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Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

The Register - Thu, 2019-02-07 11:58
Get with the times, Grandad!

Microsoft has decided to demonstrate the worth of its flagship Office 365 subscription by pitting it against its flagship Office 2019 product in a bizzaro productivity face-off.…

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German competition watchdog tells Facebook to stop combining user data without consent

The Register - Thu, 2019-02-07 11:31
Social Network will appeal – for the people of Germany

Germany's competition watchdog has imposed "far-reaching" restrictions on Facebook's data slurping and sharing – a decision that the Social Network unsurprisingly plans to appeal.…

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Trakt app users' personal data exposed: We were hit by a 'PHP exploit'... back in 2014

The Register - Thu, 2019-02-07 10:46
No payment info, but users' names, locations, email addies etc all 'lost'

Trakt, the makers of an app that monitors users' TV programme and movie viewing habits, has 'fessed up to falling victim to a PHP exploit more than four years ago that resulted in data leakage.…

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WeWork restructuring bites <i>El Reg</i> hacks where it hurts as afternoon brew delayed

The Register - Thu, 2019-02-07 10:07
Mug hoarder identified at Vulture Central

Shortages at hipster hangout WeWork have left its occupants without their afternoon brews after an "ongoing UK/Ireland-wide mug deficit" was announced.…

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Chrome devs attempt to slip muzzle on resource-guzzling browser beast with 'Never-Slow Mode'

The Register - Thu, 2019-02-07 09:15
You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain

Chrome developers are trying ease the browser's demands on CPU resources.…

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Yay, we got a B for maths. Literally, a bee: Little nosy nectar nerds smart enough to add, abstract numbers

The Register - Thu, 2019-02-07 08:03
What's next? Arithme-ticks?

The common honeybee is clever enough to do simple arithmetic, according to research published on Wednesday.…

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What a smashing time, cheer astroboffins: Epic exoplanet space prang evidence eyeballed

The Register - Thu, 2019-02-07 07:17
Kepler 107c is way too beefy for its own good

Astronomers believe they may have uncovered the first tantalizing evidence of two exoplanets that have smashed into one another, according to new research.…

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High Roller Loses $3.8 Million Betting on Super Bowl LIII

Poker News Daily - Thu, 2019-02-07 06:20

Super Bowl LIII, which took place on Sunday in Atlanta, was terrible. Won by the New England Patriots, 13-3 over the Los Angeles Rams, it was an ugly battle between two of the league’s top four defenses. And no, unlike in baseball, where a pitcher’s duel can be a treat to watch, this defensive slugfest was just gross. Thank goodness for gambling to make things interesting. I, myself, did not place any bets, but at least my son had fun making choices on a myriad of prop bets for fun. Though not for money, they kept him engaged until bedtime. One man, though, only known as “Bettor X,” not only wagered a ton of money on the Super Bowl, but he lost big, to the tune of at least $3.8 million.

Spread the Losses Around

ESPN.com’s David Purdum reported on Sunday that three Las Vegas sportsbooks reported three enormous bets by the same person. The first was on Thursday at an MGM Resorts book, where Bettor X put $2 million on the Rams’ money-line, which was +120, which meant the Rams were the underdogs. On Friday, he put another $1.5 million on the Rams money-line with William Hill and then a short time later, he added another $300,000 Rams money-line bet at South Point Casino.

As mentioned above, the Rams lost, and since the money-line bets were simply betting on the winner, Bettor X lost all $3.8 million. And that was just the total that has been reported; he may have bet more elsewhere. Had he bet on the Rams with the point spread, he would have lost, too, as they were a 2.5 point underdog. Had the outcome been in Bettor X’s favor, he would have won $4.56 million.

Purdum wrote that most of the early money was bet on the Patriots, though many large bets were placed late on the Rams. That said, more money was riding on the Patriots, so the sportsbooks wanted the Rams to cover the spread.

He Could Afford to Lose

It’s not all bad for Bettor X, though. He is a known quantity in Nevada and has a history of going all-in, so to speak, on major U.S. sporting events. He won $10 million betting on the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers. There is no word on exactly what bets he placed, but for reference, going into the World Series, the Dodgers were the favorites with a money-line of -140. The Astros were +120. Bettor X may have bet on individual games, though, and since the Series went seven games, there were plenty of opportunities.

He also bet between $8 million and $10 million on the Philadelphia Eagles to beat the Patriots in last year’s Super Bowl. The Eagles were 5.5 point underdogs, particularly because they were riding the arm of backup quarterback, Nick Foles. As it turned out, Foles was spectacular and went on to win the Super Bowl MVP trophy.

Despite the losses Bettor X took over the weekend, he is still up more than $20 million since the 2017 World Series.

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Website programming? Pffft, so 2011. Python's main squeeze is now data science, apparently

The Register - Thu, 2019-02-07 06:04
Popular glue coding language sticks to everything

The Python programming language is now used more for data science than web development, according to a new survey.…

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New Jersey, Pennsylvania Attorneys General Criticize DoJ for Wire Act Reversal

Poker News Daily - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:53

The Attorneys General of New Jersey and Pennsylvania – two of the four states that have legalized online poker – have written a letter to Acting U.S. Attorney General Matt Whitaker and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein, protesting the recent new Wire Act opinion issued by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). In the letter, they request that the opinion be withdrawn or at the very least be given a guarantee that the Justice Department won’t take legal action against online gaming companies in their states.

They begin the letter by briefly explaining the issue at hand, that theirs and other states relied in the 2011 opinion of the OLC that the Wire Act applies only to sports betting to guide their development of online gaming industries. They detail how much online gaming, as well as the lottery, has benefited their states financially.

The letter continues:

The potential breadth of this opinion is deeply troubling. The opinion casts doubt not only on traditional online gaming, but also multi-state lottery drawings (such as Power Ball and Mega Millions) and online sales of in-state lottery tickets. While regulators and the industry are reviewing the full range of impacts this opinion may have, each potential implication is of concern. This decision puts jobs and livelihoods at risk for the thousands of people who work in the online gaming industry and jeopardizes critical state funding for the public good that is generated by lottery sales and other Internet activity that is legal within our states.

One issue they have with the new Wire Act opinion, in particular, is that “criminal charges can be brought even where the interstate transmission of information is merely incidental to betting that is otherwise entirely lawful under state law.”

The Attorneys General also make a good, succinct case that the new opinion not only makes little sense, and is the product of crony capitalism, but the Justice Department also contradicts itself in issuing it:

We can see no good reason for DOJ’s sudden reversal. First, it runs contrary to plain language of the Wire Act. Second, DOJ has recognized that it should “employ considerable caution in departing from … prior opinions,” in light of the “strong interests in efficiency, institutional credibility, and the reasonable expectations of those who have relied on our prior advice.” Here, however, DOJ acknowledges that states were relying on its prior advice and did not provide any intervening facts or information to justify such a major departure. Press reports instead indicate that this new advice followed substantial lobbying by outside groups that have long been unhappy with the 2011 opinion—but who were unable to convince Congress of the merits of their view. That is not a good enough reason to trample over the law and states’ rights, and to upend the settled expectations on which we have been relying for nearly a decade.

In late January, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board told casino general managers and counsel that they should make preparations to conform to the new Wire Act opinion, as the DoJ could potential start enforcing the Wire Act on April 15th.

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Lottery Trade Association Speaks Out Against New Wire Act Opinion

Poker News Daily - Thu, 2019-02-07 05:29

The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL), a non-profit trade association of 52 lottery organizations in the United States and Canada, has responded to the Justice Department’s reversal of the 2011 Wire Act Opinion. As one might expect, the response is not a positive one, as NASPL believes the reinterpretation “creates a substantially detrimental impact on the lottery industry.”

In a public statement issued on Monday, February 4th, NASPL said:

The 2011 DOJ opinion set in motion critical enhancements and improvements within the U.S. government-sanctioned lottery industry. These enhancements in lottery infrastructure, functionality, sales and communications not only advanced lottery technology capabilities, but allowed lotteries to evolve into meeting consumers’ demands in a world of technology that was not even imagined in the era of the original Wire Act. These enhancements and improvements complemented traditional retail transactions which have been going on for nearly five decades and have brought tens of billions of dollars in revenue to good causes throughout the country.

The lottery industry’s infrastructure enhancements have also provided lotteries increased transaction transparency and efficiency and are an important factor in the ability of lotteries to continue contributing billions of dollars annually to good causes throughout the country. DOJ’s reinterpretation of the Wire Act creates substantial uncertainty concerning the legal status of lottery transactions, including these critical enhancements and improvements, many of which were made in reliance on the 2011 opinion, and the related contractual obligations and the industry’s ability to provide critically needed funding for important public interests.

NASPL said that it is willing to work with the Justice Department come up with appropriate solutions for the lottery industry in the face of the new Wire Act opinion.

The Federal Wire Act of 1961 was written to try to curb organized crime by making sports betting via phone lines (communications wires) illegal. When online gambling came into being, the Justice Department interpreted the Wire Act to apply to all online gambling, not just sports betting. In late 2011, the DoJ’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) issued an opinion – upon accepting an inquiry from the Illinois and New York lottery commissions – that said that the Wire Act does only apply to sports betting. This opened the door for states to legalize online gambling, including poker and internet lottery sales. Last month, though, the OLC – now under a new administration – reversed the 2011 opinion, saying the Wire Act applies to all online gambling.

NASPL didn’t make it clear what sorts of “enhancements in lottery infrastructure, functionality, sales and communications” were implemented after the 2011 OLC opinion, but it would obviously have a lot to do not just with internet sales (as not many states actually sell lottery tickets online), but overall technological capabilities made possible by internet technologies. Payment processing is likely an issue, as it had been deemed ok to have payments route out of state as long as they began an ended within state borders. The new Wire Act opinion says this is not ok.

It is thought that multi-state lotteries such as Powerball and Mega Millions could also be threatened. It should be noted, though, that the OLC opinion does nothing to change the law; it is merely guidance. The question is whether or not the Justice Department will begin enforcing anything.

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