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China all but bans cryptocurrencies

The Register - 1 hour 41 min ago
Banks told not to transact, web platforms blocked from hosting or advertising, citizens told to look elsewhere for investments

Beijing has all but banned cryptocurrencies.…

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Microsoft hits Alt-F4 on Windows 10X: OS designed for dual-screen PCs axed

The Register - 2 hours 45 min ago
It was just so good, we're cannibalizing it for parts, says Redmond

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10X, its somewhat streamlined operating system initially designed for a new wave of dual-screen mobile PCs, is being killed off.…

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What you need to know from today's Google IO: Chatty AI, collab tools, TPU v4 chips, quantum computing

The Register - Tue, 2021-05-18 21:40
Great, another tech thing that sounds like 'lambda'

Google IO Google today opened its developer conference, the aptly named Google IO, with a somber nod to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic from Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.…

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Nvidia nerfs RTX 3080, 3070, 3060 Ti GPUs to shoo away Ethereum miners

The Register - Tue, 2021-05-18 20:59
Hash rate halved for 'LHR' cards in fresh bid to lower retail prices

Nvidia says it will slash the cryptocurrency-mining abilities of newly made RTX 3080, RTX 3070, and RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards.…

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Balakrishna Patur Wins 2020 WPT L.A. Poker Classic, Postponed WPT Final Tables Now Complete

Poker News Daily - Tue, 2021-05-18 20:27

Balakrishna Patur won the 2020 World Poker Tour (WPT) L.A. Poker Classic Monday night and now we are all caught up. The WPT L.A. Poker Classic was the last of the three delayed WPT final tables that had to be postponed for over a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And now Mr. Patur is a millionaire (less taxes, I suppose).

The six players reached the final table back in March 2020 and expected to resume play on April 2, 2020, but as we know, the pandemic shut poker down until recently. The WPT Gardens Poker Championship wrapped up two months ago and the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open’s final table finally completed just this past weekend. So, from here on out, everything will be current.

Patur was the chip leader going into final table play and by a fairly sizeable margin. He had 6.320 million chips, 2 million more than his closest competition. He proceeded to knockout three players to get to heads-up against Matas Cimbolas, himself a former WPT champ, with a lead of about 3 million chips. And though heads-up lasted a while, it was one of the few one-on-one matchups at the end of a WPT event in which the runner-up never really mounted much of a comeback.

Patur extended his lead right off the bat and never looked back. Sure, Cimbolas doubled up at one point, but he was still several million behind. On the final hand, Cimbolas shoved for 3.7 million chips and Patur made the call after a bit of thought with A-9. It wasn’t a lock, but he was easily ahead of Cimbolas’s K-6.

None of the community cards helped either of their hands – though the three diamonds on the flop gave Cimbolas a sweat with a flush draw – so Patur took down the pot and the World Poker Tour title, getting his name etched on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup.

Afterward, Patur tried to express his joy to WPT.com, saying, “It’s incredible. I can’t express my happiness right now. To me, it was such a long time … and the table, with such good players, it was anybody’s game and I played well and ran well.”

The name on the trophy wasn’t lost on Patur, either.

“Mike is such a nice guy, an incredible guy,” Patur says. “He’s such a good person and always a pleasure to talk to. To see him is a great pleasure, he’ll be remembered for a long time. I wish he was here next to me winning this.”

The win was extra special for Patur, considering the disappointment he experienced in December when he bluffed off a significant portion of his stack heads-up in the WPT Online Poker Open, resulting in him finishing second.

“That was such a disgusting moment for me,” he said. “This time, I made sure I wasn’t going to do that. I wanted to be energized and make sure to stay focused at all times.”

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Colonial Pipeline stops again, says it's not due to another ransomware infection

The Register - Tue, 2021-05-18 19:09
Just dealing with the aftermath

The Colonial Pipeline is in trouble again. The oil conduit that shut down last week after its operators were hit with ransomware, suffered shipping problems on Tuesday after trying to sort out its IT woes.…

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Us? Pwn SolarWinds? With our reputation? Russian spy chief makes laughable denial of supply chain attack

The Register - Tue, 2021-05-18 17:42
Hint: He doesn't care if you personally think it's rubbish, and here's why

A Russian spymaster has denied that his agency carried out the infamous SolarWinds supply chain attack in a public relations move worthy of the Internet Research Agency.…

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Business-intelligence-company-turned-Bitcoin-addict MicroStrategy grabs another $10m crypto-coin fix

The Register - Tue, 2021-05-18 17:01
Who's recommending investment? The man who already has a $1bn stake

Wikipedia says MicroStrategy is a company that provides business intelligence (BI), mobile software, and cloud-based services, but that wouldn't be the first outdated information on the crowdsourced knowledge repository.…

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Ex-Apple marketing bigwig tells Epic judge: Our revenue-sharing model is designed to stop money laundering

The Register - Tue, 2021-05-18 15:56
Oh, and remember when Tim Sweeney himself demonstrated Metal API? Awks

Three weeks have passed since the high-stakes California bench trial between Epic Games and Apple commenced. On Monday, it was the turn of Phil Schiller, Apple Fellow and former senior VP of Worldwide Marketing, to take the stand.…

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The UK loves cybersecurity so much, it's going to regulate managed service providers' infosec practices in law

The Register - Tue, 2021-05-18 15:03
And you're invited to speak your brains on Computer Misuse Act changes

+Comment The British government has vowed to create a legally binding cybersecurity framework for managed service providers (MSPs) – and if you want to tell gov.UK what you think, you've only got a few weeks to act.…

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PlanetScale grabs YouTube-developed open-source tech, promises Vitess DBaaS with on-the-fly schema changes

The Register - Tue, 2021-05-18 14:15
Demand growing for scale-y transactional monster, say analysts

YouTube-developed distributed relational database Vitess is getting a DBaaS makeover, putting it in the hands of developers without having to worry about engaging with a DBA.…

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1Password unsheathes Rusty key, hopes to unlock Linux Desktop world

The Register - Tue, 2021-05-18 13:30
Tries to tempt penguins with Ring Crypto

1Password has unveiled a full-featured desktop app for Linux, written in Rust and using the ring crypto library for end-to-end encryption.…

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AWS adds 'basic first version' of automated troubleshooter to Systems Manager, but it's not a stand-in for engineers

The Register - Tue, 2021-05-18 12:49
'For sophisticated problems, only a human expert will figure it out'

A new component of AWS Systems Manager aims to assist with handling incidents.…

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Make mine an old-fashioned. Perpetual licence sales save Micro Focus results for first half of its fiscal 2021

The Register - Tue, 2021-05-18 12:15
Talking up AWS deal as market says: Yes, OK

Good old fashioned perpetual licence sales helped Micro Focus turn an unexceptional six months worth of trading figures into something more acceptable by moderating declines in group revenue.…

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UK pharma supplier put into special measures after new IT system causes almost 10,000 missed medicine deliveries

The Register - Tue, 2021-05-18 11:29
'Some patients' conditions deteriorated and they had to be admitted to hospital'

UK pharmaceuticals supplier Healthcare at Home (HAH) missed 10,000 medicine deliveries from October to December 2020 following a change of IT systems, a mistake that left some patients needing hospital treatment.…

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Linux laptop biz System76 makes its first foray into the mechanical keyboard world with dinky, hackable Launch

The Register - Tue, 2021-05-18 10:45
Unlocked firmware and some intriguing design choices – but the price is high

With an air of inevitability, System76 - the maker of laptops for Linux users - has produced its first mechanical keyboard. It looks great but cheap it is not.…

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Unit4 handed police ERP deal after 'significant deficiency' found in Oracle Fusion system

The Register - Tue, 2021-05-18 10:03
Big Red product only went live in 2019, but commissioner is ready to ditch it

Cheshire Police has awarded mid-scale ERP vendor Unit4 a £3m two-year contract to replace a troubled Oracle implementation, which only went live on the latest Fusion software in 2019.…

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Déjà bork: BSOD fairy pays key-cutting kiosk another visit

The Register - Tue, 2021-05-18 09:15
Lessons have been learned – now there's a bucket for Windows to be poorly into

Bork!Bork!Bork! A déjà vu of the borked variety landed on our desk today as another automated key-cutting machine housed in a Do-It-Yourself emporium shows its true colours: white on blue.…

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Google Cloud confirms departure of EMEA president Chris Ciauri

The Register - Tue, 2021-05-18 08:30
That 41% 2020 regional revenue growth lagged US and APAC. Sources claim HQ expected higher returns

Exclusive Google Cloud’s global sales president has assumed temporary control of operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) following the exit of Chris Ciauri some 20 months after he took the job.…

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Latest phones are great at thwarting Wi-Fi tracking. Other devices, not so much – study

The Register - Tue, 2021-05-18 07:29
Boffins find increasing MAC address randomization protection with mobiles

In 2017, US Naval Academy researchers found that MAC address randomization in mobile devices was largely worthless as a privacy defense. Three years later, the same research group took another look and found that while there's been meaningful improvement, many phones still fail to effectively prevent MAC address-based tracking.…

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