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Elon Musk Inspired an Industry of Hyperloop Startups. Now He's Building His Own

Slashdot - Fri, 04/08/2017 - 2:10pm
An anonymous reader shares a report: Elon Musk introduced his vision for a futuristic mode of tube-based transportation called the hyperloop in 2013. In an exhaustive white paper, he laid out a body of research conducted with his team at Space Exploration Technologies demonstrating the system's viability and seemingly offered it as a gift to the entrepreneurial community. "I don't have any plan to execute because I must remain focused on SpaceX and Tesla," he said in a conference call at the time. He apparently changed his mind. Last month, the SpaceX and Tesla chief executive officer revealed on Twitter that he'd received "verbal government approval" to build a hyperloop capable of ferrying passengers between New York and Washington, D.C., in 29 minutes. The tweet came as a shock to executives at the various startups racing to develop their own hyperloops based on Musk's specifications. Several of them initially expressed hope that Musk would simply dig the tunnels and perhaps choose one of their startups to create the physical infrastructure, which involves a tube-encased train traveling at speeds faster than an airplane. Nope. A person close to Musk said his plan is to build the entire thing, including the hyperloop system. Musk also holds a trademark for "Hyperloop" through SpaceX, which could be used to prevent other companies from using the term, according to U.S. public records. The billionaire's unexpected entry into the hyperloop business could threaten the ambitions of three startups, which have raised about $200 million combined from venture backers. "There's probably a finite amount of capital willing to bet on this space -- and bet against him," said Jonathan Silver, the former loan programs director at the U.S. Department of Energy. Silver learned not to underestimate Musk after overseeing a 2010 loan of $465 million to Tesla, which the electric carmaker paid back, with interest, nine years ahead of schedule.

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CUDA 9 Release Candidate Arrives, Supports Volta & Faster Performance

Phoronix - Fri, 04/08/2017 - 1:53pm
NVIDIA is ending out the week with their first release candidate of CUDA 9...

Snopes lawsuit latest: Judge orders disputed cash can flow to fact-checking site

El Reg - Fri, 04/08/2017 - 1:47pm
Founders and admen continue their legal fight

Snopes creator David Mikkelson has secured half a million dollars to keep the iconic fact-checking website Snopes afloat, thanks to a judge’s ruling in an ongoing court battle.…

Ryzen-Test & Stress-Run Make It Easy To Cause Segmentation Faults On Zen CPUs

Phoronix - Fri, 04/08/2017 - 1:30pm
With running a number of new Ryzen Linux tests lately, a number of readers requested I take a fresh look at the reported Ryzen segmentation fault issues / bugs affecting a number of many Linux users. I did and still am able to reproduce the problem...

The FCC Is Full Again, With Three Republicans and Two Democrats

Slashdot - Fri, 04/08/2017 - 1:00pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The U.S. Senate today confirmed the nominations of Republican Brendan Carr and Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel to fill the two empty seats on the Federal Communications Commission. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai congratulated the commissioners in a statement. "As I know from working with each of them for years, they have distinguished records of public service and will be valuable assets to the FCC in the years to come," Pai said. "Their experience at the FCC makes them particularly well-suited to hit the ground running. I'm pleased that the FCC will once again be at full strength and look forward to collaborating to close the digital divide, promote innovation, protect consumers, and improve the agency's operations." Carr served as Pai's Wireless, Public Safety and International Legal Advisor for three years. After President Trump elevated Pai to the chairmanship in January, Pai appointed Carr to become the FCC's general counsel. Rosenworcel had to leave the commission at the end of last year when the Republican-led US Senate refused to re-confirm her for a second five-year term. But Democrats pushed Trump to re-nominate Rosenworcel to fill the empty Democratic spot and he obliged. FCC commissioners are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. esides Pai, Carr, and Rosenworcel, the five-member commission includes Republican Michael O'Rielly and Democrat Mignon Clyburn.

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DJI drones: 'Cyber vulnerabilities' prompt blanket US Army ban

El Reg - Fri, 04/08/2017 - 12:58pm
Thou shalt not use Chinese flying machines, orders general

The US Army has issued a global order banning its units from using drones made by Chinese firm DJI, citing “cyber vulnerabilities”.…

Nouveau Still Working To Support The GP108 / NVIDIA GT 1030

Phoronix - Fri, 04/08/2017 - 12:20pm
Nouveau developers continue working to support the GeForce GT 1030 "GP108" graphics processor that unfortunately is lagging behind the other Pascal GPUs in their open-source NVIDIA driver coverage...

Brit uni builds its own supercomputer from secondhand parts

El Reg - Fri, 04/08/2017 - 11:41am
She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid

Durham University has built itself a secondhand supercomputer from recycled parts and beefed up its contribution to DiRAC (distributed research utilising advanced computing), the integrated facility for theoretical modelling and HPC-based research in particle physics, astronomy and cosmology.…

Particle boffins show off 'cheap', cute little C<sup>o</sup>sI, world's smallest neutrino detector

El Reg - Fri, 04/08/2017 - 11:15am
It actually works – and could foster faster, cheaper science

Boffins have built what could be one of the world's smallest working detectors of elusive neutrino particles.…

VK_KHR_external_semaphore Being Prepped For Intel ANV Vulkan

Phoronix - Fri, 04/08/2017 - 11:13am
Intel developer Jason Ekstrand has posted a set of patches for implementing the Vulkan VK_KHR_external_semaphore extension within the open-source "ANV" driver...

Google drops poker face, allows gambling apps on Play Store

El Reg - Fri, 04/08/2017 - 10:51am
Ban lifted in UK, France and Ireland as an 'experiment'

Google has agreed to let Play Store customers court cruel mistress Lady Luck.…

Godot Game Engine Adds Support For glTF 2.0

Phoronix - Fri, 04/08/2017 - 10:27am
Khronos' glTF 2.0 standard for the "OpenGL transmission format" or a standardized means of exchanging 3D assets continues seeing wide adoption. From Microsoft demonstrating glTF 2.0 support in their products this week at SIGGRAPH to many programs and game engines picking up support for this format, Godot Engine is now the latest...

OpenChrome Still Pushing For DRM Kernel Driver, Updated DDX

Phoronix - Fri, 04/08/2017 - 10:17am
It's been a while since last having anything to report on the OpenChrome project for providing open-source Linux graphics support for vintage VIA x86 graphics hardware. But it's still going and what is one of the only contributors left on the project has issued an update...

UK IBMers lose crucial battle in pension row

El Reg - Fri, 04/08/2017 - 10:07am
Win for Big Blue in court showdown over final salaries

The Court of Appeal in London, England, has upheld IBM's appeal over the closure of its defined benefit schemes, which guaranteed retired employees a predefined portion of their final salary.…

Cats and Dogs Contribute Significantly To Climate Change, Says UCLA Study

Slashdot - Fri, 04/08/2017 - 10:00am
New submitter Zorro shares a report from Patch.com: When it comes to global warming, Fido and Fluffy are part of the problem, a new study by UCLA indicates. Pet ownership in the United States creates about 64 million tons of carbon dioxide a year, UCLA researchers found. That's the equivalent of driving 13.6 million cars for a year. The problem lies with the meat-filled diets of kitties and pooches, according to the study by UCLA geography professor Gregory Okin. Dogs and cats are responsible for 25 to 30 percent of the impacts of meat production in the United States, said Orkin. Compared to a plant-based diet, meat production "requires more energy, land and water and has greater environmental consequences in terms of erosion, pesticides and waste," the study found. And what goes in, must come out. In terms of waste, Okin noted, feeding pets also leads to about 5.1 million tons of feces every year, roughly equivalent to the total trash production of Massachusetts. The study has been published in the journal PLOS One.

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Got that syncing feeling? Cloud's client-side email problem

El Reg - Fri, 04/08/2017 - 9:01am
Come, swim with the sharks

Despite predictions of its demise, we've been happily using email in business since it first became widespread more than two decades ago. In many ways it's defined the way we compose, reply or send digital messages. A number of technologies have consolidated and extended it to something that became called "collaboration".…

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