The Daily Populous

Wednesday February 14th, 2024 day edition

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's GOP-controlled Legislature on Tuesday passed legislative maps that were proposed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers — a move designed to prevent the liberal-controlled state Supreme Court from implementing maps that might be even worse for Republicans.

Last week, he promised to sign his maps into law if the Legislature passed them with no changes.

Democrats said that the Wisconsin Supreme Court should be allowed to implement the maps.

Republicans said that voting for Evers' maps, rather than waiting for the state Supreme Court to install maps that might be even better for Democrats, was their last best remaining option.

“The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Wisconsin’s current maps are unconstitutional," Democratic Minority Leader Dianne Hesselbein said in a statement.

It said that if the Legislature couldn't adopt new maps that Evers signed into law, it would choose new maps.

Consultants hired by the court last week said that maps submitted by the Republican Legislature and a conservative law firm were gerrymandered. »

EA flop Immortals of Aveum reportedly cost around $125 million, former dev says "a AAA single-player shooter in today's market was a truly awful idea"

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Immortals of Aveum launched in August 2023 amidst one of the busiest years of game releases in history, bookended by behemoths like Diablo 4, Starfield, and Baldur's Gate 3.

"At a high level, Immortals was massively overscoped for a studio's debut project," the former employee said.

"The development cost was around $85 million, and I think EA kicked in $40 million for marketing and distribution. »

Russian landing ship Tsezar Kunikov hit in Black Sea, it has sunk – intelligence sources, photo, video

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Drones of Defence Intelligence of Ukraine (DIU) have struck the Russian landing ship Tsezar Kunikov in the Black Sea on the morning of 14 February.

Details: Ukrainska Pravda sources reported that it was a DIU operation, resulting in the sinking of the Tsezar Kunikov.

For reference: According to the Russian Black Sea Fleet's website, the Tsezar Kunikov is a Project 775 large landing ship. »

Google: Iranian, regional hacking operations that target Israel remain opportunistic but focused

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The analysis — conducted by Google’s Threat Analysis Group and Mandiant, part of Google Cloud — documented operations tied to a half-dozen regional cyber threat groups with objectives including espionage, information operations or destructive activities.

Iran has targeted Israel and the U.S. for years, the analysis noted, and operations continue apace.

The incidents are examples of established regional hacking campaigns that demonstrate the “agility to rapidly tailor activity to current events,” the report read. »