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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

savuporo Re: writer doesn't get jeopardy, or much of anythi (446 comments)

>> We stuff billions of logic gates into a square centimeter of silicon.
Compared to hundreds of trillions synaptic connections and everything that happens at chemical and molecular level, that is minuscule. Sense of scale.

>>We already pretty much understand how a neuron works,
No we dont. Understanding how 300 neurons of c.elegans worm actually work is beyond our current capability.

>> it's just the emergent behaviour of billions of those neurons connected to each other that still evades us
Bollocks, for all we know connections are just a small part of the puzzle. Chemical and molecular level functions could be the key for actual functioning nervous system, worst case quantum level.

2 days ago
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Big IT Vendors Mostly Mum On Commercial Drone Plans

savuporo Re:What do drones have to do with IT? (22 comments)

In other news, Big Oil is suspiciously quiet on wearables. Big pharma completely ignores twitter hashtags. Conservative think thanks have not chimed in on the icebucket meme. Mainstream media headlines on systemd fiasco are eerily minimal.

Is your pillow trying to quietly kill you ?

3 days ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

savuporo Re:Exponential growth (446 comments)

Most researchers ( including AI researchers ) dont do engineering very well, and hence dont understand the basic principles that in engineering everything is a tradeoff. Whether you are trading back and forth around physical resources ( flops, bandwidth , latency, memory ) or more abstract constructs like sockets etc everything is still a tradeoff.

There is a theory that there is significant "resource overhang" ( http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki... ) in our computers today, meaning that we are not really utilizing the physical resources the best, as more efficient algorithms will simply blaze faster on existing hardware. That is another case of "duh, captain obvious" where they do not understand most basic algorithmic optimizations are ALSO tradeoffs.

In short, all "hard takeoff" AI scenarios are delusional, and most "moderate takeoff" AI scenarios are misguided. "Soft takeoff" however is happening every day, for example case where genetic algorithms for example are used to work out better solutions to isolated problems than human designer could.

3 days ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

savuporo Re:Maybe.....but maybe not (281 comments)

Hydrogen makes some sense for long haul trucks and Greyhound and alike. The high capital investment of filling stations and the rest of the infrastructure etc can be more easily absorbed by fleets. It makes almost no sense for passenger cars.
However, Kenworths, Macks and Volvos of the world are in no rush to do that capital investment from their side, lacking any serious incentives.

3 days ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

savuporo Re: writer doesn't get jeopardy, or much of anythi (446 comments)

There is no existing mechanism for an AI that somehow was started on a particular type of computing equipment to suddenly and exponentially start increasing the computing efficiency of that equipment, even if the whole thing is an FPGA. Even if it would be directly linked to each and every machine at TSMC or UMC it cannot magically start shitting out better CPUs and plug them into itself.

3 days ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

savuporo Re: writer doesn't get jeopardy, or much of anythi (446 comments)

Yeah "it" will be self limiting for the obvious reason - processing takes resources. There is not going to be an exponential explosion in computing without exponential explosion in power efficiency or resource availability. Nothing in my laptop will ever become sentient, the power supply is not sufficient for such a crappy flops/watts design.

4 days ago
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Spaceport America Loses $1.7 Million Due To Virgin Galactic Delays

savuporo Re:taxpayer-financed spaceport ??? (46 comments)

I have tech parks everywhere around here ( sf bay area ). All of them have tons of business or activity happening. As a startup dude, you actually have to fight for space, its that busy. You build a tech park here, you are guaranteed to have people in there, creating businesses, making money and spurring economic development - paying everything back in taxes.

This spaceport in NM doesn't do any of that.

4 days ago
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Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years

savuporo Re:Microsoft Windows only (141 comments)

>>Unix (Linux) is about as far from a monoculture as you can get

What, like Android that has linux underneath ?

4 days ago
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Spaceport America Loses $1.7 Million Due To Virgin Galactic Delays

savuporo Re:taxpayer-financed spaceport ??? (46 comments)

You generally aren't supposed to play that much of a VC or blackjack with public money. Could as well build a unicorn zoo and cold fusion powered monorails with the expectation that someone will eventually bring unicorns and cold fusion.

Creating business incentives like tax breaks is one thing, because real money gets involved if there is actual business happening. Massive infrastructure investments for business and technology that doesn't exist yet is a whole different level.

4 days ago
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Spaceport America Loses $1.7 Million Due To Virgin Galactic Delays

savuporo Re:taxpayer-financed spaceport ??? (46 comments)

I think your reply missed the point.
In this case, NM government tried to attract a class of businesses that doesn't really exist. After X-Prize win everyone was high on suborbital tourism and regular passenger services from multiple providers appeared to be magically around the corner to many, mostly to a bunch of talking heads that have never built a real business by themselves.
10 years later, "suborbital industry" does not exist, apart from the sounding rockets that have always been flying. Every would be entrant either folded, failed or in the case of VG keeps overpromising and underdelivering. Branson starts to sound like Paul Moller after a while.

This is not a statement whether there is a market potential and would be customer, or technological and economical feasibility of the industry. This is a statement about every entrant in the field abysmally failing to deliver.

4 days ago
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The Nintendo DS Turns 10

savuporo I am the last one .. (61 comments)

What you are looking at is quite possibly the last of the species. There likely wont be a mainstream successful handheld console that is made for gaming.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

savuporo Re:Easiest way... (267 comments)

Agreed with most of what you say. There IS one area where Mac loses in flexibility, it's system programming. If you ever have to do anything with hardware or drivers etc, working on OS X is often like trying to run a marathon in a thick jungle.
I.e. yes you have all the freedom with your software in userspace, but touch any foundation layers and you are at mercy of apple.

about a week ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

savuporo Re:virus eradication and the ability to write code (555 comments)

Author Susan Marenco has been caught up in the swirling controversy. She spoke with ABC News, saying her assignment for the project was to write about Barbie as a "designer." It's not necessarily uncommon in the industry to have game designers working on the look, flow and story of a game while programmers handle the coding side.

That is clearly misogyny and cis scum right there.

about a week ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

savuporo Re:Ba Da ... (397 comments)

I saw a factor of 10 less warnings and errors, so yeah there is a point.

about a week ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

savuporo Re:Ba Da ... (397 comments)

I was surprised that i guessed the address at the first try, search.yahoo.com, and i honestly havent touched a yahoo product since yahoowidgets was a thing.
It promptly suggested to "try the full experience at yahoo.com"

about a week ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

savuporo Re: huh? (187 comments)

education and science are not particularly popular, so it doesn't matter

about two weeks ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Seized By FBI, Alleged Founder Arrested In San Francisco

savuporo Re:I have said it before... (219 comments)

>>But actually following such a plan, to the letter, without ever making a mistake, seems nearly impossible.

Perfect cyber crime is as difficult to pull off as any other perfect crime. News at 11

about three weeks ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

savuporo Re:LBGT marketing? (764 comments)

You really don't get it. If i am Asian, and i reject an equally priced offer of a house in a predominantly black neighborhood and move closer to an Asian supermarket instead, i am not a racist.
We all have our freedoms, beliefs and choices, i don't step on yours, try not to step on mine.

about a month ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

savuporo Re:LBGT marketing? (764 comments)

I dont think you understand what bigotry means. I am free to turn down any offer or suggestion like that based on my own morals or beliefs, fears or paranoias. If im afraid of high places, i have all the freedom to turn down playing a skydiver when you ask me, it does not make me a bigot.

about a month ago
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Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

savuporo Re:A step in the right direction (230 comments)

You actually have audit log for seeing what exactly failed - but by default its not logging at very granular level. You can turn it on to be waay verbose, drown in the logs and then use arcane filtering techniques to figure out what happened. Or use something like ProcMon / ProcExp combo to try and trace the issue.

The situation is much different where for unix daemon failures you either spend about an hour trying to get the strace command line just right so that the correct bit of failure information is actually captured and visible, or spend another hour doing a rebuild from source, and try to get it launched in foreground with gdb with all the correct environment settings - set by a dozen or more different env, etc and shell script wrappers.

This is the pinnacle of computing today.

about a month ago

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Tesla Model S hacking prize claimed

savuporo savuporo writes  |  about 4 months ago

savuporo (658486) writes "AutoBlogGreen reports: The $10,000 prize for successfully hacking a Tesla Model S has been claimed. A team from Zhejiang University in China claimed victory at the Symposium on Security for Asia Network (SyScan360) event in Beijing by exploiting a "flow design flaw," whatever that means, to gain access to vital systems including the door locks, horn and window controls, while the vehicle was moving.

Last year, potential security pitfalls of high-tech electric and hybrid cars came to light when the DARPA successfully hacked into hybrids from Ford and Toyota. For illustration about why this might become a big deal, here is a video report about Prius ECUs and internal CAN network being messed around with while driven."

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Publishers to remove 100s of computer-generated gibberish conference proceedings

savuporo savuporo writes  |  about 6 months ago

savuporo (658486) writes "The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer-generated nonsense. Over the past two years, computer scientist Cyril Labbé of Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France, has catalogued computer-generated papers that made it into more than 30 published conference proceedings between 2008 and 2013. Among the works were, for example, a paper published as a proceeding from the 2013 International Conference on Quality, Reliability, Risk, Maintenance, and Safety Engineering, held in Chengdu, China. The authors of the paper, entitled ‘TIC: a methodology for the construction of e-commerce’, write in the abstract that they “concentrate our efforts on disproving that spreadsheets can be made knowledge-based, empathic, and compact”. Sokal has opened a completely new avenue for science."
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DARPA Unveils Hack-Proof Drone

savuporo savuporo writes  |  about 6 months ago

savuporo (658486) writes "The Pentagon’s research arm unveiled a new drone built with secure software that "prevents the control and navigation of the aircraft from being hacked." “The software is designed to make sure a hacker cannot take over control of a UAS. The software is mathematically proven to be invulnerable to large classes of attack,” Fisher said.
This is currently being demoed on a quad-copter platform. It would be interesting to know the CPU architecture, chipset, programming language and the suite of communication protol this thing uses .."

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DARPA DRC final results, Japanese SCHAFT takes the gold

savuporo savuporo writes  |  about a year ago

savuporo (658486) writes "The two days of DARPA humanoid robotics challenge are now over. 16 teams entered in three categories — custom built humanoid, DARPA supplied Atlas platform and a non-humanoid form and competed in 8 different tasks. All Japanese SCHAFT team scored 27 out of 32 maximum points, folowed by IHMC Robotics and Tartan rescue following with 20 and 18 points. The tasks included challenges like driving a vehicle, climing ladders and walls, using handheld tools to cut through walls etc. All robots had a mix of autonomy with teleoperated controls to accomplish the tasks. Full details on scores can be found here
The 8 teams that scored highest will get continued funding from DARPA to compete in the final challenge in 2014. Two NASA teams also entered, and JPL build non-humanoid RoboSimian placed 5th, whereas JSC built and touted "Valkyire" came out of competition with zero points.
Team Shaft and Boston Dynamics building the Atlas platform were recently acquired by Google."

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Chang'e-3 lunar rover landing tomorrow at 13:40 UTC

savuporo savuporo writes  |  about a year ago

savuporo (658486) writes "The Chinese Chang'e-3 probe will be landing on the moon tomorrow, 13:40 UTC. CCTV is likely to carry the event life as they did for initial launch. According to technical overview of the mission scenario and instruments the landing will be fully autonomous with active landing hazard avoidance, which is the first time this has been attempted on any planetary landing. More real-time updates can be found on Twitter with ChangE3 hash tag and NASASpaceFlight forums live event section."
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Chinese Chang'e-3 lunar rover is on its way to the moon after successful launch

savuporo savuporo writes  |  about a year ago

savuporo (658486) writes "The Chang'e-3 lunar probe, which includes the Yutu or Jade Rabbit buggy, blasted off on board an enhanced Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 1:30 a.m. (12.30 p.m. EDT).
Landing is expected on December 14, at a landing site called Sinus Iridium (the Bay of Rainbows), a relic of a huge crater 258 km in diameter.
Coverage of the launch was carried live on CCTV, with youtube copies available."

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Chang'e-3 lunar lander launching tomorrow, 37 years after last lunar landing

savuporo savuporo writes  |  about a year ago

savuporo (658486) writes "China will launch the Chang'e-3 lunar probe at 1:30 a.m. Monday ( China time, or December 1 Sunday at 17:30 UTC ) from Xichang Satellite Launch Center on a CZ-3B carrier rocket. It is planned to enter lunar orbit on Dec 6th and surface landing on Dec 14th if all goes according to the plan. Webcast may become available on the CCTV mission site.
The last time a spacecraft soft landed on the lunar surface was a Soviet Luna-24 sample return mission in 1976. The other currently developed lunar landers are from Google Lunar X-Prize contestants, with none planning to launch before 2015 at the earliest, given funding.
CNSA is collaborating with ESA for spacecraft tracking operations, and has been collaborating with Russian partners in for building its radioisotope heater unit ( RHU ). NASA is blocked from collaborating with CNSA on this mission.
Change'-3 predecessor orbiter mission Chang'e-2 has been very successful and was flown on an extended mission leaving lunar orbit into deep space.
A BBC article talks about future lunar exploration plans, with Chang'e-4 that is built as a backup craft for Chang'e-3 and will be likely launched in 2015, followed by Change-6 and 7 that are designed as sample return missions."

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NHTSA and DOT want your car to be able to disable your cellphone functions

savuporo savuporo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

savuporo (658486) writes "National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Department of Transportation are considering technological solutions for people to stop using their cellphones while driving. Proximity detectors or requiring physical link with the car are the solutions under the scope. FTA: NHTSA wants automakers to make it impossible to enter text for messaging and internet browsing while the car is in motion, disable any kind of video functionality and prevent text-based information such as social media content or text messages from being displayed.. Obviously these regulations would need to go beyond cellphones, as laptop, tablet or any other gadget with a 3G data connection or even on a wifi hotspot made by your phone would be equally distracting."
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An Open Letter to Google Chairman Eric Schmidt on Drones

savuporo savuporo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

savuporo (658486) writes "DC Area Drone User Group has posted an open letter in response to recent comments by Eric Schmidt about banning drones from private use. Closing section:
Personally owned flying robots today have the power to change the balance of power between individuals and large bureaucracies in much the same way the Internet did in the past. And just as the military researchers who developed GPS for guiding munitions could never have imagined their technology would be used in the future to help people conduct health surveys in the world’s poorest countries or help people find dates in the world’s richest, there is a whole world of socially positive and banal applications for drones that are yet to be discovered. We should embrace this chance that technology provides instead of strangling these opportunities in their infancy. Our hope is that you and the rest of Google’s leadership will embrace this pro-technology agenda in the future rather than seeking to stifle it. We would welcome the opportunity to speak further with you about this topic."

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BigDog grows into LS3

savuporo savuporo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

savuporo (658486) writes "Well known ( and spoofed ) Boston Dynamics BigDog prototype now has a bigger brother named "LS3" or Legged Squad Support System. It's intended to carry heavy loads for long treks and have enough autonomy to follow soldiers around, listen to voice commands and navigate autonomously. More at DARPA press release, and the obligatory Youtube clip. It's a tad noisier than a mule."
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Solar Ships solar powered blimp .. or a delta-wing

savuporo savuporo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

savuporo (658486) writes ""By crossing airships with airplanes, Solar Ship is planning to build a craft that can carry heavy loads long distances with a tiny carbon footprint. Filled with helium, they soak up rays from the sun to provide the energy for forward motion and fulfill its original design challenge – carry 1,000 kilograms (2,205 lbs) of payload 1,000 kilometers (621.4 miles)"
The craft is heavier than air, and uses a combination of helium filling its interior and its lifting body delta wing shape to stay airborne. Solar Ship shows plans for a range of different size craft for different duties."

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Air Force UAV Controls Infected with Virus

savuporo savuporo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

savuporo (658486) writes "DefenseTech story "Air Force’s UAV ground control systems (GCS) at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., have been infected by a computer virus. The virus, that’s apparently recording drone operators’ keystrokes, was detected about two weeks ago. While it hasn’t prevented the service from flying UAV missions, it has proven to be difficult to remove — Air Force technicians are having to completely wipe the GCS’ internal hard drives to get rid of the virus. Service officials still aren’t 100 percent sure how it penetrated Creech’s firewalls nor do they know where it came from. It may be a run of the mill computer virus that somehow made its way into the base’s systems or it may be a sophisticated cyber espionage tool specifically targeting the U.S.’ drone program — no one knows yet."

No word on what OS or chipsets these systems were running, but its pretty safe to bet that it is not vxWorks or QNX or the like .."

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EV fast charging standards in flux

savuporo savuporo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

savuporo (658486) writes "With the first battery electric vehicles becoming available on markets worldwide, there is an increased push to establish standards for fast charging plugs. Unfortunately, the story is far from simple. US hopes to establish its own DC fast charging standad by 2012, and Europe cannot come to an agreement about their version. Meanwhile, CHAdeMO fast charge standard developed and widely deployed in Japan, used on both Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi MiEV is gaining momentum with deployments underway both in US and Europe. CHAdeMO is limited to 62Kw charge rate, able to charge smaller battery packs to 80% SoC in 15-30 minutes."
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Photovoltaic tech top stories of the year.

savuporo savuporo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

savuporo (658486) writes "We see the PV research stories often on ./. So here is a story that recaps the actual industry developments of past year, highlighting things like long-awaited mass manufacturing of CIGS thin film-cells, grid parity being reached with some installations, i.e. sub-US$1.0 per watt manufacturing cost."
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Mitsubishi starts production of EV

savuporo savuporo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

savuporo (658486) writes "Mitsubishi is the first major automaker to (re)start production of fully battery-electric vehicles. The i-Miev will be initially produced in low volume, 1400 units in 2009, and carry a price tag of $45,300 without subsidies. Initially available to fleet customers, Japanese market retail sales will begin in the end of this year, with small volumes sold around the globe for right-hand drive countries.
Subaru is the next automaker to start production of EVs with the similarly-sized Stella this summer.
For galleries and early test drive reports, see AutoBlogGreen coverage."

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Lunar oxygen and water production tech tested

savuporo savuporo writes  |  about 6 years ago

savuporo writes "NASA and its industry partners organized a two-week lunar in-situ resource utilization field test in Hawaii. The tested machines included a few different rovers and prototype plants for generating oxygen and water from lunar regolith.
Astrotoday has picture gallery and video report.
This follows on the heels of recent ESA lunar robotics challenge event held on Tenerife, which tasked student teams to build a lunar robot that would be able to search for water ice in lunar polar craters."

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Women: stop liking Ferraris to stop Global Warming

savuporo savuporo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

savuporo (658486) writes "According to a chief scientist for the British government, Professor Sir David King, young women can help stop global warming by no longer thinking guys that drive Ferraris are sexy.
Prof King has said: I was asked at a lecture by a young woman about what she could do and I told her to stop admiring young men in Ferraris.
His comments were greeted with anger by sports car drivers who insisted that their vehicles' greenhouse gas emissions were tiny compared with those from four-wheel-drive vehicles.
Apparently the news about Tesla Roadster, WrightSpeed X1, The KillaCycle or other electric dragsters doing 8.10 quarter miles havent reached british government yet.
There are lots of other high performance battery-electric vehicles around, which are greener than a Prius when it comes to emissions per mile, even Ferrari itself is promising a hybrid in future. So does this seem to be a case of having our cake and eating it too ?"
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Google

savuporo savuporo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

savuporo (658486) writes "Google announced the Lunar X-Prize last thursday. $20 Million for the first team to land a privately built and launched lunar rover on the moon, and beam video back. There are bonus prices for taking images of past lunar missions artifacts and surviving the lunar night, and also a 5 million price for second team to accomplish the task.
A couple of organizations were immediately behind the effort, with SpaceX promising discount on its Falcon 1 rockets for competing teams, and Carnegie Mellon's Red Whittaker announcing his plans to participate in the competition. John Carmack has also commented on possibility of Armadillo Aerospace participating.
More detailed overview and coverage in The Space Review and on HobbySpace."

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