Cocaine is causing some eels in London's famous River Thames to be "hyperactive," new research by King's College London shows.A team of scientists at the university studied wastewater that's entering into the river from nearby sewers during storms and found traces of the drug within 24 hours of the overflow, the Independent reports.Compared to other major cities, the level of cocaine entering London's water system — likely through users' urine — is much higher."Increases in caffeine, cocaine and benzoylecgonine [a metabolite] were observed 24 hours after sewer overflow events,' King's College London researchers said in a paper that detailed their findings, according to the Evening Standard.BIZARRE DEEP-SEA FISH LIVING IN GULF OF CALIFORNIA WITH 'VIRTUALLY NO OXYGEN' PUZZLES BIOLOGISTSLondon's water treatment plants are tasked with purifying the water but major storms reportedly "overwhelm" the operations and allow some sewage water to make its way into the river.
The fantastically named "super blood wolf moon" of Jan. 20 and 21 was a stunner combining a total lunar eclipse (blood) with January timing (wolf) and a particularly large appearance due to being closer to the Earth (super).The Kalamazoo Astronomical Society in Michigan delivered an extraordinary set of images showing the moon and the occasional twinkling star around it.The society describes this shot as "cropped and slightly processed."SpaceX founder Elon Musk even shared one of the KAS images, which more than doubled the society's follower count on Twitter.
Reverse ferret by tech research giantMonths after Gartner researchers confirmed a pitifully low proportion of CIOs were actually unleashing AI into the wild, the latest survey paints an entirely different picture.Back in June, Gartner found that just 4 per cent of CIOs had invested in and deployed AI, the latest garment to be worn by the emperor in the tech fashion stakes.Only one in five CIOs had played with it on an experimental basis, the research found.And some 81 per cent of organisations it spoke to mostly sidestepped AI tech.But in a world away from the sentiments expressed toward AI last summer, Gartner roday said AI has implementations have grown 270 per cent in the past four years, and tripled in the last 12 months.
This article seeks to offer a few suggestions to a prospective buyer, as well as some other information regarding alternatives not found on this list.To some veterans of the 3D printing scene, this list may seem like it lacks a few of the most commonly recommended printers for newcomers.Relatively easy to use for its priceThe Monoprice Mini v2 is an incredibly common entry level printer these days, and at this price, it’s not hard to see why.The Mini’s community is well established, and can offer plenty of advice on simple modifications that increase the longevity of the machine, to resources on replacement parts and additions.However, its primary goal is to print with PLA (or PolyLactic Acid), a safe, environmentally friendly material, and in that regard it absolutely shines.
We might have made a typoFujitsu has accused the Foreign Office of being unable to count after mandarins awarded a £350m IT outsourcing contract to incumbent rival Vodafone.In court documents seen by The Register, Fujitsu has accused the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of making "arithmetic errors and other manifest errors of assessment" when it re-awarded Vodafone its global connectivity services contract in November 2018.The four-year framework agreement would have seen the winning bidder supplying voice and data services to 550 embassies and other British government posts in 170 countries worldwide.Fujitsu's lawyers, Baker & McKenzie LLP, are arguing in the High Court that the FCO failed to apply its own bid scoring methodology properly, resulting in Vodafone unfairly winning the contract.Fujitsu said FCO civil servants had broken the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, the UK implementation of an EU legal directive.
A new malware sample “captured” and analysed by Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 has adopted code to uninstall five different cloud security protection and monitoring products from compromised Linux servers.It is the most recently analysed example of a cryptominer used by the China-based Rocke group, originally revealed by Cisco Talos in August of 2018 and standing out (as per their blog) for exhibiting a range of “remarkable” behaviors.The samples captured in October 2018 exploit vulnerabilities in Apache Struts 2, Oracle WebLogic, and Adobe ColdFusion before uninstalling cloud security products from Alibaba Cloud and Tencent Cloud, Unit 42 researchers Xingyu Jin and Claud Xiao wrote.Only then do they start to exhibit the behavior typical of such miners.(While also “killing” rival miners).The anti-cloud defences function can uninstall:
Auto concierge platform Motorist.sg today announced it’s raised seed funding from JobsCentral co-founders Der Shing Lim and Shao-Ning Huang and Zopim’s Royston Tay for an undisclosed amount.The Singapore-based startup claims to have facilitated over 9,200 transactions worth US$176 million since its founding in 2015.It already has offices in Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam, but is planning on opening a fourth in Thailand with the new injection.Motorist.sg CEO Damian Sia says the company intends to raise another round of funding in mid-2019.
In the last twelve months alone, the government has spoken loudly about the direction in which it wants advances in self-driving cars to go.And yet, though these developments are certainly innovative, and exciting, speed bumps remain – especially for the motor insurance industry – on the road to autonomous vehicles becoming an everyday reality.The government has set 2021 as the target for this new mode of transport to enter commercial use, and it has also said that it wants the UK to be “at the forefront” of this cutting-edge technology – there is clearly an abundance of ambition and intent.In November, when taxi firm Addison Lee announced it had partnered with self-driving specialist Oxbotica to roll out self-driving cabs in London in three years’ time, it felt as though we moved one step closer to enterprising objectives becoming a tangible reality.One of the major, and as yet open, questions, however is this: how do we adequately insure an industry which projections indicate will be worth £28bn in 17 years’ time?It falls on the motor insurance industry to answer these questions, as well as make sure that their products support this new technology, create confidence in it, and meet consumers’ changing needs.
Recently, it was announced that Jason Reitman will be helming a new Ghostbusters project, slated for next year.The project, skipping over the Paul Feige 2016 all-lady reboot entirely, will function as a continuation of the narrative of the original two movies from the 1980s.And Leslie Jones, one of those lady cast members from the 2016 version, is not impressed by the snub.In a blistering tweet, Jones took full advantage of her 280 characters yesterday to call the new movie “like something trump would do,” aligning the film with a sexist urge to erase the most recent film.(Trump voice)”Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge.Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers” ugh so annoying.
After the drama of last week in Westminster, it’s the 49th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum that will take centre stage over the next few days.I will join more than 100 heads of government, as well the globe’s leading companies, international organisations, and NGOs in making the annual visit to Davos.Brexit will of course be a hot topic, but the global economy won’t wait for us.We are now well into the fourth industrial revolution, and discussions at Davos will cover everything that it entails – from biotechnology to blockchain, quantum computers to autonomous vehicles.Whether it’s combatting climate change or defeating some of the world’s most dangerous diseases, the potential benefits of progress in these fields are limited only by our own imaginations.The challenge, then, is how we can work together as a coalition across global civil society, promoting the emerging technologies that we will need to drive sustainable and inclusive economic growth for all of our futures.
Remember the good old days when Freddos used to be 10p?For one week only, Tesco is rolling back the price of the frog-shaped bar to the original price.The price of Freddos has long been used as a way to complain about inflation.And rightly so, the 18 gram Cadbury bar cost just 10p in the nineties, reaching a peak of 30p in 2018 – an eye-watering 200% increase since 2000.Tesco said its temporary price reduction follows pressure from customers, who made repeated requests for the product to return to its former price, even after Cadbury reduced the cost from 30p to 25p in March of last year.Tesco’s special deal is part of a wider range of celebratory price drops which the supermarket has launched to mark its centenary year.
Skygazers in parts of the UK lucky enough to be under clear skies and brave enough to head outdoors in freezing temperatures were treated to the astronomical spectacle of a “super blood wolf moon” on Monday.The rare phenomenon, caused in part by a lunar eclipse, makes the surface of the moon appear a reddish hue, while seeming brighter and closer to earth than normal.A super blood wolf moon occurs when a blood moon and supermoon happen simultaneously and was best seen from the UK at around 5.10am – providing clouds did not obstruct the view.While the supermoon and blood moon titles come from the brightness and reddish colour respectively, a full moon in January is sometimes called a “wolf” moon.Professional photographers and amateurs alike shared their photographs of the rare celestial event, although some were more successful than others.My attempt at the SuperBloodWolfMoon just before totality when it was at it's reddest and then after totality.
Rumors of Samsung adopting an in-display fingerprint scanner have been doing the rounds for years, and since companies like Huawei (with the device pictured above) and Vivo have now achieved it, we are almost certain Samsung will do so with the Galaxy S10.Consistent leaks and rumors of the new Galaxy S10 range have suggested we'll see the tech debut there, and our best evidence yet comes from Samsung's own code.Found within the Samsung Pay app - specifically dug up by XDA Developers - the source code references the codename of the S10 and shows a little of how the app would work behind the scenes if you're not using a typical phone scanner.If the phone has an in-display scanner, the app will look to move the "payment flow window" higher up the page.That may be because of the positioning of where your thumb will be on your phone screen.This doesn't confirm we'll see the in-display fingerprint tech on all Galaxy S10 models though, but the fact it exists in the app at all suggests at least one model will have the tech.
The iPhone time machine takes us back 36 years... to the Apple LisaFeature Dearly beloved, please join us in taking a moment to remember the Apple Lisa, a 36-year-old experiment in seeing just how much Apple could charge for hardware.Named for Saint Steve’s daughter, the Lisa project kicked off in 1978, finally making an appearance on 19 January 1983.It was pitched as a graphical competitor to the tiresome text-based computers dominating the marketplace.Featuring exotic hardware (including a mighty megabyte of RAM, considerably more than the 128 kilobytes of the IBM XT which would put in an appearance less than two months later) the Lisa was an exercise in seeing how much money Apple could squeeze out of the faithful.Even fully loading one of today’s Apple outdated dustbins (aka the Mac Pro) can’t get close, but the fruit-based firm had no such qualms back in the day.
More than seven years after it first launched, and we still cant get enough of The Elder Scrolls v: Skyrim.And that's thanks in large part to the continued efforts of its dedicated modding community, which today turns up another treat – working multiplayer support.Though the Elder Scrolls games excel in large part thanks to their focus on solo play (the Elder Scrolls Online notwithstanding, of course), several years in and Skyrim's large open world still begs to be explored with pals.Many modders have tried to bring this dream to fruition, but it's the team working on Skyrim Together that has come closest to making it a reality.It allows up to eight players to team up and take on the majority of what Skyrim has to offer, once again breathing new life into the game.Skyrim Together is currently in a closed beta, accessible only to the team's Patreon contributors, though that's only set to be a short season before a wider release is enabled.
Techie's speed test ends up bringing sales reps' work to a screeching haltYes, it’s time for another trip down readers’ memory lanes in El Reg’s weekly column that celebrates all the times you’ve tried to slink off without someone noticing the monumental error you’ve just made.This time, we meet “Joe”, who was testing out some new shiny kit – much to the detriment of his fellow workers.“It was 1990, and I was working for a high-tech startup that had grown from 24 employees to well over 200 in three years,” Joe told us.Each of the sales reps in the biz had an IBM 286 desktop running client management system SaleMaker, Joe said.“The entire operation was set up to make selling the highest priority in the company.”
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gave an unconvincing speech to a conference in Munich about privacy, just at the point she needs to sound sincere for regulators.Sandberg talked about how Facebook needed to do better, and its commitment to stopping election interference and abuse, but audience members described her comments as rehearsed.Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei warned of job losses thanks to global fears about the firm's equipment.Uber is hiring a team that will work on autonomous scooters and bikes, with the vehicles able to drive themselves to a charging point.The division will live within Uber's JUMP bikes team.Former Oracle executive Thomas Kurian takes over as CEO of Google Cloud this month, and rumors have spread about a possible Atlassian acquisition.Facebook has endowed a new AI ethics institute in Germany, the first time it has set up such an organisation.
Time may be relative, but most people will agree that whether you’re launching a business or planning a wedding, two years is a lot of notice, and enough time to adequately prepare for most things.Fast forward to May 2018, when those regulations were officially rolled out, and the majority of companies were and still are failing to comply.Why is it that a survey from the first three months following GDPR’s formal enactment shows that 70 percent of companies aren’t compliant?Is it that the regulations are that hard to follow, or is it something else?To be sure, some companies aren’t yet compliant simply because they ignored the deadline, believe GDPR doesn’t apply to them, or haven’t gotten around to putting their plan into action.But for some the deterrent to GDPR compliance is fear.
Sure, it's cold and we're all poor from Christmas, but we don't need made-up reasons to be grumpy alongside the real ones.It first appeared in 2005 (seriously, we've been repeating this rubbish for thirteen years?!)in a press release from a holiday company.As ever, when someone's trying to make you feel bad, you should be wondering what they stand to gain.In this case, it was holiday bookings."Everything is terrible, maybe you'll feel better wedged into an economy seat on a plane to Kavos next to a stag party from Romford."
In the past few years, Facebook’s been concentrating on community-based features like Candidate Info and Town Hall to increase users’ engagement with local government and politics.In its latest move, it’ll roll out a petition feature you can use to create a campaign that other folks can support.TechCrunch, which got a sneak peek of the feature from the company, says that Facebook is aiming to focus this feature around local causes and on bringing them to the attention of government bodies in charge of them.The petition feature, which is called Community Actions, will start rolling out in the US from today.You can create an Action with a title and description, and tag the relevant authority or agency that can act on it.Other users can “support” the petition and share the cause to their feeds to help it gather momentum.