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Comment: Does US have any real jurisdiction over FIFA? (Score 1) 185

This 'onion' issue is but a side-show of the indictment of FIFA officers by the Obama Administration

While everyone knows that FIFA is corrupt, we must also acknowledge the fact that the indictments from US is a kind of a long-stretch, for all I know FIFA does not belong to USA alone

Comment: Avago's past practices (Score 1) 63

by Taco Cowboy (#49819997) Attached to: Intel To Buy Altera For $16.7 Billion

Disclaimer: I'm one of the early investors of Avago

As far as I know Avago does not carry out the "cut until it hurts" routine

I know the style of Hock Tan, the CEO of Avago --- and from past experiences (from the merger with LSI, et al) the 'cut' were mainly of low level, ie, disposable personels, while key people - those who have been identified to have contributed in key technologies - were often offered plumb hike in salary / stock option to get them to continue to perform

In other words, what Hock Tan looks for are:

1. Talents
2. Products
3. Synergistic deployment of technology

+ - New Gens of bots that tough out injuries->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy writes: Most of the bots that we have right now stop working properly they suffer damages, — The Yutu lunar explorer of China is a perfect example: It stopped functioning when problems developed in the mechanisms which deploy its solar panel

Researchers from the University of Wyoming, in collaboration with their colleagues from Pierre and Marie Curie University of France, have developed bots which can figure out how to continue to function within minutes, despite suffering injuries

The researchers got their inspiration from the amazing ability of animals to adapt to injury, There are many three-legged dogs that can catch Frisbees, for example, and if your ankle is sprained, you quickly figure out a way to walk despite the injury

"When injured, animals do not start learning from scratch," senior author Jean-Baptiste Mouret said. "Instead, they have intuitions about different ways to behave. These intuitions allow them to intelligently select a few, different behaviors to try out and, after these tests, they choose one that works in spite of the injury. We made robots that can do the same"

The breakthrough isn't based solely on the robots themselves — we've had robots capable of advanced movement for some time. What's key is a new algorithim that lets the robot figure out different gaits and motions much faster. Normally when a particular approach stops being effective, the robot tests various ways of moving until it finds one works

"If the robot has to search through the space of all possible behaviors," Clune said. "It’s going to be larger than the number of molecules on planet earth, it’s like finding one of a few needles in a field of haystacks"

The process can take hours, so Clune and his team found a more effective method: Giving the robot a simulated "childhood"

Before it is deployed, the robot uses a computer simulation of itself to create a detailed map of the space of high-performing behaviors. This map represents the robot's "intuitions" about different behaviors it can perform and their predicted value. If the robot is damaged, it uses these intuitions to guide a learning algorithm that conducts experiments to rapidly discover a compensatory behavior that works despite the damage. The new algorithm is called "Intelligent Trial and Error"

The scientists' robot has solved this by trying to mimic animals — by discovering which leg is broken and then then using trial and error to figure out the best way to continue walking

"Locomotion is a major challenge," Dr Iida said. "It's an issue of energy efficiency. Robots are unusually very inefficient compared to animals"

The bots from University of Wyoming is not the first one to mimic animals, as there are bots from other companies are also trying to mimic animals, such as Boston Dynamics, which is now owned by Google

It makes a variety of robots, including the internet sensation Big Dog, which can attain locomotion on a variety of different and difficult terrains

"Each behavior it tries is like an experiment and, if one behavior doesn't work, the robot is smart enough to rule out that entire type of behavior and try a new type," Cully continues. "For example, if walking, mostly on its hind legs, does not work well, it will next try walking mostly on its front legs. What's surprising is how quickly it can learn a new way to walk. It's amazing to watch a robot go from crippled and flailing around to efficiently limping away in about two minutes"

The same Intelligent Trial and Error algorithm allows robots to adapt to unforeseen situations, including adapting to new environments and inventing new behaviors. Jeff Clune explains that "technically, Intelligent Trial and Error involves two steps:
(1) creating the behavior-performance map, and
(2) adapting to an unforeseen situation"

The map in the first step is created with a new type of evolutionary algorithm called MAP-Elites. Evolutionary algorithms simulate Darwinian evolution by hosting "survival of the fittest" competitions in computer simulations to evolve artificially intelligent robots. The adaptation in the second step involves a "Bayesian optimization" algorithm that takes advantage of the prior knowledge provided by the map to efficiently search for a behavior that works despite the damage

"We performed experiments that show that the most important component of Intelligent Trial and Error is creating and harnessing the prior knowledge contained in the map," Clune says

This new technique will help develop more robust, effective, autonomous robots. Danesh Tarapore provides some examples

"It could enable the creation of robots that can help rescuers without requiring their continuous attention," he says. "It also makes easier the creation of personal robotic assistants that can continue to be helpful even when a part is broken"

While these engineers are focused on self-learning robots, others are developing robots and materials that can "heal themselves" when they are damaged

BAE Systems said recently that in the future, it could build drones that contained a lightweight fluid that would allow jets to heal themselves from damage sustained in flight, as well as on-board 3D printers that can make new parts, while a new plastic that can fix itself has been developed by engineers at the University of Illinois

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A Youtube clip on the bots is available from

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+ - Foxconn offers Electric Car rental service in China->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy writes: The world's largest electronics contract manufacturer, Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn), plans to expand its electric-car rental business in ten more cities in China after the business started in Beijing last year

Since the beginning of this year, Hon Hai has launched similar services in Hangzhou and Changzhou in the eastern provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu respectively. Guiyang in southwest Guizhou province will start operations with 100 electric vehicles in July

The electric-car rental service is activated through the company's smartphone app, website and the WeChat platform. Customers will be able to use the car with a QR code sent to their smartphones after orders are confirmed. The company works with Alipay for online payment

The new-generation electric vehicles will be equipped with internet connectivity which warns drivers of low battery and shows the nearest charging station beforehand. The first priority is to solve charging problems for users, the company said

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Comment: Lemme ask you this ... (Score 5, Insightful) 493

... was promulgated by Cheney Rumsfeld Bush and Co ...

Please spare me the history lesson, dude

I do need to ask you a question, tho ...
Who is the one coming out asking the Congress to extend the Patriot Act?

Was it Cheney Rumsfeld Bush and Co., or was it Obama?

Comment: Who are the fascists?? (Score 2) 493

. In the end Rand Paul is just another fascist conservative running under the "libertarian" banner even though his notion of liberty is quite twisted

Excuse me?

Who the fuck are the REAL fascists here??

The ones who UPHOLD the spirit of the Constitution of the United States of America, or the ones who STEPPED ON IT??

Other than name calling what else you fascist liberals can do?

Comment: Rand Paul may have done only one thing right ... (Score 2) 493

So he did one thing you agree with. The rest of his profile is just bat shit crazy

Even if that Rand Paul guy has done only one thing right that ONE THING still represents one thing MORE than all the other congress-critters (plus senate critters) on the Congressional Hill!

Hey, as a citizen of the United States of America I do understand the problem with the devoid of quality of the congress-critters, and I know I do not have any more option to pick and choose --- whoever does anything right in the Congress in this days has become a RARITY, something that the People can appreciate, and we do appreciate that gesture, whether it is genuine or not, very much!

Yeah, call me bat shit crazy all you want - as long as we can dump that motherfucking law out you can call me anything you want!!

Comment: I feel proud as an American! (Score 4, Insightful) 493

I have been an American citizen for over 30 years ever since I took my oath back in the 1980's

This is the day I can say that I feel proud as an American for at the very least the politicians in Washington D.C., for once, are doing something that the PEOPLE want them to do --- to kill that goddamn draconian bill that allows the government of the United States of America to act much like a totalitarian regime

I think I am not the only one in America who will keep note of who is voting to keep American under the dictatorship of Obama - and we will make sure that all the supporters of dictator Obama will get booted from the Capitol Hill

Comment: The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of the US (Score 0) 362

by Taco Cowboy (#49803437) Attached to: Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

I guess you are not an American and you never heard of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America

Here is the link -

The Obama administration, with its liberal supporters have turned American into a neo-Puritanical state

Anything that they do not like they ban

Anyone that they do not like they punish, severely

To hell with Free Speech

To hell with Liberty

To hell with the Constitution of the United States of America

As long as they get to hold on to power, the neo-Puritans will ensure that everyone tow their line - or else !!

Go fuck yourself!

I am an American and I am SICK AND TIRED of your kind

It is your kind who is bringing America to ruins

What makes America special is the Constitution which provides protection against cruel and unusual punishment, which protects the citizens from the unruly government

Without the Constitution there will be no Liberty, and without Liberty America will be like any other despot state - such as China

Fuck you, and fuck your oppressive master, that motherfucking Obama !

Comment: No kid should be forced to code ... (Score 3) 306

... but then, kids who are interested in making their own computer programs should be allowed to do so

And about politicians ...
Most of them only knows how to make a lot of hot air, so I am not surprised at all at that outburst from that PM of the land from down-under

+ - Australian Prime Minister Thinks Kids Should Not Code-> 4

Submitted by Gob Gob
Gob Gob writes: The Prime Minister of Australia has come out and ridiculed an opposition policy aimed at denying teaching kids to code:

'the Prime Minister said. "He said that he wants primary school kids to be taught coding so they can get the jobs of the future. Does he want to send them all out to work at the age of 11? Is that what he wants to do? Seriously?"

Arguably software development practices can be better group educational tools than maths, literacy and art as a software project can draw on coders, artists, organisers and others with different interests and backgrounds. Is teaching coding and technology from a young age an enabler for your community or should it be discouraged until the twilight years of schooling / collage?
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+ - Qatar 2022: Not so clean 2

Submitted by dkatana
dkatana writes: This week six senior FIFA officials were arrested in Zurich on corruption charges and suspicion of receiving more than $150 million in bribes over two decades. The arrests call into question the legitimacy of Russia’s and Qatar’s bids to host the World Cup in 2018 and 2022 respectively, which have been mired in controversy since the awards were announced in 2010. No country has ever been stripped of the title before and both Russia and Qatar have already spend millions in preparation.

Susan Llewelyn Leach writes "In preparation for the tournament, the tiny gulf state will be building around eight new stadiums, with the jewel in the crown being the Lusail Iconic Stadium where the opening ceremonies and final matches will be held. Designed to have a zero carbon footprint, the stadium will also generate renewable energy for the surrounding neighborhood"

But is is not so green as the carbon footprint of the construction involves. Adnan Mian, chief executive officer at engineering company Mercury MENA, made this point at a recent construction conference in Qatar: “I think we need to be looking at two elements here: one is achieving sustainability during the construction stage and the other is post-construction after the stadiums are built.”

Earlier this month it emerged that four BBC journalists had been detained on an official visit in early May to inspect conditions in migrant labor camps after being accused of trespassing.

Our business in life is not to succeed but to continue to fail in high spirits. -- Robert Louis Stevenson