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A British government minister has claimed that cannibalism on the high seas should now be a thing of the past, as modern navigation and safety technology have made it very unlikely sailors will find themselves in circumstances where they might want to eat each other.
This hopeful statement came during a debate in the House of Lords on human rights at sea when Baron Mackenzie of Framwellgate stood to ask a question of Charlotte, Baroness Vere of Norbiton, the Conservative government's Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport.
The debate had begun with Baroness Vere answering questions about the government's policy regarding the many merchant sailors worldwide who found themselves stuck on vessels thousands of miles from home, sometimes without pay or current contracts, due to the effects of the COVID pandemic.
Sponsored Experience is everything when it comes to delivering IT-enabled products and services. But it’s no longer about how many deadlines your team smashed, how often you’d exceeded service-level agreements (SLAs), or how many lines of code you’ve spat out.
Rather it’s about how the services and products you deliver impact the rest of the organisation’s ability to do their jobs, increase productivity, deliver customer satisfaction and co-create value.
“Experience” may be seen as subjective, even ephemeral, compared to the traditional IT metrics, deadlines and SLAs. But if you want proof of its importance, consider how ITIL® 4, the latest revision of the best practice framework for service management from AXELOS, focuses on improving user experience of digital services and how this enhances productivity right across the organisation.
Researchers have found that stress does indeed turn your hair grey, and that taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot, even reversing the process – a discovery with potential ramifications for our understanding of the ageing process.
"Just as the rings in a tree trunk hold information about past decades in the life of a tree, our hair contains information about our biological history," senior author Martin Picard, PhD, explained of the team's research.
"When hairs are still under the skin as follicles, they are subject to the influence of stress hormones and other things happening in our mind and body. Once hairs grow out of the scalp, they harden and permanently crystallise these exposures into a stable form."
Gloucestershire Constabulary has announced it is the first police force in the world to use a centralised doggy DNA database to clamp down on pet theft - but it's relying entirely on a commercial provider for both the tech and the database.
Dubbed DNA Protected, the programme sees pooch parents taking mouth swab samples from their pets, which are analysed for DNA with the result being recorded in a centralised database. Should there be any question about the ownership of an animal, a new sample can be taken for comparison.
It's an alternative to microchipping, and addresses one key flaw: in cases of theft, rather than straying, a ne'er-do-well could remove or swap out a microchip, something that's impossible with a dog's personal DNA.
Google on Thursday introduced a unified vulnerability schema for open source projects, continuing its current campaign to shore up the security of open source software.
A schema defines the structure of a database. It's a blueprint for the objects within the database and it informs how data can be queried and exchanged.
The as-yet-unnamed vulnerability interchange schema aspires to bridge gaps that make it difficult to connect current, fragmented vulnerability databases by providing a common interchange format. It aims to enforce software version specification in a way that matches the naming and versioning conventions that open source package ecosystems actually use.
We didn't see this on the side of a bus. Five years to the day that Britain heard the results of the Brexit referendum, O2 has caved as the last of the UK's Big Four networks to re-introduce roaming charges in Europe for its customers.
For its pay monthly punters, each gigabyte of data over 25GB will now be charged at £3.50 per GB.
In a message sent to customers, the carrier wrote: “As your monthly UK data allowance is over 25GB, you can still use your data in our Europe Zone. But it’s now subject to a Roaming Limit of 25GB. Once you’ve reached this limit you’ll be charged an additional cost of £3.50/GB.”
Register Debate Welcome to the latest Register Debate in which writers discuss technology topics, and you – the reader – choose the winning argument. The format is simple: we propose a motion, the arguments for the motion will run this Monday and Wednesday, and the arguments against on Tuesday and Thursday.
During the week you can cast your vote on which side you support using the embedded poll, choosing whether you're in favor or against the motion. The final score will be announced on Friday, revealing whether the for or against argument was most popular. It's up to our writers to convince you to vote for their side.
This week's motion is: Containers will kill virtual machines
Fans eagerly awaiting the emission of Windows 11 have been treated to a teaser of today's big event, ending with Microsoft giving us all... the finger?
"Feel what's next for Windows," exhorts Microsoft. Based on Vista and Windows 8, we'd have to say we're getting a sense of impending doom. Or perhaps we should be feeling fluffy… like a cloud. Which, after all, is the direction of travel for Microsoft.
A home improvement biz based in East Sussex is facing a fine of £130,000 for making upwards of 900,000 unsolicited marketing calls to individuals and businesses that had enrolled on the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).
Colour Coat of St Leonards-on-Sea made almost 970,000 connected calls between 1 August 2019 and 31 March last year, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) found, of which more than 452,000 were to folk or entities registered with TPS or the corporate equivalent.
The ICO said it was tipped off to the company's practices when it received more than 50 complaints from unsuspecting cold-call casualties. This included repeated calls to people that told the company not to contact them again.
British revellers have been asked for their favourite hangover cures, with some frankly bizarre results.
Those polled in the survey, which was commissioned by the makers of Tabasco sauce, declared that a full English breakfast was by far their favourite way of dealing with the consequences of a heavy night, with 32 per cent giving it the thumbs-up.
The podium places for confronting a thumping headache and a furry tongue were filled out by strong coffee (26 per cent), which narrowly edged out bacon sandwiches (25 per cent) into third in a near dead heat.
A railway pressure group is calling on the UK government to throw its weight behind a new fleet of hydrogen-powered trains to help modernise existing rolling stock and get the nation's transport policy back on track.
The Railway Industry Association (RIA) – which can trace its roots back more than 140 years to when its members were busy building steam locos – wants government to support pilot projects to test the viability of hydrogen not only as a clean source of fuel but as a way to boost economic growth.
"Hydrogen trains will have a vital role to play – alongside conventional electrification – as the UK looks to develop a Net Zero economy by 2050," said the RIA in a briefing note.
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