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Open-source enterprise software slinger Red Hat bravely reveals that IT bosses love open-source enterprise software

The Register - Wed, 2019-04-17 06:09
Hold the front page

Red Hat, now a part of Big Blue, on Tuesday released its first annual survey on the State of Enterprise Open Source, a statistical snapshot of what IT leaders think about Linux, Kubernetes and the like.…

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WPN to Crack Down on Bots, Implements Reimbursement Policy

Poker News Daily - Wed, 2019-04-17 04:32

In light of a Twitch stream that showcased an obvious bot, the Winning Poker Network (WPN) and its premiere site, America’s Cardroom (ACR), have instituted a new reimbursement policy for those who have been cheated by bots. Also notable is the fact that this is a rare instance in which WPN and ACR have publicly addressed bots.

The Twitch stream was that of Eric Collier, who was playing in a $16.50 multi-table tournament on ACR with a $10,000 guaranteed prize pool. He made it to heads-up against a player named FoxRox behind in chips, but still in good shape.

Collier didn’t notice that FoxRox was a bot at first, but as play went on, he and his viewers in chat became more and more suspicious. In a case of what looks like a malfunctioning bot, FoxRox gave Collier a walk in the big blind every single time. That is, whenever FoxRox was in the small blind, it folded. Normally in heads-up play, players raise most of their small blinds. FoxRox quite literally folded every time. When it was Collier’s turn in the small blind, FoxRox folded to a raise almost every time. There were a few instances in which FoxRox re-raised huge, which Collier figured was because the bot had a massive hand.

Additionally, FoxRox’s time to act was easily predictable.

Eventually Collier won the tournament, just grinding down FoxRox as the bot folded hand after hand after hand. If he wasn’t sure for most of heads-up play, Collier really became confident that FoxRox was a bot when FoxRox kept folding even in situations where any human being would make a desperation shove.

On Friday, ACR tweeted, “We are proud to announce the first and only transparent and verifiable reimbursement policy. Taking a stand against bots, we have disabled user FoxRox and refunded 4,001 players for a total of $175,728.80,” along with a link to the new policy:

*WPN’s Reimbursement Policy:

We reimburse money won from players by accounts proven to be breaking WPN’s fair play policies. We use the following method for reimbursement.

Game type

a) Tournaments – Ladder Up: We remove the offending player from the payout spot and move each lower payout spot up one position and pay each player the difference between his old spot and new spot.
b) Cash games – We subtract losses to the offending player from wins taken from the offending player in a given session.

We reimburse to a cap of $25,000 per offending player.

The reimbursed funds are distributed to affected players beginning with the most recent occurrence to the oldest.

Naturally, WPN and ACR have received kudos for instituting any sort of concrete policy and appearing to get tougher with bots. The problem many people have, though, is that, aside from the FoxRox instance, it is limiting the reimbursements to $25,000 per caught bot account. Clearly, WPN and ACR are trying to avoid being on the hook for hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars for bot accounts that may have been active for years. Hopefully it won’t be much of an issue going forward and bots will be nabbed before too much damage is done.

The post WPN to Crack Down on Bots, Implements Reimbursement Policy appeared first on Poker News Daily.

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Cyber-sec biz Fortinet coughs up $545,000 after 'flogging' rebadged Chinese kit to Uncle Sam – but why so low? We may be able to explain

The Register - Wed, 2019-04-17 01:40
Rogue employee takes blame, seems he ain't no Fortinet son

Fortinet this week agreed to pay the US government $545,000 to settle claims it allowed employees to peddle Chinese-made gear that would eventually end up being illegally supplied to federal agencies.…

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Breathe in hardware, and exhale cloud: IBM stretches its revenues, profits... in the downward dog position

The Register - Wed, 2019-04-17 00:23
So tonight I'm gonna party like it's, er, two thousand sixteen

IBM is attributing another slow quarter to currency headwinds and purchase cycles, as Big Blue logged a dip in revenues for the third consecutive quarter. That means it's back into its old groove of shrinking sales.…

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Oracle splats 300 vulns in MySQL, Database, Fusion, etc, pours fresh brew of Java SE terms

The Register - Tue, 2019-04-16 22:52
Multiple pre-auth remote code exec holes need pasting over, enterprise IT giant warns

Oracle today issued its quarterly security updates, patching a total of 296 vulnerabilities across its massive line of enterprise software.…

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2019 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event Day 3: Chad Eveslage Rolling

Poker News Daily - Tue, 2019-04-16 22:00

As we mentioned yesterday, there are no guarantees in tournament poker, no matter how many chips you have at any given point. But knowing that, it sure feels good to have the bulk of the chips with only eighteen people left in a World Poker Tour event. That is the situation Chad Eveslage finds himself in going into the penultimate day of the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. With 10.760 million chips, Eveslage has more than twice the number of chips as his closest competition.

Eveslage has nearly $1.3 million in career earnings on the live tournament circuit. His largest cash was for just over $100,000 when he finished 66th in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event. That is his only six-figure cash; most of the rest of his cashes are for four- and five-figures, with none more than $64,000.

“It was probably the best I’ve ever run in this six-or-seven-hour span,” he told WPT.com when Day 3 was complete. “I didn’t really face any adversity. I got it in bad against Aaron Mermelstein, and had six outs. I drilled for about 3 million and just kept making hands. It was pretty much like that all day. It was the easiest day ever.”

Aside from the aforementioned six-outer when he beat Mermelstein’s Queens with A-K, Eveslage had a couple other huge hands. The first was when he took the chip lead. Timothy Banks raised pre-flop to 30,000 and Eveslage re-raised to 100,000. Banks called and the flop came down 4-5-T with two spades. Eveslage bet 80,000, Banks check-raised to a staggering 600,000, and after some consideration, Eveslage re-raised to 1.2 million. Banks called and on the 5c turn, he bet 2 million chips. Eveslage moved all-in for 3.725 million. After a chip count and three time extensions, Banks finally folded and Eveslage had a stack of 8.355 million.

On the final hand of the night, Ari Dinov bet 85,000 pre-flop, Eric Afriat called, Keith Ferrera, the chip leader going into the day, moved all-in for 1.275 million, and Eveslage shoved all-in over the top for 9.270 million. Dinov and Afriat folded, as Eveslage probably planned, and the cards were revealed. Ferrera had A-K and Eveslage had Aces. Ferrera paired his King on the river, but it wasn’t enough and he was eliminated in 19th place, setting up the action for Tuesday.

Wednesday’s Day 4 will proceed until the six-handed final table has been determined. This is one of the delayed final table tournaments, so the event will pause at the end of the night and the six remaining players will take a break for a month and a half before duking it out at the Luxor’s HyperX Esports Arena on May 30th.

2019 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event – Day 3 Chip Counts
  1. Chad Eveslage – 10,760,000
  2. James Carroll – 5,250,000
  3. Jason Marshman – 4,700,000
  4. Jerry Robinson – 4,400,000
  5. Maria Ho – 4,175,000
  6. Danny Qutami – 4,085,000
  7. Ryan D’Angelo – 3,900,000
  8. Vladimir Vasilyev – 3,185,000
  9. Dan Chalifour – 2,935,000
  10. Ami Alibay – 2,720,000
  11. Jerry Wong – 2,045,000
  12. Taylor Black – 1,460,000
  13. Eric Afriat – 1,040,000
  14. Ari Dinov – 975,000
  15. Brett Murray – 845,000
  16. Dien Le – 680,000
  17. Richard Seymour – 660,000
  18. Victor Figueroa – 550,000

The post 2019 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event Day 3: Chad Eveslage Rolling appeared first on Poker News Daily.

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And that's the way the Cook, he crumbles: Apple, Qualcomm settle patent nuclear war

The Register - Tue, 2019-04-16 21:01
iThings flogger, chip-licensing biz put differences aside, agree multi-year modem supply deal

Apple and Qualcomm today settled out of court all of their various patent and licensing legal battles against one another around the world.…

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Hey, remember that California privacy law? Big Tech is trying to ram a massive hole in it

The Register - Tue, 2019-04-16 20:30
Amendment would exempt, um, Google and Facebook

Analysis A proposed amendment to California's new data privacy law would drive a huge hole through the legislation, privacy advocates have warned.…

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The curious case of Spamhaus, a port scanning scandal, and an apparent U-turn

The Register - Tue, 2019-04-16 20:14
Blocklist biz appears to swing ban-hammer at legit vuln scanners, denies doing so

Analysis In recent months, several security researchers have said Spamhaus has been automatically blocking people for carrying out legitimate network port scanning and failed to provide a prompt means of redress.…

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Europe's home PC buyers reach for their collective smartphone, sigh: We don't need a new desktop. This is a computer, right?

The Register - Tue, 2019-04-16 17:34
UK personal sales drop whopping 17.6%, Windows saves day for biz

A general fall in consumer PC sales across Western Europe was particularly marked in the UK, where confidence is "low amidst Brexit-related uncertainty" and sales to consumers dropped by a whopping 17.6 per cent in calendar Q1.…

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Loose Women woman's IR35 win deals another high-profile blow to UK taxman's grip on rules

The Register - Tue, 2019-04-16 16:59
Freelance techies take note

Claims that Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs does not understand its own rules are all the louder now the UK taxman has lost another IR35 case – this time to TV and radio broadcaster Kaye Adams.…

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.EU wot m8? Brexit smacks fresh registrations of bloc's top-level domain

The Register - Tue, 2019-04-16 16:17
2018 signups down 130,000, 35,000 naughty sites nuked

EURid, registry manager of the .eu top-level domain, has reported a plunge of just over 130,000 registrations for 2018.…

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Six foot blunder: UK funeral firm fined for fallacious phone calls

The Register - Tue, 2019-04-16 14:40
ICO slaps £80k penalty on biz that bothered opted-out peeps

The UK's data protection watchdog today fined a funeral plan firm £80,000 for contacting tens of thousands of people who had registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).…

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Kaspersky updates its cybercrook look book: Smashing Office is hot, browser vulns are not

The Register - Tue, 2019-04-16 13:57
Over two-thirds of attacks Russian biz spied targeted venerable Microsoft suite

Russian security biz Kaspersky Lab has said more than 70 per cent of malware attacks it detected last year were made against everyone's favourite Microsoft suite – Office.…

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Commercial spinoffs of Fujitsu's Post-K super 'puter will hit shelves long before exascale daddy switched on

The Register - Tue, 2019-04-16 13:05
Arm-based HPC goodness sure to cost an Arm and a leg

Folk wanting in on the Arm-based goodness baked into Japan's upcoming "Post-K" exascale supercomputer are in luck – Fujitsu has finished the design and sales of commercial versions will begin some time between October 2019 and March 2020.…

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Hackers bragged that pretty vanilla breach included FBI watchlist? Well, colour us shocked

The Register - Tue, 2019-04-16 12:13
It's didn't, by the way – it's a bunch of ad industry folk

A hacker collective calling itself Pokemongo that published what it claimed to be personal data of US FBI agents has followed up by breaching the American Advertising Federation.…

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Did someone forget to tell NTT about Brexit? Japanese telco eyes London for global HQ

The Register - Tue, 2019-04-16 11:48
By the time we sort that mess out it'll be ready to move again

Japanese telco, tech services flinger and reseller NTT Corporation has chosen London for its new global headquarters amid a massive reorg, according to reports.…

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iOS 13 leaks suggest Apple is finally about to unleash the iPad as a computer for grownups

The Register - Tue, 2019-04-16 11:06
Once you've wiped the progeny's paw prints from it

The iPad has always been a computer of great potential imprisoned by its interface, but two years after opening the cage door, Apple is finally letting it out for a canter around the paddock.…

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Indian outsourcing giant Wipro confirms flushing phishers from systems

The Register - Tue, 2019-04-16 09:50
Reported to be stepping stone for attacks on customers

Indian IT outsourcing behemoth Wipro admitted this morning to falling victim to a "sophisticated" phishing attack.…

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Last week in space: Giant aircraft, asteroid impacts and exploding satellites

The Register - Tue, 2019-04-16 09:12
Also, Boeing's Starliner is tickety boo. No, really

Roundup While Falcon Heavy had space fans jumping for joy and a crashing Israeli lander had them sniffling into their Beresheet-branded hankies, last week in space was a busy one.…

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