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2019 WPT Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Main Event Final Table Set

Poker News Daily - Wed, 2019-12-04 22:34

The 2019 World Poker Tour (WPT) Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Main Event final table is all set, with Milen Stefanov holding the chip lead going into six-handed action on Wednesday.

Stefanov has 8.925 million chips to set the pace. It is one of the closest WPT final tables in recent memory, though, as virtually everyone is in immediate striking distance of the top. After Stefanov, Roman Korenev has 8.175 million chips, Cesar Fuentes has 7.550 million, and David Novosel has 7.525 million. Expect the top four standings to change frequently on Wednesday.

In fifth place is Fabian Gumz with 5.150 million. Gumz entered Day 4 as the chip leader and though he lost about a million chips on the day, he is still right there for the Champions Cup. Francis Anderson is the short stack with 2.175 million, but considering the other players might be wary to take too many risks early on since they are so bunched up, he might have room to pick up some chips.

Of those six players, only Korenev and Anderson had cashed on the main tour before this event. All are looking for their first World Poker Tour title.

Though Gumz ended up below what he started the day with, it could have been much, much worse for him. Gumz was cruising along most of Day 4, but ended up in a set-over-set loss against Novosel during Level 29 (the night ended during Level 32) to see his stack shrink to 1.225 million.

He doubled-up shortly thereafter, but then took another tumble, scraping the felt. Anderson had moved all-in for 1.625 million pre-flop and Gumz did the same for just a bit more. Gumz had A-Q against Anderson’s K-Q, but a King flopped to give Anderson the double-up. Gumz was down to 225,000 with a big blind of 125,000. Blinds and antes added up to more than his remaining stack.

He immediately tripled up to nearly a million and kept it going from there. One of the key hands was when he moved all-in pre-flop for 1.625 million with K-Q and was able to catch a Queen on the river against Novosel’s Tens. That took Gumz’s stack to 3.5 million and gave him some breathing room.

The six-handed final table was determined when Jeff Blenkarn shoved for 2.650 million with A-Q, only to get looked up by Korenev and his A-K. The King held (and improved on the river) and Blenkarn was gone in seventh place. The pot also elevated Korenev from the bottom half of the standings to second place.

The six survivors are back today and we will have a champion by the end of the night.

2019 World Poker Tour Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Main Event – Final Table Chip Counts
  1. Milen Stefanov – 8,925,000
  2. Roman Korenev – 8,175,000
  3. Cesar Fuentes – 7,550,000
  4. David Novosel – 7,525,000
  5. Fabian Gumz – 5,150,000
  6. Francis Anderson – 2,175,000

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Astroboffins find first ice giant orbiting a white dwarf and getting stripped down

The Register - Wed, 2019-12-04 22:33
Sighting shows the future of our own Solar System

A giant planet orbiting a hot white dwarf star has been discovered for the first time, giving scientists a glimpse into what our Solar System might look like billions of years from now.…

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Escobar Fold 1 snort all it's cracked up to be: Readers finger similarity to slated Chinese mobe

The Register - Wed, 2019-12-04 21:12
But how is it $1,000 cheaper?

So, as reported yesterday, the younger brother of Colombia's favourite son Pablo Escobar plans to launch a foldable phone, the Escobar Fold 1. Alarm bells started ringing, not least because the entry-level model has an MSRP of $349 — about $1,000 less than what you'd expect.…

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Former Oracle product manager says he was forced out for refusing to deceive customers. Now he's suing the biz

The Register - Wed, 2019-12-04 21:10
Database giant insists that ain't so, will fight lawsuit

A former Oracle employee filed a lawsuit against the database giant on Tuesday claiming that he was forced out for refusing to lie about the functionality of the company's software.…

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Since the FCC won't act Congress finally moves on robocalls by passing half-decent TRACED Act

The Register - Wed, 2019-12-04 20:41
Only took seven years of consumer hell to do

The US Congress has finally acted on the scourge of robocalls, with the House of Representative passing the TRACED Act on Wednesday morning by 417 votes to 3 (with 11 not voting).…

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In a touching tribute to its $800m-ish antitrust fine, Qualcomm tears wraps off Snapdragon 865 chip for 5G phones

The Register - Wed, 2019-12-04 19:00
While supremo predicts mmWave deployments by 2021, everyone moving to the cloud

Why is it that Qualcomm is never far from drama?…

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Never break the (supply) chain: Intel pitches 'full lifecycle' chip-tracking programme to partners

The Register - Wed, 2019-12-04 18:02
Listen to the wind blow, watch the sun rise

Intel has said it wants to make its punters more confident about what happens to its chips on the journey from fab to rack to recycler.…

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Top tips for lobbying your MP

Greenpeace UK - Wed, 2019-12-04 17:36

My key piece of advice for anyone wanting to successfully lobby their MP on any issue is to put yourself in their shoes!

Imagine a huge inbox that never empties, umpteen people wanting to bend your ear about their particular concerns, the ongoing and very real needs of your local constituents (known as casework) – not to mention the demands of your party and the House of Commons.

And if the MP’s not in government, all this work must be done without civil service support. I really don’t know how they cope!

Do your research and try to build trust

To lobby successfully you need to be friendly, clear and succinct in your ask – and able to back it up with reliable and well-researched information.

If you and your MP share common values and interests, you can become a useful resource over time, as trust grows.

However, if you have very little in common, you have to start from square one – even to try and convince your MP of the science of climate change, as my friend had to do with the “member for the eighteenth century” (no prizes for guessing who!).

Luckily, some MPs are more receptive to understanding environmental issues. I first met Thangam Debbonaire (former Labour MP and now Labour candidate for Bristol West) when a group of us travelled up to Westminster to greet her just after she had been elected in 2015.

Fi Radford (right) with Labour candidate Thangam Debbonaire

Share information and find common ground

I remember giving Thangam Debbonaire a copy of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein, which at the time she did not seem too thrilled to receive. Later she told me she had read it whilst convalescing from breast cancer, which assailed her early on in her parliamentary career, but from which I am glad to say she has fully recovered.

Then in 2016 and 2017 I organised two one-hour sessions with other Environmental Groups to ask her questions on a variety of green issues. These went really well, and it was clear that with the exception of the big “N” (nuclear energy) there was a high degree of agreement, especially since Labour changed their policy and withdrew support from fracking.

Over time we’ve built a strong relationship and I consider her an ally. I recently went to meet her at her MP’s “surgery” with a shopping list of three requests on plastics, fracking and a fierce watchdog in the new Environment Act meant to replace EU regulations. In every instance she agreed with me and gave me good advice to pass back to Greenpeace UK.

Thank them for their time and follow their work

I always follow up our meetings with a letter of thanks and listing what actions have been agreed. It is also a good idea to make a friend of their parliamentary aides, too.

Between meetings I follow her on Facebook and theyworkforyou.com, which does not cover all the questions she raises, but most of them. I often write and thank her for a particular question she has raised on an environmental topic. Very occasionally I will send her articles which I think she will find useful, knowing that she is keen to learn much more about renewables, for example. I always try not to send her petitions having heard her heartfelt plea as the MP who always receives the most!

By this Christmas, we’ll have a new government and the UN climate negotiations will be held in Glasgow next winter, so 2020 is an essential year to lobby MPs to take action on the climate emergency.

It helps to be part of the Greenpeace Political Lobbying Network as advice and information is always available to give you confidence and support. I would definitely encourage anyone with an interest in politics to get involved in lobbying. Even though our democracy is flawed, it is only our MPs who have the power to change things for the better at a national level – and even in opposition they have soft power and influence.

Feeling inspired?

The Political Lobbying Network is made up of hundreds of Greenpeace supporters who contact MPs and other elected representatives about our campaigns and broader environmental issues.

Join the Political Lobbying Network

Thanks in part to lobbying from members of the Network, the government committed to backing the creation of an Antarctic ocean sanctuary, legislated for the UK to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and more than 200 MPs have signed a pledge on single-use plastic reduction.

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Bandwidth weirdness at TalkTalk has customers fuming at being denied on-demand I'm A Celeb

The Register - Wed, 2019-12-04 17:08
Distinctly odd

TalkTalk-using readers have contacted The Reg to say they are suffering decidedly odd bandwidth issues shutting off, or severely slowing, access to certain sites while leaving others working as normal.…

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Battery-guzzling 4K hardware clad in an alloy battle jacket: Lenovo's 4th-gen ThinkPad Yoga X1 is its most metal yet

The Register - Wed, 2019-12-04 15:58
High-rez screen or going all day without a charge: Pick one

The fourth-generation ThinkPad Yoga X1 has swapped the finish of yesteryear for something a little more metallic.…

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Greenpeace report highlights severe threats to Earth’s largest carbon sink – the ocean

Greenpeace UK - Wed, 2019-12-04 14:04

A landmark Greenpeace report today highlights our reliance on the ocean as Earth’s largest carbon sink. It warns that our changing climate, biodiversity loss and habitat destruction are endangering the processes which underpin the ocean’s ability to sequester and store carbon. This will have ‘far-reaching implications for biodiversity and humankind’.

The report, In Hot Water: The Climate Crisis and the Urgent Need for Ocean Protection, makes the case for a global network of ocean sanctuaries, off limits to human activity. These would build the resilience of marine ecosystems, protect natural “blue carbon” stores, and safeguard the systems that underpin them. Stores of “blue carbon” are the largest carbon stores on earth, containing 50 times the amount of carbon held in the atmosphere and 10 times the amount of carbon in terrestrial vegetation, soils and microbes combined.

Louisa Casson, an Oceans Campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said:
“The climate crisis is an ocean crisis. The ocean is fundamental to keeping our planet healthy, but for too long we have treated marine protection as a separate issue to the climate crisis. We must protect our ocean, the biggest carbon sink on earth, and stop burning fossil fuels.

“From mangroves and seagrass meadows, to whales and krill, the ocean’s biology is one of our best allies in the fight against climate change. But overexploitation and our addiction to fossil fuels has pushed our ocean to the brink of collapse. We need urgent, concerted action on a global scale to properly protect at least 30% of our ocean and safeguard its vast stores of blue carbon. Ocean protection is climate action, and if we can save our ocean, it can save us.”

The report identifies ocean ecosystems at the frontline of the climate crisis and recommends priority areas for governments to protect within a global network of ocean sanctuaries. These include both poles, whale hotspots, coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass meadows, the Sargasso Sea in the Atlantic, the mesopelagic zone and the deep ocean, which Greenpeace believes should remain off-limits to the nascent deep sea mining industry.

Burning fossil fuels has increased levels of CO2 being absorbed by the ocean, causing substantial changes to marine physics, chemistry and biology. These changes are ‘rapid and large scale, already disrupting ecosystem structure and functions across the globe’ warns the report. Warming, acidification and deoxygenation are all compromising the ocean’s health and damaging vital ecosystem structures and processes, including the ocean’s ability to store CO2.

Greenpeace is urging the world’s governments to take urgent and concerted action to tackle the ocean crisis and safeguard the ocean’s ability to store carbon. Governments must seize on a series of events over the next 12 months which present a ‘window of opportunity’ to address the crisis. Governments should agree a strong new Global Ocean Treaty at the United Nations before the end of 2020, and commit to protecting at least 30% of the world’s ocean at the Convention on Biological Diversity summit in China in October 2020.



The full report, In Hot Water: The Climate Crisis and the Urgent Need for Ocean Protection, is available upon request, and will be made available at the following link after the embargo lifts: https://www.greenpeace.org/international/publication/27261/in-hot-water/ 

For a collection of images related to the report, see: https://media.greenpeace.org/collection/27MZIFJ8EUQHJ 

30×30: A blueprint for ocean protection, is available here https://www.greenpeace.org/international/publication/21604/30×30-a-blueprint-for-ocean-protection/ 

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Amazon drops battery-powered Echo speaker so you can play Despacito on the go

The Register - Wed, 2019-12-04 13:38
Only in India for the time being

Amazon today announced a new battery-powered version of its ubiquitous Echo speakers.…

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Qualcomm to appeal against another antitrust whopper: This time it's $873m courtesy of South Korea

The Register - Wed, 2019-12-04 13:13
Eh, at least it doesn't need to renegotiate patent deals

Qualcomm is to appeal against the decision of a South Korean court to fine the US chip giant $873m for unfairly using patent licensing to stymie rivals' sales.…

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Customers in 'standoff' with SAP over 2025 end of support for Business Suite: Who'll blink first?

The Register - Wed, 2019-12-04 12:22
Users doubtful 5 years enough to get everyone moved in time

German enterprise software giant SAP is in a "standoff" with customers over the 2025 deadline for withdrawing support for its SAP Business Suite range.…

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CloudBees SaaSifies Jenkins X running on Google Cloud Platform

The Register - Wed, 2019-12-04 11:42
Getting giddy over CI/CD with Anthos and Kubernetes

DevOps World Lisbon CloudBees joined the SaaS club today with a preview of its Jenkins X CI/CD product running atop Google's cloud.…

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EU gets a bit STRESSED out about 5G: With great economic benefits come great security risks

The Register - Wed, 2019-12-04 10:54
Yes, in all-caps

The Council of the European Union has warned member states that the introduction of 5G networks poses increased security risks while also bringing economic and infrastructure benefits.…

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Mozilla locks nosy Avast, AVG extensions out of Firefox store amid row over web privacy

The Register - Wed, 2019-12-04 09:58
Add-ons accused of slurping every URL netizens visit

The Firefox extensions built by Avast have been pulled from the open-source browser's online add-on store over privacy fears.…

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Amazon sticks AI inference chip up for rent in the cloud for machine-learning geeks

The Register - Wed, 2019-12-04 09:01
AWS subscribers, you can forget GPUs (unless you need to train your models)

re:Invent Amazon Web Services has made Inf1, its cloud instance for running machine-learning software on its custom-designed AI chip Inferentia, available to all.…

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Silicon Valley Scrooges sidestep debt to society through tax avoidance to the tune of $100bn

The Register - Wed, 2019-12-04 07:54
Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Netflix accused of ducking dues

Fair Tax Mark, a UK-based civic advocacy group, has accused Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Netflix of depriving public coffers of more than $100bn in taxes since 2010 through aggressive tax avoidance schemes.…

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Newly born Firefox 71 emerges from its den, along with its own VPN and some privacy tricks

The Register - Wed, 2019-12-04 06:01
Browser biz continues exploring privacy as a source of revenue

Patting itself on the back for blocking more than one trillion web tracking requests through its Enhanced Tracking Protection tech, Mozilla on Tuesday continued its privacy push with a further test of its Firefox Private Network service, an update to Firefox Preview Beta for Android, and the debut of its latest desktop browser, Firefox 71.…

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