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What has an 'open-door policy' with industry and puts the X into NHS? Brits, let app-happy Matt Hancock tell you

The Register - Wed, 2019-02-20 09:09
NHSX: UK.gov's new tech, data and digital quango

The UK government has plans for another health quango that will not only oversee data, digital and tech procurement but have an "open door" policy with the IT industry.…

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Ministry of Defence's new payroll contract is, surprise, surprise, MIA: Missing In Action

The Register - Wed, 2019-02-20 08:03
Procurement heads fail to finalise specs for replacement deal, extend current agreement with DXC Technology

The Ministry of Defence is set to prolong the British armed forces' payroll, HR, and pensions admin contract with DXC Technology by half a year – because the military's procurement team has run out of time to find a replacement.…

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Password managers may leave your online crown jewels 'exposed in RAM' to malware – but hey, they're still better than the alternative

The Register - Wed, 2019-02-20 07:01
The alternative being memorizing a bunch of really long unique passphrases

A bunch of infosec bods are taking some of the most popular password managers to task after an audit revealed some mildly annoying, non-world-ending security shortcomings.…

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Oldest white dwarf star catches amateur's eye – and its dusty ring leaves boffins baffled

The Register - Wed, 2019-02-20 06:11
J0207 is estimated to be a mere three-billion years old and just 145 light years away

Pic An amateur astronomer has discovered the oldest-known white dwarf star, sitting 145 light years away from Earth in the Capricornus constellation.…

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PokerStars Making Changes to Stars Rewards Program

Poker News Daily - Wed, 2019-02-20 05:30

One of the things that tends to be important to hardcore online poker grinders and recreational players alike is a poker site’s rewards program. For the high volume players, rewards can add up to significant chunk of extra income, while rewards can make the poker experience more fun for recreational players, who have a goal other than winning money for which to strive. Last week, PokerStars announced that it has made one change to its Stars Rewards program and will be making several more later this year.

Tournament Rewards Take a Hit

The one adjustment that took effect on Friday is one that is sure to upset a lot of people: rewards points for multi-table tournaments (schedule tournaments) have been reduced by 55 percent, from 100 rewards points per dollar/Euro spent on tournament fees to just 45 points.

PokerStars explained:

This is a reduction in the overall amount of rewards some players will receive, but made in an area that we believe will have the least impact on their experience and enable us to place even more focus where we know it matters most. This includes offering the largest tournament guarantees like the €20m Winter Series guarantee in Southern Europe as well as record-breaking COOPs and Sunday Millions, and providing the most exciting live event experiences in poker.

Somehow I don’t think that rewards being diverted to other things will be much consolation to players who will be hurt by the move.

Chest Tweaks

The changes coming down the road are mostly positive, fortunately. About a year and a half ago, PokerStars implemented its new Stars Rewards system, featuring Chests. Taking advantage of the video game trend of loot boxes/chests, PokerStars wanted to incentivize players with progression towards these mystery boxes of sorts which contain various rewards after earning a certain number of rewards points. The system is fine, but it’s confusing. Thus, PokerStars is simplifying the Chests system. The changes are as follows:

-Adjusting the frequency and value of Stars Rewards Chests. The value of each Chest will be more than tripled, with the frequency of earning them reduced by a similar factor.

-Removing the ‘boost’ feature as an always available feature and transferring the majority of the value customers earned from the boost into the value inside the Chests themselves.

-Implementing new, easier to understand rules for how customers move up and down the 6 Chests levels. Moving up a Chest level will be achieved by earning 10 Chests over a rolling 28-day period and every progress bar will have a 28-day expiry to compete (failing to complete will move you down a Chest level).

-The addition of a new ‘Exchange’ feature which will let players who are struggling to complete their progress bar in a reasonable amount of time the option to trade in their partial progress for an immediate reward.

All of that most definitely makes the Chests program easier to understand. Less frequency, no more boosts, and streamlined leveling should reduce headaches. The exchange is great, too, as low-rolling, low frequency players can still get something even if they don’t earn a Chest. The removal of boost – while a positive for simplicity – could be a hidden negative, though, as it will be tough to see if the former boost value actually does transfer to the contents of the Chests.

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Unearthed emails could be smoking gun for epic GDPR battle against Google, adtech giants

The Register - Wed, 2019-02-20 05:03
As ICO goes on fact-finding missions over 'concerns' about security, transparency

Privacy warriors have filed fresh evidence in their ongoing battle against real-time web ad exchange systems, which campaigners claim trample over Europe's data protection laws.…

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Visited the Grand Canyon since 2000? You'll have great photos – and maybe a teensy bit of unwanted radiation

The Register - Wed, 2019-02-20 04:11
15 gallons of uranium ore left in the visitors' center for 18 years

Grand Canyon visitors may have been exposed to bonus alpha radiation after a teenager stumbled across buckets of raw uranium ore in the National Park’s museum.…

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Cut open a tauntaun, this JEDI is frozen! US court halts lawsuit over biggest military cloud deal since the Death Star

The Register - Wed, 2019-02-20 01:29
Oracle's legal warship drops out of warp, on impulse power for now

A fierce legal battle over the Pentagon's $10bn Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud IT deal was put on ice by a judge Tuesday – after the Department of Defense (DoD) vowed to probe itself regarding the contract.…

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New claim dogs Oracle: After $11m of sales, I was unfairly axed before next big deal – because I am a 64yo woman

The Register - Wed, 2019-02-20 00:46
Fresh harassment allegations hit biz that insists diversity numbers are trade secret

Oracle, facing US government charges that it discriminated against women by paying them less than male colleagues, has been sued yet again for gender and age discrimination by a former sales rep.…

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US telcos' best pal – yes, the FCC – urged to dump its dodgy stats, crowd-source internet speeds direct from subscribers

The Register - Tue, 2019-02-19 23:43
Meanwhile: Commissioner celebrates forcing ISP to remove abusive content ban

A bipartisan group of US senators are trying to force the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to face up to the reality that its statistics for broadband speeds across America aren't worth squat.…

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Turn on, tune in, drop out: Apple's whizz-bang T2 security chips hit a bum note for Mac audio

The Register - Tue, 2019-02-19 22:43
Sm... ck m... glitch up: Coprocess... has nasty... USB ...oun... outp... rruption... roblem

Audio professionals are complaining that the T2 security coprocessor in new Apple Mac models causes annoying audible glitches when using USB-connected recording gear.…

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WWW = Woeful, er, winternet wendering? CERN browser rebuilt after 30 years barely recognizes modern web

The Register - Tue, 2019-02-19 22:04
Berners-Lee's WorldWideWeb code can't handle much, but hey, it now runs in a browser

In preparation for next month's 30th anniversary of the proposal that gave us the world wide web, boffins at the behest of CERN have recreated the world's first web browser, and made it accessible as a modern web page.…

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Germany tells America to verpissen off over Huawei 5G cyber-Sicherheitsbedenken

The Register - Tue, 2019-02-19 21:26
Europeans can't find any evidence of Chinese spying

German is expected to snub US pressure to cut Huawei out of its next-generation 5G networks, rejecting claims that the Chinese manufacturer is a security risk.…

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ReRAM biz Crossbar hopes fad-du-jour IoT AI can help it avoid the tracks of Intel's Optane storage chip juggernaut

The Register - Tue, 2019-02-19 20:33
ReRAM seeks artificial help

Crossbar, developer of Resistive RAM (ReRAM) storage, is setting up an AI consortium to help counter, er, resistance to the technology, speed up its adoption, and hopefully outrun Intel's Optane.…

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Pure Storage's would-be Data Domain killer out in March – but it's still shy about the internals

The Register - Tue, 2019-02-19 19:01
Go on, flash storage bandits – spill your guts

Pure Storage will introduce a shiny new backup box - dubbed ObjectEngine - from as early as next month to pinch sales from veterans including EMC-owned sectoral kingpin Data Domain.…

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Git money, git paid: GitHub waves larger wads of dollar bills to tempt bug hunters

The Register - Tue, 2019-02-19 18:00
Bounty bonanza balloons and beguiles

Social code storage biz GitHub, now a ward of Microsoft, on Tuesday divulged plans to make itself more attractive to hackers by flashing larger sums of cash and offering better indemnity.…

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CAST links arms with Software Heritage to tease out your open-source ancestry

The Register - Tue, 2019-02-19 15:57
Who do you think you are?

Paris-based code botherer CAST Software said today it would buddy up with Software Heritage to tackle the sometimes tricky task of identifying the provenance of open-source code in modern projects.…

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Pour $25m in its coffers and the local NAS box gets it. That's backers' hope for public cloud type Nasuni

The Register - Tue, 2019-02-19 14:45
Newly funded firm competes with NetApp, other on-premises filers

Wannabe killer of on-premises NAS boxen Nasuni has just wolfed down $25m in funding to spread its message and open up new offices.…

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Accused hacker Lauri Love loses legal bid to reclaim seized IT gear

The Register - Tue, 2019-02-19 14:01
Spared court costs as he reveals £120-a-week income

"Mr Love, you're not the victim in this. You brought this on yourself; you're the victim of your own decisions," District Judge Margot Coleman told accused hacker Lauri Love in court today as she refused to return computers seized from him by the National Crime Agency.…

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Revealed: Numbers show extent of security fears about security biz Kaspersky Lab

The Register - Tue, 2019-02-19 13:05
Global sales up 4% but North America element down 25%

Eugene Kaspersky's security biz saw turnover crash by a quarter in North America following the US government's decision to remove the antivirus software from federal systems.…

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