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Boris’ chlorinated chickens coming home to roost

Greenpeace UK - Wed, 2019-11-27 15:55

Commenting on leaked documents showing the US trade delegation urged their UK counterparts to move away from EU food, animal welfare and environmental regulations, Greenpeace UK’s chief scientist Dr Doug Parr said:

“The chlorinated chickens are coming home to roost for Boris Johnson. As we feared, the UK government is coming under enormous pressure from the Trump administration to weaken our consumer, worker and environmental protections. After so many denials and reversals in many policy areas, the prime minister cannot ask the public to simply take his word for it that our standards will be maintained. We need a legally binding guarantee that Brexit will not be allowed to endanger the health of the UK public or our environment by letting Trump rewrite our rulebook. Until we have that guarantee written into law, it seems fair to assume that everything is on the table in a deal where America will come first and the UK could end up fifty-first.”

Read here an analysis of the documents by Unearthed, Greenpeace’s investigative journalism platform.

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Christmas in tatters for Nottinghamshire tots after mayor tells them Santa's too busy

The Register - Wed, 2019-11-27 15:00
Is that true, Mummy?

The age-old deception that is Christmas has been unravelled for a bunch of tots in Nottinghamshire after an ill-conceived comment by the Mayor of Rushcliffe.…

Categories: Technology News

Intel! China! Sliding enterprise spending! Dell cuts forecasts by $1.2bn to $2bn for fiscal '20

The Register - Wed, 2019-11-27 14:02
More than a little Chipzilla off its previous expectations

Dell has lopped more than $1bn off its revenue estimates for the current fiscal year on the back of Intel's protracted CPU shortages, continued weakness in the Chinese economy and enterprises tightening their belts.…

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Open-source Windows Terminal does the splits: There ain't no party like a multi-pane party

The Register - Wed, 2019-11-27 13:09
Latest preview will also 'crash less'! Hooray!

A fresh preview of Microsoft's open-sourced Windows Terminal landed overnight with a couple of standout features to make the app a handy addition to the toolkit of Windows 10 shell-botherers.…

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'Ethical' hackers say: It's just hacker. To be one is no longer a bad thing

The Register - Wed, 2019-11-27 12:00
Great and good of pentesting chew the fat with El Reg

Ethical hacking is a "redundant term" but to be a "hacker" is no longer a bad thing, according to proponents of the cybersecurity art form known as "penetration testing".…

Categories: Technology News

Microsoft takes us to 2004 with new Windows 10 so you don't mistake it for Server 2003

The Register - Wed, 2019-11-27 11:00
Spices up your life with change to naming conventions

Microsoft crossed the streams last night as both the Fast and Slow Rings of the Windows Insider Program synchronised ahead of the final fit and finish of next year's Windows 10.…

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Talking a Blue Streak: The ambitious, quiet waste of the Spadeadam Rocket Establishment

The Register - Wed, 2019-11-27 10:07
Memories of missiles on the moors of Cumbria

Geek's Guide to Britain Of all the monuments to Great Britain's efforts to maintain its pre-war status as a global superpower in the post-war world, the remnants of the Blue Streak intermediate-range ballistic missile project are among the most bathetic.…

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In Rust We Trust: Stob gets behind the latest language craze

The Register - Wed, 2019-11-27 09:04
My, what beautiful curly braces you have

Stob Oh hey, Verity, how's it going? What have you been up to? Busy, busy, busy?

Categories: Technology News

You're drinking morning coffee in 2019. These eggheads are in 2119 landing drones on their arms like robo-falconers

The Register - Wed, 2019-11-27 08:03
With the help of what looks like vibrating dinner plates

Have you ever wanted to land a drone on your arm as if the gizmo were some sort of metallic bird of prey? Well, if so, you’re in luck. Sort of.…

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Who is your daddy and what does he actually do? Vint 'father of the internet' Cerf dodges question about .org

The Register - Wed, 2019-11-27 07:02
Is the Internet Society 'severely harming' its reputation or ushering in a bold new future?

At this year's Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Berlin, the opening ceremony, featuring German Chancellor Angela Merkel, was immediately followed by an hour-long session on the “future of internet governance.”…

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Irish eyes aren't smiling after govt blows €1m on mega-printer too big for parliament's doors

The Register - Wed, 2019-11-27 05:24
Never complain about installing a printer again

The Irish parliament is under fire for recklessly splashing €808,000 on a gigantic printer that it couldn’t even fit through its doors.…

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HP Inc: Don't ask us about Xerox. Just get a load of our, er, flat as a pancake sales growth

The Register - Wed, 2019-11-27 02:39
Meanwhile, VMware had a bumper third quarter

HP Inc presented pretty unexciting fourth quarter and end-of-year financial results – and stayed strictly silent about the elephant in the room: the threatened hostile takeover by Xerox.…

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MPN Sets Closure Date of May 2020

Poker News Daily - Tue, 2019-11-26 23:45

The Microgaming Poker Network (MPN) announced that it was going the way of the dodo about two months ago. The exact termination date was still up in the air, though. Last week, things were brought into focus as it was revealed that MPN will shut down on May 19, 2020.

The information was divulged by Red Star Poker Operations Director Alex Manilov in an interview with Russian poker site, Pokeroff. Red Star was recently the first MPN to announce its plans with the impending network shutdown, saying that it was jumping over to Playtech’s iPoker Network.

Apparently, the Microgaming skins, including betsafe, 32Red, and NordicBet, were informed of the date by the network last week. Manilov’s interview with Pokeroff quickly followed.

When the MPN closure was announced in September, it was explained that it was simply a business decision. It sounds like Microgaming will continue or eventually resurrect poker in some form, but it decided that owning a poker network isn’t going to work.

Here is what Microgaming CEO John Coleman said:

The network model no longer fits with our strategic vision for poker, and this is the right time to announce the closure as we focus on redistributing key resources and personnel across the business. While the network will be closing, this is not the end for poker at Microgaming, which is driven to create the most enjoyable entertainment experiences, leading the way with world-class gaming content. Ultimately, this move will help the business to achieve that vision as we follow a new strategic direction for the vertical, details of which will be revealed in due course.

MPN’s Managing Director Alex Scott has been on the front lines of the network for years, keeping players informed as to the goings-on. He, too, discussed the network’s doom on the MPN blog.

“All of us in the Microgaming poker team are committed to seeing this out with dignity,” Scott said. “More than that – we want the poker community to have fond memories of the network we have invested so much of our time and energy in.”

Scott assured readers that everyone’s deposits are safe:

As a condition of operating on the network, each of our poker rooms is required to, at minimum, segregate all player funds from its operating expenses. There is no reason to believe that any of our poker rooms is in financial difficulty and our plans to close the network have no impact on the safety of your funds.

The Microgaming Poker Network is still open for business until its final day, so players who enjoy MPN can continue playing poker there for six more months.

MPN is one of the internet’s oldest poker networks, going all the way back to 2003. The poker boom essentially started that same year, when online poker, live poker, and a great story converged with Chris Moneymaker’s World Series of Poker Main Event victory. It was called the Prima Poker Network back then; the Prima name lives on as the name of the network’s current poker software.

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partypoker Rolls Out Mobile App Update

Poker News Daily - Tue, 2019-11-26 22:06

partypoker released an update to its mobile client this week, the first stage in a major makeover that will last into the early months of 2020. The update currently affects only SPINS games and features a new portrait orientation and social poker additions.

One-handed multi-tabling

We are all used to seeing online poker screens oriented in landscape. Our desktop monitors and laptops are all naturally oriented that way, and mobile poker apps rotate the screen appropriately. It works fine. It’s the norm.

But partypoker decided to implement a new portrait orientation mode not to stand out from the pack, but seemingly to make it easier to play online poker. In landscape, you generally have to hold the phone with two hands. In portrait, you can hold your phone (or tablet, I suppose, if you have enormous hands) with one hand and do all the tapping and bet slider…um…sliding with your thumb.

Jaime Staples, a member of partypoker Team Online, is naturally going to sing the site’s praises, especially when he’s quoted in a press release, but you can see the point he is making here:

This app brings poker on your phone into the modern age. The experience of just being able to play with one finger is something I have never had the chance to experience before. It’s so simple and intuitive!

partypoker has managed to make portrait orientation useable for multi-tabling, as well. Players can open a new table while at their current one by pressing the one of the plus-signs at the top of the screen. The window then goes into tiled mode and the player can choose where the new table goes.

Everybody do the mess around

And then there are the new social features. “Social” poker is nothing new to partypoker. The poker room jumped onboard that train a long time ago, even revamping its website to look more like a social network/blog and less like a poker site. But this takes it further, adding a mobile gaming/social feel to regular online poker.

Players can earn a new “social currency” called Diamonds by playing poker like they always do. Diamonds will also at some point be earned through accomplishing certain tasks, possibly something like making a straight or winning with a high card. Who knows? It sounds very similar to “achievements” in online games.

Right now, Diamonds are not particularly useful, but expect their utility to increase as the software update rolls out to games other than SPINS in the coming months. One thing they can be used for is to “pay” to rabbit hunt.

The other thing is something we have seen more in virtual reality poker. Players can spend diamonds for objects at the table that can be used to – wait for it – throw at each other. Yes, it sounds extraordinarily dumb, but there’s nothing wrong with a little dumb fun while you’re trying to take each other’s money. So if you want to call someone a fish, just buy a fish with Diamonds and chuck it at them.

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