Articles about Christmas

When neural nets do carols: 'Santa baby bore sweet Jesus Christ. Fa la la la la la, la la la la'

RoTM "King of toys and hippopotamuses full of the light of that stood at the dear Son of Santa Claus." What is this latest madness? you may ask. Well, it's 2017 and it's Christmas so someone has obviously had a crack a training a neural network to write carols. The results are at least entertaining, even if they might offend the …
Rebecca Hill, 22 Dec 2017
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Kent woman to season festive dinner with her mother's ashes

A woman from Kent, England, intends to redefine the meaning of a cremated Christmas dinner this year as she plans to serve her mother's ashes with her festive meal. Debra Parsons, from Folkestone, will set a place for her mother at the table to ensure she is properly remembered as her guests eat their specially seasoned fare, …
Richard Priday, 18 Dec 2017
Christmas turkey wrapped in bacon with Brussels sprouts on the side

At Christmas, do you give peas a chance? Go cold turkey? What is the perfect festive feast?

Boozing in the morning, blazing family rows in the afternoon, and passing out in front of the telly – trousers unbuttoned – by 5pm. All of these are annual traditions of Christmas but when it comes to dinner, what makes the perfect festive nosh? Everyone has their own take on Yuletide overindulgence, and inevitably something …
Kat Hall, 13 Dec 2017
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O Christmas wreath, O Christmas wreath, thy potent skunk's in bunches

Nothing says Christmas like a wreath. Except of course a reefer wreath. But why stop at Jesus and Mary, when you can add a full ounce of Mary Jane, dressed with eucalyptus, wheat and rosemary that stoners can use to decorate their knockers this festivus. The seasonal arrangement, only on sale in Los Angeles, is the result of a …
Paul Kunert, 6 Dec 2017

Mm, sacrilicious: Greggs advent calendar features sausage roll in a manger

Nothing quite says Christmas like greasy, calorific overindulgence, and this year budget sausage roll shop Greggs is ready to get you in the mood with its "treat-filled" limited-edition advent calendar. Each door reveals a tear-off token that can be taken into Greggs branches to be exchanged for a different treat every day …
Kat Hall, 13 Nov 2017
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What gifts did ol' kitten heels May get this year?

Working out what to get anyone for Christmas is tricky, so you can be forgiven for falling back on broad stereotypes. A drill for dad. Perfume for the girlfriend. Wirecutters for BOFH. Spare a thought then for the ministerial gifts given to Prime Minister Theresa May, in the quarterly returns published this week. What do you …
Kat Hall, 22 Dec 2016

Christmas cheer for KCL staffers with gift of extra holiday after IT disaster

Exclusive 'Tis the season to be jolly at King's College London, where staff have been offered extra holiday in recognition of their response to the university's IT disaster. Not too jolly, of course. It won't be possible to take pay in lieu of the extra two days, although staff aren't sniffing at the offer. An email sent from KCL's …

Santa's sleigh gets 21st century makeover

NSF Kids Santa is going to get* a turbo charged helper this Xmas in the form a of the GS-900 gadget sleigh. For a cool £199,995 excluding VAT, Santa’s new metal bastard could be assembled to include GPS, a convertible roof, hybrid powered rocket boosters, heated seats, parking sensors and a chimney cam. If there’s enough interest in …
Paul Kunert, 16 Dec 2016
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WINNER! Crush your loved ones at Connect Four this Christmas

With Christmas Day within sight, it’s time to dust off your Monopoly set and concentrate on your Settler’s strategy. Or, maybe, consider some new board-game purchases. It’s not just me caught up in this wave of nostalgia – venerated institution the Victoria and Albert Museum is hosting a major board game retrospective. Of late, …
Lucy Orr, 15 Dec 2016

Online advent calendar offers mystery VM every day until Christmas

Here's something fun for Christmas: the folks behind the free and open-source hosted QEMU hypervisor have whipped up an online advent calendar that offers you a new virtual machine to download every day between now and Christmas. The 2016 QEMU Advent Calendar kicked off last week with a download of the 56kb MikeOS, apparently …

Amazon to hire 20,000 seasonal workers in UK

Amazon is advertising to fill more than 20,000 seasonal roles within its UK fulfilment centres. The biz currently has 10 fulfilment centres in the UK. Two new ones centre are also opening - in Manchester and Coalville, Leicestershire - next month, creating 1,500 new permanent jobs over three years. The outfit claims it has …
Kat Hall, 5 Oct 2016
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Salesforce forks out $360m, slips SteelBrick in its Christmas stocking

Salesforce has bought itself an early Christmas present in the form of a $360m (£241m) acquisition of subscription billing apps biz SteelBrick. The acquisition is expected to be wrapped up by April 2016. Salesforce is already familiar with the company's business, having poured $18m (£12m) into its coffers during a 2015. …
Kat Hall, 24 Dec 2015

Dixons Carphone CEO dances on rivals’ graves, swipes share from survivors

Christmas is unlikely to come early for Brit shoppers at Dixons Carphone. Essentially, the retail borg is awash with cash so it won’t on this occasion need to slash prices to counter a summer of soggy sales. Numbers at the half-way point of fiscal ’16 – ended 31 October – filed this morning, showed like-for-like revenue up …
Paul Kunert, 16 Dec 2015
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GCHQ Christmas Card asks YOU the questions

The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Britain's signals intelligence organisation, has revealed its Christmas card. The boring bits of the card, which will come from director GCHQ Robert Hannigan, is a painting called “Adoration of the Shepherds” from the brush of one of Rembrandt's students. The interesting bits …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Dec 2015
The MSN Santa (unconfirmed)

Google open-sources Santa Claus

Google has open-sourced Santa Claus. Or at least the code for its online Santa Tracker. For those of you who are more “bah humbug” than “pass the eggnog”, Santa Tracker offers an online method of tracking Santa's fictional progress through the logistical chore of stuffing soon-to-be-ignored amusing plastic tat down the …
The MSN Santa (unconfirmed)

Cyber crims put feet up for Chrimbo: 2014's seasonal retail breaches fell

Shoppers flocked online for retail bargains during Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014, but cyber criminals seemingly decided not to join the scrum. Despite a record-breaking surge in online shopping during late November’s online discount binge, cyber breaches actually fell, according to IBM. That’s the good news. The bad? …
Gavin Clarke, 7 Jan 2015
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Mysterious STAR set to appear on Christmas Eve above Blighty: The ISS

NASA's International Space Station is expected to be shining brightly above Britain's skies tonight. Budding young scientists can probably catch a glimpse of ISS between 5pm and 7pm today - weather permitting, of course. @Space_Station decorated for the holidays as the #ISS crew studies life in space: http://t.co/AabwSB90ba …
Team Register, 24 Dec 2014
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HOLD IT! Last minute gifts for one's nerd minions

Sysadmin blog It's that time of year again. You have to go forth and buy things for your gaggle of nerdly minions, but you've no idea what they want. In the rare instances they emerge from their caves they mostly spend the time alternating between heartfelt invocations about "the burning painball in the sky" and a lack of caffeine. Social …
Trevor Pott, 23 Dec 2014

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