Elon Musk Reveals More Details About His Plan to Colonize Mars

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed a trove of new details on the company’s plan to colonize Mars.

He discussed technical details about the giant rocket that he says will take passengers to the Red Planet, the road map for getting to its first launch, and insights into SpaceX’s broader strategy in an “Ask Me Anything” forum on Reddit Saturday.

Musk was his typical freewheeling self during the AMA, quoting the cartoon Bob the Builder and responding to a question about spaceship design with the highly technical insight that “tails are lame.”

He also gamely responded to questions about tangential details of settling Mars, including speculation that settlers might use a compressed version of the Internet. Musk observed that data would take between 3 and 22 minutes to travel between Earth and Mars. “So you could Snapchat, I suppose. If that’s a thing in the future,” he wrote.

More substantively, Musk clarified the scope of SpaceX’s ambitions on Mars. Though he has shared images of vast Martian cities in his presentations on Mars colonization, he said SpaceX isn’t focused on building those cities itself.

“Our goal is get you there and ensure the basic infrastructure for propellant production and survival is in place. A rough analogy is that we are trying to build the equivalent of the transcontinental railway. A vast amount of industry will need to be built on Mars by many other companies and millions of people.”

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That means SpaceX will be designing and building things like systems for creating fuel from Martian resources, work that Musk said is “pretty far along.” But they won’t be focused on issues like how colonists grow food.

Musk also reiterated previous claims that SpaceX is designing the new Mars rocketstill code-named BFR, which stands for exactly what you think it does – to be as safe and reliable as today’s commercial airliners. That will be crucial if plans to use the BFR for transportation around Earth come to fruition.

Musk also shared some details about the game plan for testing the BFR ahead of its first scheduled flight in 2022.

“[We] will be starting with a full-scale Ship doing short hops of a few hundred kilometers in altitude and lateral distance,” Musk wrote. “Those are fairly easy on the vehicle, as no heat shield is needed, we can have a large amount of reserve propellant and don’t need the high area ratio, deep space Raptor engines.

“[The] next step will be doing orbital velocity Ship flights, which will need all of the above.”

SpaceX’s progress on its Falcon 9 rocket in recent years – especially its unprecedented success in landing and reusing rockets – has fascinated observers and re-energized public dialogue about space.

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Famed Architect’s Lawsuit Against Google Just Got Much More Serious

Eli Attia alleges he wasn’t the only one mistreated by the search giant.

A long-running lawsuit filed against Google by a prominent architect has just gotten much broader.

Last week, the Superior Court of California granted a motion adding racketeering charges to the civil case being pursued against Google by Eli Attia, an expert in high-rise construction. Attia claims Google stole his idea for an innovative building design method – and now he wants to prove that it does the same thing frequently.

Attia’s suit was originally filed in 2014, four years after he began discussions with Google (prior to its reorganization as Alphabet) about developing software based on a set of concepts he called Engineered Architecture. Attia has said Engineered Architecture, broadly described as a modular approach to building, would revolutionize the design and construction of large buildings. Attia developed the concepts based on insights gleaned from his high-profile architecture career, and has called them his life’s work.

Google executives including Google X cofounder Astro Teller came to share his enthusiasm, and championed developing software based on Engineered Architecture as one of the company’s “moonshots.” But Attia claims the company later used his ideas without fulfilling an agreement to pay to license them.

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Attia’s suit names not just Google, but individual executives including founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. It also names Flux Factory, the unit Attia’s suit alleges was spun off specifically to capitalize on his ideas.

Speaking to the San Jose Mercury News, Attia’s lawyer claims Google told Attia his project had been cancelled, “when in fact they were going full blast on it.” Flux Factory is now known as Flux, and touts itself as “the first company launched by Google X.”

Attia’s suit will now also seek to prove that his case is representative of a much broader pattern of behavior by Alphabet. According to court documents, the motion to add racketeering charges hinged on six similar incidents. Those incidents aren’t specified in the latest court proceedings, but Alphabet has faced a similar trade-secrets battle this summer over X’s Project Loon, which has already led to Loon being stripped of some patents.

The idea of racketeering charges entering the picture will surprise many who associate them with violent organized criminals. But under RICO statutes, civil racketeering suits can be brought by private litigants against organizations and individuals alleged to have engaged in ongoing misdeeds. The broader use of racketeering charges has slowly gained ground since the introduction of RICO laws in the 1960s, with some famous instances including suits against Major League Baseball and even the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Awful Australian election made more awful by awful Facebook Live videos

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The 2016 Australian election campaign has so far been the political equivalent of chipping off old nail polish. It seems only right it be accompanied by the most banal of content: The badly-shot Facebook Live video.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, leader of the Liberal Party, has been facing off against Bill Shorten, leader of the Labor Party. Their parties may disagree on some points, but they definitely come together on garbage video quality.

If you enjoy your eyeballs being tossed like salad, try this video from the Australian Labor Party. Read more…

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Dimmu Borgir Release Live DVD; Plus Led Zeppelin, Brujeria, & More News That Rules, In Metal File

‘It shows the intense live side of the band, as opposed to the perfection and the cleanness of how we sound on our albums,’ guitarist says.
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<P>On October 14, <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/borgir_dimmu/artist.jhtml”>Dimmu Borgir</a>Dimmu Borgir &#8212; who just happen to be <a href=”/news/articles/1593780/demi-lovato-metalhead-metal-file.jhtml”>Demi Lovato’s favorite black-metal band</a> &#8212; will release a a three-disc DVD/CD set called “The Invaluable Darkness,” the band’s first visual offering since 2002’s “World Misanthropy.” Boasting live footage shot last year, during gigs in Norway, Germany and England, “The Invaluable Darkness” demonstrates the unbridled furor of seeing Dimmu live, guitarist Silenoz said. </P><P> </P><P>”It shows the honest rawness and atmospheric darkness of our concerts,” the Norwegian told <i>Metal File</i> last week, after <a href=”/news/articles/1596201/in-this-moment-make-the-dream-a-reality-metal-file.jhtml”>dismissing recent online rumors that his band’s next LP would be coming out through Roadrunner Records</a>. “Basically, it shows the intense live side of the band, as opposed to the perfection and the cleanness of how we sound on our albums. It’s just a different side to the band, basically.” </P><P> </P><P>Dimmu Borgir began thinking about “The Invaluable Darkness” two years ago, but didn’t start capturing footage until last summer, Silenoz explained, adding that the band will use its current stint on the Blackest of the Black Tour &#8212; which got underway Thursday night in Miami Beach, Florida, and also features the tour’s founder, Danzig, along with </P><P><a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/moonspell/artist.jhtml”>Moonspell</a>Moonspell, <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/winds_of_plague/artist.jhtml”>Winds of Plague</a>Winds of Plague and Skeletonwitch &#8212; to promote the DVD. Dimmu Borgir will not, however, use the tour to write material for their next LP. </P><P> </P><P>”It’s our first time on Blackest, but Glenn [Danzig] had wanted to bring us out before [on the tour], but we weren’t available until now,” Silenoz said. “We’ve done Ozzfest before, but we’re looking forward to this tour more. We did the main stage on Ozzfest, playing in f–_ing broad daylight. This tour will let us play in bigger places, but at the same time showcase more of what the band’s about, visually. We are going to concentrate on the tour for now. Some years ago, we tried putting [material] together on the road, but once we got home, we listened back to it, and were like, ‘What the f— <i>is</i> this?’ So, we just scrapped it all. We find it’s so much better to totally focus on one thing at a time, and then, when that’s over, you move on to the next [thing]. We don’t really feel like we need to rush things, anyway, so we’ll just take our time, and it’s going to be what it’s going to be.” </P><P> </P><P>Dimmu Borgir hope to reconvene in late December to begin writing the follow-up to 2007’s diabolically titled <i>In Sorte Diaboli.</i> “We have some ideas floating around already, but we haven’t arranged any material yet,” he said. “We’ll start doing that once the touring for this DVD is over.” The band’s frontman, Shagrath, is also due to marry soon &#8212; he’s engaged to actor Nicolas Cage’s ex-girlfriend, Christina Fulton, so that may have an effect on when Dimmu finish their next album, which Silenoz said could be out this coming spring. </P><P> </P><P>”I’m sure [Shagrath] won’t let anything get in the way [of] the band &#8212; I think, I hope,” the guitarist said. “We don’t need a Yoko [Ono] situation.” </P><P> </P><P>While Dimmu have been at it going on 15 years now, Silenoz said he doesn’t think their forthcoming material will be much of a departure from their previous black-metal offerings. </P><P> </P><P>”And we have always been about more than just that term, ‘black metal,’ ” he said. “Luckily for us, the older you get, the less concerned you get with the categorization and putting labels on your music. Things start getting more and more limitless with us, and we know that we operate within certain frames. But we try not to analyze things too much, because it’s just going to be working against you in the end. When we write new stuff, we don’t think about what we should write &#8212; we just get together, and put material together, and if we like it, we keep it. That’s the formula, if we even have a formula.” </P><P> </P><P>Dimmu Borgir are definitely getting older &#8212; guitarist Galder will be missing Blackest because of a recent addition to his family, and <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/susperia/artist.jhtml”>Susperia’s</a>Susperia’s Cyrus will be filling in for him; while former <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/vader/artist.jhtml”>Vader</a>Vader drummer Dariusz Brzozowski takes over for Hellhammer, who had to leave the band in 2007 after sustaining a neck injury that’s now limited the use of his right arm. As Dimmu has gotten on in years, Silenoz admits they have failed to keep pace with some of the more extreme black-metal acts that have followed in their wake. </P><P> </P><P>”We helped open doors for the more extreme bands out there,” Silenoz said. “I’m sure we helped open doors for bands like Watain, [insomuch as] people that had maybe started listening to us first then went on to the more extreme stuff. Let’s face it &#8212; we’re not as extreme as Watain and other bands like that, but we’re fine with that.” </P><P> </P><P>The Blackest of the Black Tour continues through November 10 in San Francisco. </P><P> </P><P>The rest of the week’s metal news: </P><P> </P><P>Dimmu’s tourmates on Blackest, <b>Winds of Plague</b>, have announced ex-<b>Azusa</b> drummer <b>Art Cruz</b> has joined their ranks &#8212; he replaced <b>Jeff Tenney</b>. According to the band’s blog, “Art has already added a new spark to the band and has provided us with a solid backbone that will allow us to continue our rampage stronger than ever.” … </P><P> </P><P>What the world really needs is another </P><P><a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/led_zeppelin/artist.jhtml”><b>Led Zeppelin</b></a><b>Led Zeppelin</b> box set, so, on November 4, Rhino Records will issue the <i>Led Zeppelin Definitive Collection Mini LP Replica CD</i> box set. For just $ 200, you’ll get 1969’s <i>Led Zeppelin,</i> 1969’s <i>Led Zeppelin II,</i> 1970’s <i>Led Zeppelin III,</i> 1971’s <i>Led Zeppelin IV,</i> 1973’s <i>Houses of the Holy,</i> 1975’s <i>Physical Graffiti,</i> 1976’s <i>Presence,</i> 1976’s <i>The Song Remains the Same,</i> 1979’s <i>In Through the Out Door</i> and 1982’s <i>Coda,</i> as mini-LP replicas, with artwork from the original U.K. LP sleeves. Now, you know what you can get your dad for Christmas. … </P><P> </P><P>Former <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/killswitch_engage/artist.jhtml”><b>Killswitch Engage</b></a><b>Killswitch Engage</b> frontman <b>Jesse Leach</b> and current Killswitch Engage guitarist <b>Adam Dutkiewicz</b> have teamed up for a new project they’re calling <b>Times of Grace</b>, and they’ve already started working on material for their debut album. According to Leach, “We have two songs to go and we will be finished with all of the vocals. Adam has taken lead vocals in three songs as of yet and he is doing a great job. We also worked on a track yesterday that is so epic &#8212; we trade vocals and do two different melodies at the same time. This album went from a melodic metal album to an epic mix of metal/rock/pop/shoegaze and punk. So all of your metal expectations will be incorrect &#8212; we are pushing genre boundaries.” To quote “Meet the Parents,” we’ll look forward to that, Greg. … </P><P> </P><P><b>The Funeral Pyre</b> and <b>Early Graves</b> will be hitting the road together next month, starting November 7 in South Lake Tahoe, California. Dates are booked through November 21 in Hollywood. … </P><P> </P><P>The latest incarnation of <b>Brujeria</b>, which features <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/carcass/artist.jhtml”><b>Carcass</b></a><b>Carcass</b> frontman <b>Jeff Walker</b> and <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/napalm_death/artist.jhtml”><b>Napalm Death’s</b></a><b>Napalm Carcass’s</b> <b>Shane Embury</b>, have lined up several U.S. dates for this winter. The band will begin its brief trek November 28 in Denver, and wrap things up in Dallas on December 7. … </P><P><a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/demiricous/artist.jhtml”><b>Demiricous</b></a><b>Demiricous</b> will be touring with the <b>Gates of Slumber</b> starting November 9 in Denver, for a jaunt that’s scheduled to run through December 6 in Indianapolis. … </P><P> </P><P>Nearly three years after <a href=”/news/articles/1518428/roadrunner-holds-all-star-anniversary-bash.jhtml”>Roadrunner Records’ Roadrunner United concert</a>, which took over the Nokia Theater in New York’s Times Square, the label is now releasing footage from that special night as “Roadrunner United: The Concert.” The DVD, which hits stores December 9, will boast two discs and 24 live tracks, including <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/life_of_agony/artist.jhtml”><b>Life of Agony’s</b></a><b>Life of Agony’s</b> “River Runs Red,” <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/king_diamond/artist.jhtml”><b>King Diamond’s</b></a><b>King Diamond’s</b> “Abigail,” Killswitch’s “My Last Serenade,” <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/type_o_negative/artist.jhtml”><b>Type O Negative’s</b></a><b>Type O</p>

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5 more banks join Apple Pay in Singapore so we can all finally use it

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SINGAPORE — Now many more Apple users here can pay in stores with their iPhones and Apple Watches.

Five banks in the country — DBS, OCBC Bank, POSB, Standard Chartered and UOB — announced on Wednesday they had started to support Apple Pay on their credit and debit cards.

Together with American Express, which launched together with Apple Pay here a little over a month ago, the six banks collectively cover the vast majority of the island’s card users, with over 80% of the cards issued by Visa and MasterCard. Some popular banks like Citibank and Maybank have not yet started supporting the service here. Read more…

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4 ways to make sales meetings worth more and cost less


We’ve all been there – stuck in an online or in-person meeting that was scheduled to last 30 minutes, but it drags on for nearly two hours and feels like nothing was accomplished. Meetings (at least good ones) are meant to align organizations, plan strategy, and move business forward.  Leading research shows that unnecessary meetings cost US businesses up to $ 37 billion annually. Employees report they spend over 30 hours per month in unproductive meetings, with many of those hours on web conferences and conference calls. Additionally, 45 percent feel overwhelmed by the number of meetings they attend, 91 percent…

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The sale of Intel’s VC unit may cause more markdowns in values of startups

Shadows are cast near the Intel logo at the 2015 Computex exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan, June 3, 2015. Computex, the world's second largest computer show, runs from June 2 to 6.

Intel is shopping around its in-house venture-capital business,according to a Bloomberg report.

The move to sell part of Intel Capital, which comes two months after the retirement of the group’s president, is an abrupt change of plans at the world’s largest chip maker. Intel has been one of the most aggressive corporate investors in up-and-coming startups for the past 25 years.

The move could cause reverberations across the tech landscape that extend far beyond Intel.

It would be selling its investments in startup companies. In 2015 alone, Intel Capital invested $ 514 million in 143 companies focused on everything from security software to wearable devices.

Intel is obviously aware of the markdowns in valuations that Fidelity and other big mutual funds have recently made to their tech-startup holdings. Those markdowns may have convinced Intel that now is a good time to cash out some of its own tech-startup investments.

Mark to market

By selling its portfolio, Intel will essentially be giving the market an opportunity to affix a new, and very public, price onto dozens of startups in its portfolio.

Unlike the Fidelity write-downs, which are calculated through a process that’s as much art as it is science, a sale of assets on the open market leaves no room for debate. The price paid is the price paid.

If the Intel Capital assets sell at a discount to what Intel paid for them, that resets the value of the equity that other investors have in those same startups. And that price reset could extend beyond just Intel’s portfolio companies, if investors decide to apply the same multiples to other startups that are in similar businesses or have similar products.

Sure, sales of private-company investments happen quietly all the time in the secondary markets, as limited partners in venture funds look to get liquidity. But typically these sales are much smaller, and are not nearly as public as the Intel Capital assets on the auction block, which Bloomberg pegged at $ 1 billion.

It’s also possible that Intel Capital has some winning investments in its portfolio, and that it will sell the overall portfolio at a premium. In that case, the sale could help buoy the startup market, at least for some companies.

But would Intel be so eager to part with its startup investments if it were doing so well? The answer to that question will have big implications across Silicon Valley’s tech startups over the coming months.

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