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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.
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.
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. ]]>
Facebook failed to stop test ads from threatening midterm election workers
Meta's election integrity efforts on Facebook may not have been as robust as claimed. Researchers at New York University's Cybersecurity for Democracy and the watchdog Global Witness have revealed that Facebook's automatic moderation system approved 15 out of 20 test ads threatening election workers ahead of last month's US midterms. The experiments were based on real threats and used clear language that was potentially easy to catch. In some cases, the social network even allowed ads after the wrong changes were made — the research team just had to remove profanity and fix spelling to get past initial rejections.The investigators also tested TikTok and YouTube. Both services stopped all threats and banned the test accounts. In an earlier experiment before Brazil's election, Facebook and YouTube allowed all election misinformation sent during an initial pass, although Facebook rejected up to 50 percent in follow-up submissions.In a statement to Engadget, a spokesperson said the ads were a small sample that didn't represent what users saw on platforms like Facebook. The company maintained that its ability to counter election threats exceeds that of rivals, but only backed the claim by pointing to quotes that illustrated the amount of resources committed to stopping violent threats, not the effectiveness of those resources.The ads wouldn't have done damage, as the experimenters had the power to pull them before they went live. Still, the incident highlights the limitations of Meta's partial dependence on AI moderation to fight misinformation and hate speech. While the system helps Meta's human moderators cope with large amounts of content, it also risks greenlighting ads that might not be caught until they're visible to the public. That could not only let threats flourish, but invite fines from the UK and other countries that plan to penalize companies which don't quickly remove extremist content. ]]>
President Trump Delivers Special Message to January 6th Political Prisoners (VIDEO)
Daily Crunch: SBF says he’s ‘had a bad month,’ but is he really giving us the full story?
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BREAKING: Court Throws Out Special Master For Trump’s MaraLago Documents Case
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.
Albanese hails passage of industrial relations laws
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has hailed the passage of the government's industrial relations bill as a way to give Australian workers a better deal and a better future.In a statement issued today, Albanese and Employment Minister Tony Burke said the Secure Jobs, Better Pay bill was a next step to lifting wages, improving job security and closing the gender pay gap.After a decade of deliberate wage suppression under the Liberals and Nationals, Australian workers need a pay rise and these new laws will deliver, the statement read.READ MORE: Western Australia set to make gay conversion therapy a crimeBy modernising the bargaining system we will see more workplace agreements, delivering better productivity and flexibility for employers and better pay and conditions for workers.We're bringing our workplace relations system up to date with a Government that wants to get wages moving again.The bill passed the Senate overnight after amendments made by the crossbench.The amended bill was voted on in the House this morning.Albanese noted not a single member of the opposition voted for the changes.READ MORE: Lehrmann rape trial abandoned, charges droppedSpeaking to Today this morning, Opposition Leader Peter Dutton said he wanted wage growth, but in a responsible way.If you put this union wishlist of industrial relations changes across small businesses, it's going to drive up unemployment, Dutton said.It's coming at exactly the wrong time for the economy.Before its passage, Liberal senator Michaelia Cash described it as literally the most radical changes that the country has ever seen.The bill's passage has had a mixed response across the country, with unions welcoming the changes and some employers panning them.READ MORE: Russian public support for Ukraine war crumblesThe Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) celebrated the abolition of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC).This targeting of people for standing up for their rights put enormous stress and hardship on construction workers and their families, CFMEU secretary Dave Noonan said.Australian construction workers welcome the vote of parliament to abolish this authoritarian and politicised body and look forward to engaging with all parties in the industry to meet the challenges it faces.READ MORE: Menthol cigarettes could be bannedBut Master Builders Australia CEO Denita Warn said the abolition of the ABCC meant the government turned its back on builders and subcontractors.Unions have been given the green light to ramp up pattern bargaining and bullying tactics in our industry, Wawn said.The Senate extensively debated the countless examples of vile intimidation, thuggery and bullying which has been forensically documented in four commissions, dozens of reviews and inquiries and hundreds of federal court judgements so it beggars belief the government would turn a blind eye.CEO of the Minerals Council of Australia Tania Constable said the legislation would be a handbrake on investment, job opportunities and wage growth.The reintroduction of multi-employer bargaining into the Australian workplace relations regime will have negative consequences on investment, productivity, economic growth, job security and wages for small or larger businesses across Australia, she said. ]]>
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.
Former FTX CEO – Sam BankmanFried – Admits FTX Didn’t Buy Bitcoin for Clients – Just Took Their Money (VIDEO)
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.
International Blood Bank for the Unvaccinated has been Formed with Members from at Least 16 countries – Demand for “Pure Blood” Skyrockets
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.
Elon Musk suspends Kanye West’s account for breaking Twitter rules
Elon Musk has suspended Kanye West’s (aka Ye) Twitter account after the latter posted antisemitic tweets and violated the platform’s rules. In a reply to Mega founder Kim Dotcom, Musk clarified that Ye’s account was suspended for “incitement to violence” and not because of the music artist posting an “unflattering” picture of the Tesla CEO.
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.
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. ]]>
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. ]]>
Is National CPA Firm Armanino, LLP the New Arthur Andersen After Representing FTX?
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. ]]>
Kanye West says he likes Hitler
The controversial rapper urged people to “stop dissing Nazis”
Is He Talking About Joe Biden? Barack Obama Takes Shot at ‘Crazy Uncle Joe’ While Campaigning For Warnock (VIDEO)
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.
The government will not send out Yes and No case pamphlets ahead of the Voice to Parliament referendum. Does this matter?
The Albanese government proposes to ditch the “Yes/No” case pamphlets that are ordinarily posted to voters before a referendum. Is this a good idea, and what, if anything, should replace it?
Cadillac says its new electric race car is almost ready for 24 Hours of Daytona
Cadillac Racing says its first electric race car is almost ready for the 24 Hours of Daytona event in January after passing critical testing and development milestones. Since July, the V-LMDh has gone through nearly 12,000 miles (19,000 km) of on-track testing, including a 24-hour test at Sebring International Raceway.Cadillac collected data on nighttime operation and durability on the bumpy 3.7-mile circuit. Program manager Laura Wontrop Klauser claimed Sebring was the perfect testing ground for the V-LMDh ahead of its competitive debut at Daytona. “To complete that endurance test was extra motivation for our team and provided a sense of accomplishment,” Klauser said in a statement. “We still have a lot to do in a short time, but we are at the point where we are fine-tuning many things.”The car is also slated to take part in the 24-hour race at Le Mans in June. Cadillac plans to run it in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship. A final test will take place next week at Daytona as part of mandatory evaluations for all manufacturers intending to take part in the IMSA’s new Grand Touring Prototype class. Cadillac Racing will reveal the final competition version of the three V-LMDh race cars, including liveries (and hopefully a new name), in mid-January. ]]>
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. ]]>
Japanese victory condemns Germany to shock World Cup exit
The four-time champions have failed to get out of the group stage in Qatar
US authorizes another missile sale to NATO hopeful
The move comes amid a wave of proposed arms deals with European allies in recent weeks
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. ]]>
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.
Lehrmann retrial abandoned because of a significant and unacceptable risk to Brittany Higgins life
The plan for a second trial of Bruce Lehrmann has been dropped after expert medical advice warned it posed a “significant and unacceptable risk” to Brittany Higgins’ life.
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. ]]>