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UK Space Agency wants primary school kids to design a logo for first Brit launches

The Register - Mon, 2021-11-29 12:39
Submissions must create a 'sense of pride.' What could possibly go wrong?

Good news for those in the UK with primary school-aged kids and wondering what to do when the next bout of home-schooling hits: design a logo for the first UK satellite launches.…

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Threeshiba: Key Toshiba investor opposes firm's split

The Register - Mon, 2021-11-29 11:41
3D Investments said plan will result in 'three underperforming companies'

A fund that holds around 7 per cent of Toshiba stock – making it the company's second-largest shareholder – has opposed the Japanese industrial giant's proposed split into three companies, and called for a review of alternative strategies.…

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Renting your IT hardware on a subscription basis is bad for your customers

The Register - Mon, 2021-11-29 10:45
We're back with another debate you can vote on as we argue back and forth – this time over cloud computing

Register Debate Welcome to the latest Register Debate in which writers discuss technology topics, and you the reader choose the winning argument. The format is simple: we propose a motion, the arguments for the motion will run this Monday and Wednesday, and the arguments against on Tuesday and Thursday. During the week you can cast your vote on which side you support using the poll embedded below, choosing whether you're in favour or against the motion. The final score will be announced on Friday, revealing whether the for or against argument was most popular.

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Project Union: Microsoft releases Windows App SDK 1.0, developers try to puzzle it out

The Register - Mon, 2021-11-29 10:00
Multiple Windows in WinUI 3? Next version. Open source? Maybe one day

Microsoft released the Windows App SDK 1.0 earlier this month, the first full release of "Project Reunion", but there is some confusion about what it is and whether developers need it.…

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Smart things are so dumb because they take after their makers. Let's fix that

The Register - Mon, 2021-11-29 09:15
IoT still needs its lightbulb moment

Opinion Tech is a great leveller. You can drop £50k on a shiny Tesla and £1k+ on the latest iPhone 13 Max Grunt to unlock it. But if some netops drone located half the globe away misconfigured a server, you're walking home just like a peon with a scratched-up Android and a battered Peugeot who dropped their keys down a drain.…

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When civilisation ends, a Xenix box will be running a long-forgotten job somewhere

The Register - Mon, 2021-11-29 08:30
'Keep it running a few weeks.' Fast-forward 5 years. 'Why'd it break, man!?'

Who, Me? We've all heard the phrase that "best is the enemy of good", but we've all also shoved in that "temporary" solution that ended up being a bit more permanent than we'd hoped. Welcome to the home of duct tape and prayers: Who, Me?

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Looking to get complex machine learning models into production? Serverless might be the answer

The Register - Mon, 2021-11-29 07:30
Oh-em-gee, it's only another free web lecture from our MCubed team

Special series An old truism of machine learning states that the more complex and larger a model is, the more accurate the outcome of its predictions – up to a point.…

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It's 2021 and someone's written a new Windows 3.x mouse driver. Why now?

The Register - Mon, 2021-11-29 06:58
For those of you who virtualise Microsoft’s finest and struggle with the pointer, this developer has an answer

Two thousand and twenty-one might not seem the obvious year – or century – to give the world a new mouse driver for Windows 3.1, but a developer named Calvin Buckley has written one nonetheless. His motivation apparently is to ensure rapid and reliable rodent operations when Microsoft's venerable OS runs as a virtual machine.…

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Warning: China planning to swipe a bunch of data soon, so quantum computers can decrypt it later

The Register - Mon, 2021-11-29 06:31
Meanwhile, the Middle Kingdom’s military plans an AI offensive – in the labs and on the field of combat

Tech consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton has warned that China will soon plan the theft of high value data, so it can decrypt it once quantum computers break classical encryption.…

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Indian government warns locals not to use Starlink's internet services

The Register - Mon, 2021-11-29 05:25
If you are going to sell satellite internet subscriptions in India, you Musk get a license, says regulator

The government of India has advised locals not to subscribe to SpaceX’s Starlink Internet service, revealing that it does not have a valid license to operate on the subcontinent.…

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Ali Imsirovic in Position to Take Major POY Awards

Poker News Daily - Mon, 2021-11-29 04:15

After a year of poker that was primarily dominated by High Roller events, it should not come as a surprise that one of the High Roller regulars is poised to take the major Player of the Year awards. Ali Imsirovic’s play on those High Roller circuits has been nothing short of stunning, giving him a sizeable lead in one countdown and a slim lead in the other. It also will lead to some questions as to whether there is any legitimacy to the POY award if all that has to be done is dominate the upper echelons of the game.

Imsirovic Holds Large Lead on CardPlayer Board

Imsirovic’s lead in the CardPlayer Magazine Player of the Year race is as close to a lock as you will get. Imsirovic drew most of his points from buy-ins that skew northward of the $10,000 mark – the High Roller circuit that is pushed by PokerGO and the poker room at ARIA, in particular. He has been able to rack up 29 final tables and 13 wins, mostly in these events with smallish fields of players he is used to playing against. Along the way, Imsirovic has been able to earn $5,213,800 and 7218 points, with his earnings only eclipsed by Michael Addamo and World Champion Koray Aldemir (neither of those players are in the overall POY Top Ten).

If you are looking for someone who has done it the “old fashioned way” – actually played with the “riff-raff” in tournaments under $10K that can be highly unpredictable – you need to look no further than Qing Liu. The March champion of the 2021 World Poker Tour DeepStack Showdown at the Venetian, Liu normally plays in the smaller buy in events, defeating all comers and racking up over $1.2 million in earnings for 2021. His 5080 POY points, however, lag way behind Imsirovic.

Here is the current Top Ten on the CardPlayer leaderboard with only one month to go in the 2021 season:

1. Ali Imsirovic, 7218 points
2. Qing Liu, 5080
3. Sean Perry, 4945
4. Chad Eveslage, 4535
5. Sam Soverel, 4518
6. Matas Cimbolas, 4490
7. Alex Foxen, 4228
8. Chris Brewer, 4190
9. Sergi Reixach, 3932
10. Brian Altman, 3878

Closer Race on GPI POY Standings

In the Global Poker Index Player of the Year race, Imsirovic has a lead, but it is far closer than the CardPlayer rankings have it. With his 3250.06 points, Imsirovic is less than 96 points clear of Chance Kornuth in the battle for the GPI POY award. Imsirovic has a problem on the GPI board, however.

Because he has amassed his limit on tournaments that would count towards the 2021 GPI POY, the only way that Imsirovic can add points is to top one of his previous efforts, which will be VERY difficult to do at this point in the year. Kornuth, however, has more play in his numbers and, with only 96 points to make up, it is possible for him to take the title.

Possible…but not likely. Here are the current standings on the GPI Player of the Year leaderboard:

1. Ali Imsirovic, 3250.06 points
2. Chance Kornuth, 3154.47
3. Sergio Aido, 3090.55
4. Uri Reichenstein, 3058.07
5. Sean Perry, 2997.08
6. Chad Eveslage, 2971.32
7. Alex Foxen, 2926.56
8. Stephen Chidwick, 2926.50
9. Daniel Negreanu, 2917.94
10. Brock Wilson, 2912.25

Time to Fix the POY System

All you have to do is look at the rankings – and note the domination of the High Roller events on the standings – to understand that there is a need to revamp the POY methods.

While the GPI rankings take many varied factors under consideration, including the buy-in of a tournament, number of players, prize pool, and other factors (the CardPlayer rankings supposedly do the same), it is obvious that the criteria used by these two institutions are not weighing the results properly. Does it take more skill to beat 30 players you take on all the time? Or does it take more skill to navigate through a hundreds (maybe even thousands) player strong field?

It is time that the GPI and CardPlayer simply create a “High Roller” leaderboard. If PokerGO is going to create a tour around events of this nature, remove them from the rank-and-file “normal” poker tournaments. They can have their own standings while those who actually have to research their table daily through a four- or five-day event to learn about your opponents – you know, actually PLAY POKER instead of shuffle money between backing factions – earn their own POY award.

This would do two things. It would show who is the best among the 50 or so players who frequent the High Rollers. It would also allow for REAL poker players who fight it out on any battleground, at any price, to receive recognition for the work they have done. Right now, it is simply who has deeper pockets to buy a POY award.

With one month to go, it is going to be difficult to catch Imsirovic. There is another “High Roller” event on the PokerGO Tour schedule at the Bellagio from December 2-14 and wrap their season up with the PokerGO Tour Championship on December 22. There are also stand-alone “High Roller” tournaments at the WSOP Europe, the WPT Seminole Hard Rock event currently running and the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic. That will about do it for the poker tour season, as the European Poker Tour’s stop in Prague has been postponed. With that said, anything can happen, and it is not a done deal for Imsirovic yet.

The post Ali Imsirovic in Position to Take Major POY Awards appeared first on Poker News Daily.

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AWS is on the threshold of adulthood, but is nowhere near grown-up

The Register - Mon, 2021-11-29 03:58
The cloudy concern is a prodigy, but early promise is no guarantee of dominance

re:Invent 2021 Heading into Christmas 2005, could you have imagined that 16 years later a new player would have rewritten the rules of how business tech is delivered?…

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Australia will force social networks to identify trolls, so they can be sued for defamation

The Register - Mon, 2021-11-29 01:15
At the same time, will overrule court decision that traditional publishers are liable for comments on social media

Australia's government has announced it will compel social media companies to reveal the identities of users who post material considered defamatory.…

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COVID Variants Wreak Havoc on European Poker Tournament Schedule

Poker News Daily - Sun, 2021-11-28 15:51

There are a tremendous number of people who are looking forward to the November/December period for tournament poker in Europe. That is, they “were” looking forward to the events; as new COVID variants emerge, it is leading to the altering of the tournament poker schedule across Europe, including the abbreviation of the 2021 World Series of Poker Europe at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov and the postponement of two other major tournaments on the roster.

2021 WSOP-E Sees Altered Tournaments, Capped Fields

The 2021 WSOP-E was expected to deliver the WSOP experience for those international players who could not make it over to the U. S. for the fun in Las Vegas. Alas, the tournament schedule in Rozvadov has been altered by Czech Republic government officials who have announced significant restrictions due to an uptick in COVID infections. These new restrictions were seen foremost in what was expected to be the biggest event of the WSOP-E, “The Colossus.”

After over 27,000 new cases of COVID were announced countrywide on Friday, Czech officials announced a “state of emergency” and enacted several public guidelines as to curb mass gatherings. Drinking in public (bars) is, for the next 30 days, prohibited, and all restaurants, nightclubs, and bars must shut down by 10PM local time. This also applies to sporting events, which is where the WSOP-E would be affected.

In addition to the shutdown at 10PM, the King’s Casino staff and officials also had to implement a new quota on the number of participants in the events. Part of the new regulations is that no more than 1000 people can gather for a sporting event, meaning that “The Colossus” was going to be severely cut. WSOP-E and King’s Casino officials conferred and were able to produce a plan that would allow for the event to continue.

First, two days were eliminated from the original six Day One schedule, so as to allow the other tournaments on the WSOP-E schedule to be played. The four Day Ones of the “The Colossus” saw Friday and Saturday action capped at 1000 players to abide by Czech health guidelines. Finally, play in all events in Rozvadov are starting at 10AM, to give the tournaments enough time to be able to play down to their target numbers each day.

So far, these guidelines seem to be working. 2478 entries were received for “The Colossus,” which continues Day 2 action on Sunday with 308 players still in contention. WSOP-E and King’s Casino officials will continue to monitor the situation with future events on the schedule, including the €10,000 WSOP-E Main Event, which has a €5 million guaranteed prize pool; it is possible that the guarantee may be altered because of the restrictions placed on public gatherings.

EPT Prague, partypokerLIVE Irish Tournaments Postponed

At least the WSOP-E was able to get out of the gate. Two other events, one sponsored by PokerStars and the other by partypoker, will not be held as scheduled due to the resurgence of COVID on the European continent.

The European Poker Tour Prague was scheduled to start on December 8, the first time the PokerStars-sponsored tour has been in action in more than two years. After the introduction of the new COVID restrictions by the Czech government, however, PokerStars chose to postpone their comeback in Prague. “We understand that this will be disappointing news to our players,” the EPT and PokerStars stated over the PokerStars blog. “But we must follow the government guidance given to us. The health and safety of our staff and players is a top priority and we will look to run EPT Prague at a later date when we are safe and able to do so.”

Ireland is another country that has instituted tougher COVID restrictions due to the resurgence of the virus and partypokerLIVE is feeling the brunt of that move. One of the comeback events for their tour, their stop for the Grand Prix Dublin in January 2022, has been postponed. The reasons? The new regulations instituted by the Irish government.

“Last week, the Irish government introduced new restrictions surrounding COVID in Ireland,” the communique from partypokerLIVE began. “Unfortunately, it has left us with no choice but to postpone this event until further notice.” In Ireland, there will be a midnight curfew put in place, with all public activities (bars, restaurants, other events) shuttered also. According to partypokerLIVE, there is also the chance that further restrictions putting more of cap on activities could take place, thus their reasoning for postponing the event.

“It is very disheartening that we have had to make this decision again at a time where we believed the Irish poker industry was just getting back on its feet,” partypokerLIVE officials stated. However, it is more important to take the precautions to protect players and their own staff, much like PokerStars, WSOP-E and King’s Casino officials have done.

The post COVID Variants Wreak Havoc on European Poker Tournament Schedule appeared first on Poker News Daily.

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Chat among yourselves: New EU law may force the big IM platforms to open up

The Register - Fri, 2021-11-26 20:36
Send an iMessage to Facebook, and we'll talk

The European Parliament's new Digital Markets Act, adopted as a draft law this week, could compel big platforms owned by large firms including Apple, Google, and Facebook to make their tech interoperable.…

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Sweden asks EU to ban Bitcoin mining because while hydroelectric power is cheap, they need it for other stuff

The Register - Fri, 2021-11-26 19:32
Lighting and warming homes in winter, or ransoming encrypted files and buying drugs? Hmmm

The directors general of Sweden's Financial Supervisory Authority and Environmental Protection Agency have called upon both the EU and Sweden's government to ban cryptocurrency mining.…

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The rocky road to better Linux software installation: Containers, containers, containers

The Register - Fri, 2021-11-26 17:25
Let's be real: Everyone is trying to catch up with Apple

Analysis Linux cross-platform packaging format Flatpak has come under the spotlight this week, with the "fundamental problems inherent in [its] design" criticised in a withering post by Canadian software dev Nicholas Fraser.…

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EU needs more cybersecurity graduates, says ENISA infosec agency – pointing at growing list of master's degree courses

The Register - Fri, 2021-11-26 16:37
Skills gap needs filling somehow

The EU needs more cybersecurity graduates to plug the political bloc's shortage of skilled infosec bods, according to a report from the ENISA online security agency.…

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Nuclear fusion firm Pulsar fires up a UK-built hybrid rocket engine

The Register - Fri, 2021-11-26 15:20
A win in the rocketry world: 'Flames came out of the right end'

UK nuclear fusion outfit Pulsar Fusion has fired up a chemical rocket engine running on a combination of nitrous oxide oxidiser, high-density polyethylene fuel and oxygen.…

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Bad news for Tencent: Chinese companies steer employees away from Weixin or WeChat

The Register - Fri, 2021-11-26 14:27
Middle Kingdom's internet giant: It's a switch to enterprise apps. Try ours?

Managers of large Chinese state-run companies have told employees to delete, shutdown and discontinue use of Tencent messaging app Weixin for work purposes, citing potential security breaches, according to the Wall Street Journal.…

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