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Amivel pár napja egyesek még viccelődtek, mostanra valósággá vált: újabb egymilliárd dollárnyi részvény eladására kapott engedélyt a korábban becsődölt Hertz autókölcsönző vállalat.

A mindenkori kapitalizmus egyik legabszurdabb története

Hétfőn 5 dollár fölé emelkedtek a Hertz-részvények, miközben a Robinhood kereskedési platformon a hét második legnépszerűbb befektetési eszközévé lépett elő a Robintrack.net adatai alapján.

Míg március közepén még csak alig 2000 Robinhood-felhasználó rendelkezett valamennyi részesedéssel a vállalatban, addig mára ez a szám már a 160.000-et is meghaladta.

Igen: miközben egy részvénytársaság minden erejével azon van, hogy megtartsa helyét a New York Stock Exchange kínálatában, a lakossági befektetőknek köszönhetően soha nem látott érdeklődést tapasztal.

Talán a megalapozatlan sikertől megittasulva és a végtelen mértékű keresletet kielégítendő Mary F. Walrath delaware-i bírónő további egymilliárd dollárnyi részvény értékesítését engedélyezte.

Beütött a tini-FOMO

Az igazsághoz hozzátartozik, hogy az angol betyárról elnevezett platform elsődleges célcsoportja a tinédzser, amatőr befektetői réteg. Ezek talán evangéliumként tekintenek arra a kijelentésre, hogy akkor kell bevásárolni, amikor vér folyik az utcákon. Az is lehet, hogy a cég nagy múltjára való tekintettel hisznek még annak feltámadásában.

A vállalat ugyanis – amelyet több mint 100 éve alapítottak az Egyesült Államokban – bár az azóta bekövetkezett összes világválságot túlélte, a koronavírussal mégsem tudott mit kezdeni.

Az egymilliárd dollárnyi részvény értékesítésével 3%-os jutalék mellett a Jefferies befektetési bankot bízták meg, amely így 30 millió dollárt is bezsebelhet, ha sikerül elég Robinhood-tinit találnia, akik örömmel váltanák szemétre a pénzüket.

Az egy picit érthetetlen a számomra, hogy a gyerekek miért nem várták meg, míg a WTI-nyersolaj árának mintájára a részvények nem csapnak át negatív értékekbe – bár annyi eszük talán nekik is volt, hogy itt egy kicsit más dologról van szó.

Nincs még minden veszve?

A csőd egyébként nem feltétlenül jelenti egy vállalat végét. A hagyományos megoldások között szerepel például további hitelek felvétele a vállalat eszközeinek fedezetként való felhasználásával. Ez segíthet ugyan a talpra állásban, viszont további kölcsönöket jelent, amelyeket ugyanúgy vissza kell fizetni.

Szintén bevett szokás egy becsődölt vállalat esetén vadonatúj részvények kibocsátása. Ebben az esetben semmi nem garantálja, hogy a régi részvénytulajdonosok is kapnak a mézesbödönből.

Beszállni egy fizetésképtelen társaságba tehát veszélyes. A részvényesek az utolsók lesznek abban a sorban, amely a bankokkal és más hitelezőkkel kezdődik.

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Továbbra is van azonban esély arra, hogy az SEC megállítsa ezt a paródiát. Főleg miután a vállalat a bíróságnak elmondta, miszerint „a közönséges részvény végül akár el is értéktelenedhet”.

Korábban a BitcoinBázison is írtunk arról, hogy a Hertz nagy adósságállományt görgetett maga előtt, és egy ideje már nem ment úgy a szekér, mint régen. Részvényeinek értéke a 2014-es nagyjából 110 dolláros csúcstól vizsgálva szinte folyamatosan csökkent. 2018 óta pedig nem sokkal 20 dollár alatt oldalazta végig az elmúlt két évet.

Egyelőre nincs okunk arra, hogy irigykedjünk a kis befektetőkre, a cikk írásakor ugyanis a Hertz-részvények 2,83 dollárt értek.

Forrás: Zerohedge, CNN

Source: https://www.bitcoinbazis.hu/becsodolt-vallalat-hertz-reszveny/

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How Was 2020 Cyber Security Awareness Month?

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Global corporate enterprise and indeed global society is aware of the concept of cyber security. Personally Identifyable Information (PII) data leaks, continued personal phishing expeditions and state-based adversary hacking have all brought cyber security into focus for the average person.

The average Board member is certainly more aware of the value of cyber security than in years past due in part to ransomware payments. And front-lines employees are certainly more aware of the value of cyber security due to an increased understanding of what not to do.

The state of cyber security is indeed strong. As the Cyber Security Hub Year End Report will elucidate, nearly 80% of the community feels that the overall state of cyber security, meaning operations, resiliency, compliance, awareness, etc., is improving.

But that is of course through the end of the day today. As cyber security professionals know, it’s all about tomorrow. And tomorrow is going to be a bear.

Awareness

A few years of the Mid-Year and Year End reports has shown a sustained focus and expense on Security Awareness. Cyber security executives seem comfortable with the returns to date. But we are now in a whole new world and the pre-pandemic security awareness quotient does not cut it.

Key Questions:

  • How often are you in front of the organization regarding security awareness?
  • Are you expediting security awareness the same way that you’ve always done it?
  • Is each person in the organization aware of all of the new threat vectors?

Automation

The Cyber Security Hub Automation Report is fresh out with some key takeaways. More needs to be done than there is dollars to do. Automated attacks are on the rise and the global pandemic has not been kind to budgets. That means that organizations must make choices on if they can handle any amount of cyber security automation investment.

The luckier ones are making choices on what to automate with a better understanding of the fact that while automation might eventually reduce overhead, the human resources needed to make automation work have to be found and added first.

Key Questions:

  • Do you have budget for automation?
  • If yes, do you have the talent you need for automation?
  • If no, what technical debt do you have that you could lose?

Cloud-First

We just started the Zero Trust conversation and we have to also start the SASE conversation. Our friends at Okta have a handy chart that shows four levels of a Zero Trust organization. The first level is level zero (no-relation). Common wisdom has most of global corporate enterprise at either level zero or level one. Most folks think that less than 10% are at level 3 (that’s the highest level).

The Cyber Security Hub Year End Report will showcase the fact that 75% of the community is telling us how they stopped worrying and learned to love the VPN. (That’s a reference to the title of Dr. Strangelove if you’re keeping score at home). The point being- a significant portion of the community is on the just at the front end of figuring out IAM & PAM for their organizations.

So we’ve got a long way to go on establishing a Zero Trust Network Architecture (ZTNA). And a ZTNA is only one piece of a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE). SASE is not brand new. Gartner released their first analysis of the concept at the end of last year. Solution providers do have offerings and the top of the market is buying.

Key Questions:

  • Where are you on the IAM/PAM continuum?
  • Where are you on the Zero Trust continuum?
  • Where are you on the SASE continuum?

Business Enablement

As you might know, we’ve consistently shared that cyber security has gone from the Department of No to the Department of Know ensuring that cyber security isn’t in the way of business enablement.

We’ve also covered the fact that the cyber security budget conversation with the board must no longer be based on fear but on risk. The budget conversation as we understand it is best presented by choices.

“If we implement X, spending Y, we’ll reduce risk by Z. If we don’t implement X, risk will increase by Alpha by Year End 2021.”

A significant portion of budgets for 2020 and maybe even some of 2021 were spent in March and April of 2020. The cyber crime rate is going up. To thwart the threats, cyber security executives must be tough. You’ve got threat vectors on all sides. And your budget has been shattered. (That’s a reference to Shattered by the Rolling Stones if you’re keeping score at home).

Key Questions:

  • How are you going into the budget conversation for 2021?
  • Are you able to educate the board and CEO using a risk paradigm?

Happy Cyber Security Month from Cyber Security Hub. You’ve got to be a CISO to know how much mental and intestinal fortitude is needed to get the job done. We have awareness and appreciation of how hard the job is- and the fact that it just keeps getting tougher. So take a breath, focus as you do, get back out there and keep us safe. Thank you for doing the job.

Source: https://www.cshub.com/executive-decisions/articles/how-was-2020-cyber-security-awareness-month

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Sci-fi Shooter Hive Slayer is Free, Asks Players for Louisiana Hurricane Relief Donations Instead

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There are plenty of free virtual reality (VR) games if you know where to look but King Crow Studios’ latest wants to make a real-world difference at the same time. The studio has released Hive Slayer for free this week, instead asking players to donate what they can to a charitable cause.

Hive Slayer

Hive Slayer is a classic arcade-style shooter where you have to defeat swarms of alien invaders across three gameplay modes using an array of powerups. Equipped with a matrix gauntlet (shield) and plasma blaster, Standard Mode is all about clearing waves, mini-bosses and end bosses. Arcade Mode requires columns of enemies to be defeated before they get too close, whilst Endless Mode is exactly that, endless.

To aid in this endeavour the plasma blaster has three firing modes, standard, shotgun and hair-trigger sniper. You also need to keep an eye out for the powerups which need to be shot, adding rapid-fire, shield recharge and bomb to destroy multiple enemies. All the modes feature online leaderboards to add a little competition.

A fairly standard wave shooter by the looks of it. But because King Crow Studios is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the developer is giving the videogame away for free to encourage players to make any donation to the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana Hurricane Relief & Recovery Fund.

Hive Slayer

“The entire world is in the grip of a deadly pandemic, and us Louisianians are dealing with that on top of two deadly and massively destructive hurricanes, Laura and Delta. These catastrophic forces have displaced tens of thousands of people in our area. They have destroyed homes, local business, and lives,” says the studio in a statement.

“The impact of the hurricanes has hit us on a very personal level. Our founder Cody Louviere has been travelling multiple times a week to Lake Charles, Louisiana – hurricane ground zero. A Lake Charles native, he’s been working with his own family – his mother, his father, and siblings – to try to save and repair their homes in the middle of these back-to-back natural disasters.”

100%  of net proceeds will go to the fund which provides food, shelter, medicine, and all other necessities. Supporting PC VR headsets you can download Hive Slayer via itch.io, Steam or by going directly to the CFSLHRF site. For further updates keep reading VRFocus.

Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2020/10/sci-fi-shooter-hive-slayer-is-free-asks-players-for-louisiana-hurricane-relief-donations-instead/

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AMD Announces Radeon RX 6000-series GPUs with USB-C “for a modern VR experience”

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AMD today introduced the Radeon RX 6800, 6800 XT, and 6900 XT graphics cards based on its latest RDNA 2 architecture. With a release date in November and prices starting at $580, AMD is aiming to compete directly with NVIDIA’s latest 30-series GPUs. And—better late than never—the RX 6000-series cards include a USB-C port to “power head-mounted displays with just one cable for a modern VR experience.”

Before we dive into details, here’s the release date, price, and basic specs of each card:

RX 6900 XT RX 6800 XT RX 6800
Price $1,000 $650 $580
Release Date December 8th, 2020 November 18th, 2020
Compute Units 80 72 60
Game Clock (GHz) 2.02 2.02 1.82
Boost Clock (GHz) 2.25 2.25 2.11
Memory (GDDR6) 16GB
Connectors DisplayPort 1.4 w/ DSC*, HDMI 2.2 w/ VRR*, USB-C* 2x DisplayPort 1.4 w/ DSC, 1x HDMI 2.2 w/ VRR, 1x USB-C
* connector counts unspecified

See a detailed spec comparison here

Based on its new RDNA 2 architecture, AMD is positioning its 6000-series cards to compete directly with Nvida’s latest 30-series GPUs in price, performance, and features.

Infinity Cache, Ray-tracing, and Smart Access Memory

New to the 6000-series cards, ‘Infinity Cache’ is 128MB of memory directly on the GPU die. AMD says the cache acts as a “bandwidth amplifier” for the rest of the card’s memory; 16GB of GDDR6 combined with the 128MB Infinity Cache increases “effective bandwidth” by up to 3.25 times compared to the same amount of memory without the cache.

“This global cache is seen by the entire graphics core, capturing temporal re-use and enabling data to be accessed instantaneously. Leveraging the best high frequency approaches from Zen architecture, AMD Infinity Cache enables scalable performance for the future,” the company explains.

The 6000-series cards also introduce hardware accelerated ray-tracing with one ‘Ray Accelerator’ per Compute Unit. The card’s ray-tracing tech is based on the DirectX 12 Ultimate implementation; AMD says developers can mix and match rasterization and ray-tracing effects, with “an order of magnitude” improvement in ray-tracing operations compared to the last generation of Radeon cards.

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The company is also introducing a unique feature for users who pair AMD’s 6000-series GPUs with the company’s own 5000-series Ryzen CPUs. Called Smart Access Memory, the company says the feature allows the CPU to access more of the GPUs memory at once, resulting in a performance boost of a few percentage points depending upon the title. While not a groundbreaking change in performance by itself, it’s essentially ‘free’ (if you have the right combination of hardware), and a smart way to leverage the company’s broader hardware portfolio.

A VirtualLink to the Past

AMD’s own versions of the Radeon RX 6000-series cards include USB-C across the board, which, for VR in particular, would allow the cards to support the VirtualLink standard—a USB-C ‘alt-mode’ which was designed to provide VR headsets with data, power, and video through a single port.

Indeed, the company’s marketing says the port can “power head-mounted displays with just one cable for a modern VR experience,” though the timing is pretty odd given that the VirtualLink standard was initially introduced in 2018 and has since been abandoned. On the flip side, Nvidia was early with support for VirtuaLink by including USB-C ports on its first wave of RTX 20-series GPUs, only to eschew the power on the latest 30-series cards.

Still, as far as we know, a USB-C port on the RX 6000-series cards should mean that VirtualLink devices could work just fine, and headset makers could always devise their own single-cable headset connection based on the card’s USB-C port.

Variable Rate Shading

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The RDNA 2 architecture of the 6000-series GPUs also supportS Variable Rate Shading which allows fine-grain control over the shading rate from one frame to the next. This can be used to essentially lower the resolution of some parts of the scene (say dark areas or those without much detail) while maintaining full resolution in important, or high detail parts of the scene.

For VR headsets specifically, the Variable Rate Shading feature opens the door to more precise foveated rendering, which could be static (to match lens distortion) or active (to align with eye movement). AMD hasn’t shown its own VR-specific solution (like Nvidia’s Variable Rate Supersampling) but the underlying tech to support this kind of foveation is there under the hood.

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We’ll be looking forward to getting our hands on AMD’s 6000-series cards to see how they handle upcoming high-resolution headsets like HP’s Reverb G2 and memory hungry games like Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020).

Source: https://www.roadtovr.com/amd-radeon-rx-6900-xt-6800-xt-price-release-date-specs/

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