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Comment: Re: We the taxayer get screwed. (Score 5, Insightful) 352

...he fossil fuel industry is subsidized more than 8b PER year in America...

Not to mention that the Internet was started by the government. And companies like Lockheed Martin rely almost completely on government military subsidies. This article was a hit piece. The American media really is shockingly corrupt.


How Elon Musk's Growing Empire is Fueled By Government Subsidies 352

Posted by timothy
from the damned-if-you-don't dept.
theodp writes: By the Los Angeles Times' reckoning, Elon Musk's Tesla Motors, SolarCity, and SpaceX together have benefited from an estimated $4.9 billion in government support. The figure compiled by The Times, explains reporter Jerry Hirsch, comprises a variety of government incentives, including grants, tax breaks, factory construction, discounted loans and environmental credits that Tesla can sell. It also includes tax credits and rebates to buyers of solar panels and electric cars. "He definitely goes where there is government money," said an equity research analyst. "Musk and his companies' investors enjoy most of the financial upside of the government support, while taxpayers shoulder the cost," Hirsch adds. "The payoff for the public would come in the form of major pollution reductions, but only if solar panels and electric cars break through as viable mass-market products. For now, both remain niche products for mostly well-heeled customers." And as Musk moves into a new industry — battery-based home energy storage — Hirsch notes Tesla has already secured a commitment of $126 million in California subsidies to companies developing energy storage technology.

Comment: Re:that explains everything... (Score 1) 176

by catchblue22 (#49763983) Attached to: <em>A Beautiful Mind</em> Mathematician John F. Nash Jr. Dies

By the time Dr. Nash emerged from his disturbed state, his ideas had influenced economics, foreign affairs, politics, biology — virtually every sphere of life

I would think that his disturbed state actually influenced his theories. I believe that his paranoid schizophrenia started somewhat early on. I cannot imagine how such a profound mental disturbance would not influence one's intellect.

Comment: Re:I guess that if a Mathematician... (Score 1, Informative) 176

by catchblue22 (#49763939) Attached to: <em>A Beautiful Mind</em> Mathematician John F. Nash Jr. Dies

When Barack Hussein Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for doing ... oh yeah, absolutely nothing, the entire credibility of all Nobel prizes took a swift kick in the gonads. Including those based on science and mathematics.

It wasn't for nothing. It was very likely because at the time he was single-handedly pushing for nuclear disarmament negotiations with Russia. I know this because a relative of mine was involved in the process.

Comment: Re:Mathematics, Pen, and Paper (Score 1) 387

Here is a typesetting comparison between Word and LaTeX. Here is some more discussion. Really, I think LaTeX was created by people who are passionate about the 2000 year old art of typography (Roman). For a long time, MS has ignored far too much of that history in the way it typesets. In my experience, I can always tell a Word document from a LaTeX document, even if the fonts are substantially identical. There is something sub-consciously beautiful about proper typesetting.

Comment: Re: the effect (Score 1) 387

What do you mean "in the future"? I've got students whipping out graphing calculators to multiply 2*2.

True story: A math teacher I know once had a student come up to him who claimed his calculator was broken. The teacher took the calculator and entered 4, hit square root and got 2. Entered 25, hit square root and got 5. " seems to work for me" he said. The student then proceeded to take the calculator, enter the number 1, and hit square root repeatedly. "See...the button doesn't work".

Comment: Mathematics, Pen, and Paper (Score 3, Interesting) 387

Try to do calculus problems without pen and paper. Would Microsoft suggest using MS Word Equation Editor?! Just give me a minute while I swallow my vomit. Ok, I'm fine now.

I'm a LaTeX aficionado. I do quite a reasonable amount of math type-setting. I use LaTeX because the output looks amazing, and because I can use my keyboard alone, instead of having to click on menus and buttons. However, it is still an order of magnitude slower than good old fashioned hand-written problem solving.

+ - New Chips Could Bring Deep Learning Algorithms to Your Smartphone

Submitted by catchblue22
catchblue22 writes: At the Embedded Vision Summit on Tuesday, a company called Synopsys, showed off a new image-processor core tailored for deep learning. It is expected to be added to chips that power smartphones, cameras, and cars.

Synopsys showed a demo in which the new design recognized speed-limit signs in footage from a car. The company also presented results from using the chip to run a deep-learning network trained to recognize faces. A spokesperson said that it didn’t hit the accuracy levels of the best research results, which have been achieved on powerful computers, but it came pretty close. “For applications like video surveillance it performs very well,” he said. Being able to use deep learning on mobile chips will be vital to helping robots navigate and interact with the world, he said, and to efforts to develop autonomous cars.

+ - Baidu's Artificial-Intelligence Supercomputer Beats Google at Image Recognition 1

Submitted by catchblue22
catchblue22 writes: Chinese search giant Baidu says it has invented a powerful supercomputer that brings new muscle to an artificial-intelligence technique giving software more power to understand speech, images, and written language.

The new computer, called Minwa and located in Beijing, has 72 powerful processors and 144 graphics processors, known as GPUs. Late Monday, Baidu released a paper claiming that the computer had been used to train machine-learning software that set a new record for recognizing images, beating a previous mark set by Google.

Comment: Re:Shuttle (Score 1) 55

by catchblue22 (#49656161) Attached to: SpaceX Testing Passenger Escape System Tomorrow

Call me a cynic, but the only word I see there is "if".

Yeah well, you probably would have been cynical of SpaceX when their first three launches failed. Now they are on track to dominate the entire industry, even without reusability. Looking at Musk's history, when he says something is possible, you can be quite sure that success is in the set of possible outcomes.

Fundamentally, there may be no basis for anything.