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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.
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.
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.
Is He Talking About Joe Biden? Barack Obama Takes Shot at ‘Crazy Uncle Joe’ While Campaigning For Warnock (VIDEO)
Kanye West says he likes Hitler
The controversial rapper urged people to “stop dissing Nazis”
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.
On the secondary market, shares are discounted 40% on average, says industry pro
Earlier today, we talked with Phil Haslett, the cofounder and now chief strategy officer of EquityZen, a 10-year-old, New York-based secondary marketplace that connects accredited buyers with privately held company shares that their owners — including founders, employees, and VCs — are looking to sell.
President Trump Delivers Special Message to January 6th Political Prisoners (VIDEO)
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. ]]>
Chris Dawson handed 24 year jail term for wifes murder
The judge dismissed his lawyers' argument that media coverage served as extra punishment, saying Dawson was the author of his own misfortunes. ]]>
New York seeks handson leader in antirat fight
Hate rats? Are you a “somewhat bloodthirsty” New Yorker with excellent communication skills and “a general aura of badassery”? Then you might have what it takes to be the city's new rat tsar.Mayor Eric Adams’ administration posted a job listing this week seeking someone to lead the city's long-running battle against rats.The official job title is “director of rodent mitigation,” although it was promptly dubbed the rat tsar. Salary range is $176,000 to $250,000.READ MORE: 'Rodent infestation' forces closure of New York Mexican fast food chain“The ideal candidate is highly motivated and somewhat bloodthirsty, determined to look at all solutions from various angles, including improving operational efficiency, data collection, technology innovation, trash management, and wholesale slaughter,” reads that ad.The posting is whimsical, but the job is daunting.New York City leaders have been trying to control the rodent population for generations, with mixed results.READ MORE: Starving cannibal rats swarm deserted US streets in lockdownSightings of rats in parks, sidewalks and other places in the city have recently increased.City rats have survived a multimillion-dollar effort under former Mayor Bill de Blasio that focused on more trash pickups and better housing inspections in targeted neighbourhoods.The city also launched a program to use dry ice to suffocate rats in their hiding spots.Adams, when he was borough president of Brooklyn, once demonstrated a trap that used a bucket filled with a toxic soup to drown rats lured by the scent of food.READ MORE: Russian public support for Ukraine war crumblesNow, the Adams' administration is looking for a top rat bureaucrat to become the public face of the city's eradication and education efforts.“Cunning, voracious, and prolific, New York City’s rats are legendary for their survival skills, but they don’t run this city – we do,” claimed the posting.Applicants are expected to have a crafty sense of humour and “to lead from the front, using hands-on techniques to exterminate rodents with authority and efficiency.” ]]>
Japanese victory condemns Germany to shock World Cup exit
The four-time champions have failed to get out of the group stage in Qatar
Kanye West isn’t buying Parler after all
Despite a joint statement between Ye (fka Kanye West) and Parler in October noting that the two had reached an agreement for the rapper to buy the social network, that will not come to pass, Parler owner Parlement Techonologies said today.
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.
Is National CPA Firm Armanino, LLP the New Arthur Andersen After Representing FTX?
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. ]]>
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. ]]>
Hunter Biden Attends His Dad’s Lavish White House State Dinner with French President Macron, Billionaires and Elites
Newborn severely brain damaged after being left in care of alleged baby killer
A baby has been left severely and irreversibly disabled after being left in the care of alleged baby killer Lucy Letby, a court has heard.Letby, 32, is on trial in the United Kingdom, accused of murdering seven infants and attempting to murder 10 others in Manchester.The crimes are alleged to have occurred at the Countess of Chester Hospital's neonatal unit between June 2015 and June 2016.READ MORE: Russian public support for Ukraine war crumblesThis week, evidence has been given relating to Child G, who Letby allegedly tried to kill on three seperate occasions, reports the BBC.Manchester Crown Court heard how Child G was born 16 weeks prematurely, weighing less than half a kilogram at the time of birth.She was transferred to the neonatal unit in Chester at 13 weeks, where Letby was on a shift when the baby suddenly became ill in the early hours of September 7, 2015.The baby started to vomit violently and was bleeding from the throat.Prosecutors allege Letby put extra milk and air into the infant's system, causing the vomiting, which led eventually to extreme brain damage.The alleged attack made Child G the youngest and smallest of the 17 babies Letby targeted, prosecutors say.READ MORE: Bruce Lehrmann's retrial set to be abandonedIn statements read in court written by the baby's parents, who cannot be named for legal reasons, the duo described how they had believed their child was recovering well up until that point. When she was in the incubator at the Countess of Chester she would smile at the sound of my voice, the baby's father said. After the vomit, she was different, and she did not respond to my voice anymore.Letby's trial is expected to last weeks, if not months.READ MORE: Today team pay tribute to 'force of nature' Ally LangdonPolice launched an investigation into the deaths of a number of babies at the hospital in May 2017.Letby was arrested three times in connection with the deaths before she was charged in November 2020.Letby has pleaded not guilty to the charges. ]]>
US authorizes another missile sale to NATO hopeful
The move comes amid a wave of proposed arms deals with European allies in recent weeks
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. ]]>