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Linus Torvalds says Rust is coming to the Linux kernel 'real soon now'

The Register - Thu, 2022-06-23 19:30
Maintainer lack of familiarity won't be an issue, chief insists, citing his own bafflement when faced with Perl

At The Linux Foundation's Open Source Summit in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, Linus Torvalds said he expects support for Rust code in the Linux kernel to be merged soon, possibly with the next release, 5.20.…

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Train once, run anywhere, almost: Qualcomm's drive to bring AI to its phone, PC chips

The Register - Thu, 2022-06-23 18:51
Software toolkit offered to save developers time, effort, battery power

Qualcomm knows that if it wants developers to build and optimize AI applications across its portfolio of silicon, the Snapdragon giant needs to make the experience simpler and, ideally, better than what its rivals have been cooking up in the software stack department.…

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Ubuntu Touch OTA-23 is coming: Have a rummage in the drawer – can you test it?

The Register - Thu, 2022-06-23 17:46
Linux fondleslab effort continues to update 16.04-based phone/tablet distro

The UBPorts community is in the final stages of preparing its next release and it's calling for testers.…

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Lenovo reveals small but mighty desktop workstation

The Register - Thu, 2022-06-23 17:14
ThinkStation P360 Ultra packs latest Intel Core processor, Nvidia RTX A5000 GPU, support for eight monitors

Lenovo has unveiled a small desktop workstation in a new physical format that's smaller than previous compact designs, but which it claims still has the type of performance professional users require.…

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Totaled Tesla goes up in flames three weeks after crash

The Register - Thu, 2022-06-23 16:01
A pit and 4,500 gallons of water were needed to put it out

A totaled Tesla Model S burst into flames in a Sacramento junkyard earlier this month, causing a fire that took "a significant amount of time, water, and thinking outside the box to extinguish," firefighters said. …

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Oracle shrinks on-prem cloud offering in both size and cost

The Register - Thu, 2022-06-23 15:48
Now we can squeeze required boxes into a smaller datacenter footprint, says Big Red

Oracle has slimmed down its on-prem fully managed cloud offer to a smaller datacenter footprint for a sixth of the budget.…

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$6b mega contract electronics vendor Sanmina jumps into zero trust

The Register - Thu, 2022-06-23 15:30
Fortune 500 company was an early adopter of Google Cloud, which led to a search for a new security architecture

Matt Ramberg is the vice president of information security at Sanmina, a sprawling electronics manufacturer with close to 60 facilities in 20 countries on six continents and some 35,000 employees spread across the world.…

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DMCA can't be used to sidestep First Amendment, court rules

The Register - Thu, 2022-06-23 14:39
Anonymous speech protections apply online too, and copyright can't diminish that

It's been a good week for free speech advocates as a judge ruled that copyright law cannot be used to circumvent First Amendment anonymity protections.…

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Finalists Announced for Induction into Poker Hall of Fame

Poker News Daily - Thu, 2022-06-23 14:06

The fan ballots have been tabulated and the results are in. Yesterday, World Series of Poker officials announced the ten people who have been nominated for the sole induction into the Poker Hall of Fame this year. It is a mix of those who have been down this road before, along with a few newcomers to add some flavor to the mix.

Excellent List of Nominees

WSOP officials do not announce the “official” numbers behind the nomination efforts but, with a worldwide effort from the fans, they did produce ten worthy candidates. Seven of the nominees have been here before, with three of the nominees being considered for the first time. These are the nominees for the lone induction into the Poker Hall of Fame for 2022 (in alphabetical order):

Josh Arieh
Layne Flack
Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier
Kathy Liebert
Mike Matusow
Lon McEachern & Norman Chad
Michael Mizrachi
Brian Rast
Matt Savage
Isai Scheinberg

And, for those who might have come late to the game, these are the criteria that the prospective inductees are being judged on for entry:

A player must have played against acknowledged top competition;
Be a minimum of 40 years old;
Played for high stakes;
Played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers;
Stood the test of time;

For non-playing candidates, they must have contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible and lasting results.

Handicapping the Ten Selections

The Nomination Class for 2022 for the Poker Hall of Fame is very worthy of their position. You can nitpick some of the choices – the fans’ nominations are NEVER going to acknowledge the history of the game – but they are all worth being inducted. But there is one reality that exists when it comes to the selection of the next member of the Poker Hall of Fame.

In past years, there were an equal number of living Poker Hall of Fame members and a select committee of knowledgeable poker insiders – writers, historians, and industry veterans – who took the fans’ nominations under consideration. Today, the only votes are in the hands of the living members of the Hall, 32 people, who will have ten votes to hand out as they see fit; they could give one vote to each nominee, break up their votes among several people, or give all ten votes to one candidate. The one thing that we can be assured of is that the vote will go to a player rather than a “non-playing” contributor.

Thus, this means we can take the McEachern/Chad team, Savage, and Scheinberg off the list. While they may be more than worthy for their contributions, the living Hall members are not going to consider them worthy of induction (which is why it is important to have the counterweight in the select committee). That leaves seven potential inductees.

Arieh, Liebert, and Rast are first-time nominees, and it is quite rare for a first-time nominee to be inducted into the Hall. Matusow fails to live up to the “play consistently well” segment of the criteria, as he himself has admitted that he has “gone broke” several times. Grospellier would be an excellent international selection, but the living Hall members have been a bit reticent to induct foreign players (yes, Eli Elezra was elected in 2021, but prior to that the last foreign player inducted was the late David ‘DevilFish’ Ulliott in 2017).

That leaves two choices on the board, Mizrachi and Flack, who passed away last year. That will probably be the overriding factor to election for many of the Hall members is the fact that they cannot honor their “old friend” Flack for his efforts in the world of poker due to his passing. Mizrachi is arguably the more deserving player – he is the only player to win THREE $50,000 Poker Players’ Championships, a feat that has not even been approached by anyone else – but it could also be said that Mizrachi’s book is still being written.

Thus, Layne Flack will more than likely be the player who is chosen for induction into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2022. The ceremonies will be held during the play of the $10,000 Championship Event final table in July, with that player (or contributor) taking their place in poker’s Mount Olympus.

The post Finalists Announced for Induction into Poker Hall of Fame appeared first on Poker News Daily.

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Original Acorn Arthur project lead explains RISC OS genesis

The Register - Thu, 2022-06-23 14:00
Paul Fellows describes how it beat the overambitious ARX to Acorn's Archimedes computer

One of the longest-lived GUI operating systems in the world has its origins as an emergency project – specifically the means by which Acorn planned to rescue the original Archimedes operating system.…

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How can a lottery fight the climate crisis?

Greenpeace UK - Thu, 2022-06-23 13:47

Like a lot of the best ideas, People’s Postcode Lottery is simple.

It costs £10 a month to play, and winning postcodes are announced every day. If your postcode comes out of the hat, you win.

But it’s what happens to players’ £10 subscriptions that’s the really clever bit. People’s Postcode Lottery was created to raise funds for a wide range of charities. Good causes now receive an incredible £15 million each month thanks to its players. In 2020, a dozen organisations shared £24 million, awarded as part of the Postcode Climate Challenge.

“Responding to the climate emergency and the biodiversity crisis are priority areas for us,” explains Will Humpington, People’s Postcode Lottery’s Climate Change and Environment Advisor.

“Obviously they are huge and urgent challenges, and that’s where the Postcode Climate Challenge came from. It was a way of meeting that urgency by working with a range of different organisations in the field.”

We were over the moon to be chosen as one of the 12 organisations – alongside Friends of the Earth, WWF, The Wildlife Trust and more – and to receive £2 million to invest in tackling the climate crisis.

Thanks to that support, we’ve done everything from supporting young activists to share their voices at the COP26 climate talks to bringing oil workers and MPs together to discuss how to shift to a fair, green economy.

Why this is really a story about supporters like you

Will says a big part of the reason Greenpeace received further funding raised by the lottery’s players is that we could be relied on to deliver. Back in 2019, funds raised by Postcode Lottery players enabled our ground-breaking research into plastics in UK rivers,

“We’re known by the quality of the charities we work with,” Will says. “They have to have a track record of delivering impact, and we have a responsibility to make sure that funds raised by our players go as far as they can in making a significant difference.”

“We’re also looking to work with organisations that are good at communicating and engaging with people, and that have a strong public profile.”

And that’s why ultimately this is a story about Greenpeace supporters like you. Because when Will talks about our public profile, he’s talking about everyone who’s ever taken action with Greenpeace – whether that means donating to our work, joining a Greenpeace group, taking peaceful direct action or sharing a blog like this on social media.

Every action adds up – and helps turn us into the kind of organisation that People’s Postcode Lottery believes can help turn this climate crisis around.

How projects like this create hope

Being involved with the Postcode Climate Challenge has left Will full of optimism for the future.

“I’ve had a career in the environmental sector,” he says. “I’ve worked for a climate change charity, and for a large local authority looking at environmental strategy, and as a fundraiser, and in Papua New Guinea on the risks of climate change.

“And what I loved about this role is working with great charity partners, like Greenpeace, who have the vision and the ability to enable change and make a difference. It’s this brilliant relationship between our players, our organisation and the organisations we support.”

That relationship, Will says, serves as a constant reminder that progress is still undoubtedly possible.

“It’s so easy to have a sort of doom and gloom mentality when you’re thinking about issues like biodiversity loss and the climate emergency, but that never motivates people.

“What works is finding those nuggets of good news and sharing them widely. It’s a privilege to be able to invest through this role so organisations can keep creating that good news. That’s just what’s happened with Greenpeace, and that’s why I see our relationship as such a great success story.”

We can’t thank Will and the players of People’s Postcode Lottery enough for their support. We’re using every penny received to help create a fairer, greener future.

The post How can a lottery fight the climate crisis? appeared first on Greenpeace UK.

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Amazon can’t channel the dead, but its deepfake voices take a close second

The Register - Thu, 2022-06-23 13:46
Megacorp shows Alexa speaking like kid's deceased grandma

In the latest episode of Black Mirror, a vast megacorp sells AI software that learns to mimic the voice of a deceased woman whose husband sits weeping over a smart speaker, listening to her dulcet tones.…

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Toshiba shares up as buyers prepared to shell out $22b for company

The Register - Thu, 2022-06-23 13:00
Japanese tech conglomerate has reportedly received 10 offers, each with a different idea about how to do things

Toshiba has received 10 potential offers for the company, eight of which would take the company private, while two would allow it to remain publicly listed, according to reports.…

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Chinese startup hires chip godfather and TSMC vet to break into DRAM biz

The Register - Thu, 2022-06-23 12:19
They're putting a crew together, and Beijing's tossed in $750m to get things started

A Chinese state-backed startup has hired legendary Japanese chip exec Yukio Sakamoto as part of a strategy to launch a local DRAM industry.…

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£11.5b in 10 years: UK's government cloud services unit G-Cloud

The Register - Thu, 2022-06-23 11:33
50% of public sector tech budgets in the cloud by 2015? Well that didn't happen!

British readers who have only recently packed away the bunting commemorating the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II have been offered reason to get it out again by Crown Commercial Services, which is offering up the 10-year anniversary of G-Cloud as a cause for celebration.…

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Windows 11 22H2 is almost here. Is it ready for the enterprise?

The Register - Thu, 2022-06-23 10:27
The Start Menu has been tweaked, but Smart App Control will appeal to the security conscious

The second coming of Windows 11 is almost upon us. Is it worth chancing an upgrade? We took a look at the latest release preview of 2022's take on Microsoft's flagship operating system.…

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Having trouble finding power supplies or server racks? You're not the only one

The Register - Thu, 2022-06-23 09:27
Hyperscalers hog the good stuff

Power and thermal management equipment essential to building datacenters is in short supply, with delays of months on shipments – a situation that's likely to persist well into 2023, Dell'Oro Group reports.…

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Halfords suffers a puncture in the customer details department

The Register - Thu, 2022-06-23 08:30
I like driving in my car, hope my data's not gone far

UK automobile service and parts seller Halfords has shared the details of its customers a little too freely, according to the findings of a security researcher.…

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Don't ditch PowerShell to improve security, say infosec agencies from UK, US, and NZ

The Register - Thu, 2022-06-23 07:58
Use it sensibly instead – which means turning on the useful bits Microsoft doesn't enable by default

Windows PowerShell is enormously useful, extremely prevalent, and often targeted by crooks because it offers an express route into the heart of Windows servers and networks.…

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Bipolar transistors made from organic materials for the first time

The Register - Thu, 2022-06-23 07:33
Move over silicon – digital circuits have a flexible new friend

Scientists in Germany claim to have developed bipolar transistors from organic materials, opening a path for flexible and transparent electronics.…

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