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Pushback against Saudi funding endangers Silicon Valley valuations

  • Softbank’s Vision Fund is the largest single private equity fund in the world, with about $100 billion in capital commitments, of which about half comes from Saudi Arabia.
  • Over the past two years, the Vision Fund has transformed Silicon Valley, particularly in the relationship between capital markets and highly valued private tech companies – the so-called unicorns like Uber and Lyft and Palantir and Airbnb.
  • Case in point: the deal that was shadow-announced earlier this month between the Vision Fund and WeWork, a company that SoftBank valued at $20 billion last year despite, ummm, shall we say … questionable business fundamentals to support that number and a subsequent bond raise.
  • First here’s the narrative map of the 608 unique major-media articles on “SoftBank Vision Fund” for the three months prior to the murder, so July 2 through October 2, 2018.

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How the 1,500 HP Koenigsegg Regera Hits 248 MPH Without a Gearbox

  • An idea for how he could utilize electric and internal combustion power that is totally different than any of his competitors on the market and has more similarity to a Honda Accord ( as Car and Driver points out) than a Porsche 918.
  • Koenigsegg built a car with one gear that uses electric power and an internal combustion engine working in concert to create one of the fastest accelerating cars of all time.
  • The system makes a total of nearly 700 horsepower, which Koenigsegg says makes it the most powerful of any electric setup in production car history.
  • When you keep accelerating, the engine is locked into the geared rear-end and works with the electric power to accelerate to the Regera's 8,250 RPM redline, at which point it's doing 249 MPH.

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Delaunay and Voronoi on a sphere

  • I have existing map code that works with Delaunay+Voronoi but I don’t have existing code for a subdivided icosahedron so I’m trying to make something that works with Delaunay+Voronoi on a sphere, even if other techniques might be better.
  • Surprisingly, we can use existing 2D Delaunay libraries to run on points on a sphere.
  • I decided to run on the unrotated sphere, and add a new point at the south pole instead of using an existing one.
  • That said, the sphere rotate approach doesn’t look that hard, so I should probably implement it at some point.
  • I didn’t end up using it because my mapgen4 code runs on the data structures from Delaunator, and it was going to be more work to adapt it to use d3-geo-voronoi than to implement the projection and stitching myself.

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Coloured Terminal Output with Java

  • This post originally appeared in a slightly different form on my (now defunct) Wordpress blog.
  • Got a Ph.D. looking for dark matter, but not finding any.
  • Now I code full-time.
  • We’re a place where coders share, stay up-to-date and grow their careers.
  • We strive for transparency and don't collect excess data.

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Missing Wisconsin girl's school will hold 'Gathering of Hope'

  • The Barron Area School District will hold "A Gathering of Hope" Monday evening at Riverview Middle School, where CNN affiliate WCCO-TV says Jayme was a dancer and cross-country runner.
  • Authorities have been searching for Jayme since early last Monday, when a mysterious 911 call led deputies to discover that her parents -- James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46 -- had been shot dead at the family's home in northwestern Wisconsin's Barron County.
  • Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Wednesday that no gun was found at the scene.
  • Fitzgerald said Sunday that this office has received over 1,200 tips from the public regarding Jayme's disappearance.
  • Despite more than 1,000 tips having been investigated, "Jayme remains missing and endangered and has been added to the top of the FBI's Missing Persons list, and is currently on digital billboards nationwide," Fitzgerald said.

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Trump gets sweet revenge on Ted Cruz today in Texas

  • Trump will travel to Texas to hold a massive get-out-the-vote rally for Cruz in the final days of a closer-than-expected race against Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D).
  • And no one rallies the Republican base like President Trump.
  • For Trump, it's the latest example of a former political foe -- and one who he attacked (and was attacked by) fiercely -- seeking to make peace, with an acknowledgment that, well, standing against him just wasn't worth it.
  • That willingness to seek political peace speaks to Trump's total and complete takeover of the Republican Party over the past three years.
  • Cruz has avoided any direct criticism of Trump since the election, a) knowing the danger that presents to any Republican and b) being mindful of his need to win a second term.

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Elon Musk tweets that the Boring Company's first tunnel is set to open on December 10

  • Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter on Sunday that his Boring Company, which aims to lower the cost of building high-speed transit tunnels, has almost completed its first tunnel.
  • The tunnel will open on December 10, Musk tweeted, and will reportedly run under Hawthorne in the Los Angeles area.
  • Musk has previously said that his tunneling company "started out as a joke" and admitted that the project might fail.
  • Musk has been relatively tight-lipped about the company's progress, and has used several publicity stunts including selling $500 flamethrowers to fund testing and development of the project.
  • In May, Musk said using the future tunneling system, dubbed the Loop, would cost as little as $1 per fare.
  • The company has also touted plans to have its systems run high-speed travel between cities.

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Turkish President Erdogan promises to reveal the 'naked truth' about Jamal Khashoggi's death

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to reveal the "naked truth" about the events leading up to journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death on Tuesday.
  • On Saturday, Saudi Arabia confirmed that the 59-year-old Saudi dissident died inside their consulate.
  • They claimed Khashoggi died after a "fistfight" escalated, and fired 5 top officials and arrested 18 Saudis.
  • On Sunday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir reiterated the claims, and denied Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had any prior knowledge of what happened inside the Istanbul consulate on October 2.
  • Turkish officials are conducting their own investigation, and believe Khashoggi was brutally murdered and dismembered, possibly by a 15-person hit squad sent in to confront him at the consulate.
  • Several members of Erdogan's ruling AK Party vowed on Saturday to reveal the truth about what happened to Khashoggi in his final moments.

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Slowdown in Yuan Depreciation Expected, Oreana Financial CIO Says

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Don't believe the doves: US trade disputes are likely to escalate after the midterms

  • In the first eight months of this year, their U.S. business continued to flourish and the combined Chinese and European surpluses came in at two-thirds of the U.S. trade gap.
  • At the moment, the strengthening household and business outlays in the U.S. are driving $670 billion of European and Chinese exports to the U.S. That export volume is an 11 percent increase from the first eight months of last year, and a great gift to celebrate a revival of U.S. economic activity.
  • It's a gift because the combined European and Chinese surplus of $372.1 billion so far this year will go to their growing international creditor position, while the U.S. will have to keep issuing IOUs — that China and Europe don't want to buy anymore — to finance its $8.6 trillion of net foreign liabilities that the U.S. Department of Treasury reported at the end of the second quarter.

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