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Microsoft president: We said no to Cali cops' face-recog tech – and we won't craft killer robots

The Register - Wed, 2019-04-17 20:12
Why? Because biased AI means bad news for black folks

Microsoft president Brad Smith has revealed that the company turned down an order from California cops for its facial recognition technology over human rights concerns.…

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Selling data centre hardware? Prepare for pain as Gartner spies market spending shift

The Register - Wed, 2019-04-17 19:29
IT services are in, building and upgrading your own data centres – not so much

Bean counters at Gartner have updated their forecast for IT spending in 2019, and the total remains roughly the same - $3.8tn – but the way the money is distributed is very different from the numbers projected in January.…

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Enough about me, why do you hate Kaspersky so much? Revealed: Insp Clouseau-esque bid to smear critics as shills

The Register - Wed, 2019-04-17 18:33
Please speak clearly for the tape... I mean, my ears

Interview A gauche "spy" has made clumsy efforts to get critics of Russian antivirus biz Kaspersky Lab to incriminate themselves as shills for rival security companies.…

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Supreme Court of UK gives Morrisons the go-ahead for mega data leak liability appeal

The Register - Wed, 2019-04-17 16:58
Should companies be on the hook for criminal employees' doings?

Brit supermarket chain WM Morrisons is headed for the Supreme Court to fight an earlier ruling that made it liable for one disgruntled employee dumping the personal details of 100,000 colleagues online.…

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Intel swallows Brit chip slinger Omnitek in bid to boost FPGA business

The Register - Wed, 2019-04-17 15:47
Sure, FPGAs don't make much cash, but they might soon?

Intel is buying Omnitek, a small British FPGA design house primarily serving the media and broadcast industries.…

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It's Big, it's Blue and its down for 3Q: Whomp... there goes IBM's storage hardware revenue

The Register - Wed, 2019-04-17 15:11
That Storwize array refresh was really needed

Analysis IBM has posted a third sequential quarter of storage hardware revenue decline as part of its first 2019 quarter's results.…

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UK watchdog slaps 'misleading' Voda ad: Gigafast... maybe so – but not for £23

The Register - Wed, 2019-04-17 14:37
Virgin complaint upheld

The UK's Advertising Standards Authority has slammed Brit telco Vodafone's ads for its "Gigafast Broadband" as misleading.…

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Linux kernel-bypassing Quobyte plug-in goes with the TensorFlow for faster file access

The Register - Wed, 2019-04-17 14:21
Skip it, it's a Google thing

Linux-loving hyperscale types at Euro startup Quobyte have pushed out a plug-in for its Data Centre File System, used in HPC-style workloads, that enables TensorFlow apps to access its files directly instead of having to traipse through the Linux kernel.…

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Let 15 July forever be known as P-Day: When UK's smut fans started being asked for their age

The Register - Wed, 2019-04-17 13:55
You have three months left of unfettered self-love to enjoy

Stick 15 July in your diary because the government has at last broken its silence over when the UK's age checks for online porn will come into force – thrusting legions of onanists a timeline for either their last hurrahs or how they intend to circumvent the system.…

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Why Qualcomm won – and why Tim Cook had to eat humble Apple pie

The Register - Wed, 2019-04-17 13:02
Deadline for 5G kit was perilously close

Comment The dramatic peace treaty between Apple and Qualcomm is good news for iPhone buyers, but raises questions about the market's ability to produce a viable competitor to the 5G leader – at least in the short term.…

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Absolute mad lads are teaching physics to AI because how else will it learn to solve real-world problems (like humans)

The Register - Wed, 2019-04-17 12:41
Can't take over the galaxy if you don't know how it works, innit?

American researchers are working to introduce the laws of physics into machine learning models to improve the way algorithms understand the real world.…

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Maurice Hawkins Wins Record Twelfth WSOP Circuit Ring

Poker News Daily - Wed, 2019-04-17 12:33

Maurice Hawkins has done it again. On Monday, he won the $600 No-Limit Hold’em ring event at the World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee stop, giving him a dozen WSOP Circuit ring wins in his career. This pulls him into a tie with Valentin Vornicu for the most rings in the history of the Circuit. Only one other player, Joshua Reichard with eleven, has double-digit wins.

I was going to say in the above paragraph that Hawkins is “arguably” the most successful WSOP Circuit player of all time, but really, there is no need for the “arguably.” In addition to have the most rings, he has also won the most money on the Circuit, amassing $1,668,698 in earnings. So most wins and most money, yes, I would say he is the most successful Circuit player ever. He is also fourth in total cashes with 87, though I would guess that he doesn’t really care about that, considering he tops the money list.

Douglas Carli has the most cashes with 145, followed by Charles Moore with 104 and Christopher Conrad with 101.

“It’s not really about the top spot. I still got the most money earned, most everything on the WSOP Circuit, so it’s pretty much the standard, but that makes me feel like my game has evolved to where it should be,” Hawkins told the poker media after his victory. “I look forward to bigger and better things. It’s all about positivity and good flow of things going the right way.”

He added that he had the perfect combination of luck and skill during the Harrah’s Cherokee tournament.

“I ran exceptionally well in every spot. And I played really well. I got a lot of third and fourth in the last couple of months. It feels great to finally get back to the winner’s circle. I don’t look at myself as a third-place finisher in any tournament.”

Hawkins had already made seven final tables this year prior to that one, so there is no doubt that the win likely came as a relief to him.

Hawkins has qualified for the season-ending WSOP Circuit Global Casino Championship, to be held in August at the same Harrah’s Cherokee where he just won. Though he did not win a ring, he was the casino champion at Hard Rock Tulsa in March; casino champions automatically qualify for the Global Casino Championship.

Below is the list of Hawkins’ ring wins, starting with the most recent.

• 2018/19 WSOP Circuit – HARRAH’S CHEROKEE – Event #4: $600 No-Limit Hold’em (BB Ante) – $600 buy-in
• 2017/18 WSOP Circuit – HARRAH’S NEW ORLEANS – Event #8: $2,200 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Re-Entry ($100K Guarantee) – $2,200 buy-in
• 2016/17 WSOP Circuit – HORSESHOE COUNCIL BLUFFS – Event #10: $1,675 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – $1,675 buy-in
• 2016/17 WSOP Circuit – PALM BEACH KENNEL CLUB – Event #12: $365 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry – $365 buy-in
• 2016/17 WSOP Circuit – PALM BEACH KENNEL CLUB – Event #10: $1,675 MAIN EVENT – $1,675 buy-in
• 2015/16 WSOP Circuit – HARRAH’S CHEROKEE – Event #10A/B: $1,675 MAIN EVENT – $1,675 buy-in
• 2015/16 WSOP Circuit – HORSESHOE COUNCIL BLUFFS – Event #11: $1,675 MAIN EVENT – $1,675 buy-in
• 2015/16 WSOP Circuit – HORSESHOE COUNCIL BLUFFS – Ring Event #9: $365 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em – $365 buy-in
• 2013/14 WSOP Circuit – PALM BEACH KENNEL CLUB – Event #1: No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry Million Dollar Guarantee – $580 buy-in
• 2009/10 WSOP Circuit – HORSESHOE SOUTHERN INDIANA – Event #10: $1,060 No-Limit Hold’em – $1,060 buy-in
• 2008/09 WSOP Circuit – CAESARS PALACE – Event #1: $1,060 No-Limit Hold’em – $1,060 buy-in
• 2008/09 WSOP Circuit – HARRAHS ATLANTIC CITY – Event #4: $560 No-Limit Hold’em – $560 buy-in

The post Maurice Hawkins Wins Record Twelfth WSOP Circuit Ring appeared first on Poker News Daily.

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Ozzy app maker cancels hump day: We've tripled profits! scream slackers

The Register - Wed, 2019-04-17 11:21
Wednesday off every week? OK, you have our attention

Wednesday, colloquially known as "hump day", tends to be regarded as the toughest of the working week. Furthest from the weekend in either direction, distracted eyes flit constantly clockwards in anticipation of medicinal refreshment or simply just leaving a bureaucratic hellhole.…

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I've had it with these mother-fscking slaps on this mother-fscking plane: Flight 'fight' sparks legal brouhaha over mid-air co-ords

The Register - Wed, 2019-04-17 10:55
I was slapped in Nebraska, sunshine, not California

Special report In the internet era where people are able to interact across wide geographic areas, the world's legal systems have struggled with the question of where an offence occurred and so where a lawsuit or criminal charges should be lodged.…

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People can’t stop looking at these Instagram photos of a Greenpeace ship

Greenpeace UK - Wed, 2019-04-17 10:37

What would you do if you saw the biggest Greenpeace ship right on the Thames? Take its photo of course!

The Greenpeace ship, the Esperanza, briefly visited London before it was due to set off on one of its most ambitious journeys to help protect the oceans. But before it left its perch near Tower Bridge, four incredible UK Instagram photographers were invited aboard to get a taste of life on a Greenpeace ship.

The brief was simple: tell the story of the ship in your personal style. The result? Well, you’ll see…

First up: Stacy Cartledge – Stacy’s gorgeous Instagram is filled with beautiful classic buildings and lush green surrounds. As someone who briskly walks place to place (too engrossed in my phone tbh), Stacy’s feed reminds you that beauty is everywhere – you just have to look up to find it.
Instagram: @whatstacydid

© Stacy Cartledge / Greenpeace © Stacy Cartledge / Greenpeace © Stacy Cartledge / Greenpeace © Stacy Cartledge / Greenpeace © Stacy Cartledge / Greenpeace

Next is: Yumna Al-Arashi – Yumna is an incredible artist, photographer, writer and filmmaker. A mix of portraits and landscapes, each of her photos tell a fascinating story. And we’re in love with the story she captured about the ship.
Instagram: @yumnaaa

© Yumna Al-Arashi / Greenpeace © Yumna Al-Arashi / Greenpeace © Yumna Al-Arashi / Greenpeace © Yumna Al-Arashi / Greenpeace © Yumna Al-Arashi / Greenpeace

Next up: Angela Coomey – you wouldn’t have guessed but Angela takes photos exclusively on her iPhone. Based in London, she has captured some of the most gorgeous gems this city has to offer. We were so lucky to have her on board to document Greenpeace’s gem.
Instagram: @angelacoomey

© Angela Coomey / Greenpeace © Angela Coomey / Greenpeace © Angela Coomey / Greenpeace © Angela Coomey / Greenpeace © Angela Coomey / Greenpeace

Last but not least: Abbie Trayler-Smith – Everytime I go on Abbie’s Instagram I immediately smile. Photographer, filmmaker and visual artist, Abbie’s portraits are vibrant and bold. Her portfolio speaks for itself; she has traveled across the world to capture some of the most important global issues and crises. So it was a privilege to have her on board.
Instagram: @abbiets

© Abbie Trayler-Smith / Greenpeace

© Abbie Trayler-Smith / Greenpeace © Abbie Trayler-Smith / Greenpeace © Abbie Trayler-Smith / Greenpeace © Abbie Trayler-Smith / Greenpeace

A picture is worth a thousands words. And as cliche as that may be, it’s always been the case at Greenpeace. If you ever watched the documentary film ‘How to Change the World’, you’ll know that it was the image of a whale being pursued by hunters that pretty much launched Greenpeace into the organisation you see today.

Photos are at the heart of Greenpeace, and so are our ships! It was wonderful to have a chance to bring the two together

Want to see more of the Greenpeace ship? Follow the Esperanza as it set’s out to protect the ocean! Add your name >>

The post People can’t stop looking at these Instagram photos of a Greenpeace ship appeared first on Greenpeace UK.

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Three planets and two stars adds up to one research team made very happy by Kepler's unique discovery

The Register - Wed, 2019-04-17 10:10
Dead telescope keeps on giving

Binary star systems are relatively rare but astroboffins poring through data from the now-defunct Kepler telescope have found something unique - a binary system with three planets.…

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So, that's cheerio the nou to Dundee Satellite Receiving Station: Over 40 years of service axed for the sake of £338,000

The Register - Wed, 2019-04-17 09:46
Put that on the side of a bus

While the UK government has been trumpeting Blighty's ambitions in the great beyond, a little bit of Scottish satellite infrastructure will close its doors for the last time this month.…

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Now, how to boost fibre throughput to a stonking 240Gbps? With frikkin' spin-lasers, of course

The Register - Wed, 2019-04-17 09:05
Approach could one day create faster data centre interconnect

Researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany have said they have developed a novel method of encoding information with lasers that could boost the amount of bandwidth sent down a strand of fibre to 240 gigabits per second.…

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Google readies Pixel for the masses, but are the masses ready for Pixel?

The Register - Wed, 2019-04-17 08:03
Scaling buggy hardware is easier than scaling software

Comment Industry sources have confirmed that Google is readying lower-cost Pixel smartphones for imminent launch.…

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We know you all want to shove AI where the sun doesn't shine. And that's exactly where it's going – detecting prostate cancer

The Register - Wed, 2019-04-17 07:02
Your wish come true, thanks to these US neural net boffins

Artificially intelligent software could help doctors treat a problem that is, quite literally, a pain in the arse: prostate cancer.…

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