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In pictures: protecting our species on earth day

Greenpeace UK - Mon, 2019-04-22 09:21

Habitat destruction, climate change, pollution and exploitation are all contributing to the loss of the world’s animal population. “Protect our Species” is the theme of this year’s Earth Day, which is annually celebrated on the 22nd April. The photos below show some of those animals whose existence is threatened by human activity.

A Grizzly bear is pictured in the Canadian Rockies.
Ahead of their 5 to 8 month long hibernation, these large omnivores stock up all manner of on food including berries, leaves, nuts, fish, fungi, small rodents, moose, elk, grass and even insects. It can take between 2 and 4 years before mothers wean their cubs off their milk. They are considered excellent diggers, skilled swimmers and can run at speeds of nearly 50km an hour. These bears are still found from Northern Manitoba and Nunavut west to the Pacific coast. However, the Canadian government considers the Grizzly population once found in Quebec and Labrador extinct as they have not been seen since 1948. A Lesser yellowlegs is seen in Canada.
This shore bird breeds in the boreal forest and winters farther south in shallow saltwater locations. It does not congregate in large numbers to migrate, instead remaining dispersed and solitary. Males and females work together to raise their young. The breeding population is in decline and the Canadian government is considering recognizing the bird as threatened. This image shows a Monarch butterfly in Canada.
These short lived insects migrate to Mexico each year, but no single butterfly completes the return journey. Instead four different generations are born throughout the year and each completes a segment of the round trip. They can fly at between 20km and 40km an hour, and make use of updrafts of warm air called thermals to rise high into the air and slowly glide down. This endangered species has been negatively impacted by herbicides, human disturbances, and predation. A Northern leopard frog  is photographed in Canada.
Although these carnivorous frogs primarily eat crickets, flies, worms and smaller frogs, they are also known to eat birds and garter snakes. They can lay over 60,000 eggs in breeding ponds that can support their tadpoles. Starting in the 1970s the massive population of these frogs began declining. The suspected causes include pollution, water acidity, deforestation, habitat fragmentation, introduced fish, and disease. Caribou, a type of reindeer, are considered a threatened species due to habitat loss and the impacts of roads, logging, mining, and other industrial disturbances. One subspecies, the woodland caribou, spans the Boreal Forest, although prior to industrial disturbance their range was almost double and extended south of the U.S. border where very few are found today. Their primary source of food is lichen found in mature forests. They are hunted by carnivores such as wolves and brown bears. A Boreal owl sits on a tree branch.
The acute hearing of these owls allows them to hunt small mammals who are hiding beneath vegetation and snow. Although these birds do not regularly migrate south, some years they do travel south of their breeding range in the winter, likely in search of more plentiful food. This nocturnal and unsociable bird is evasive and shy of humans, making it one of the species that humans know the least about. Yellow-eyed penguins or hoiho, are penguins native to New Zealand, critically endangered and red listed by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). Two white-capped albatrosses photographed courting in Auckland Islands. The white-capped albatross is critically endangered and red listed by the IUCN. Southern rockhopper penguins pictured during courtship and nesting on Campbell Island. They are classified as vulnerable by the IUCN. A Sumatran tiger is pictured at the Taman safari Park.
In Indonesia, forest destruction for palm oil is pushing Sumatran tigers to the edge of extinction, with as few as 400 left in the wild. Companies must commit to zero deforestation and end their role in tiger habitat loss. A critically endangered hawksbill turtle swims over the coral gardens at Kanawa Island near Flores, Indonesia. The island is located in the Komodo National Park. A lion fish in the clear water of a coral atoll in the Maldives. The Maldives is one of the countries most seriously threatened by the effects of climate change like sea level rise and erosion. Its spectacular underwater world could also soon be under threat as reef corals are extremely sensitive to rise in sea water temperatures. A polar bear is shaking off water. Polar bears are critically endangered and red listed by the IUCN.

The post In pictures: protecting our species on earth day appeared first on Greenpeace UK.

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Pennsylvania Online Gaming Industry to Go Live July 15

Poker News Daily - Sat, 2019-04-20 15:12

It’s been a long time coming. But on July 15, the fourth state in the States of America will go live with online casino gaming and poker. On that date, Pennsylvania will complete the long, traveled road to join Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey as states that offer online casino gaming activities.

Regulators Announce Opening in Hearing

During a hearing of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday, Executive Director Kevin O’Toole said the PGCB was “ready to let all licensed operators launch their games” beginning the week of July 15. After an initially slow start with the licensing process, nearly every one of the casinos in Pennsylvania applied for and received licenses from the PGCB for at least online casino gaming. Other licenses for online poker were applied and received, but there were some casinos decided to pass on that option.

For the players, there are some hurdles to get over before they can take part in the offerings. When setting up their accounts, potential customers will have to prove their age by passing age verification checks set up by the PGCB. Additionally (as with every other operation to this point), the customer will have to be inside the borders of the Keystone State to be able to partake of the product.

While the casino gaming arm of the Pennsylvania online gaming arena is creeping closer to live action, sports betting in the Pennsylvania casinos has been cruising at full speed and online sports betting should be live within the next couple of weeks. O’Toole noted the reason that sports betting was quicker to go “live” than the rest of the activities (the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course has been accepting sports bets on site since November of last year) was that sports wagers are placed on live events, whereas online casinos and poker have other factors that must be tested before they can be licensed.

Who is Offering What?

There isn’t only going to be a battle between the casinos for the prized Pennsylvania online gaming dollar, there’s going to be a battle between online poker sites for supremacy. All three of the biggest names in online poker – PokerStars (Mount Airy Casino), 888 (Harrah’s) and partypoker (Valley Forge Casino) – will be in action. Another provider, Rush Street Interactive, will try to break the stranglehold of the “Big Three” with their partnership with SugarHouse. Other casinos either won’t be in the mix for online poker, haven’t determined a software provider at this time or their provider is looking to make their big break in Pennsylvania.  

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

To say that there has been a lengthy process for Pennsylvania to enter the online gaming industry would be a huge understatement. Original regulations were passed in 2017 by the Pennsylvania legislature and signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf, but nearly a year would go by before the PGCB put the regulations in place and began accepting applications. After that lengthy process, the PGCB then had to review the applications before giving the go-ahead to any casino to accept online action.

Then a curveball was tossed into the mix.

In January, the U. S. Department of Justice reversed their previous decision regarding the Wire Act of 1961. Under a 2011 ruling, the DoJ stated that only sports betting was covered by the 1961 law, which opened online activities such as lottery ticket sales, casino gaming and poker for every state. There was some slow movement on this newfound capability as it wasn’t until 2013 that Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey jumped in with their own online casino and/or poker operations (Nevada to this day only offers online poker).

The new decision, which hasn’t been implemented yet, put a pause on Pennsylvania’s actions (and many other states). In the end, PGCB officials put slight tweaks on their new intrastate online casino operations. They also decided, at this time, that they would not compact for online poker with the other three states – Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware – in an interstate agreement (those three states already have compacted) as state officials wait to see what shakes out with the most recent DoJ ruling.

Windfalls of New Revenues for Pennsylvania?

It should be intriguing to see what Pennsylvania does with online gaming, poker and sports betting. It is by far the largest state to introduce regulations on the industry and, if other data is indicative, it could be a windfall for the state. In 2018 New Jersey, admittedly with five years of building, earned record revenues for their online casinos of over $300 million. Pennsylvania, with nearly 13 million residents (New Jersey has 9 million), should be able to show new revenues immediately from their new gambling operations.

The post Pennsylvania Online Gaming Industry to Go Live July 15 appeared first on Poker News Daily.

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Wannacry-slayer Marcus Hutchins pleads guilty to two counts of banking malware creation

The Register - Fri, 2019-04-19 22:10
'I regret these actions and accept full responsibility for my mistakes'

Marcus Hutchins, the British security researcher who shot to fame after successfully halting the Wannacry ransomware epidemic, has pleaded guilty to crafting online bank-account-raiding malware.…

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Defense against the Darknet, or how to accessorize to defeat video surveillance

The Register - Fri, 2019-04-19 21:16
Boffins from Belgium break people recognition software with a colorful placard

A trio of Belgium-based boffins have created a ward that renders wearers unrecognizable to software trained to detect people.…

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Not one of the 12 steps: Rehab patients' details exposed in publicly visible database

The Register - Fri, 2019-04-19 20:26
Researcher disturbed at availability of very personal data

More than two years of billing records from a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center were made freely available on the internet, a security researcher has discovered.…

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Double trouble for Lyft after share price drop sparks class action lawsuits claiming hype

The Register - Fri, 2019-04-19 19:05
Rideshare company lied about market share, claim investors

Rideshare company Lyft has been hit with two class action lawsuits by investors who claim the company lied about its market share.…

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“Exploitative Play in Live Poker” Gives Players Plenty to Think About

Poker News Daily - Fri, 2019-04-19 13:58

One of the laments in the poker world today is the lack of quality literature in the community. Everyone seems to have flocked to video training or Twitch to learn about the game, but there’s still a sizeable chunk that like to have something they can read and digest. D&B Publishing has done that with Alexander ‘Assassinato’ Fitzgerald’s latest book, Exploitative Play in Live Poker, which is going to give players plenty to think about.

Fitzgerald Has Plenty of Data to Prove His Theories

First, Fitzgerald has plenty of experience and data to back up his thoughts and theories. Playing online since 2006, ‘Assassinato’ has been able to rack up over $3.6 million in career earnings online and won the PocketFives Triple Crown award. His live success may not have the same number of digits, but Fitzgerald has been able to earn almost $650,000 in cashes that include a final table finish on the European Poker Tour. With this success as evidence, what Fitzgerald advocates is worth listening to.

Exploitative Play in Live Poker is not a simple book. Those that have come to the game of poker recently or don’t have an extensive knowledge of the game are going to have a difficult time keeping up with Fitzgerald on some of his philosophies. That’s not a bad thing, however; Fitzgerald is talking about some rather complex plays with his book and, as such, you MUST be able to comprehend the totality of the game rather than just its basics.

And Fitzgerald’s Data Says…

The crux of Exploitative Play in Live Poker is that you should be making contrarian moves to counteract the play of your opponents. Fitzgerald is an advocate of three- and four-betting players regardless of what you have in your hand but USUALLY indicative of your position. Fitzgerald’s evidence has shown that his opponents hate to be three-bet and, in most cases, will let hands go because they are opening with less-than stellar hands themselves.

With this said, Fitzgerald also says you need to know your opposition. He wants the reader to learn as much as possible about the opposition as possible, that way it will be able to be employed on the felt. But this must be something that you WANT to do, Fitzgerald notes…you must love the game enough to be able to sift through all the data and WORK at the game.

Data is a huge part of what Fitzgerald is advocating, but he also is skillful with his knowledge of psychology. ‘Assassinato’ makes sure he knows his opponent’s mindsets when they are at the table and uses those beliefs against them to maximize his returns. This is where the readers of Exploitative Play in Live Poker will find their difficulties.

As someone who has tried to put Fitzgerald’s theories into operation, it is very difficult to pull the trigger on some of his moves. While he has the evidence to back the actions up, there is still a psychological block for many against three-betting out of the cutoff with a 9-2 off suit with the button and the blinds yet to act. Yet Fitzgerald shows that this has been successful a sizeable chunk of times, in both tournament and cash games, and in both live and online poker.

A Book That Advances Both Tournament and Cash Game Play

By the time you reach the end of Exploitative Play in Live Poker, your head might be swimming from the theories that Fitzgerald has instructed you on. But there are some solid tools that can be used, perhaps not as a session or tournament-long strategy but as a change of pace to throw your opponents off their game. For that reason, I’ve got to suggest that you give Exploitative Play in Live Poker a thorough read, if for nothing else than the study of the psychology of poker players (which Fitzgerald analyzes well) that you’ll meet on the felt. As to his suggestions for play? Perhaps those will come with time and practice!

The post “Exploitative Play in Live Poker” Gives Players Plenty to Think About appeared first on Poker News Daily.

Categories: Poker News

UK comms watchdog mulls 5G tweaks: Operators want moooooar power

The Register - Fri, 2019-04-19 12:40
Oh and remove the guard bands, would you Ofcom?

Ofcom is amenable to technical tweaks that mobile operators have requested to 5G rules, launching a consultation yesterday.…

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Aussies, Yanks may think they're big drinkers – but Brits easily booze them under the table

The Register - Fri, 2019-04-19 10:59
Isssh nothing to be proud of, hic, hic. Shame again pleesh

The top ten per cent of Australia’s boozy population downs more than half of the alcohol consumed in the country, according to new research – and the Brits are even worse.…

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Strong-willed field support op holds it together during painful customer call

The Register - Fri, 2019-04-19 09:58
Are you... Are you sure that we make this machine, sir?

On Call Roll up, roll up, to the best part of your day, nay, your week – On Call, where Reg readers share Eureka moments and gleeful memories in tech support.…

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Hands off Brock! EFF pleads with Google not to kill its Privacy Badger with its Manifest destiny

The Register - Fri, 2019-04-19 08:31
It's not hard, we just need some coding tweaks to make sure Privacy Badger stays sane

In an effort to discourage Google from breaking or hobbling content blocking and privacy Chrome Extensions, the Electronic Frontier Foundation on Wednesday presented the Chocolate Factory with a modest wish list [PDF] to guide the company's ongoing API revision.…

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Old-school cruel: Dodgy PDF email attachments enjoying a renaissance

The Register - Fri, 2019-04-19 07:06
Let's go back... way back

The last few months have seen a big increase in malware attacks using PDF email attachments, according to security firm SonicWall.…

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We've read the Mueller report. Here's what you need to know: ██ ██ ███ ███████ █████ ███ ██ █████ ████████ █████

The Register - Thu, 2019-04-18 23:43
Trump predicted he was 'fucked' – but he hadn't reckoned on ██████████

Analysis It's 448 pages of which roughly 50 have been blacked out.…

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IBM Watson Health cuts back Drug Discovery 'artificial intelligence' after lackluster sales

The Register - Thu, 2019-04-18 23:07
And seemingly uses machine learning to explain why it's kinda not but kinda is

IBM Watson Health is tapering off its Drug Discovery program, which uses "AI" software to help companies develop new pharmaceuticals, blaming poor sales.…

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We reveal what's inside Microsoft's Azure Govt Secret regions... wait, is that a black helico–

The Register - Thu, 2019-04-18 21:42
Redmond hopes to lure Uncle Sam's spy agencies, military away from Amazon

Microsoft has set up two new Azure cloud regions in the US – dubbed Azure Government Secret regions – to store data involving American national security. The services are in private preview, and are pending official government accreditation.…

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Google rolls out Android Easter Egg for Europe – a Microsoft antitrust-style browser, search engine choice box

The Register - Thu, 2019-04-18 20:56
Now how about we forget these fines, eh, mes amies? Meine Freunde? Mis amigos?

Android users across Europe are due a software update from Google today that will ask them to make a choice for the future of their smartphones and gadgets – which browser and search engine do you want to use?…

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Idiot admits destroying scores of college PCs using USB Killer gizmo, filming himself doing it

The Register - Thu, 2019-04-18 19:07
MBA grad faces hefty fine, jail time after zapping computer, display, equipment mobos

A former student at a $32,000-a-year private New York college pleaded guilty this week to destroying 66 computers on its campus.…

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Who's using Mueller Report Day to bury bad news? If you guessed Facebook, you're right: Millions more passwords stored in plaintext

The Register - Thu, 2019-04-18 18:23
Wham, bam, gee thanks, Instagram

While journalists and netizens are distracted digesting the heavily redacted 400-plus-page Mueller report, released within the past few hours, today will be a good day for spin doctors to bury bad news.…

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Canadian woman fined for not holding escalator handrail finally reaches the top after 10 years

The Register - Thu, 2019-04-18 17:04
Top court, that is – she coped fine with the escalator

A Canadian woman fined for failing to hold on to an escalator handrail in 2009 has finally reached the Supreme Court in her search for justice.…

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Cloud Atlas: Huawei's homegrown AI hardware hits shelves. Oh, and it's working on DNA storage

The Register - Thu, 2019-04-18 15:57
Machine learning chips for everyone and everything

Chinese IT leviathan Huawei has launched a range of hardware for machine learning applications based on its own specialised silicon.…

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