You buy into online poker tournaments using Tournament Points. Accumulating tournament points opens the door to larger cash and prize tournaments such as World Poker Tour tournaments and $10,000 cash tournaments.
FreeFall Tournament is an intense, team-based, space combat game: a space marines third person shooter. Skill with jetpacks, armor, hammers, swords, guns, and bombs determine the winner of this tournament. Choose to fight as one of a growing cast of classes battling in 10-20 minute matches. Rank up and win Cash to purchase more weapons, armor, and boosts in order to dominate the arena. It is a browser game in open beta.
What makes a good prediction good Generally, the answer is thought to be a faithful accounting of both tangible and intangible factors. Among sports teams, it is thought that if you get enough of the tangible factors (e.g. roster, prior performance, schedule) correct, then the predictions will be correspondingly accurate. While there is a role for intangible factors, they are thought to gum up the works, so to speak. Here, I start with the hypothesis that the best and worst teams in a league or tournament are easy to predict relative to teams with average performance. Data from the 2013 MLB and NFL seasons plus data from the 2014 NCAA Tournament were used. Using a model-free approach, data representing various aspects of competition reveal that mainly the teams predicted to perform the worst actually conform to expectation. The reasons for this are then discussed, including the role of shot noise on performance driven by tangible factors. Category: Statistics
A two-step authentication system and method are provided for secure authentication that implements highly secure access to secure areas or resources with disabling the access when the main passcode is compromised. A user, after successfully passing through the passcode of the first-step verification stage, is asked to input an additional secret and presumably easy memorezible code (a pin, second password), or recognize an image for authentication (from a generated set). If during this second-step the user entered information fails to match the correct secret code, then the system sends signal message on intrusion to the user or other designated authorities through a communication device (e.g., email or telephone message) and the access is disabled immediately or after a few permitted attempts. Such authentication, while providing better security and user experience, does not require the usual practice of disabling the access, when the first-step access required information (such as complex alphanumeric password) is entered with errors in repeated access attempts. Category: Digital Signal Processing 153554b96e