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Toaster oven-sized boffin box bound for Mars to search for life

The Register - 51 min 4 sec ago
NASA hitches a ride on ESA's red planet trundle wagon

A team from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center gathered last week to bid farewell to a mass spectrometer as it began its journey to the red planet via an assembly plant in Italy.…

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The great wearables myth busted: Apps never, ever mattered

The Register - 1 hour 22 min ago
Garmin grabs No.2 smartwatch spot

Analysis Whoever predicted that fitness bling-flingers would struggle to survive should take note of the latest numbers on the wearable market from Canalys.…

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2018 WPT Tournament of Champions Day 1: Record Setting Field Comes Out, Dennis Blieden Takes Day 1 Lead

Poker News Daily - 1 hour 27 min ago

The final event of the Season XVI schedule for the World Poker Tour is underway as the WPT Tournament of Champions kicked off action at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Thursday.

The third running of the tournament was expected to be a bigger affair than its two predecessors and the players didn’t fail to deliver. The first ever tournament (won by Farid Yachou) was held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL, and drew out a respectable 64 player field. Last year, the ToC came back to the Hard Rock for the second running of the tournament and saw a slight uptick with 66 players in attendance (and the tournament won by David Weinman).

For 2018, the “powers that be” at the WPT decided to bring the tournament a little closer to some of its champions in an effort to bring out some “fence riders” who might not otherwise play. With all the champions of the Season XVI schedule automatically in the tournament (courtesy of having $15,000 deducted from their winner’s checks), any person who had previously won a WPT Main Tour event was eligible for entry (provided they put up their $15K). Having the tournament in Florida previously was good; WPT officials were hoping the change in venue to ARIA would make the event better.

From the start of the day’s play, the decision to move to Las Vegas looked to be a good one. Season V champion Adam Weinraub and Season IV champion Gavin Smith were some of the distantly past champions who joined up with newly crowned WPT Player of the Year Art Papazyan (who had to sweat Joe McKeehen’s run at the final table of the WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic before taking the crown) and Season XVI champs Darryll Fish (WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open), Maxime Heroux (WPT Montreal) and Dennis Blieden (WPT L. A. Poker Classic) to start the day. After two levels, 52 former champions were in the field and only grew from that point.

Blieden was the player who enjoyed the opening day festivities the most, seemingly never making a mistake through the day. In an early hand, Blieden would battle against Guo Liang Chen on an 8-4-9-8-7 board. Chen would fire out a 11K bet into a roughly 15K pot. Blieden tanked for quite a bit of time, even using a time extension chip, before he would make the call. It turned out to be the right move; Chen tabled a Q-J for a blown straight draw while Blieden tabled a 10-9 for a flopped top pair that improved to two pair to take the hand.

If there was an active pot going on, it seemed that Blieden was a part of it. Battling against Rens Feenstra, Blieden would put Feenstra at risk on a 5-2-10-4-5 board by betting out 38K chips, roughly what Feenstra had in front of him. After some deliberation, Feenstra decided discretion was the better part of valor and let the hand go and Blieden’s stack grew again.

Blieden continued to run over the players that crossed his path, taking out Andy Frankenberger in a rather fortuitous fashion. On a 6-4-2 flop, the duo went back and forth until all Frankenberger’s chips were in the center. While Frankenberger had pocket Aces, Blieden’s set mining had paid off with his pocket sixes finding another on the flop. Another four on the turn improved Blieden to a boat and, needing to avoid the two Aces in the deck, saw a Jack finish the board to eliminate the Season 9 Player of the Year and push Blieden into the chip lead.

After a break following Level 5, the final field was set for the event. 80 former champions had come out for the 2018 WPT Tournament of Champions, by far setting a record for the tournament. The top ten finishers in the tournament will earn a piece of the prize pool, with $463,375 going to the eventual champion. The eventual champion will return in 2019 for the ToC and will also receive a Hublot Big Bang Unico Titanium Ceramic Watch, a $50,000 membership to JetSmarter and have their name etched on the Tournament of Champions trophy.

While Blieden kept climbing, other former champions found the rail. Daniel Negreanu, Heroux, Joe Tehan, James Calderaro, Mike Vela, Season II WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic champion Paul Phillips, Mike Leah, Brandon Cantu and Matt Salsberg were unceremoniously sent from the tournament. After the carnage subsided, only 29 players were left from the original 80 runners that came to the line.

1. Dennis Blieden, 593,000
2. J. C. Tran, 305,000
3. Marvin Rettenmaier, 234,500
4. Erik Seidel, 223,000
5. Asher Coniff, 187,500
6. Justin Young, 176,000
7. Darren Elias, 170,000
8. Art Papazyan, 166,500
9. John Hennigan, 143,500
10. David Benyamine, 139,500

Play resumes at noon on Friday at ARIA in Las Vegas and will play down to the final six players that make up the official WPT final table. Those players will then step to the new eSports Arena Las Vegas on Saturday for the crowning of the 2018 WPT Tournament of Champions victor.

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Unclip your pager and bag from your belt: We need to make room for a battery-powered 1TB HD

The Register - 2 hours 2 min ago
Only works with HTC's VR headsets and mobes, sadly

VR folk who feel they haven't got enough gear strapped to their bodies will be please to know Seagate has developed a strap-on portable drive and battery combo for HTC's Vive Focus virtual reality headset.…

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Schrems is back: Facebook, Google get served GDPR complaint

The Register - 3 hours 44 min ago
'Forced consent' is no consent, say legal challenges

Max Schrems, the thorn in Facebook’s side, has returned to launch the first challenges under the EU’s new data protection laws.…

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You've heard that pop will eat itself. Boffins have unveiled a rocket that does the same

The Register - 4 hours 21 min ago
Can u dig it? If you want to launch a single cubesat, you most certainly will

Scottish boffins, along with colleagues in Ukraine, have developed a "self-eating" rocket engine that could affordably fling a cubesat into orbit.…

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Android daddy Andy Rubin's Essential axes handset, is 'actively shopping itself' – report

The Register - 4 hours 55 min ago
Going cheap: smartphone startup with big ambitions

Andy Rubin's quixotic smartphone startup, Essential Products, has cancelled a handset and is looking for buyers, according to a Bloomberg report – just a month after opening its doors in the UK.…

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MPs slam UK.gov's 'unacceptable' hoarding of custody images

The Register - 5 hours 47 min ago
Keeping innocent mugs on file is unethical – tech committee

The UK government's approach to deleting custody images of innocent people – in that it only scraps them on request – is unacceptable and possibly illegal, MPs have said.…

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Is your smart device a bit thick? It's about to get a lot worse

The Register - 6 hours 19 min ago
Don't trust consumers with their own data

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Hooded eyes are following my keystrokes. Hidden ears are analysing every shuffle.…

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UK Home Office's £885m crim records digi project: A 'masterclass in incompetence'

The Register - 6 hours 47 min ago
Watchdog not happy with Emergency Services Network either

Efforts by the UK Home Office to digitise the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) amount to "a masterclass in incompetence," according to a damning report by the government's spending watchdog.…

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Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR. US sites block users in Europe

The Register - 7 hours 13 min ago
Because two years wasn't enough time to prepare

Users trying to read the NY Daily News, say, or the Chicago Tribune – the third-biggest US daily newspaper – from a location within the EU have been blocked from visiting their websites due to new data protection laws.…

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Can't pay Information Commissioner's fine? No problem! Just liquidate your firm

The Register - 7 hours 46 min ago
UK data protection watchdog has a 54% cash recovery rate

The UK's data protection watchdog has recovered only about half the value of fines doled out to dodgy data controllers, and those handed to spam marketing firms are the most likely to remain unpaid.…

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It's hip to be Square: Twitter founder Jack Dorsey's other firm targets White Van Man

The Register - 8 hours 16 min ago
We speak to the ex-Apple hardware guru taking on banks and PayPal

Profile Ever wandered into a bank on weekday morning and marvelled at length of the queue? In a supposedly cashless era, it's the sight of a nation of shopkeepers depositing its cash.…

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Police block roads to stop tech support chap 'robbing a bank'

The Register - 9 hours 18 min ago
Sirens blared, roads were blocked, and sheepish grins were eventually grinned

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, The Register's Friday reader-contributed tales of tech support jobs gone wrong.…

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Welcome to your sci-fi dystopia: Sonic firewalls to crumble inaudible ad-tracking phone cookies

The Register - 10 hours 16 min ago
Ultrasonic packets of data to and from your handheld killed

Boffins in Austria have developed a defense against acoustic cookies, a form of ad tracking by which smartphones can send and receive data using sounds people can't hear.…

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Cisco admins: hold that IOS XR update while you get new firmware

The Register - 10 hours 24 min ago
Old components brick NCS 6000 cards after OS upgrade

Eight Cisco NCS 6000 line cards need firmware upgrades, after Switchzilla learned they could be bricked by an IOS XR upgrade.…

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Tufts boffins track device location without GPS or towers

The Register - 12 hours 23 min ago
Because everybody wants better tracking, right?

Tufts University boffins believe the combination of 5G and the Internet of Things will make it impossible for networks to track the expected tens of billions of connected devices.…

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Electron patched the patch after researcher broke the patch

The Register - 13 hours 25 min ago
January's fix had blacklist flaw, now fixed

In an update last week, the developers of the Electron shipped a patch to their January patch, and now, an infosec researcher has explained why.…

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Zimmerman and friends: 'Are you listening? PGP is not broken'

The Register - 14 hours 22 min ago
EFAIL furore not over yet, even though it's easy to fix

ProtonMail has weighed into 2018's worst branded-bug PR disaster, EFAIL with a simple statement: “PGP is not broken”.…

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Waiting for 100 Mbps NBN on wireless? Errr, umm, sorry about that

The Register - 15 hours 14 min ago
nbn™'s Norwegian Blue was dead after all

Households hoping to one day access 100 Mbps fixed wireless services on the National Broadband Network got a hard let-down last night, when CEO Bill Morrow said the rollout would not proceed.…

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