Created by researchers at the University’s MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, in collaboration with Goldsmiths, ‘The Vaccination Game’ will allow players to understand how vaccines work on a worldwide scale. Rather than providing a wholly realistic simulation, the role-playing game is intended to educate. “Our game isn’t intended as a modelling or simulation tool, or meant to predict real-world scenarios”, Professor Drakesmith said. “Instead, we hope it’s educational, as it illustrates how vaccines can work on a global scale, and shows that precisely how a vaccine is deployed across populations can be crucial to its effectiveness.” Players are given limited doses of vaccines each week and then choose who to vaccinate in the ninety-nine cities available within the game, with the aim of maximum effectiveness and minimised deaths. At the end of the game, the player receives a report noting how many lives were saved by the vaccine. The Group Leader of the Analysis, Visualisation and Informatics group, Steve Taylor, said: “You can replay the game multiple times to improve strategy and save more lives – it is possible to do very well!” The idea was originally conceived by Professor Drakesmith and colleagues in their roles as part of a research network focusing on immunising babies and mothers to fight infections in low and middle income countries. They began to develop the game after receiving funding from the IMPRINT research network. Professor Drakesmith continued: “We hope players find The Vaccination Game interesting, useful and fun to play.” Researchers at Oxford University have launched ‘The Vaccination Game’, a free online role-playing game where players need to distribute a virtual vaccine, aiming to limit the spread of a pandemic based upon influenza. “We originally had the idea of the game and began developing it back in 2019, with influenza as our example disease. Then Covid-19 struck, and the ideas behind the game are obviously much more relevant,” said Professor Drakesmith, who is based at the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine.
The affected users highlighted on the Apple Community forums and Reddit that while updating to macOS Big Sur, a black screen appeared that eventually bricked the hardware. One of the users said on the Apple Community forums that an engineer was able to boot an impacted MacBook Pro after unplugging its I/O board.“I am not sure how Apple will be dealing with this issue, especially that all affected Macs are out of warranty. And I am not sure if they’ll be able to fix this with a software update since this seems to be a hardware problem that Big Sur somehow caused,” the user wrote.Apple is reportedly aware of the problem as it has been escalated to the Apple support team. However, the company hasn’t yet provided any clarity to users whether it would be able to resolve the issue through a software update.That said, it is safe for the older MacBook Pro users to delay installing macOS Big Sur until the company makes an official response on the bricking problem.Some users last week reported that macOS Big Sur took hours in the download process. However, the massive rush in installing the new software update that could be thanks to the list of its new features impacted users on existing macOS versions as many of them faced delays in app launches. The problem was caused by a certificate issue, where the macOS Gatekeeper service was failing to check the developer certificate of the app.Some researchers claimed that the app slowdowns happened due to a glitch in the system that was allowing macOS to send user data to Apple servers. Apple, however, has now provided some clarity on that issue and said it had never combined data from Gatekeeper’s checks with information about its users or their devices.“We do not use data from these checks to learn what individuals users are launching or running on their devices,” the company said.Apple also mentioned that it’s overhauling the designing of the network request and enabling an opt-out preference for users. These changes, which are to ensure user security and to resist issues like what happened last week, would come into effect over the next year.Will Apple Silicon Lead to Affordable MacBooks in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Apple brought macOS Big Sur as its next-generation operating system last week. The update carries a list of fresh features for Mac machines. However, macOS Big Sur was also found to include an issue that causes Apple apps to bypass firewalls and virtual private networks (VPNs). This privacy-concerning problem was initially spotted in a macOS Big Sur beta last month. Apple didn’t fix it at the time of bringing the public release, though. Separately, the macOS Big Sur update was reported to some older MacBook Pro models. Apple also responded to the privacy concerns raised by some researchers over its Gatekeeper security feature that caused some hiccups last week.A Twitter user @mxswd initially spotted the firewall bypass issue on the early macOS Big Sur beta last month. The issue was causing the system to bypass firewalls and VPNs when using an Apple app, such as the Apple Maps. It was confirmed by security researcher Patrick Wardle.- Advertisement – “Previously, a comprehensive macOS firewall could be implemented via Network Kernel Extension (kext). Apple deprecated kexts, giving us Network Extensions… but apparently (many of their apps/ daemons bypass this filtering mechanism,” Wardle noted in a tweet.The security researcher found that the Mac App Store on macOS Big Sur was bypassing firewalls. The issues in the beta were detailed by Apple-focussed blog Apple Term.It was at that time presumed that Apple would fix the issue when releasing the Big Sur update to the general public. However, the company didn’t make any changes.- Advertisement – Wardle noted in a tweet posted on Sunday that the issue of bypassing firewalls and VPNs still persisted in the stable release and could be abused by malware and impact user security on the latest macOS version.Apple has yet to comment on the matter.In addition to the issue of bypassing firewalls and VPNs, macOS Big Sur seems to have some problems that are bricking some older MacBook Pro models. As reported MacRumors, several users on the late 2013 and mid-2014 13-inch MacBook Pro models are reporting that the latest macOS update is bricking their machines.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
highlights New Delhi: Rajasthan Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane has been fined Rs 12 lakh for maintaining a slow over-rate during the IPL match between against Chennai Super Kings here. “As it was his team’s first offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Mr. Rahane was fined Rs 12 lakh,” read an official IPL statement.Rajasthan Royals suffered their third straight defeat on Sunday night when they lost to Super Kings by eight runs. The struggling outfit next host Royal Challengers Bangalore in Jaipur on Tuesday. Rahane, who plays for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy, was not the first to be fined for a slow over-rate offence. Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma was fined Rs 12 lakh after his team maintained a slow over-rate during their IPL match against Kings XI Punjab. “As it was his team’s first offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Sharma was fined Rs 12 lakh,” the IPL said in a media release. Rajasthan Royals lost to the Chennai Super Kings in Chepauk.Kings XI Punjab defeated Mumbai Indians in Mohali.Virat Kohli had earlier committed the first over-rate offence in IPL 2019. KXIP won the match by eight wickets. Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has been fined Rs 12 lakh for maintaining slow over-rate during their Indian Premier League (IPL) against Chennai Super Kings here on Wednesday night. The hosts had put on board a challenging 205 for eight but riding on MS Dhoni’s power-packed 34-ball 70, Super Kings overhauled the formidable target with two balls to spare.“As it was his team’s first offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Mr. Kohli was fined Rs 12 lakh,” an IPL press release said.-With PTI Inputs- For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Worcestershire teenager Ellie Perks has become the latest recipient of England Golf’s Hero’s Handshake Award.14-year-old Ellie, from Hagley Golf Club near Stourbridge, received the award for the tireless voluntary work she has done supporting several charities, including working as an ambassador for the Golf for Disabled Children charity at her home club, and helping the Dwarf Sports Association UK and Little People UK.Incredibly, despite all that charitable work, she has also found time to get her handicap down from 54 to 19 during the last year and is about to play in next month’s English Disability Open at Stoke by Nayland.“She’s an inspiration to us all,” said Gareth Snelgrove, the Head PGA Professional at Hagley who runs the Golf for Disabled Children sessions. “I don’t know what we’d do without her.“From the outset, she’s been incredibly enthusiastic, both about improving her own game and encouraging other children with disabilities to take up the game.“She’s one of the best ambassadors we could have had and her ability to strike a golf ball really has to be seen to be believed. She’s very special.”Ellie took up golf at the age of seven when her father, Martin, took her to Hagley and she has been playing ever since. Her long-term goal is to become a professional and to show people that having a disability shouldn’t stop you from doing what you want.“We’re all very proud of her,” said Martin. “Ellie loves helping other people and is also working very hard to improve her own game. What she has done with her own golf in the last year is incredible and I’m sure she will continue to improve.”“She’s very determined,” he added. “When she sets her mind on something, she normally gets it done. She’s an inspiration to a lot of people.”“Obviously, winning this Hero’s Handshake Award is a big achievement for me,” said Ellie, after receiving the award from England Golf Young Ambassador, Emily Furniss, at a ceremony at her home club.“First of all, I’d like to thank Keith (James) and Gareth who run the Golf for the Disabled charity at Hagley for the help and support they have given me over the years. It’s been fun working as an ambassador for them and helping to get other people into the game.“Volunteering is one of the things I love doing, it’s great being able to help other people, so it means a lot to be recognised in this way.Golf is also very important for me,” added. “It makes me feel independent and it’s a game for all,” she said. “Anyone can play, it doesn’t matter whether you’re tall or short or in a wheelchair.”The Hero’s Handshake Awards are run by The Young Ambassadors, a group who represent England Golf and the Golf Foundation, and who aim to recognise and celebrate what young people are achieving in golf outside of just the competitions.They will be handing out a Hero’s Handshake award each month. Follow then on Instagram @getgolfing and tell them about other potential heroes.Read more about Ellie’s inspirational story here. Tags: Ellie Perks, Hero’s Handshake 28 Aug 2019 Ellie Perks awarded with the third Hero’s Handshake