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NHS waiting list hits record 4.7m after Covid pandemic

Mail Online - Thu, 2021-04-15 23:01
Experts warned chronically ill people had 'reached the limit of their endurance', with more than 5,000 waiting a year for potentially life-saving heart surgery.
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Inside Harmony Learning, Australia's luxury childcare centre

Mail Online - Thu, 2021-04-15 23:01
The extraordinarily luxurious features of Australia's swankiest childcare centre have been showcased in a series of videos.
Categories: UK News

The Looming Software Kill-Switch Lurking In Aging PlayStation Hardware

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-04-15 23:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Unless something changes, an issue lurking in older PlayStations' internal timing systems threatens to eventually make every PS4 game and all downloaded PS3 games unplayable on current hardware. Right now, it's not a matter of if but when this problem will occur. [...] The root of the coming issue has to do with the CMOS battery inside every PS3 and PS4, which the systems use to keep track of the current time (even when they're unplugged). If that battery dies or is removed for any reason, it raises an internal flag in the system's firmware indicating the clock may be out of sync with reality. After that flag is raised, the system in question has to check in with PSN the next time it needs to confirm the correct time. On the PS3, this online check happens when you play a game downloaded from the PlayStation Store. On the PS4, this also happens when you try to play retail games installed from a disc. This check has to be performed at least once even if the CMOS battery is replaced with a fresh one so the system can reconfirm clock consistency. Why does the PlayStation firmware care so much about having the correct time? On the PS3, the timer check is used to enforce any "time limits" that might have been placed on your digital purchase (as confirmed by the error message: "This content has a time limit. To perform this operation go to settings date and time settings set via internet"). That check seems to be required even for downloads that don't have any actual set expiration date, adding a de facto one-time online check-in requirement for systems after their internal batteries fail. On the PS4, though, the timing check is apparently intended to make sure PSN trophy data is registered accurately and to prevent players from pretending to get trophies earlier than they actually had. You'd think this check could be segregated from the ability to load the non-trophy portions of the game, but player testing has shown that this seems to be a requirement to get PS4 games to load at all. Last month, Sony shut down PlayStation Store access for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation Portable. Sony will eventually shut off the PSN servers that power the timing check for hardware it no longer considers important. "After that, it's only a matter of time before failing CMOS batteries slowly reduce all PS3 and PS4 hardware to semi-functional curios," adds Ars. Sony could release a firmware update that limits the system functions tied to this timing check, but Sony hasn't publicly indicated it has any such plans.

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RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: Seven hours to clear Heathrow? It's bordering on the ridiculous

Mail Online - Thu, 2021-04-15 22:59
RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: Some years ago I went to a stand-up comedy night at Camden Lock, in North London, in aid of the charity Jewish Care. Biggest laugh of the evening greeted a...
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Stirring bugle call will be heard at Prince Philip's funeral... at his personal request 

Mail Online - Thu, 2021-04-15 22:58
Buglers of the Royal Marines will perform the wartime alert in honour of Philip's active service in the Royal Navy. The duke wanted the call to echo around St George's Chapel at his funeral.
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How Prince Philip's funeral will unfold... minute by sombre minute 

Mail Online - Thu, 2021-04-15 22:52
Tthe Duke of Edinburgh's funeral on Saturday has been planned with military precision and nothing has been left to chance. Here is your in-depth guide to the day.
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Coroner reveals TikTok and Vine star Adam Perkins, 24, died at an L.A. home

Mail Online - Thu, 2021-04-15 22:51
Adam made his name on Vine with comedy videos and he was best known for one where he appeared in a bathroom mirror, enthusiastically saying: 'Hi, welcome to Chilli's'.
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WHAT BOOK would Booker Prize winner Douglas Stuart take to a desert island?

Mail Online - Thu, 2021-04-15 22:51
Douglas Stuart is currently reading Mayflies by Andrew O'Hagan. The Booker Prize winner said he would take Maria McCann's As Meat Loves Salt to a desert island.
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Shattering accounts of the Great War, from those left to grieve

Mail Online - Thu, 2021-04-15 22:51
Historian David Hargreave and his researcher Margaret-Louise O'Keeffe have collated first-hand testimonies from those who were in World War I, for a book of new insights from the period.
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Former NHS finance chief plundered £1.4m

Mail Online - Thu, 2021-04-15 22:50
Chartered accountant Stephen Day has been jailed for 11 years and five months after admitting 12 counts of fraud. A judge told him he was guilty of 'industrial-scale dishonesty'.
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Fascinating account of the lives of Manx shearwaters in a nature book

Mail Online - Thu, 2021-04-15 22:50
Roger Morgan-Grenvill explores the lives of Manx shearwaters found on the island of Rum in Scotland, in a new nature book. The author reveals the birds spend 90 per cent of their lives at sea.
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Rick Stein's shop is forced to clarify 'misleading' claim that its salmon is from English river

Mail Online - Thu, 2021-04-15 22:49
Rick Stein's website has now changed the packaging to say the fish is from the Faroe Islands but said they 'did not attempt to mislead consumers'.
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Amazing images show the wildlife-inspired cupcakes available at popular patissiere

Mail Online - Thu, 2021-04-15 22:45
Paint they sweet! You could describe these mini-masterpieces as the ultimate in creature comfort-eating.
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Mobile app security standard for IoT, VPNs proposed by group backed by Big Tech

The Register - Thu, 2021-04-15 22:42
ioXt Alliance aims to bring 'transparency and visibility'

On Thursday the ioXt Alliance, an Internet of Things (IoT) security trade group backed by some of the biggest names in the business, introduced a set of baseline standards for mobile apps, in the hope that IoT security may someday be a bit less of a dumpster fire.…

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Rule that insists care home residents must isolate after each day out is 'abuse of human rights'

Mail Online - Thu, 2021-04-15 22:40
While the rest of British society is enjoying the return of basic freedoms, residents are effectively banned from leaving their homes for a stroll or a trip to a cafe with loved ones.
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Writer Barbara Pym's brilliant novels were inspired by the often horrible men she was drawn to

Mail Online - Thu, 2021-04-15 22:40
Paula Byrne has penned a biography about Barbara Pym, from Oswestry, Shropshire, whose great novels include Some Tame Gazelle, Excellent Women as well as Jane And Prudence.
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Enter Eric Pickles, the thinking man's John Prescott, writes HENRY DEEDES

Mail Online - Thu, 2021-04-15 22:33
Ey up! Who was this cheery peer beaming at us down the Zoom lens, with eyes like hooded ping pong balls, forehead shiny as a linoleum floor? Why it was Eric Pickles - ex-Tory minister.
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Johnny Depp's 'downfall to be explored in three new documentaries'

Mail Online - Thu, 2021-04-15 22:29
It has been claimed that the upcoming shows are currently being made in the US and UK with production company, Optomen, working with ITV.
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Apple Wins New Trial in $506 Million Patent-Damages Award

Slashdot - Thu, 2021-04-15 22:20
A federal judge tossed a $506.2 million damages award against Apple after ruling the iPhone maker should have been able to argue that patent owner Optis Wireless Technology was making unfair royalty demands, though he refused to throw out the liability finding. From a report: Optis and its partners in the case, PanOptis Patent Management and Unwired Planet, claimed that Apple's smartphones, watches, and tablets that operate over the LTE cellular standard were using its patented technology. U.S. District Court Judge Rodney Gilstrap said the jury should have been allowed to consider whether the royalty demand was consistent with a requirement that standard-essential patents be licensed on "fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory," or FRAND, terms. The patent trial in August, one of the few held during the pandemic, was part of an unusual sweep of verdicts in Texas that collectively resulted in $3.7 billion in damages against tech companies like Apple and Intel Corp. Apple was also hit with damages awards of $502.8 million in a decade-long battle over security communications technology, and $308.5 million in a case over digital rights management.

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Kick the car out of the garage and create a new room

Mail Online - Thu, 2021-04-15 22:17
A garage today is perfect for making your home larger, whether that's in the form of additional rooms or allowing existing ones to grow in size. So what should you do?
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