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Thimbleweed Park reopened with free mini sequel • Eurogamer.net


Thimbleweed Park, the point and click adventure game of Ron Gilbert of Monkey Island, has a sequel. Sort of.

Gilbert has created a mini-standalone follow-up with character Delores, one year of the & # 39; events of & # 39; e main games.

This follow-up was originally designed as a prototype for Gilbert's new game engine, but it eventually grew into a project to help keep him busy during the lockdown.

"While writing this on & # 39; the 9th day of May in the year of 2020, the Pandemic is far from over," Gilbert wrote in a blog post over the weekend. "Different people treat isolation, fear, social distancing and hoarding toilet paper differently. I built a game. It helped keep me healthy."

Delores: A Thimbleweed Park Mini-Adventure is now free to download via Steam and Epic Games Store, or you can check out the trailer below.

Fly tippers could be caught after address discovery


The Wellington address should direct Telford and Wrekin Council environmental health personnel directly to the & # 39; s offenders.

The waste, previously found in Little Wenlock today, includes empty sacks of tile cement, boxes with new bathroom equipment, a nursery saw and a bathtub.

& # 39; It was deliberately tipped on the grass edge and located in & # 39; e hedge and blow down the land border. How can people do this? Why do people do this? ”Asked cyclist Elaine Adams, 62, who discovered it today in Dog in the Lane, Little Wenlock.

Not only does flytipping pollute the countryside, but also costs local taxpayers a lot of money to clean.

"You can hardly call it an essential journey to dump a waste truck in a beauty spot during the Candid-19 pandemic," said Elaine, a retired New Works businesswoman.

She appeals to walkers, cyclists and joggers who regularly use the country routes to take New Works overlooking The Wrekin to take their nest home.

She said, & # 39; We have always thrown sausages here and deliberately dropped waste along the land border, but with Covid-19 the number of people enjoying the area has increased and unfortunately it has littered as well.

"I want to appeal to the council to install more waste bins, in order to reduce their number of bins recently and now we see many more sweet wrappers, crispy packages and pop bottles in this beautiful part of rural Shropshire."

Virtual Consensus 2020 begins with ECB Official Consultation on CBDC


Big cryptocurrency event, Consensus 2020, has officially launched in virtual mode. Consensus: Distributed, the first fully virtual conference of Coindesk, presented European Central Bank (ECB) key legal officer, Yves Mersch, as the first speaker.

On May 11, ECB board member Mersch delivered an exclusive keynote dedicated to central bank digital currency (CBDC), a digital currency of & # 39; the central bank that can & # 39; t be used by consumers. Speaking at 6.45am ET, the ECB official revealed that the bank is mainly focused on a CBDC retail implementation.

The ECB encourages its focus on retail CBDC implementation

Contrary to CBDC & # 39; s central-to-retail digital money retail, Mersch argued that CBDC wholesale implementations "would be largely business-friendly." He said:

“A wholesale CBDC, which is limited to a limited group of financial counterparties, would appear to be largely business as usual. However, a retail CBDC, accessible to all, would be a game changer. That, a digital currency for central banks is now our main focus. "

Apparently, the ECB is among the first in the world to focus on a retail CBDC. According to an April report from big blockchain company R3, existing CBDC projects through global central banks represent implementation of sophistication. Mersch claims that central banks are focused on wholesale CBDCs because of risks of shaking up the highly global financial system:

"You may be wondering why central banks have not chosen to access central bank sales, despite access to technology so far (…) The main reason is that the introduction of a retail CBDC has major implications can for the very financial system. "

Cash is here to stay

Despite the ECB's focus on working closely with CBDC implementation, Mersch still notes that the adoption of CBDC is largely dependent on people's preferences. As such, the ECB official claims that cash remains one of Europe's most popular payment methods.

As many as 76% of all transactions in the euro area are carried out in cash, which is more than half of the total value of all payments, Mersch stated. The ECB is still investigating CBDC use to provide CBDC solutions as needed, Mersch said, and concluded: "If and when the time comes, we will be ready and let me assure you that we are ready . "

Consensus: Distributed brings together more than 13,000 attendees from May 11 to May 15, with more than 100 sessions performed online. As reported by Cointelegraph, the makers of Consensus decided the crypto event purely in response to the ongoing pandemic of coronavirus.

Consensus 2020 day one comes on the same day with the long-awaited Bitcoin halving event (BTC), which will result in lowering blockbuster halving from 12.5 BTC to 6.25 BTC. To celebrate one of & # 39; s biggest crypto events of 2020, Cointelegraph is celebrating a halving party on YouTube on May 11 at 10 p.m. The event features large cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin bull Tim Draper and former BTC adopter Roger Ver.

Use the link to join.

Nadia Sawalha launches & # 39; furious & # 39; rant by Boris Johnson on Loose Women


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Nadia Sawalha launched a & # 39; furious & # 39; rant about Boris Johnson's latest lockdown plan on Loose Women.

Monday's installation of an ITV talk show saw the panel discuss the most recent government directives that were announced by the prime minister on Sunday evening.

Johnson appeared in a news special to address the nation and provide an update on the latest plans in place for lockdown during the pandemic over the coming months.

Even so, the Prime Minister's speech made many people feel more confused and uncertain than ever.

Speaking about the guidelines, Nadia told her friends that she was & # 39; mad & # 39; was about the fact that you can meet one friend in a park as long as you & # 39; two meters away & # 39; but you can't sit in a family member's garden.

& # 39; I think this to & # 39; e front lies of & # 39; e people, & # 39; she began.

Nadia Sawalha is & # 39; furious & # 39; (Image: ITV)
Nadia was just as confused about Boris Johnson's speech as we were (Photo: ITV)

'And to see my 17-year-old with no hope of seeing her friend, he could think of it.

She added: 'For me, it was quite a speech about the economy.

'What I wanted to hear is when will we test, track, isolate? Look at the countries that did not kill the virus until we realized that we did not solve the puzzle of the virus.

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& # 39; I mean everyone in this room could be asymptomatic until we tested and he didn't tell us anything about it.

& # 39; He told us what we could do, but he did not tell us what he would do and I am afraid to be honest. & # 39;

Loose Women will be broadcast on ITV on weekdays at 12:30.

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SanDisk Micro SD cards drop to their lowest prices since February • Eurogamer.net


Plus: Great deals on USB hard drives and the Surface Book 2.

Good news, everyone! After several weeks of high prices and poor availability, some of & # 39; s best micro SD cards and external hard drives are back in stock and for sale.

The best deal we spot today is for the SanDisk Ultra 200GB, which has been reduced from £ 27 to £ 22 as part of Amazon's daily deals. That's the best price we've seen on this card since February (which was three months ago, even if it feels like a lifetime away!). The Ultra 200GB is a great choice for the Nintendo Switch, but it also works great for smartphones, action and dash cameras and many more devices.

The SanDisk Ultra 400GB is also greatly reduced, from £ 63 to £ 51, marking the best price we've seen since early March. This is a great price for a Micro SD card of this size, and offers better value than the best 512GB Micro SD card deal we've found (£ 70).

Like Micro SD cards, the WD Black Game Drive is reduced by £ 30 today, which means you pay £ 110 for a 5TB (!) Portable hard drive, up from £ 140. This particular Xbox brand model comes with two months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (which offers access to hundreds of games and Xbox Live Gold for multiplayer), but it will also work very happily on PS4, Macs and Windows PCs. We've tested this USB 3.0 drive and really appreciate the rugged exterior, making it the perfect choice to take your games (or indeed any other files!) Along the way. Performance is also good for a hard disk with a spinning disk, with read speeds up to 130MB / s.


Finally, here's something a little different. If you are in the market for a laptop – maybe for doing your schoolwork or working from home? – then Currys currently has a brilliant deal for the 13.5-inch Microsoft Surface Book 2. This convertible Windows laptop comes with a Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, a 256GB SSD and a wonderful 3.2K IPS display. Starting today, you can pick up this £ 1500 laptop for £ 1049 with free shipping next day – a really great offer on a critically acclaimed convertible laptop.


We hope these deals were helpful! For more Micro SD card recommendations, check out our tour of & # 39; Best Micro SD Cards for the Nintendo Switch.

Cyberpunk 2077 fan movie has a terrible point about Keanu Reeves appearance • Eurogamer.net


A trailer for new Cyberpunk 2077 Phoenix movie film is shining the internet – and has impressed developer CD Projekt Red.

The recordings, shared by CD Project op Twitter, stars a group of talented cosplayers in action directed by Marvel & # 39; s Shang Chi action designer Vi-Dan Tran.

To be clear, this fan movie does not include Keanu Reeves – but you would be forgiven for thinking so. An eerily similar Johnny Silverhand cosplayer appears for some skull cracking. The male V protagonist of the & # 39; film also looks almost identical to the one who & # 39; s so far in & # 39; e Cyberpunk 2077 Game Movies has been seen.

Unfortunately, work on the Phoenix program is now on pause while isolating its cast of cosplayers. But if nothing else comes of the project, this trailer is definitely worth a minute of your time.

CD Projekt Red will share next news on Cyberpunk 2077 in June, before the game finally arrives on September 17. A next-gen launch also on & # 39; maps.

South Korea sees influence of Blockchain platforms for unlisted stocks


The South Korean blockchain space sees a stiff stream of platforms specializing in trading for unlisted shares, following a large supply of state-supported financial IT firm Koscom last year.

Business Korea cites two 11 mentioned sources from the industry on May 11, claiming that two further platforms of Cocoa-supported Dunamu and PSX will launch this September and February 202. Local commentators expect the offering of safe trades for unlisted shares to encourage investors at local start-ups, the report notes.

Solid support for blockchain initiatives

As reported, Koscom's blockchain-based Be My Unicorn platform received support from the state, regulators and the private sector, including the Ministry of Finance and Korea Exchange. The project is intended to give small and medium-sized venture companies access to a cost-effective, secure and accessible trading platform for unlisted securities.

In parallel, Kosco has forged broader alliances in the blockchain sector; it participated in decentralized identity consortium, the Initial DID Association, which includes both high-profile private sector actors (including SK Telecom and Samsung Electronics) and support from the Ministry of Science and ICT and the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA). In May 2019, the Financial Services Commission had granted Koscom a license to provide investment brokerage services.

Both PSX and Dunamu make use of & # 39; in the meantime & # 39; a Korean financial regulatory sandbox to develop its businesses into blockchain-driven unlisted equity trading services and are reported to be partnering with Shinhan Financial Investment and Samsung Securities, respectively.

PSX's platform will support trading of shares in well-known unlisted startups, including Vuno, Musinsa and Krafton, which it gets from accelerators, angel investors, and stock option holders. As reported, Dunamu has previously launched "Luniverse", a platform focused on IT startups to develop their own blockchain-based services.

Recent developments in the Korean blockchain sector

Earlier this week, Klatyn – the public blockchain platform developed by Cocoa affiliate GroundX – joined Libra & # 39; s rival, the Celo Alliance for Prosperity.

The Ministry of Science and ICT and KISA, along with the country's Internet technology watchdog, the Korea Internet & Security Agency, are in the meantime a pivotal point for a blockchain-based platform for monitoring and monitoring & # 39; e digital identities of cars that themselves drive. It will be deployed as part of a smart city solutions program in & # 39; Sejong city, to become the new administrative capital of South Korea.

Student writes & # 39; I do it for the girls & the gay & # 39; s & # 39; in their diss recognitions


It's a TikTok reference, in case you didn't know it

Did you know that, in theory, you can write something in recognition of your dissertation – even, say, a joke about a TikTok format – and you won't lose any marks?

Student Coventry journalist Yasmine Summan tested that theory by asking her student if she could write at the end of her dissertation on queer people in media: "I did it for the girls and the gays, that's it," a line from a verse everyone on TikTok will recognize, and the supervisor replied saying he was down with the idea.

"They have always encouraged me to include my sexuality and who I am in my work, so this is nothing new," Yasmine told The Tab.

@yasminesummanxI did my dissertation for WHO? FOR THE GIRLS. EN. DE. GAYS. ## idoitforthegirlsandthegays ## queer ## uni ## thesis ## fyp original sound – heteronegative

In an email to her supervisor, Yasmine asked: & # 39; Just check, hypothetically what can you * not * include in recognition?

& # 39; Because I am hypothetical, and I emphasize hypothetically, I thought & # 39; I did it for the girls and the gay & # 39; s & # 39; in my acknowledgments.

"But if I can't, you know, I won't be upset."

Her supervisor replied: & # 39; The great thing about recognitions is that it is for whoever you want!

"If it's for the girls and the gays, then they recognize right away."

(embed) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrBojx_SGh4 (/ embed)

Go to 2:04 to hear * the line *.

The referenced song is Yummy (by Ayesha Erotica not Justin Bieber), a track that you have probably never heard in real life, but has a little resurgence on TikTok.

Yasmine told The Tab that her dissertation looked at the representation of queer people, "especially queer women, in media and magazines," and added, "I really did it for the girls and the gays."

"I saw the meme on TikTok and thought me, if lockdown will postpone my graduation and prevent me from completing my project completely, I might as well go out with a bang," she said.

She said she only had the thesis & # 39; a few days ago & # 39; has submitted, but hopes the project will get them a pass.

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Australian neo bank Xinja eventually cut the interest rate on a high-yield savings account


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Xinja said the reason for the cut was because of the Central Bank of Australia being cut twice in January.

Image source: Xinja.

Australian neo bank Xinja Bank has cut interest rates on its savings account with high returns from 2.25 per cent to 1.8 per cent.

Xinja said the interest rate cut on its Stash savings account will go down to 1.8 percent on May 11.

Xinja launched the Stash account deposit in January this year and its interest rate meant it was the highest rate in Australia.

It said the reduction in & # 39; interest rate is due to & # 39; e Reserve Bank of Australia, the central bank of the country, which cut its interest twice in March – on March the third to 0.50 per cent, and then to 0.25 per cent on March 19.

"We kept the rate at 2.25 percent despite consecutive Reserve Bank rate cuts, and we are probably the only bank that has done so," said Xinja CEO and Founder Eric Wilson.

"We thought it was the right thing to do to protect our current customers instead of following them, and we achieved it by taking a break when opening new Stash accounts"

“However, it is a variable rate, and we can ignore two Reserve Bank rate cuts indefinitely. That being said, our rate remains very competitive, and unconditionally those banks typically apply to higher interest rate accounts. "

Xinja, which entered the market in 2017 and received a bank license in 2019, stopped issuing new Stash accounts at the beginning of March at an interest rate of 2.25 per cent.

In January, we reported that Xinja, along with challenger Judo Bank and 86,400, had raised more than A $ 1 billion in personal term deposits, stimulated by their high interest rates.

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Monzo kicks off former JP Morgan Chase exec as new VP and head of global financial crime


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Dave Laramy is set to join New Challenger Bank this month and brings with him more than 17 years of experience.

Image source: Dave Laramy / LinkedIn

Digital bank Monzo has appointed the former head of fraud with JP Morgan Chase, David Laramy, as its new vice president and head of global financial crime.

The news, first reported in Fintech Futures, comes just a week after the challenger bank appointed former AMEX exec Sujata Bhatia as its new COO.

Prior to joining Monzo, Laramy spent four years as a senior executive at Capital One, as head of fraud at Santander and more than 11 years at Barclays.

He is also an advisory board member of CIFAS, an anti-fraud prevention organization.

Laramy's appointment, which was not confirmed AltFi by a & # 39; bank spokesman, the latest reshuffle is on & # 39; a top for Monzo.

The recent appointment of Bhatia as COO comes after a six-month gap in the position after the departure of her predecessor Tom Foster-Carter who left in November to launch his own start-up of messaging.

However, former employee Simon Balmain, who started just after the Monzo name change from Mondo, announced he left the bank last month to join Nick D & # 39; s new start Aloisio .

Another high-profile employee to leave the fintech was Monzo technology officer Meri Williams, who left the bank in March after just under two years.

In early April, it was revealed that Monzo was planning to force 295 staff and executives to receive a 25 percent cut, as founder Tom Blomfield said his salary for the following year was completely free.

Despite being on a slightly shaky ground, for the first time in Q4 2019, Monzo became the most switched running account in 20443 net switches.

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