who aren’t interested in your brand.A social media influencer with less sponsored content is usually more trusted and seen as more authentic.An influencer with personal, compelling stories will be accepted more than one who writes long product reviews.
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Back in the sepia-tinged olden days, all stoners needed to have a good time was a bit of paper and some marijuana.To celebrate 4/20 and our bleary-eyed brethren, we’ve put together a list of some of the… odder products the enterprising blazer definitely doesn’t need, but will probably want anyway.Creating weed – sorry, ‘herbal’ – butter has been a rite of passage for teenage smokers for years.Regularly though, the final product it ends up burnt, ineffective or just wasteful.All you need to do is add the ingredients, press two buttons and the machine does the rest.For many weed-enthusiasts, growing their own plants is a lifelong dream, but, for some weird reason, lots of them lack the effort and concentration to actually follow through with this.
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By the time you will read this article, the deadline for the European General Data Protection Regulation (otherwise known as GDPR) to kick in will be just over five weeks away and for companies all over the land, that means making sure personal information and data that they have collected is not only used but also stored in compliance with the new rules.Regardless of the number of employees, all businesses and public sector entities will have to embrace GDPR or face fines of up to €20 million or four percent of global annual turnover, whichever is higher.In the case of a social networking company which recently made the headlines for the wrong reasons, that would have meant a potential €1 billion fine.Research published in June 2017 by iGov Survey on behalf of KYOCERA Document Solutions UK found out that less than 60% of public sector organisations surveyed between March and April of that year were aware of the implications of GDPR for their organisations.Is your printer GDPR ready?What was more alarming was that nearly 30% of the respondents back then felt unprepared to meet their obligations regarding document and print management with a similar proportion saying that they do not have a policy regarding USB storage, which is mind boggling given that horror stories about misplaced USB drives have been doing the rounds for nearly a decade now.
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