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German finance ministry rejects call to solve military crisis – media
The finance ministry said lack of funding was not the cause of the sluggish availability of ammunition
Startup valuations are declining — but not consistently
While this year’s stock market decline was swift, it was also widespread, with very few companies escaping the downturn. But current market conditions haven’t caused the same uniform trajectory for startups.
US authorizes another missile sale to NATO hopeful
The move comes amid a wave of proposed arms deals with European allies in recent weeks
Tesla reveals longawaited Semi Truck and begins first deliveries
Tesla delivered Thursday evening the first production versions of its long-delayed electric semi truck five years after CEO Elon Musk revealed the commercial vehicle. The first Tesla Semi trucks were handed over to Pepsi at an event at the company gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada.
Multibillion dollar blow for gas giant Santos
Indigenous elders have had a landmark win after the Federal Court dismissed an appeal from gas giant Santos to restart a multi-billion dollar drilling project. ]]>
Spurned Sydney woman says hitting ex with a car was an accident
As Payman Thagipur lay dead nearby, the Sydney driver who hit him told police he was her boyfriend but she just found him with another woman.I was driving out and he come in front of me, Jackline Sabana Bona Musa said in a video played to the jury at her NSW Supreme Court trial on Friday.The 47-year-old has pleaded not guilty to murdering Thagiput on the evening of June 27, 2020, in the car park of his Wentworth Point apartment block.READ MORE: Russian public support for Ukraine war crumblesShe's accused of deliberately driving her black Toyota Kluger into the 31-year-old with an intent to either kill or cause very serious injury.The Crown alleges she was angry at finding him in his underwear with another woman.But the defence denies she used her car with murderous intent or in an unlawful manner amounting to manslaughter.Leading Senior Constable Steve Nevill told the jury he went to the scene and saw Thagiput lying on the ground facing towards the wall.There was a lot of blood on the ground underneath him.He was making gasping-like noises, but from his experience he knew it was not breathing but sounds coming from a dead person.READ MORE: Bruce Lehrmann's retrial set to be abandonedFootage from his body-worn camera was played to the jury, starting with Musa saying she had been behind the wheel.I was driving out and he came in front of me, she said.This person is my boyfriend.The whole week I am trying to get hold of him, he never reply.She said she had been concerned about him, thinking maybe he was sick.She called him but he hung up on her.He stopped talking to me, Musa said.I was hurt inside as a woman.She said she went to his place to see what had happened.There was a lady inside, she said.Thagiput told her to leave and she did, but when she started her car he came out.READ MORE: Today team pay tribute to 'force of nature' Ally LangdonEarlier, the jury was played her triple-zero call during which the operator says I can't understand a word you are saying and you are not making any sense.Musa says: I kill someone here. It was a terrible accident. I didn't mean it.I just hit him and he's dead.She later said: He came out of nowhere in front of me.She told the operator he was bleeding heavily.It's my boyfriend. I find him with another woman.The trial continues before Justice Richard Button. ]]>
Epic Games’ app that turns photos into 3D models now available on iOS
Epic Games released RealityScan for iOS today. The free app, previously available in a closed beta, lets anyone scan real-world objects with their phone and turn them into high-fidelity 3D models.The app is the fruit of Epic’s purchase of Capturing Reality, a company specializing in photogrammetry software. Like the company’s desktop software, RealityScan combines 2D images to make seamless 3D assets for games and other virtual environments. The idea is to enable game developers and other creatives to scan real-world objects at any time and any place for their projects. (If the metaverse ever takes off, you can imagine tools like this becoming essential.)The scanning process begins with signing into your Epic Games account and taking at least 20 photos of an object from all sides. As you move your phone around, a real-time quality map shows how well you’ve covered it: green denotes well-covered areas, yellow could use more attention and red needs the most additional photos. It visualizes the places from which you’ve snapped each picture as something akin to little Polaroids floating around your item.Epic GamesThe app uploads and automatically aligns the images in the cloud as you take the photos. You can preview the model through the camera view and switch between the quality map and an in-progress, full-color render. When you want to crop it, it pops up 3D handles for you to drag around, ensuring it captures only the item, not the floor beneath it or background objects.The process works best with simple items captured in even, indirect lighting (reflective or wet surfaces won’t capture well). It also appears to work best with larger objects, as my attempt to capture a small Mr. T action figure resulted in something that looks more like a pointillistic painting than a usable model.Once you’re happy with the capture, you can export it to Sketchfab (a 3D asset platform Epic bought last year), where you can use it for 3D, virtual reality and augmented reality projects. Optionally, if you’ve captured something unique, you could try to sell your 3D model. Game developers needing a specific item for a virtual environment are the most logical audience here.RealityScan is available today as a free download for iOS and iPadOS on the App Store. Earlier this year, Epic said an Android version would arrive later in the year, although the company is running short on time to meet that deadline. ]]>
Now AI can outmaneuver you at both Stratego and Diplomacy
While artificial intelligence long ago surpassed human capability in Chess, and more recently Go — and let us not forget Doom — other more complex board games still present a challenge to computer systems. Until very recently, Stratego and Diplomacy were two of those games, but now AI has become table-flipping good at the former and passably human at the latter.
International Blood Bank for the Unvaccinated has been Formed with Members from at Least 16 countries – Demand for “Pure Blood” Skyrockets
BREAKING: Court Throws Out Special Master For Trump’s MaraLago Documents Case
Former FTX CEO – Sam BankmanFried – Admits FTX Didn’t Buy Bitcoin for Clients – Just Took Their Money (VIDEO)
Alleged IS terrorist silent in Darwin court after extradition
Melbourne-born alleged Islamic State terrorist Neil Prakash has appeared in a Darwin court after being deported from Turkey to face six terrorism charges.The 31-year-old former rapper allegedly joined and supported Islamic State in 2014, and is also accused of travelling to Syria and undertaking hostile acts in 2016.Prakash could face a life sentence if found guilty.READ MORE: Russian public support for Ukraine war crumblesNorthern Territory Local Court Chief Judge Elizabeth Morris granted an extradition order to transfer Prakash from the NT to Victoria on or before December 9.He will remain in custody in Darwin until AFP and Victorian Police officers jointly take him into custody and escort him to Melbourne.Once there, he is expected to be charged by the Australian Federal Police Victorian Joint Counter Terrorism Team with a range of serious terrorism offences.Prakash, who appeared via video link from the Palmerston watch house, was handcuffed throughout the hearing.He declined legal representation and remained silent when Judge Morris asked him to confirm his identity.Victorian detective senior constable Andrew Gibney told the court Parkash had been identified by distinct scars and a tattoo on his chest.READ MORE: Today team pay tribute to 'force of nature' Ally LangdonEarly today he arrived by plane from Turkey to Darwin, where he was arrested by the Australian Federal Police.Prakash has been described as the most important and the most dangerous Australian member of Islamic State.He was arrested in Turkey in 2016 for allegedly fighting for the terrorist group in Syria and later moved to an immigration detention centre.The jihadist appeared in several videos trying to recruit fellow Australians to the IS fight, as well as fighting himself for the terrorist organisation overseas.Prakash has also been implicated in at least two terror plots on Australian soil, including the Anzac Day plot to behead a Melbourne police officer.The former Coalition government tried to have Prakash's Australian citizenship cancelled, but that was effectively overturned by the High Court.He landed in Darwin on the same flight as Tony Haddad, an alleged crime figure extradited from Turkey after a major manhunt.- with AAP ]]>
US sanctions top North Korean officials
Washington said the step was taken in “close coordination” with South Korea and Japan
President Trump Delivers Special Message to January 6th Political Prisoners (VIDEO)
Hyundaibacked AV startup Motional cuts workforce
Motional, the Aptiv-Hyundai joint venture developing autonomous vehicle technology, cut its workforce this week — the latest example of layoffs in the AV industry and more broadly in the tech sector.
Melbourne man charged with murder after family member finds womans body
A Melbourne man has faced court over the death of a woman at a home in the city's north.Joe Lo Bianco, 52, was charged with murder on Thursday after a family member discovered the body of a 51-year-old woman inside a home on Brickworks Lane, Northcote, just before 8pm on Wednesday.Prosecutors asked for the woman's name to be removed from court documents during the brief appearance on Friday.READ MORE: Aged care home apologises after Melbourne woman severely bruisedLo Bianco, who is in custody for the first time, is due to face Melbourne Magistrates Court again for a committal mention on April 14, 2023.Police requested a longer than usual period to serve a brief of evidence on him, saying a pathology report is expected to take at least 12 weeks.CCTV is also expected form part of the evidence, the magistrate heard. ]]>
Is He Talking About Joe Biden? Barack Obama Takes Shot at ‘Crazy Uncle Joe’ While Campaigning For Warnock (VIDEO)
Boundary Layer pivots from container ships to hydrofoiling personal watercraft
Boundary Layer, which was gunning for local air freight, and announced a slew of launch partners earlier this year, today announced a shift in strategy, with some high-performance foiling personal watercraft. Think low-flying SeaDoo, and you’ve got the right idea.
Alleged organised crime figure caught in Turkey, deported to Australia
The Australian Federal Police today arrested a Sydney man who fled Australia while on trial for his alleged role in importing a chemical that could produce more than two million methamphetamine, or MDMA, tablets.Tony Haddad, 46, was deported by Turkish authorities and landed in Darwin today, where he was arrested.He is scheduled to face a Darwin court later today, where an application will be made to extradite him to New South Wales.READ MORE: Russian public support for Ukraine war crumblesHaddad was arrested at the Turkey-Lebanon border with a false passport in August, after he fled Australia in 2020.A manhunt began for Haddad two years ago after he failed to attend a NSW court case in which he was facing charges of importing illegal precursor chemicals, identified by police as 2.8 tonnes of safrole oil, from China.If convicted, he was facing a maximum penalty of 25 years' imprisonment.Haddad was originally arrested in September 2011 by Australian authorities.The investigation allegedly found the safrole in containers labelled as hair and cleaning products imported from China in three shipments.READ MORE: Today team pay tribute to 'force of nature' Ally LangdonInvestigations led the AFP to suspect the man was allegedly hiding in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic – possibly on the NSW South Coast – before leaving Australia in late June 2022.AFP Assistant Commissioner Crime Nigel Ryan welcomed the independent decision by Turkish authorities to deport Haddad.The AFP will continue to investigate this man's activities over the past two years, and will not hesitate to lay charges if we have evidence of criminal activity being used to finance his efforts to escape detection, he said.Haddad landed in Darwin today on the same plane as alleged Islamic State terrorist Neil Prakash, who was deported by Turkey. ]]>
Meet the earlystage startups exhibiting at TC Sessions: Space
The technological advances happening within the space industry are nothing short of dramatic — from propulsion systems, heavy-lift rockets and increased payload capabilities to building commercial space stations to fill the gap when the International Space Station ceases operations in 2030.
The world finally has its first parastronaut. Can we expect anyone to be able to go to space one day?
NASA astronaut Winston E. Scott on an EVA in 1996. NASA JSCThe European Space Agency made history last week with the announcement of the first “parastronaut”, 41-year-old UK citizen John McFall.
Rocket Lab carves off defensefocused subsidiary for national security customers
Launch provider Rocket Lab is establishing a subsidiary to handle its sensitive U.S. government business, like launching spysats and experimental military spacecraft. Rocket Lab National Security LLC will handle most of the Defense Department stuff going forward to save the rest of the company a bit of grief.
Discord opens up paid subscriptions so servers can sell premium perks
After launching as a pilot late last year, Discord will allow more servers to offer paid memberships in exchange for special server-specific perks.
Hunter Biden Attends His Dad’s Lavish White House State Dinner with French President Macron, Billionaires and Elites
Remember her as Lynette Joy Simms
From today on, we would like her to be known and remembered as Lynette Joy Simms.As Chris Dawson was being transferred to Silverwater Jail to serve an 18-year sentence for the murder of his wife Lynette, the Sydney mum's family reclaimed her maiden name. Greg Simms paid tribute to his gentle sister as he acknowledged the very long, painful and challenging journey his family faced bringing justice to Lynette, who had been regarded as a missing person for decades following her 1982 disappearance. The system was against us, but we got there in the end, Simms said outside court. We really didn't believe this day would ever come.READ MORE: Chris Dawson jailed for 24 years over 1982 murder of wife LynetteFor our family, Lyn will always be remembered as a happy, gentle, generous and loving daughter, sister, mother, niece, aunt and friend, Simms said.Justice Ian Harrison noted Dawson may well die in jail as he handed down his sentence for killing and disposing of Lynette's body, but Simms said he hoped for him to live a long life to face the weight of his crime for years to come. No sentence is long enough for taking someone's life. Twenty-four years is wonderful, he may not live for 24 years but I hope he lives for quite a long time, Simms' wife Merilyn added.There's one thing that still pains the family; that Lynette's body has never been recovered. Simms said he didn't believe Dawson, who he said discarded his sister, would ever reveal that detail, allowing them to finally lay her to rest. READ MORE: Russian public support for Ukraine war crumblesHe thanked Lynette's family and friends who had worked in an unofficial capacity with police and media to get answers about the Sydney mum-of-two's final days, along with Justice Harrison, the Department of Prosecutions and media, including Nine's Ben Fordham. Simms made special mention of journalist Hedley Thomas, whose popular Gold Walkley Award winning true crime podcast The Teacher's Pet, thrust the cold case back into the limelight, reigniting the investigation. It's our time to begin living our lives without having this hanging over our heads, Simms said. Chris Dawson has had 40 years of freedom. Now, it's our turn. READ MORE: Bruce Lehrmann's retrial set to be abandonedDawson has launched an appeal against his conviction but Simms said if he wants to appeal, he's appealed everything else, he may as well go the full hog.As far as we're concerned, today is the last of it. Finito, Simms said. ]]>
To da moon: Emm aims to innovate on the menstrual cup
Menstrual cups (sometimes known as “moon cups”) have been around since the 1930s, and it’s been a bloody long period since we’ve seen much innovation in that category. Emm just closed a $1 million round of funding to add some smarts. The company adds an applicator and an app tracking feature to help keep an eye on things.
Ye is no longer buying Parler, the ‘free speech’ social media app
Ye is no longer buying Parler, the controversial social media app that’s billed itself as a “free speech” alternative to Twitter. Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, originally struck a deal with Parlement Technologies in October to buy the company for an undisclosed amount.That deal is now off, according to the company. “Parlement Technologies has confirmed that the company has mutually agreed with Ye to terminate the intent of sale of Parler,” a spokesperson for Parler said in a statement. “This decision was made in the interest of both parties in mid-November. Parler will continue to pursue future opportunities for growth and the evolution of the platform for our vibrant community.”Parler will continue to pursue future opportunities for growth and the evolution of the platform for our vibrant community.— Parler (@parler_app) December 1, 2022News of the deal imploding comes just hours after Ye praised Nazis and said, “I like Hitler,” during an appearance on Alex Jones’ podcast. A spokesperson for Parler didn't comment on whether these statements played a role in the decision to terminate the acquisition, but cited Ye’s recent and ongoing business difficulties as a reason for the deal falling through.Ye had first announced he would buy Parler after he was suspended from Twitter following a series of antisemitic tweets. (Twitter CEO Elon Musk later welcomed him back to the platform.) At the time, Parlement technologies CEO George Farmer said that the proposed acquisition will assure Parler a future role in creating an uncancelable ecosystem where all voices are welcome.”Update 12/1 3:10 PM PT: Added additional info from a Parler spokesperson. ]]>
Tesla finally delivers its first production Semi
Five years after CEO Elon Musk officially unveiled his Semi, Tesla’s electrified tractor trailer, the company delivered its first official production vehicle to Pepsi on Thursday during its Semi Delivery Event held at Tesla's Nevada Gigafactory. The beverage maker has ordered 100 of the vehicles in total.First shown off in 2017, the Tesla Semi originally was set to retail for $150,000 and $180,000 for the 300- and 500-mile versions, respectively. Those prices are significantly higher than the $60k a standard diesel cab runs but Tesla estimates that its vehicles can operate 20 percent more efficiently (2kWh per mile, Musk revealed Thursday), and save up to $250,000 over the million-mile life of the Semi.Tesla Semi driving 500 miles, fully loaded, on a single charge pic.twitter.com/iZzomLcwZF— Tesla (@Tesla) December 2, 2022Each rig is “designed like a bullet,” Musk said at the vehicle’s unveiling, and would come equipped with a massive 1MW battery pack. This reportedly offers a 20-second 0-60, which is impressive given that these vehicles are towing up to 80,000 pounds at a time, and a spent-to-80 percent charge time of just 30 minutes. The Semis are also outfitted with Enhanced Autopilot capabilities, as well as jackknife-mitigation systems, blind-spot sensors and data-logging for fleet management.As reservations opened in 2017, Musk said at the time, deliveries would begin two short years later, in 2019. By April 2020, Tesla had officially pushed that delivery date back to 2021, citing production delays and supply chain issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, just two months after that, in May of 2020, Musk sent a company-wide email reading, “It’s time to go all out and bring the Tesla Semi to volume production. It’s been in limited production so far, which has allowed us to improve many aspects of the design,” as seen by CNBC. In the same email he confirmed that production would take place in Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory.Cut to July, 2021, and the new delivery date has been pushed again, this time to 2022, citing both the ongoing global processor shortage and its own pandemic-limited battery production capability for the new 4680 style cells as contributing factors.“We believe we remain on track to build our first Model Y vehicles in Berlin and Austin in 2021,” Musk said during the company’s Q2, 2021 investor call. “The pace of the respective production ramps will be influenced by the successful introduction of many new product and manufacturing technologies, ongoing supply-chain-related challenges and regional permitting.”“To better focus on these factories, and due to the limited availability of battery cells and global supply chain challenges, we have shifted the launch of the Semi truck program to 2022,” he continued. Beginning in May of this year, Tesla started actively taking reservations again for a $20,000 deposit. And first deliveries are now, Musk said on Thursday before welcoming Kirk Tanner, CEO PepsiCo Beverages North America, and Steven Williams, CEO PepsiCo Foods North America, on stage for high fives and handshakes. ]]>
Lehrmann trial discontinued: when prosecution isnt in the public interest
ACT Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Shane Drumgold today announced that the charges against Bruce Lehrmann, the man accused of raping Brittany Higgins at Parliament House in 2019, have been withdrawn.