Amazon Discounts Prime for LowIncome Shoppers

first_img If you receive government assistance, you may be eligible for a discount on Amazon Prime.Amazon on Tuesday announced that customers who have a valid Electronic Benefits Transfer card can now sign up for Prime — the service that offers two-day shipping on Amazon.com orders plus a number of other perks — for just $5.99 a month. Prime normally costs $99 yearly or $10 monthly. An EBT card is commonly used to distribute funds for government assistance programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC). You cannot use the EBT card to pay for your membership.Amazon said customers can qualify for the discount program every 12 months up to four times. If you’re not pleased with the service, or can no longer afford it, you can cancel at any time. To learn more about the discounted monthly Prime offer or to sign up for a 30-day free trial, head here.”We designed this membership option for customers receiving government assistance to make our everyday selection and savings more accessible, including the many conveniences and entertainment benefits of Prime,” Amazon Prime Vice President Greg Greeley said in a statement.Amazon said it plans to add other ways to qualify for the discounted monthly Prime program in the future so those who participate in government assistance programs but don’t utilize EBT can also participate.Besides unlimited, fast free shipping, a Prime membership gives you unlimited access to Prime Video, Prime Music and Prime Reading, unlimited photo storage via Prime Photos, and early access to Amazon’s Lightning Deals. Amazon Add to Queue Next Article 2 min read Amazon Discounts Prime for Low-Income Shoppers Reporter Angela Moscaritolo Customers with a valid Electronic Benefits Transfer card can get Prime for $5.99 a month.center_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Image credit: Amazon via PC Mag 53shares This story originally appeared on PCMag June 7, 2017 Register Now »last_img read more

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Serena Williams Gave a Master Class in How to Get the Most

first_imgSmall Business Heroes Entrepreneur Staff Serena Williams Gave a Master Class in How to Get the Most Out of a Failure The Wimbledon women’s final over the weekend came down to Serena Williams and Germany’s Angelique Kerber. Williams was aiming for a 24th Grand Slam singles title, but in the end, it was Kerber who emerged victorious, earning her first Wimbledon title.After the two players embraced and Williams congratulated Kerber on her achievement, she gave a moving post-match interview that is a prime example of how to find a win even in a tough loss.“It was such an amazing tournament for me,” Williams said. “I was really happy to get this far. It’s obviously disappointing, but I can’t be disappointed. I have so much to look forward to, I’m literally just getting started.”When asked about the appearance of being “superhuman, super mom,” she laughed.“I’m just me, that’s all I can be,” she replied. “To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today. And I tried, but Angelique played really well. She played out of her mind. I look forward to continuing to be back out here and doing what I do best.”Wimbledon was Williams’s fourth tournament since giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia. In February, Williams wrote an essay for CNN about the nearly fatal complications she experienced after childbirth, including a pulmonary embolism and blood clots that led to a series of surgeries, and a recovery that required six weeks of bed rest. In the essay, she advocated for other women who don’t have access to the quality of care that she did.At a Wimbledon press conference earlier in the tournament, Williams was asked what it was like knowing that her opponents would always be bringing their A-game because she was Serena Williams.I asked Serena Williams if she minded always being the one to beat.Her answer blew me away. #Wimbledon @serenawilliams @Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/XsHI26FSi4— Jamie Johnson (@JamieoJohnson) July 7, 2018″Every single match I play, whether I’m coming back from a baby or surgery, it doesn’t matter, these young ladies bring a game that I’ve never seen before. And it’s interesting because I don’t even scout as much because when I watch them play, it’s a totally different game then when they play me,” Williams explained. “That’s what makes me great, I always play everyone at their greatest, so I have to be greater … now my level is so much higher because of years and years of being played like that. If it wasn’t high, then I wouldn’t be who I am. I had to raise my level to unknown because they are playing me at a level that’s unknown.”Given that answer, it won’t come as a surprise that Williams isn’t dwelling on the Wimbledon loss. She’s already strategizing and training for the U.S. Open. Because when you know that you can strive for heights you have never seen before, a setback is only fuel for the next big success.These past 2 weeks was a sound for all moms stay home and working you can do it you really can! I’m not any better or diff than any of you all. Your support has ment so much to me. Let’s keep making noise everyday in everything we do. #roadtoUSOpen pic.twitter.com/5OLYk1a6cK— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) July 16, 2018 Image credit: Shutterstock.com Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business July 16, 2018 4 min read –sharescenter_img Nina Zipkin Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. The GOAT gave it her all at Wimbledon. She didn’t clinch the title, but everyone can learn from how she handled it like a champion. Next Article Register Now »last_img read more

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Molson Coors CEO upbeat after 2 dip in fullyear revenue

first_imgMolson Coors CEO upbeat after 2% dip in full-year revenuePosted By: Alex Clereon: February 12, 2019In: Alcohol, Beverage, Business, Financial, IndustriesPrintEmailChief executive Mark Hunter struck an upbeat tone following the release of Molson Coors’ full-year results, despite the brewer recording weaker sales and profit.Net sales for 2018 were $10.77 billion – down 2.1% compared to the year before – while underlying EBITDA fell by 1.7% from $2.5 billion to $2.45 billion.For the final quarter of last year, sales were 6.2% weaker at $2.42 billion but underlying EBITDA grew 1.4% to $487.7 million.The weaker results – relative to 2017 – were motivated in part by a 1.9% reduction in global volumes.Molson Coors chief executive officer Mark Hunter said: “We accomplished much in 2018, delivering strong free cash flow and meeting our deleverage commitments, restoring underlying EBITDA growth in the quarter and second half, premiumising our portfolio across regions including launching Truss, our Canadian cannabis beverage JV, scaling volume and profitability in our fast growing International business and continuing to strengthen our European business.Molson Coors is the world’s fourth largest beer maker by revenue.“Through the year we further scaled our cost saving programme, which insulated us in part from the effects of weaker industry demand in North America, higher than anticipated input inflationary pressures and challenges associated with the implementation of our US brewery supply chain system.“We enter 2019 with a US commercial plan focused on mix and share improvement that is fully resourced and showing early signs of impact against Coors Light, a commercial strategy that is working in Europe and International, and continually improving commercial trends in Canada. We are focused on further strong free cash flow delivery and deleverage supported by more than $200 million of cost savings in 2019 and further $450 million across 2020-2022.”Molson Coors’ volumes in Canada declined by the company has made some efforts to improve its outlook in recent months: in January, it launched a fresh new masterbrand for its Molson beer in the country, featuring new packaging and branding.And in October, Molson Coors broke ground on a new site in Longueuil, Quebec, which it says will be its most modern brewing facility and distribution centre to date.Share with your network: Tags: beerCanadaMolson CoorsUSlast_img read more

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Is Online Banking Safe

first_img Next Article Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Beware the pitfalls of convenience when it comes to conducting transactions via the web. This story appears in the May 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals –shares 2 min read Finance Magazine Contributorcenter_img April 15, 2010 Add to Queue Is Online Banking Safe? Writer and Author, Specializing in Business and Finance Gwen Moran Although small-business owners are often encouraged by their banks to use online banking services, recent news about common tools of the trade hasn’t been good.Last November, the FBI issued a warning about a serious uptick in online banking fraud targeting small businesses, especially Automated Clearing House (ACH) transactions–which are used for direct deposit of payroll, vendor payments and the like–wire transfers and malware that steals sensitive information, including account numbers and passwords.The problem is so bad that the Better Business Bureau has launched an initiative to help businesses keep all of their data–including sensitive banking information–secure. David Zetoony, an attorney with business law and litigation firm Bryan Cave in Washington, D.C., is the co-author of a free handbook published as part of the program, Data Security–Made Simpler. He offers the following tips for businesses that use online banking services:Work with your bank.”You should question your bank about what they’re doing to protect your account,” Zetoony says. Aside from checking your business accounts daily for unauthorized transactions, you should ask your banking representative whether the bank offers any other protections. Dual authorization–which requires two separate log-ins and authorizations from different people to process a transaction–is popular, he says.Use a dedicated computer.Online banking should be conducted on a dedicated computer that is operated only for the banking transactions and for virus and malware checks, then shut down, Zetoony says. This limits the ability of hackers to access information and makes it less likely that malware can be inadvertently installed and steal sensitive information. The computer should also be password-protected and used only by those who conduct online banking transactions.Keep anti-virus and anti-malware protection up to date.No virus or malware protection is perfect, but it’s important to take advantage of the protection they do offer, Zetoony says. Check for updates each time you open your computer for banking transactions and run the updated software after each session. Register Now »last_img read more

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Obama Throws Support Behind Net Neutrality

first_img Apply Now » Entrepreneur Staff 3 min read –shares Add to Queue November 10, 2014 Nina Zipkin Image credit: Pixabay 2019 Entrepreneur 360 Listcenter_img Obama Throws Support Behind Net Neutrality Net Neutrality President Obama President Obama put forth his support for net neutrality today, complete with an in-depth proposal for the Federal Communications Commission, in response to the record breaking 4 million public comments the FCC has received on the subject.The president writes, “We cannot allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to restrict best access or pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas.” Related: Etsy CEO: We Couldn’t Have Succeeded Under Proposed FCC Net Neutrality RuleNet neutrality is the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally, and the Internet should remain “free and open” to the public. If the FCC were to implement rules that would do away with net neutrality, Internet service providers, or ISPs, would be in the position to make Internet “fast lanes” and charge for those multiple levels of service. I’m urging the @FCC to keep the internet open and free. Here’s my plan to protect #NetNeutrality for everyone: http://t.co/3y3YLQD6MB –bo— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 10, 2014In his statement, Obama outlined four guiding rules in his proposal. Namely, ISPs should not be able to block consumer access to legal content, nor “throttle” content by speeding up or slowing down access. He also called for “increased transparency” and a ban on “paid prioritization,” arguing that this sort of “gatekeeping would undermine the level playing field essential to the Internet’s growth.”Related: Net Neutrality Is Essential to Growing Your Business and BrandThe president urged the FCC to reclassify broadband services for consumers under Title II of the 18-year-old Telecommunications Act, which would put them in the same regulatory category as public utilities or “common carriers.” In the video accompanying the statement, he explained, “I’m asking them to recognize that for most Americans, the Internet has become an essential part of everyday communication, and everyday life.”Since that legislation was enacted in ’96, there has been a distinction between common carriers (examples: landlines and public transportation) and information services (activities related to publishing and storing online content). In 2005, the Supreme Court ruled that the FCC could classify broadband services as information services, which meant regulators couldn’t establish protections that would prevent providers from blocking access or charging additional premiums. Related: U.S. Senator Asks Internet Providers to Commit to No ‘Fast Lanes’Recently, it was reported that the FCC and Chairman Tom Wheeler were exploring a “hybrid” proposal that would regulate parts of the Internet differently. Consumer broadband connections would be considered “retail” information services, while connections for websites and content sites would be regulated as common carriers. While the president is adding his voice to the citizens and tech companies who have come out against the FCC proposals, the sole decision remains with the FCC itself.   Related: With the FCC Considering a Hybrid Approach to Net Neutrality, Will Anyone Be Satisfied? Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture.last_img read more

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This Expert Hacker Shares the Secrets to Making Your Travel Safe From

first_img 5 min read This Expert Hacker Shares the Secrets to Making Your Travel Safe From Cyber Attacks Next Article Apply Now » Add to Queue Jeff Moss The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. When it comes to figuring out the logistics for business trips, booking flights and hotels, getting to those meetings on time and closing deals are top priorities. But one thing that may not be your to-do list but definitely should be is keeping your digital information safe while on the go.Because of unsecured networks used outside your home, hackers have the capabilities of slipping into your computer or mobile devices unbeknownst to you and stealing important information.We turned to Jeff Moss, the founder of Black Hat and Def Con, two of the most well-known hacking and information security conferences in the world, and advisor to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council for advice.Here are five ways to to make the most of your business travel and keep your business and personal data away from prying eyes.Related: This Navy SEAL’s Safety Checklist Could Save Your Life on Your Next Trip1. Take your passportEven if you are travelling domestically, Moss says he never leaves home without his passport. The reason being is a person’s driver’s license has too much information on it, including address, weight, height, eye color and organ-donor status.Moss also says to be wary of bars and restaurants that use card readers at the door. Those scanners aren’t just noting your age, as the barcode on the back contains all of the information on the front — and that data can be sold to more nefarious third parties.”They don’t tell you that but they keep all the information. Now they know the 5-foot-6, blond-haired, blue-eyed, 22-year-old came into the bar, and they can correlate your name to credit card purchases,” he says.Not only that, but a photocopied ID doesn’t necessarily stay in one place either.2. Don’t leave your devices in the hotel room”I have a pretty absolutist view, which is just keep your electronics with you at all times,” says Moss, noting that it’s the only way to guarantee your computer will remain untampered for the duration of your trip. He recommends investing in a lightweight laptop or tablet, so it isn’t cumbersome to carry around.However, if you do decide to leave your devices in the room, make sure you have your hard-drive fully encrypted. “That doesn’t protect you against everything, but it really helps out if someone is trying to resell the laptops.”Related: Expert Hacker Shares 3 Ways Small Businesses Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats3. Utilize encryption toolsAs for tools that you can simply snap up from the app store, Moss recommended private messaging app Signal that encrypts calls and texts. “Generally it’s considered by security people to be the best, most secure, voice and text app, and it’s great, because it works on both [Android and iOS] devices.”  Another app he’s a fan of is Silent Phone. If you aren’t speaking to someone on an encrypted line, the app will build an encrypted line between you and a secure call center, and then it will dial out from that call center to connect with the normal landline.“If I’m in China and I want to call my mom, and my mom doesn’t have a mobile device with an encrypted signal, I have to call a normal phone line for mom. While mom’s side of the conversation could be listened to, I don’t have to worry about the part happening in China,” he says. “When I need to call people and I don’t trust the local providers, I just encrypt it out and then I get my voice call.”Related: 10 Data Security Mistakes Startups Can’t Afford to Make4. Avoid hotel WiFi and business centersIf your business has a properly configured VPN — a Virtual Private Network — your information is generally safe. But occasionally, if you’re using the hotel’s WiFi — either in the business center or your room — it will block your VPN or only certain ones will work.”A lot of these hotels, to even get online, you can’t get on the WiFi without first accepting the terms of service or paying or something. So you can’t use your VPN for that portion and that’s the most dangerous period,” Moss says. “A lot of those use expired SSL search that are not compatible with modern browsers.”His solution is to bypass any hotel systems altogether and use the hotspot on his phone to connect his devices to the Internet. “That seems pretty consistent, because I can get on right away, I can use my VPN the whole time. I just don’t get tons of bandwidth. I can browse web and do email.”5. Talk about sensitive subjects in person“Assume all of your texts and voicemails are listened to,” explains Moss.  So if you’re planning to talk about budgets, mergers or other sensitive information with employees or business partners, maybe just wait until you’re in the same room together.”Unless you’re sure you have a cryptophone or some sort of secure messaging system, it is best to assume what you say on a normal phone will be [listened to] because the cost of intercepting the stuff is so cheap that lots of people do it,” says Moss.   Entrepreneur Staffcenter_img –shares Nina Zipkin Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. June 29, 2016 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Image credit: Courtesy of Jeff Moss Cybersecuritylast_img read more

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Day one at Drinktec 2017 sophisticated flavours

first_imgBY ALEX CLEREAT DRINKTEC, GERMANY Day one at Drinktec 2017: sophisticated flavoursPosted By: Alex Clereon: September 11, 2017In: Awards, Beverage, Blog, Business, Events, Flavours, Industries, Ingredients, Juices, Opinion, Soft drinksPrintEmail It’s the end of day one here at Drinktec in Munich. The world’s largest beverage show, taking place every four years, is resplendent with the usual array of brewing solutions, bottling systems and innovative technology for both brewing and winemaking.But it isn’t all alcohol: my pick for today is sophisticated juices, and the number of companies exhibiting either new combinations, ingredients to achieve an authentic flavours, or colours to achieve visual appeal – naturally.Austria Juice was displaying two new juice-based drinks to appeal to grown-up consumers as an alternative to lemonade. One features sage with yuzu – a citrus fruit on the rise – and the other combination was tomato and rhubarb.It may sound like a slightly unusual pairing, but the natural sweetness of the tomato makes for a refreshing and subtle flavour without too much sweetness.Elsewhere, Bulgarian beverage ingredients company Panteley Toshev gave visitors a taste of two juices with on-trend ingredients – cranberry, blackcurrant and red grape; as well as passionfruit with mint and peach. ADM Wild were demonstrating what they could do with natural colours and flavours, with a couple of sample still drinks on their stand.And lots of manufacturers showed that they were experimenting with green tea-based still drinks – take, for example, the apple-mint green tea drink and raspberry black tea drink from Iprona, and also some green tea energy drinks from Martin Bauer Group.We hope to be able to bring you fresh insights from Drinktec throughout this week. You’re welcome to visit us at B1.328, or join us on Thursday afternoon in the Drinktec Forum in Hall A2 for the World Beverage Innovation Awards.And if it does happen to be brewing and bottling that you’re most interested in, we’ll have plenty of that throughout this week too.If you would like to listen to a podcast version of this blog, please click here.Share with your network: Tags: adult soft drinksDrinktec 2017juiceslast_img read more

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Focused innovation could unlock £3bn for the UK grocery sector

first_imgIteration – Many product ideas should be developed and then compared with consumer trends to determine which new products would be viable, ensuring only the best products are released.Share with your network: Tags: case studiesgroceryNewtonUK Production – Manufacturers should be allowed to test product production before large-scale production is approved, to determine how costly production will prove. Focused innovation ‘could unlock £3bn’ for the UK grocery sectorPosted By: News Deskon: January 09, 2018In: Business, Case Studies, Food, Industries, InnovationPrintEmailManufacturing consultancy Newton has released a report which claims food manufacturers and retailers in the UK grocery industry waste £2.7 billion annually on product innovations that consumers do not want, or prove too expensive to produce.However, the report claims that if companies focused on products consumers want rather than basing innovations on ‘gut feelings’, the industry could generate up to £233 million in profit from new products and offset the £2.7 billion wastage.Newton’s report estimated that £2.1 billion is wasted annually on new product production, as these new products can prove costlier to produce than to sell, contain expensive ingredients, or can cause costly manufacturing issues.The research also estimates £600 million is wasted every year on the release of new and rebranded product lines which do not return the investment made by companies in terms of sales.One key area the report said manufacturers should focus on was convenience, citing evidence that shoppers are now buying food items on the basis that they were “quicker and easier to use.”Paul Harvey, head of grocery at Newton, says retailers and manufacturers shouldn’t “Innovate for innovation’s sake.”He added: “Regardless of the nature of innovation or the rationale behind it, one point remains of paramount importance – innovation must either add value to the end consumer or reduce costs for the company producing it.“An understanding of what a customer really wants is critical to the success of innovation and new product development. Research that sets out to prove a company’s own hypothesis right, rather than understanding the needs of the end consumer, is more likely to result in products that fail.”The report also stated that a three-point approach would help to achieve greater innovation:Collaboration – Retailers and manufacturers should share data relating to product performance and consumer trends, in order to focus on products consumers want and need.last_img read more

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Interview Diana Food showcases range of natural colourings

first_imgInterview: Diana Food showcases range of natural colouringsPosted By: Jules Scullyon: April 25, 2018In: Beverage, Flavours, FoodBev TV, Industries, Ingredients, VideosPrintEmail Diana Food has released a range of natural food colourings made from fruit and vegetables as well as a line of vegetable products which it claims are unique within the market. Lovvie Bhabutta, Diana Food UK and Ireland sales director, spoke with FoodBev’s Jules Scully about the company’s latest product development and its plans going forward. For more content like this, follow FoodBev on YouTube.Recorded, produced and edited by: Jules Scully and Martin White. center_img Share with your network: Tags: Diana Foodslast_img read more

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SpaceX Elon Musk seeks to revive Apollo era with Falcon Heavy rocket

first_img Share on Facebook 6 Feb 2018 18:19 SpaceX: Elon Musk seeks to revive Apollo era with Falcon Heavy rocket test Report Kevin_Aud 6 Feb 2018 17:40 SpaceX ocratato BobMlooga Share on Facebook Reply Why other than this feed his enormous ego ? Reply Share on Twitter Facebook 000a000 Pinterest Share on Twitter 6 Feb 2018 16:36 Profile Elon Musk Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter 6 Feb 2018 17:18 10 11 | Pick 6 Feb 2018 17:48 Report Facebook Share on Facebook Share … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Facebook Report 5 6 Twitter DesertStorm17 Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter 5 6 Facebook 6 Feb 2018 17:01 Reply Facebook Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook Report Twitter Twitter | Pick “I assume it has investors’ money behind it (not just his)” What is it they say about not assuming? | Pick Share on WhatsApp Reply I would have used a Trabant driven by a sex doll dressed as Lord Mayor of London. Really give those gossiping aliens something to talk about! comments (990)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Report Reply | Pick Share Twitter Loading comments… Trouble loading? Xpater Share on Twitter Reply 2 3 Share on Twitter expanded Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp 1 Facebook Twitter Report Share on Twitter next Share on Facebook Reply Share on Facebook Topics Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share | Pick Share via Email Report Share Share | Pick Share 47 48 Oh don’t be such a killjoy! More space exploration might distract mankind from its petty squabbles. 6 7 99 100 BinBroome Top Gear did this years ago. Facebook Share on Twitter Support The Guardian NASA has been working on SLS, or the “Senate Launch System”. If today’s launch is successful, then it will put pressure on NASA. Why is NASA spending $20 billion on a rocket that will be too expensive to use, when SpaceX will have a heavy launcher from today? Share Just makes him look like a massive **** if you ask me. 6 Feb 2018 15:28 pinkeywafu Reply Share Based on Musk’s belief we are in a simulation, I am quite surprised he did not put himself in his Tesla so that he could be discovered by aliens and write the next chapter of his novel “So long and thanks for all the $” Facebook Twitter 6 Feb 2018 16:38 All Share on Facebook 5 6 Facebook Reply Share on Twitter 3 4 paulneri Report iamtheapeohyes Twitter Share Report ClumsyPilot Share on Twitter 1 2 6 Feb 2018 17:17 . . . and head off in two or tree different directions. Apollo was a fraction of economy hurled at a one-use rocket. The Space Shuttle was the same, the current Orion system is the same. Apollo was the US shouting ‘no fair, rematch!’ to the Soviets, and winning the second round on $$. SpaceX is doing something very different here – it’s actually trying to make a rational rocket, one that can expand humanity beyond our two dimensional surface of a sphere, with reasonable economics. Hopefully, if this succeeds, this will be the deathblow for Orion – another wasteful attempt (Bush Jr) of distraction against personal political failures. daveybaby 16 17 32 33 Report Share SpaceX Report Reply 35 36 EnviroCapitalist Facebook Twitter Share 6 Feb 2018 16:03 Share on Twitter So what has NASA been doing all this time?Elon has designed and built a Mars ready rocket that will be reusable and land on a tennis court ready for refuel and NASA, measuring water temperatures? 0 1 First published on Tue 6 Feb 2018 02.00 EST Reply 103 104 Shares269269 Facebook Share on Facebook Share Share on Facebook | Pick 22 23 Share on Twitter Share Thank you for your feedback. TheJoyOfEssex Share on Twitter 7 8 Share on Twitter Facebook Twitter Report Reply Reply It’s great that spaceX has the opportunity to make mistakes, if a NASA program director said “If something goes wrong, hopefully it goes wrong far into the mission so we at least learn as much as possible along the way” that person would be out of a job immediately. Thanks to oversight by ill qualified politicians, NASA is not allowed to make mistakes, every fault is highlighted as an agency failure, when something goes wrong you have commentators and politicians condemning the entire space program as a waste of public money. | Pick I’m assuming you’re joking. Musk absolutely has not designed and built a Mars ready rocket that can be reused and land on a tennis court. NASA have done absolutely loads, could they do more – yes. 7 8 Share Share on Facebook Share The shuttle is a bit of a grey area when looking at capability, since the shuttle itself formed part of the launch capability – the Buran on the other hand was pure payload and the entire thing could be swapped for a different payload (and was for the first energia launch) where as to launch STS, the shuttle had to be attached. Granted lots of STS capacity was wasted on the rest of the shuttle, but to remove it would result in an entirely different launch vehicle. Twitter UnevenSurface Matus Kalisky Wow, that’s a cluster. | Pick Share on Twitter 6 Feb 2018 16:17 35 36 6 Feb 2018 16:43 mycifname I personally love peole at parties who know random facts 🙂 Report Facebook Twitter 6 Feb 2018 15:50 Report 3 4 Share on Twitter Facebook Report Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter 5 6 Facebook Facebook Reply TheJoyOfEssex emiliofloris Share on Twitter Reply | Pick Share Reply Facebook Report Twitter Share on Twitter 6 Feb 2018 17:15 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Reply BobMlooga Facebook “If Falcon Heavy is up and running, it opens up a lot of possibilities. That’s the key,” said Casey Dreier, director of space policy at the Planetary Society.“Nasa is going to be saying: look, instead of waiting around for SLS, we can start putting pieces of our deep space gateway or orbiting lunar outpost in place. The question is will it be reliable enough for the government and others to put in their most valuable assets, to be worth the reduced cost?”Despite 18 successful SpaceX launches in 2017, Musk has downplayed expectations for Tuesday’s mission.“It’ll be a really huge downer if it blows up,” Musk told reporters at a Monday afternoon briefing. “If something goes wrong, hopefully it goes wrong far into the mission so we at least learn as much as possible along the way. I would consider it a win if it just clears the pad and doesn’t blow the pad to smithereens. That’s four million pounds of TNT equivalent so there’s probably not going to be much left if that thing lets loose on the pad.”A launchpad explosion of a SpaceX rocket in 2016 caused extensive damage, and Musk admitted last year that developing the Falcon Heavy had been far more difficult than he had expected.Musk said such an event would knock the launchpad out of action for up to a year, while SpaceX would be ready to launch another Falcon Heavy test flight in only three to four months following an in-flight failure. “It is a test mission and there’s so much that can go wrong.”“We don’t want to set expectations of perfection,” he added. “The weather’s looking good, the rocket’s looking good. It’s going to be exciting one way or the other, it’s either going to be an exciting test or an exciting failure [with] one big boom.”The goal of the test flight is to prove SpaceX can successfully launch a payload into an elliptical deep space orbit known as a Hohmann transfer, the same distance from the sun as Mars. SpaceX has its own ambitious plans for exploring deep space, including the development of a capsule for astronauts.For this mission, instead of using concrete or water as a weighted test payload, Musk, a co-owner of the car manufacturer, opted to use his beloved Tesla complete with a costumed dummy. “I love the thought of a car drifting apparently endlessly through space and being discovered by an alien race millions of years in the future,” he wrote on Twitter. Share via Email Report 36 37 Reply | Pick Share on Twitter Share | Pick Report 6 Feb 2018 17:27 6 7 This article is more than 1 year old Reply Kevin_Aud Reply | Pick 6 Feb 2018 19:40 Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook newest Share on Facebook Yea…of course they don’t have to pay pensions or anything else a public body must do. But when everything goes wrong you can bet they will turn to the state. Tesla et al makes no profit…go figure. That helps to make commercial space enterprise an attractive alternative for certain elements of the agency’s vision. SpaceX claims the Falcon Heavy, which uses three reusable boosters from its smaller Falcon 9 cargo rockets, offers almost twice the payload capacity of its nearest rival, the Delta IV rocket operated by the United Launch Alliance, at a significantly lower cost – $90m per launch compared with $435m for each Delta Heavy. Nasa, the US military and private enterprises are all paying attention. Twitter ocratato Branson has been pretty successful so you have no idea what you are talking about. Even had his own very successful global airline (now sold off) and his Virgin Galactic is still around. http://money.cnn.com/infographic/news/companies/musk-versus-branson/index.html 25 26 2 Share on Facebook Facebook I’m glad Musk is doing this. Someone has to, because Nasa has been the principal obstacle to space flight since the 1970s. It wasn’t the agency’s fault that it was perpetually underfunded and proxmired by a routinely stupid government and positively imbecile congress: but its atrocious inefficiency, inability to get good value from contractors, gold-plating of everything, the whole lot buggered up by a management which simply ignored engineers and scientists when it really mattered (and killed over a dozen astronauts in consequence) … Nasa could have achieved so much more. So it’s a little sad to think of all the time, and lives, wasted since Apollo. Now we are hoorahing because at last—at last, nearly half a century since the Moon landings!—we are about to launch a rocket only half as powerful as the Saturn V, whose main F1 engines completely eclipse the Merlins that Musk is so proud of and demonstrated a superb reliability record. SpaceX is achieving great things and I wish them well. We do need to get back into space in a serious way, especially considering the damage we’re doing to the planet. I just wish that, as a species, we hadn’t wasted the last 40 years. Twitter 27 28 Report Share on Twitter Report Facebook emiliofloris Reply Share Share on Facebook Report Yeah he’s pretty great at suing the NHS for example. Share on Facebook Twitter Report Facebook Share on Twitter Report Report Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Share Share Report SalopianJerel Twitter Facebook Reply TheOLEDman EnviroCapitalist Or a Reliant Robin. | Pick Twitter Reply 18 19 Facebook Facebook Share | Pick sorencamusjames Show Share on Pinterest | Pick vammyp Share on Twitter I saw a comic on The Nib a few years ago which was a great critique on his simulation theory. It is easy for him to believe because he’s already won the game. Reply Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 4 5 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Technically for the record of miles travelled by car, there is already a car on the moon, have you heard of a ‘Moon Buggy’ ? Report madtom1999 Reply 6 Feb 2018 16:52 Normally the first launch of a new rockets uses concrete or steel ballast for its load. Using a car is just a bit of showmanship and cross company advertising. The only design similar to this is something the Russians tried and failed for many years, so its definitely possible that it will just be a very big fireworks display. Controlling 27 engines is not a trivial task. There is also the problems of vibrations and aero pressures that would be close to impossible to calculate or test without doing an actual launch – there is a lot of force involved acting on a structure that has been designed to be as light as possible – it could even tear itself apart and head off in two or tree different directions. | Pick in particular if it appears to be intended rather as an expensive fireworks than a serious lounch. And putting a car in the cockpit makes it look even more as an very expensive advertisement than a serious project. I reckon firing a car into space on the end of a rocket is probably an indication of having too much money. DesertStorm17 Report Report Twitter UnsightlyOdour Report Share Shelley6148 Just a publicity seeker who gets far too much positive publicity 6 Feb 2018 17:12 2 Share Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter @richlusc Facebook Kevin_Aud Share Was that a quote about Isamard Kingdom Brunel? Facebook 3 Facebook I would like a global space agency, a private-public partnership. If on one hand I love any space exploration, there is a risk that if governments do not invest now, we will end up with space cowboy entrepreneurs who will start mining asteroids, sending manned missions, claiming parts of planets, becoming not only rich, but in control of future space trade routes, mines, resources. At that point, no government in the world would be relevant anymore, a space corporation that has its own colonies on Mars, mines the asteroid belts, controls space routes, they would be so rich and powerful. Literally a future in which poor humans are fooled into going to work on Mars only to end up like Nepalese workers in Qatar, stuck in the desert, owner doesn’t pay your wages, you can’t leave, basically slavery but on another planet, I really don’t think that’s so far fetched. Share Reply 6 Feb 2018 18:55 Share on Twitter “Oh no lets not make space exploration profitable so that its something people might actually be inclined to do on a large scale!” No one would have built the ships that discovered the americas and australia if they didnt think they would be able to enrich themselves in some way after all that risk and effort.Yes, history suggests that the most likely outcome will be a space equavalent of the East-India Company… but that is a social problem not a technological one and at least there are no natives to be enslaved and slaughtered.Humans are basterds and we need social structures that prevent us from exploiting each other.. but thats always been the case and no reason not to go into space. Reply Share Report 6 Feb 2018 16:32 Report Reply TheJoyOfEssex Share on Twitter Share nottaken Jamessss Twitter Reply Report 13 14 5 6 | Pick Share on Facebook Reply Share on Twitter Twitter Facebook 6 Feb 2018 17:16 Report Pinterest | Pick Share | Pick 6 Feb 2018 16:58 6 Feb 2018 17:47 10 11 news | Pick Share sorencamusjames Facebook Share on Twitter Lord_P GDochery Share on Twitter Reply Share 3 5 6 BinBroome “I always think 50 years hence we’ll look back and this will be a high-water mark of a gilded age,” Dreier said, “a billionaire throwing his his own sports car into space on his private rocket, but at the same time it’s maybe the first step into a new level of access or step into space.”An estimated half-million people are expected to watch the launch from nearby beaches and towns, a level of interest not seen since the final space shuttle landing in 2011.“This is a major event,” said Dale Ketcham, chief of strategic alliances at Space Florida. “Everyone associated with this industry is having people call out of the blue from the long past to strike up a new relationship and hope they have a pass for the launch.”Florida US senator Bill Nelson, himself a former space shuttle astronaut and the senior Democrat on the Senate commerce, science and transportation committee, said the state benefited from SpaceX’s presence.“The test launch of Falcon Heavy is certainly evidence that our efforts to revitalise the Cape are succeeding in a big way,” he said. “Once the Falcon Heavy is proven, it will be a welcome addition to our rapidly evolving civil, commercial and national security launch capabilities.”Sign up for Lab Notes – the Guardian’s weekly science update Share on Twitter Twitter 22 23 vammyp | Pick TechnoAffection SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful to leave Earth since the Saturn V in the 1970s – and will hurl a Tesla electric car into spaceSpaceX Falcon Heavy launch – live StueyU Twitter Xpater Share on Facebook 13 14 Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP Reply 100suns Perimetr Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook Share I love the dichotomy of the first ‘economically sound’ launch vehicle, flinging a Tesla into space. Douglas Adams could have written books about it. The statement that the Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V is actually not correct. Its payload to Low Earth Orbit is 63 metric tons, compared with 100 t for the Soviet Energia and 93 t for the Space Shuttle, 68.5 t of which were unfortunately wasted on a silly-looking space plane with an unfortunate proclivity to disintegrate during ascent or reentry.What is special about the Falcon Heavy is its low cost. If it works as advertised, the price to launch a kilogram (or pound) to orbit would come down significantly, perhaps by as much as a factor of 5. This is a lot more important than gross lifting capability, even for large interplanetary spaceships or space stations which could be assembled in orbit. So perhaps, after five decades of stagnation, we could finally see some actual progress in spaceflight again. 6 Feb 2018 17:35 … 2 3 Share on Twitter Facebook | Pick Facebook Test launches nearly always just launch a dummy concrete or water payload. Occasionally they might send up some small satellites, or even missions like the ill fated cluster mission on Ariane 5, but the cost to insure an expensive payload on an experimental rocket is prohibitive, since the insurers have no real idea what the likelihood of success will be. The attached Tesla is a bit of a gimmick, but the real value of the launch will be in the information that is provided for future vehicle modifications and future potential customers, to make sure that the rocket operates within parameters that their satellites can survive. Test launches like this typically have far more installed instrumentation that run-of-the-mill launches. Share Or just realistic and setting expectations. He is trying something that has not been done before, and nothing like it by the private sector. Acceptance of failure is required, so long as you don’t fail to learn from each event. Share Xpater Space michaelmichael Twitter Show 2 more replies Reply Share 4 5 6 Feb 2018 17:12 6 Feb 2018 17:20 6 Feb 2018 15:16 | Pick Twitter Twitter | Pick TheOLEDman Share on Facebook Acciocloak 6 Feb 2018 16:46 | Pick 1 LostInIreland MentalKenny 6 Feb 2018 16:58 Twitter Twitter 6 Feb 2018 17:06 Duty card (Dutycard) Reply If you are going to do something new, you must be prepared to get it wrong at times. It’s because of attitude like this that all progress in space has basically stalled. They could have sent a Clio or a fiat 500 FFs… now Aliens are going to think we are all rich!. Share 6 7 Show 6 more replies Facebook Twitter Report Reply next Share on Facebook good spot, of course that’s why he did it! in 2 years time you’ll see billboards with “Tesla cars have traveled more miles in their lifetimes than Diesel or Petrol…” Share on Twitter DesertStorm17 6 Feb 2018 17:23 Reply Report Facebook Twitter Report 1 2 SalopianJerel mycifname UnevenSurface | Pick 6 Feb 2018 17:46 Since you’re here… | Pick 6 Feb 2018 17:11 | Pick To infinity and beyond: Trump has big plans for Nasa – but is it just a fantasy? Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick Report leadballoon Share UnderAGreySky 6 Feb 2018 15:25 Reply Duty card (Dutycard) Reply Acciocloak | Pick TheJoyOfEssex Report Report MentalKenny 6 Feb 2018 17:16 | Pick 25 26 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook ID2552454 Share on Facebook Twitter | Pick 1 2 oranjeegeneral Reply Twitter Twitter 5 6 1 2 1 2 Well, that’s one car which won’t have to worry about its corrosion warranty. I hope they charged the battery – it’ll set a new record for distance travelled by an electric car (or any car, for that matter). Read more Share on Twitter 7 Feb 2018 0:26 The most powerful rocket to leave Earth in a generation is set for its maiden flight from Florida on Tuesday, its whimsical payload lending a touch of showmanship to a pioneering test mission that could have significant implications for the future of deep space exploration.Falcon Heavy, developed by the private spaceflight company SpaceX, is scheduled for a 1.30pm lift-off from the Kennedy Space Center, carrying a $100,000 red Tesla Roadster sports car belonging to the company’s flamboyant billionaire founder, Elon Musk.If the much-delayed launch is successful – and Musk himself admits there is “a real good chance that vehicle does not make it to orbit” – it offers the United States a heavy-lift capability in space it has lacked since the Apollo era ended 45 year ago. Report Twitter pigeonpolish 6 Feb 2018 17:15 0 1 100 Facebook Yea and Clarkson should have stayed up there. Share Facebook Share on Twitter Share Share on Twitter A mannequin sits at the wheel of a Tesla Roadster in this photo posted on the Instagram account of Elon Musk. The car will be launched into space by SpaceX’s rocket. Photograph: AP 6 Feb 2018 19:58 | Pick 10 11 Maybe it’s a test run for throwing all our useless garbage into space. Musk should have thought up something more useful than this pointless exercise. | Pick Email (optional) Reply Facebook Share on Twitter Share Facebook 33 34 Twitter Twitter Twitter Show 15 more replies | Pick It is getting obvious that the systems which run behind state run organisations like NASA is out of breath to keep the push for the space explorations and is starting to get sidelined by private entities. At the same time I am wondering whether it is maybe a bit too early for everyone with enough cash in the pocket to shoot a rocket in space – in particular if it appears to be intended rather as an expensive fireworks than a serious lounch. And putting a car in the cockpit makes it look even more as an very expensive advertisement than a serious project. Twitter Twitter Reply Share on Twitter Twitter 6 Feb 2018 16:56 Facebook BobBarnes 100suns Share on Facebook Facebook In terms of sheer lifting strength, the Falcon Heavy is powerful enough to carry a fully loaded Boeing 737 jetliner into orbit, according to SpaceX. That strength is second only to the Saturn V, Nasa’s behemoth rocket that took astronauts to the moon and the Skylab space station before its 1973 retirement.Nasa is developing its own new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), to achieve its long-term ambition of sending humans back to the moon and ultimately to Mars, but the project has been beset by delays that could push back its first test flight to 2020. Reply Share on Facebook 6 Feb 2018 16:38 Facebook Share on Twitter 6 Feb 2018 17:16 Twitter Report Instead of a car, how about a cabinet 😉 sorencamusjames Reply Twitter recommendations Facebook Share on Twitter Report Facebook Share on Facebook Report Reply PeaceGrenade 8 9 Twitter 1 2 Oh no the Weyland-Utani Corporation becoming true Before everyone gets carried away by Musk’s hype, it’s worth remembering how Falcon Heavy stands up. Falcon Heavy, when it flies, will put about 64,000kg into LEO. The Saturn V stack could put 140,000kg into LEO. Falcon Heavy should put 16,000kg into Lunar orbit, Saturn V could put about 48,600kg into Lunar orbit. Saturn V went from nothing to flight in seven years, Falcon Heavy has taken 13. Falcon Heavy is much cheaper per launch. Whether it would be cheaper than a descendent of Saturn V if they had not abandoned it in favour of an expensive & dangerous non-replacement in the early 1970s, who knows. Purely technically, we are still not very near being able to do what we could do in 1969, nearly half a century ago. Show 25 Twitter | Pick Reply Facebook Reuse this content,View all comments > | Pick Report UnsightlyOdour Reply 6 Feb 2018 17:10 Share on Facebook Report Comments 990 MentalKenny Share on Facebook Xpater Twitter 6 Feb 2018 16:57 hewnohoo Report .. do rational eccentrics exist? UnsightlyOdour Share 13 14 Facebook Acciocloak | Pick Pinterest Share on Facebook Reply | Pick | Pick 2 3 Litterbug If you want to really make a bold statement about the strength of your rocket Elon, maybe put the heavy Presidential Limousine in it. Ideally with Trump in it! 4 Twitter Share on Twitter Slaughterteddy Share After the Falcon 9 explosion, customers probably aren’t lining up to put their payloads on test flights. 6 Feb 2018 16:35 Share on Facebook Twitter | Pick Share Given the fire risk of Lithium batteries I strongly suspect they will be removed before launch. NASA’s budget as % GDP has been steadily dropping throughout this century, as the US government has diverted funds to much more important things like foreign wars and tax cuts for billionaires. Sad really, given that the ROR on investment in the moon landings period (say the 60s) has been estimated at 33% (discounted). Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter UnevenSurface | Pick Reply Facebook Twitter Share Twitter 6 Feb 2018 17:22 mycifname I bet your fun at parties Twitter Show 3 more replies Share on Facebook Richard Luscombe in Cape Canaveral Storybook Reply Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 6 Feb 2018 17:31 emiliofloris | Pick Share on Twitter 6 Feb 2018 16:54 Reply spot on Reply Share 6 Feb 2018 17:18 | Pick Share on Twitter Reply | Pick Reply TheOLEDman Twitter | Pick Facebook Twitter | Pick Matus Kalisky 4 Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook Report Report Show 13 more replies *you’re* You mean like the 16 the to 19th century. 10 11 I’ve never heard the SS described this way; the experts in the TV documentaries are always somehow insiders or otherwise emotionally invested in the thing. It has always seemed to me like a fundamentally flawed concept, managed by committee. It reminds me of the original NASA concept for the moon landing, which had the entire earth return vehicle land on the surface of the moon (with all its fuel!). It took one maverick engineer (who they almost fired) a couple of years to show the concept was disastrous and that a lunar command module/lunar lander concept was the right way. The SS seems to have been terrible conceived from the start. Reply Share on Facebook | Pick Facebook Share on Facebook Share Share Spike Milligan would be proud! Twitter TheJoyOfEssex 6 Feb 2018 16:58 40 41 Only Elon Musk could pull such an outrageous stunt. I can imagine that car travelling trillions of miles, and someone/something coming across it. Hopefully it wont be too full of holes with bits of rock flying around. Well done EM. Share on Twitter | Pick Report Facebook Report Facebook Reply | Pick mycifname Share on Twitter Ugg, isn’t Grunk annoying with his wheel? Yep Hurrurruurh, but I suppose it’s progress of sorts.Hey fellas, here comes JRM! What a fossil! Share on Twitter 4 5 Reply Report Share on Twitter Reply Share on Facebook Reply Share on LinkedIn Report collapsed Show 12 more replies JonathanHughes Reply Share Reply Share Share on Facebook Report 6 Feb 2018 17:28 Share on Twitter Facebook Show 13 more replies Share Twitter Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Reply Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook This article is more than 1 year old Maharaja Brovinda Singh I was just thinking, “Hey, they’ve got the Stig in that car!” Facebook | Pick Show 2 more replies Maharaja Brovinda Singh Report vammyp Twitter totally agree, he’s just Branson on steroids and with a high voltage cable up his ass Report Share on Facebook Facebook 4 5 Facebook Share 50 1 2 Share 6 Feb 2018 17:47 3 4 2997ndftc This guy is the new Richard Branson. A publicity whore (in a good way). The coverage he got from the flame throwers and now putting a tesla on the rocket attracts the media like flies to promote his businesses. Share Twitter Share on Facebook pigeonpolish Threads collapsed Share 6 Feb 2018 17:42 Tue 6 Feb 2018 10.30 EST 6 Feb 2018 16:43 6 Feb 2018 16:46 If it means someone gets up there, good. | Pick Show 4 more replies Share Share on Facebook 15 16 julyone2015 6 Feb 2018 18:17 | Pick sorencamusjames Reply Share Jamessss Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Facebook Share on Facebook Share DesertStorm17 Reply Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 6 Feb 2018 16:04 Report Facebook Kevin_Aud Share Report Share on Twitter Sign of the times, where individuals have more wealth and spending power than government agencies. It won’t be the flag of a country placed by the first human on Mars. It will be a corporate logo. Twitter | Pick Twitter Hazwold Reply Report 11 12 annoyingly smart perhaps The big difference being that Elon Musk gets things done. | Pick | Pick | Pick Facebook 6 Feb 2018 16:37 Show 16 more replies | Pick Share on Twitter unthreaded 16 17 6 7 6 Feb 2018 16:29 Facebook Share on Facebook SpaceX: watch the Falcon Heavy launch | Pick Share on Facebook Fifi_eat_my_hamster 6 7 Reply EnviroCapitalist 6 Feb 2018 17:18 Report Report Acciocloak Robert_G_Mugabe Share 46 47 oldest Share on Twitter Reply Share on Twitter Reply | Pick 7 Feb 2018 4:30 6 Feb 2018 17:13 | Pick Share on Facebook sorencamusjames Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter 19 20 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Fair play to NASA, the biggest obstacle has been constant government interference. Congress restrict plans because they like to do things that keep employment up in their states (part of why SLS is shuttle derived) and the presidents keep liking the idea of leaving their mark). The nice thing about the increase in private launch vehicles is that I think it will give NASA the opportunity to massively change its approach, focussing on novel technologies for space transport and instrumentation, rather than constantly having to keep re inventing the rocket. (don’t get me wrong, there are other problems with NASA, such as the cost plus model that they operate with ULA) Facebook Hide Florida 6 Feb 2018 19:29 Close report comment form | Pick 5 6 Report Watch the launch live Share Share on Twitter BobMlooga pigeonpolish Show 7 more replies I have to say, I’m astonished at how blasé Musk is about the possibility of this thing failing; I assume it has investors’ money behind it (not just his) and so for him to talk about it like it’s his own back yard pyrotechnic project and that if it blows ‘at least it’ll fun to watch’ is shockingly representative of the era of non-seriousness in which we find ourselves. Share on Facebook The South African-born computer programmer and businessman is worth about $21bn (£15bn) today. He was catapulted into the ranks of the super-rich with the sale of PayPal to eBay, which netted him $165mIn 2002, he used $100m to found SpaceX, which aims to cut the cost of space travel through technology such as reusable rockets. One of Musk’s ultimate goals is to pioneer efforts to colonise Mars.Musk became a major investor in electric car company Tesla in 2004 and took over the reins in 2008. Tesla has focused on building a vehicle with mass market appeal. Despite low sales, its stock market value overtook Ford last year.Another ambitious Musk project is the Hyperloop, his vision of a super-fast underground transport system to whisk passengers between major US cities, such as LA and San Francisco, at hypersonic speed. He has called the idea a “cross between a Concorde and a railgun and an air hockey table”. Critics say it is too impractical and expensive.More recent ideas include OpenAI, a not-for-profit firm researching artificial intelligence, and Neuralink, a company exploring ways to connect the human brain with AI. Share Reply StueyU Share on Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick 6 Feb 2018 17:32 Reply Share on Twitter Report Twitter 6 Feb 2018 16:31 Matus Kalisky Twitter 6 Feb 2018 16:15 Share on Facebook emiliofloris 6 Feb 2018 17:21 Reply BobMlooga Show 17 more replies Share on Facebook Report Reply | Pick Reply Sorry to break it to Elon Musk, if that is his real name, but Apollo Creed died in Rocky IV 6 7 Share on Twitter MentalKenny Share on Facebook 6 Feb 2018 16:55 Share on Twitter Report Share EnviroCapitalist Twitter Report Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook 0 1 | Pick | Pick 6 Feb 2018 16:33 | Pick Share on Twitter Report Reply 4 5 Show 10 more replies … H0d0rr Share on Facebook Report | Pick Twitter | Pick 6 Feb 2018 17:21 MikeTaree Share I see the usual ‘it’s a waste of time and money’ bores have found their way back to a space exploration article. Say what you want about him flinging a car into space, but Musk has a genuine vision for space exploration that he can raise funds for personally (rather than ‘wasting’ the state’s money on such a ‘pointless’ venture). And that vision is viewed by space scientists as legitimate and achievable. 4 5 Facebook Milton Facebook Facebook Report Maharaja Brovinda Singh Twitter 6 Feb 2018 17:37 Twitter Skreetle 6 Feb 2018 17:26 Reply Is it just me or do others find Mr Musk to be a tad annoying? He’s a modern Yarpie version of Dick Branson. I look forwards to the launch of your heavy payload rocket. Do let us know when it’s happening. Elon Musk Share 5 6 Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter PeaceGrenade Report Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter Report Facebook Share on Facebook Share Share Facebook 12 13 Twitter UnderAGreySky Report 6 Feb 2018 17:06 Share on Twitter 1 2 | Pick Share 25 EnviroCapitalist 14 15 Share on Twitter Twitter Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Facebook progress Reply When the US govt pays for a launch on a Falcon 9, it saves literally hundreds of millions of dollars. For a single launch. https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/06/air-force-budget-reveals-how-much-spacex-undercuts-launch-prices/ Tooting my butt horn for Musk. Share on Facebook Share Still my favourite stunt of theirs 6 Feb 2018 16:26 11 12 | Pick Report UnsightlyOdour | Pick Report Share on Facebook Maharaja Brovinda Singh Milton Share Share on Facebook Share Facebook 10 11 Arthur C. Clarke once said that there is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum. Report Its a test flight. It needs some sort of payload to be a test flight. Its too risky to have a real payload and so why not his car?What do you think he should put up there instead? Your memoirs? Mark Smith Report Was this helpful? Fingers crossed for that Falcon – exciting space-times! 39 40 1 2 Share on Facebook 6 Feb 2018 17:23 Twitter Twitter Share vammyp | Pick Share 6 Feb 2018 17:25 Share Twitter Order by oldest Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other elbourg Facebook Reason (optional) Twitter Report Facebook View more commentslast_img read more

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Britains bookmakers jockey for position in US betting watershed

first_imgSport betting US sports Share via Email Share via Email Shares1212 Rob Davies Read more Since you’re here… Share on Messenger William Hill Britain’s bookmakers jockey for position in US betting watershed Get Society Weekly: our newsletter for public service professionals Read more William Hill has a betting operation ready to go in New Jersey in partnership with Monmouth Park racecourse.Photograph: Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images Paddy Power Betfair Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp features Support The Guardiancenter_img Sun 29 Apr 2018 07.40 EDT … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook @ByRobDavies William Hill is a nose in front, with Paddy Power Betfair on the rail as market looks set to open up Sport betting Over the past 26 years, if you had placed a bet on a baseball game in the US, the chances are you were doing so illegally. On the other end of the wager might be a sophisticated offshore operation based in the Caribbean or run by organised crime groups. Sports betting in the world’s largest economy has largely moved underground. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) effectively outlawed sports betting nationwide, with the exception of a few states. The result was a thriving underground betting industry that accepts an estimated $150bn (£108bn) in illegal wagers every year, according to the American Gaming Association.However, the US is nearing a watershed moment. The supreme court is considering whether to repeal PASPA after a protracted legal challenge by the state of New Jersey – and the signs are that New Jersey will get its way. Last modified on Sun 29 Apr 2018 17.39 EDT Gambling “I think they were holding out for a better price and the only way out for them was a US PASPA ruling.”If William Hill is a nose in front of the rest, Paddy Power Betfair is coming up on the rail. It already has 300 US staff and owns the TVG television network showing live horse racing, which benefits from an exception to PASPA.It could use this as a launchpad to promote sportsbooks across the US by setting up partnerships with racecourses and casinos, likely to be the gateways to a licence under most of the terms being drawn up by states.“We’ve been operating in New Jersey through our casino business, so we’re a known entity there,” Paddy Power Betfair’s Levin.“To operate sports betting would be an extension of that. We’d then have to figure out the tech strategy, which we’re already spending time on. “The big unknown is how quickly the market will expand as it opens up state-to-state. Our intention is we’d be ready from a tech standpoint by the fall.“We have a lot that will help us whereas some other European operators without much of a business here will have to invest a lot.”Ladbrokes and GVC, soon to complete their £4bn merger, have a small US presence but do possess the combined experience, as well as the systems and technology, to dive into a liberalised market.However, George Salmon, a gambling equity analyst at the stockbroker Hargreaves Lansdown, thinks the timing may prove difficult.“If you look at the chain of acquisitions going on there already – Coral merged with Ladbrokes, Ladbrokes being bought by GVC, there’s a lot going on internally. “So what appetite there would be there I don’t know. They may have enough on their plate.”Salmon says the US could be a plentiful frontier for Britain’s bookies but not without pitfalls.“It would obviously be a huge opportunity if it gets opened up. Think about the fact that people drive from all over to go to Las Vegas. It tells you something about the appetite.“How it would open up is another question and you’d need the dominoes to fall in the right order. You’d have to sink a lot of money in initially. So you wouldn’t be square that quickly.”Oliver, who has decades of experience with the US gambling environment, points out that the illegal sector would not necessarily disappear either. “If you’re already betting with your illegal bookmaker, do you switch? There are a lot of studies on this and the general consensus is that the illegal business will continue.”While few expect the supreme court to leave things as they are, an almost equally dissatisfying outcome for the bookmakers is that, rather than repealing PASPA, it simply decriminalises sports betting in New Jersey alone. That would likely trigger a wave of further legal action from states, muddy the waters even further, and postpone indefinitely the British bookies’ big chance to break the US. Share on Twitter Canadian gambling firm buys Sky Betting and Gaming for £2.5bn Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Topics “This is the closest the US market has come to opening up,” says Kip Levin, the chief executive of the US business at the major British bookmaker Paddy Power Betfair. “The sports leagues and the casino industry are behind it, so all the winds are blowing in the right direction.”A decision is expected any time between now and the end of June, which could open up a vast business opportunity for those quick enough to seize it. With the prize on offer so great, Britain’s bookmakers are already jockeying for position. They have years of experience because of Europe’s more liberal approach to sports gambling, while sharing a common language reduces barriers to entry.William Hill already holds a commanding position. It owns a sizable operation in Nevada, where sports betting is permitted, operating more than half the casino sportsbooks there.It also has a betting operation ready to go in New Jersey in partnership with Monmouth Park racecourse and says it could be ready to take bets “within days”. The firm is in negotiations with potential partners in several states and believes the US could eventually become its most profitable territory.“Nobody is going to benefit more than William Hill in that market,” Darin Oliver, a gambling industry consultant and former deputy director of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, says.He points out that the federated legal architecture of the US means a repeal of PASPA would not lead to nationwide sports gambling overnight.“The states still have to pass legislation and that won’t happen immediately. California, one of the biggest markets, is at least a year or more away from allowing it, if they even do,” Oliver says.“The New Jersey concession means William Hill will benefit immediately.” Oliver believes the potential of the US market is one reason why the hedge fund Parvus, the largest shareholder in William Hill, has been instrumental in scuppering two mergers, one with Canada’s Amaya and the other a three-way tie-up with London-listed Rank and 888. last_img read more

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The many times Donald Trump has attacked the media – video

first_img1:23 Donald Trump Donald Trump Newspapers & magazines Last modified on Fri 17 Aug 2018 12.01 EDT Thu 16 Aug 2018 11.42 EDT Share on Twitter Shares3131 Topics Newspaperscenter_img The many times Donald Trump has attacked the media – video,Play Video Share on Facebook The US president has always had a problem with the media – or, as he calls it, ‘fake news’ – which he expresses in verbal attacks at press conferences, rallies and on Twitter. Despite concerns raised about his words potentially inciting violence, Donald Trump’s criticism of the media seems to be escalatingThe Guardian view on the press and Trump: speaking truth to power Press freedom Trump administration James Bullock, Source: Reuters/AP/As credited Share via Email Journalist safetylast_img read more

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first_imgYou have probably noticed by now (or maybe we’ve hidden our enthusiasm well!) that the staff at the INDATA office are a bit crazy about Apple products. We love Mac computers, laptops, iPhones, iPads and iPods. That being said, we are extremely excited about the upcoming free Apple Accessibility Training which will be held at Easter Seals Crossroads next Friday, July 8 from 9am to 3pm. The training is open to anyone with an interest in learning about Apple Macintosh Accessibility. Educators, parents and family members, students, vocational rehabilitation counselors, professionals and health care providers can benefit from this training content.The training will include an introduction to Macintosh software and hardware. It will also include an overview of OSX Accessibility options like Universal Access for seeing, hearing, keyboard, mouse and trackpad and IOS Accessibility options such as accessibility voiceover and zoom text. Another portion of the training, will include discussions about applications (apps) for people with disabilities. These applications are downloadable for Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad. There are accessibility apps for augmentative communication, apps to assist blind/visually-impaired people and many others. This training will conclude with a question and answer session.If you are interested in learning more about Apple products, Apple accessibility features and applications, please register online for this training. If you can not attend the training in person, INDATA will be streaming the training live online, and you must also register as an online attendee. If you have any questions,  please contact Nikol Prieto via email at nprieto@eastersealscrossroads.org or phone 317-466-2013.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedFree Microsoft Accessibility TrainingJune 21, 2010In “Accessibility Reviews”Free Microsoft Accessibility TrainingJune 21, 2010In “Accessibility Reviews”Web Accessibility Training for Developers (2-25-14)-Registration now open!January 29, 2014In “a11y”last_img read more

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ATU004 Dragon 115 DeafBlind Radio Free Braille Books Verbally for iPad

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadAudio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/atupdate/AT_update_6-24-11_dragon_deaf_blind_radio_braille_books_verbally.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Links:Dragon Naturally Speaking 11.5: http://bit.ly/dC5Fc5Radio accessible to the Deaf-Blind audience: http://www.wvxu.org/news/wvxunews_article.asp?ID=8926Free Braille books for kids: http://n.pr/lfLO3zVerbally app for iPad: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/verbally/id418671377?mt=8Check out our blog:  http://blog.eastersealstech.comFollow us on Twitter: @INDATAprojectShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU004: Dragon 11.5, Deaf-Blind Radio, Free Braille Books, Verbally for iPadJune 24, 2011In “Assistive Technology Update”Friday PodcastsJune 24, 2011In “Accessibility Reviews”ATU047 – Lost Voice Guy (Lee Ridley) Using Augmentative Communication for Stand Up Comedy, Socially Assistive Bots, JAWS and Yahoo email, Language Adventures, Lorm GloveApril 20, 2012In “Assistive Technology Update”last_img read more

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Monday Tech Tip Flash Reader and Spritz

first_imgCheck out this week’s tech tip on applications to help make reading quicker and easier.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedMonday Tech Tip: Microsoft Windows AccessibilityMarch 17, 2014In “Tech Tips”Monday Tech Tip: Prizmo AppFebruary 10, 2014In “Tech Tips”Monday Tech Tip: Optelec ClearReader+January 20, 2014In “Tech Tips”last_img

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Feed the Woozle Board Game

first_imgLooking for a fun, interactive game to play with your child or student with autism or developmental delays?  Feed the Woozle Board Game from Peaceable Kingdom is a “Game of Silly Snacks and Mixed up Moves!”  Everyone plays together to feed the Woozle snacks from a spoon.The objective of the game is to help the Woozle eat 12 silly treats like hairy pickles and fuzzy donuts…yum!  The first person to feed the silly monster 12 snacks before they’re all gone wins.  The game comes with three levels so it grows with your child.  There is no reading required so it is appropriate for children three years and up.Features of Feed the Woozle Board Game:Children will have fun feeding the Woozle hairy pickles and fuzzy donuts with a spoon.The game comes with three levels so it grows with your child.No reading requiredChildren will learn and practice dexterity, fine motor skills, body awareness, and counting.Includes:1 stand up WoozleSpoonSpinnerDieGame cards For 2-5 playersCooperative games like Feed the Woozle “cultivate emotional development, shared decision making, positive self-esteem, creative problem-solving, and develop a sense of community in a non-stressful play environment.”Click here to learn more about this silly board game!Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint Related5 Board Games that Encourage Developmental SkillsJune 7, 2017In “Products and Devices”5 Parent-Child Interaction Toys and GamesDecember 5, 2018In “Autism”Diggin Wobble DeckMay 4, 2017In “Products and Devices”last_img read more

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Crimson Agility Receives Two Nominations from Magento

first_imgMost Innovative Commerce Experience and Best B2B Buyer ExperienceCrimson Agility, a full-service e-commerce consulting and development firm, has been honored with two nominations from 230+ entries, for the 2019 Imagine Excellence Awards by Magento, an Adobe Company. Crimson and its clients, Amped Innovation and Performance Health, snagged highly-coveted nominations for the Most Innovative Commerce Experience Award and the Best B2B Buyer Experience Award, respectively.The winners will be announced at the Imagine 2019 event in Las Vegas.Amped Innovation sells much needed solar appliances in Africa. The problem was affordability. More than 80% of Amped customers earn less than $2.50 per day.“By working with Crimson to incorporate micro-payments into the Magento platform, we tapped into emerging markets in Africa and Asia making our solar products accessible to the poorest customers,” said Andi Kleissner, Co-Founder and CEO of Amped Innovation. “Our customers can now buy previously unattainable products on a payment plan they can afford.”Marketing Technology News: StarfishETL Partners with PeopleSense, Inc.“The collaboration enabled Amped to achieve triple-digit growth, while introducing a life-changing line of products in previously untapped markets,” added Kleissner.Performance Health is a leader in consumer healthcare and the largest global manufacturer and distributor of products to the rehabilitation and sports medicine markets.Crimson’s nomination alongside Performance Health for the Best B2B Buyer Experience Award stemmed from the positive results of the features and capabilities Crimson added to Performance Health’s e-commerce sites.“With multiple, highly-complex e-commerce sites, we’ve put Crimson and Magento through the ringer, testing their knowledge and capabilities beyond what we ever imagined,” said Kristin Greenwell, E-Commerce Director at Performance Health. “They have exceeded our expectations since day one.”Marketing Technology News: How Digital Can Save Brick-And-Mortar Retail with Customer Experience ObjectivesThese capabilities provide a user experience that rivals the performance of the best-designed B2B websites. The e-commerce sites accommodate power users who manage thousands of ship-to addresses, many requisition lists, negotiated pricing, and hundreds of employees buying online for the company.“Crimson’s knowledge of Magento and e-commerce is unmatched. We have been so impressed with their accountability and determination to make our website look, feel and most importantly, PERFORM how we and our customers expect,” added Greenwell.“We are proud to stand with both our clients as finalists for these two prestigious awards.  We credit our success to a shared vision, collaboration, and hard work,” says David Baier, Managing Partner at Crimson Agility.Marketing Technology News: StarfishETL Partners with PeopleSense, Inc. Crimson Agility Receives Two Nominations from Magento PRNewswireJune 6, 2019, 9:21 pmJune 6, 2019 B2BCommerce ExperienceCrimson AgilityMagentoNews Previous ArticleAgency Veteran Joao Machado Joins Sabio’s SVP of Product MarketingNext ArticleApollo.io Brings on ClearSlide Co-Founder Jim Benton as CEOlast_img read more

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Nvidia Built One of the Most Powerful AI Supercomputers in 3 Weeks

first_img 11 Comments The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today Reality TV Scandals We Never Saw Coming Autonomous vehicles: they’re not perfect and sometimes they kill people. But they also hold the promise of safer transportation—and far fewer jobs—in the relatively near future. To help these vehicles upgrade their intelligence from causing fatal accidents to preventing them, Nvidia created the DGX SuperPod, an AI-optimized supercomputer that can help design a better self-driving car.Nvidia made it very clear it wants to be amongst the leaders in artificial intelligence and decided to build a supercomputer to demonstrate that. It only took the company three weeks to build by connecting 96 Nvidia DGX-2H supercomputers with Mellanox interconnect technology. You can actually buy it, too, if the novelty of your sixth yacht has worn off and you have $435,000 burning a hole in your pocket.  That’s how much one DGX-2H costs at list price. The DGX SuperPod uses 96 of them. If you want to make a self-driving car, it seems Nvidia thinks it’ll cost somewhere in the ballpark of $41,760,000 to get started with the best hardware. Clearly, these systems were designed for large corporations.Image credit: NVIDIAWith 1,536 Nvidia V100 Tensor Core GPUs, the SuperPod packs a lot of power for a relatively small system (by supercomputer standards). Nevertheless, if you want people to invest in anything that expensive you might want to prove that it’s up to the toughest of tasks. That’s why Nvidia decided to make its SuperPod build assist in solving one of the most difficult problems in AI.Autonomous vehicles require an enormous amount of training data compared with technologies that use similar image classification models for other purposes (e.g. diagnostic medicine). The AI in a self-driving car isn’t looking for something specific and it needs to consider all of its surroundings and understand them well enough to safely function. That amounts in approximately one terabyte of data per vehicle per hour and the AI that powers autonomous vehicles needs to retrain itself continuously over time using data from an entire fleet. Nvidia decided to demonstrate how its SuperPod can help expedite the processing of training data measured in petabytes:The system is hard at work around the clock, optimizing autonomous driving software and retraining neural networks at a much faster turnaround time than previously possible.  For example, the DGX SuperPod hardware and software platform takes less than two minutes to train ResNet-50. When this AI model came out in 2015, it took 25 days to train on the then state-of-the-art system, a single Nvidia K80 GPU. DGX SuperPOD delivers results that are 18,000x faster.  While other TOP500 systems with similar performance levels are built from thousands of servers, DGX SuperPOD takes a fraction of the space, roughly 400x smaller than its ranked neighbors.While the DGX-2H happens to perform best using ResNet-50, those numbers would remain impressive when scaled for just about any image classification model. You should expect impressive performance from a multi-million dollar system, but accomplishing that at such a small (relative) size it’s clear why Nvidia has remained dominant the AI hardware market.What kind of advancements might such capable hardware lead to?  Nvidia demonstrated that as well with a new and more accurate method of calculating distance from objects in three-dimensional space so autonomous vehicles can more easily prevent collisions.Nvidia explains some of the key areas where this new approach helps to improve safety:[W]e use convolutional neural networks and data from a single front camera. The DNN is trained to predict the distance to objects by using radar and lidar sensor data as ground-truth information. Engineers know this information is accurate because direct reflections of transmitted radar and lidar signals pro precise distance-to-object information, regardless of a road’s topology.  By training the neural networks on radar and lidar data instead of relying on the flat ground assumption, we enable the DNN to estimate distance to objects from a single camera, even when the vehicle is going up or down hill.It seems like Nvidia has some new advancement in artificial intelligence on almost a weekly basis—even if it’s just a more efficient method of turning your dog into a lion. Perhaps that’s because the company can build one of the most efficiently powerful supercomputers in the world in three weeks. When you don’t have to wait very long to process an enormous amount of data, you can quickly test new ideas and find the optimal solution a lot faster. You just need around $40 million dollars to get started.Top image credit: NvidiaNow read:Nvidia Crushes Self to Take AI Benchmark CrownGoogle’s EfficientNet Offers up to a 10x Boost in Image Analysis EfficiencyNvidia AI Turns Doodles Into Realistic Landscapes<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> The Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever ‘Doctor Strange 2’ May Have A Different Version Of Nick Fury Cartoon Episodes So Controversial They Were Banned Nvidia Built One of the Most Powerful AI Supercomputers in 3 Weeks Paul Walker’s Daughter is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 20 Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 41shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Grant Gustin Reveals Details For This Year’s Flash Costume Winona Ryder Is Not Letting Anyone Forget She’s Married to Keanu You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet By Adam Dachis on June 20, 2019 at 10:08 am Tagged In carsnvidiaartificial intelligenceaineural networkssupercomputersself-drivingdeep learningautonomous vehiclestensor coresNvidia DGX-2superpod Post a Comment 11 Commentslast_img read more

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SamsungBacked Researchers Debut Ternary Semiconductor Design

first_imgSamsung-Backed Researchers Debut Ternary Semiconductor Design This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Reality Henry Cavill ‘Tried on’ a New Superman Suit and It’s Awesome Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 1shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. 6 Comments Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Tagged In samsungsemiconductorsfoundrycmoscomputingsouth koreaLoihibalanced ternarybinary computerKyung Rok Kimsemiconductor researchT-CMOSternaryternary computertrinaryunbalanced ternary Post a Comment 6 Comments Movies That Hollywood Didn’t Want to Make One of the first things we learn about computers is that they perform operations using binary code to represent values. It’s a fundamental trait of computing — but it’s not a requirement. It’s possible to build a computer that uses three discrete values for computing rather than just two. “Ternary” is the term for this, though you’ll sometimes see “trinary” used instead. South Korean researchers backed by Samsung have created such a device and demonstrated it can be built using conventional CMOS manufacturing.There are several different types of ternary computers. A ternary computer may use unbalanced trinary {0,1,2}, fractional unbalanced trinary {0, 1/2, 1}, balanced trinary {-1,0,1}, unknown state logic {F,?,T} or trinary coded binary {T,F,T}. The Soviet Union actually experimented with some ternary computers, but they were never commercialized at scale. A ternary bit is known as a trit (no word on whether four trits are known as a tribble).Captain James T. Kirk contemplates a tribble. Or a physical representation of 23rd-century computing in stuffie form. You pick.One potential advantage of ternary computing is that it’s a more efficient way to represent numbers, as fewer trits are needed to hold larger values. Three is the closest integer value to e (e, with a value of ~2.718 is defined as the most efficient base for representing arbitrary values). It is therefore somewhat more efficient to use base 3 as opposed to base 2. The South Korean researchers, led by Professor Kyung Rok Kim of UNIST’s Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, developed the first unbalanced ternary system {0,1,2} using leakage current to derive the third value.“The latest research shows that there is a possibility of commercializing ternary semiconductors on the current binary-method chipmaking process technologies, which can lead a change in the paradigm of the semiconductors industry,” Kim told The Korea Herald.In their paper, published by Nature, the team writes:The human brain is an example of an energy-efficient system that uses ternary synaptic weights, consuming only ~20W with petascale connection densities. It is known that the brain’s energy efficiency is achieved through maximized parallelism with low-frequency processing (~10Hz). Massively parallel hardware architecture with low frequency, which mimics the structure of the brain, has been considered as a promising approach to break through the power scaling limitations of conventional CMOS digital circuits. In particular, neuromorphic systems on chips (SoCs) based on binary CMOS have been demonstrated, which use 4,096 maximally parallelized neurosynaptic cores and 128 k spiking neural networks at low-frequency (~1 kHz) operation and are of potential value in low-power artificial neural network applications.This is a reference to Loihi, a neuromorphic architecture from Intel we covered recently. The significance of this research, specifically, is that it’s the first time we’ve seen a ternary design implemented in a modern 8-inch wafer using conventional CMOS processes. As the quote above implies, the South Korean team isn’t trying to build a high-speed replacement for conventional CMOS logic, but a vastly more efficient ternary platform that would enable ultra-low-power devices. Elsewhere in the paper, they speak of scaling the design between kilohertz and megahertz depending on design characteristics, and they imagine a system with both ternary and binary circuits (as well as conversion logic to move between the two). This is not a circuit design that would replace conventional Core or Ryzen CPUs, but it might find applications in AI and machine learning.It remains to be seen if ternary logic will ever be adopted for computing, but the fact that we’re seeing it explored at the same time interest in AI and machine learning are spiking is no coincidence. We’re already seeing articles about how top-end AI efforts at companies like Facebook and Google are slamming into power limits. Reducing data movement and improving architectural efficiency are both important to efforts ranging from human-brain interfaces to the widespread adoption of neural networks. Slow, ultra-parallel architectures may have applications in this space that they won’t offer in more conventional computing, and with new process nodes offering smaller gains with every improvement, engineers are re-examining older ideas, hunting for ways to improve computing across various use-cases and scenarios. In theory, multi-valued logic circuits can provide higher efficiency, though the design logic is also much more complex.The difficulty of adopting ternary computing relative to binary shouldn’t be understated, but it’s possible that such techniques might find uses in new areas like AI/ML, where architectures are less established and the need for high efficiency, especially in edge devices, is paramount. It’s difficult to completely evaluate the relative advantages of ternary versus binary computing because so little work has been done on ternary computing in the first place, but it might offer meaningful, useful advantages in specific applications. This research isn’t the only work being done on the concept; researchers at the 2016 Hackaday conference presented data on a balanced ternary system, again theoretically intended for the IoT and AI/ML applications.Now Read:How Makimoto’s Wave Explains the Tsunami of Specialized AI Processors Headed for MarketChiplets Are the Future, but They Won’t Replace Moore’s LawIs Moore’s Law Alive, Dead, or Pining for the Fjords? 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