The users of Twitter started noticing that the mentioning of Elon Musk in the name of the account leads to its immediate blocking. All the blocked users had to verify their accounts via telephone number and a captcha test.
i made a fake elon musk accnt called “cool elon musk,” tweeted “just watched 500 days of summer” and it was immediately blocked lmao
The blocking is supposedly happening due to an increased number of spam and jokes made around the CEO of Tesla, although the official representatives of Twitter have not confirmed this hypothesis. Meantime, many people are quite unhappy that Twitter has powers to eliminate terrorism or harassment on the network, but is using them to “protect” Elon Musk.
Elon Musk, probably the most famous technological entrepreneur, is also quite a loud personality on social media, Twitter, to be specific. Most of his tweets either caused scandals, or lawsuits, and the vast majority of them created a massive hype in the community.
However, Musk’s eccentric statements were given quite a positive validation just a couple of days ago by another influential figure, the one who actually made it possible for such tweets to be written and posted.
The CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, gave an interview to Recode where he talked with a correspondent Kara Swisher on Twitter (how surprising!) for 90 minutes, discussing the platform, its main focus, the safety of Twitter users, info verification and many other topics.
Among all the points discussed during an interview, one specific question caught the attention of the community. When Kara asked Jack whom he considered the most influential personality on the platform, his answer was pretty unexpected – Elon Musk.
To me personally? I like how @elonmusk uses Twitter. He’s focused on solving existential problems and sharing his thinking openly. I respect that a lot, and all the ups and downs that come with it #karajack
This seems like a rather bold statement, given the fact that the influence of Musk’s tweets was not always quite positive. Just a quick reminder: When Elon Musk tweeted about loving anime and Bitcoins, it almost shut Twitter down, because the users were going crazy because of these couple of words, just casually thrown out there.
Not to mention all those times, when Musk’s account was supposedly hacked and used to promote fake crypto giveaways and scams resulting in huge money losses of his subscribers, which is quite an expected thing considering the size of his audience.
Thus, such a high praise from Jack Dorsey was perceived badly by the audience.
"While lamenting harassment on Twitter, Dorsey praises Tesla CEO, who is being sued for defamation over a tweet"
Genius, billionaire, philanthropist, engineer, inventor and investor, a man whose name has been very popular in recent years. The man drove by a dream, a dreamer who wants to conquer the space and bring technology to an absolutely new unprecedented level. As you may have guessed, this is Elon Reeve Musk.In this article, we will talk about how the man who was born in the poor city of Pretoria which is in the Republic of South Africa, has risen on the top of technological progress.
1. Early years
As we said above, everything began in South Africa, in the city of Pretoria. The father of the future genius was a successful businessman and was able to give his 10-year-old son a computer Commodore VIC-20, on which little Elon learned to program. The first deal in Musk`s life happened when he was 12 years old: he sold his first video game “Blast star” for 500 dollars. This game was a rethinking of the well-known game “Space in Waders”. The teenager invested the raised money in shares of a pharmaceutical company, the development of which was closely followed by his father. When he was 17 years old, Musk sold these shares to leave his hometown for studying in Canada. It should be noted that Elon’s parents were against such a decision, but the young Musk insisted on his own and left his homeland and flew to North America.
2. The first companies and PayPal
In Canada, Musk settled at relatives, soon he applied to Stanford, but never finished it. In 1996, Elon together with his brother created his own company Zip2, which developed software for news companies. After just three years, in 1999, Compaq bought Zip2 for $308 million. Musk’s share of this deal was $22 million. A few months later, Elon became one of the founders of the company X.com, which after the merger with the company Confinity became the world-famous payment system PayPal. It should be noted that Elon himself was against the name of PayPal. This service began to actively develop, mainly it was used to buy various goods at auctions, including the most famous Ebay.com. In October 2002, the company PayPal was bought by eBay, the amount of the deal amounted to $1.5 billion, a record for those times. At the time of the sale, Elon Musk owned 11.7% of the company’s shares, which allowed him to receive $165 million.
3. Road to the stars “SpaceX”
In 2002, Musk founded the company SpaceX, which is a private developer of a series of launch vehicles and a commercial operator of space systems. It should be noted that Musk personally invested in SpaceX $100 million, which he had earned from the sale of his previous companies. Elon Musk set the goal: “to reduce the cost of space flight by 10 times.” It seemed unreal, but it took 6 years for Musk and his engineering team to realize it. In 2008, Nasa signed a contract with SpaceX for $1.6 billion. It is very important to note that Elon Musk not only managed this company, he also dealt with engineering and visual activities. As his partners say, Musk independently studied rocket science and continues his own self-study to this day. Almost all the brilliant ideas implemented in SpaceX came to Elona Musk’s mind.
SpaceX is the only company in the world that uses the first stages of launch vehicles on a reusable basis. The ultimate Musk`s goal is the conquest of the space: a colony on Mars and other space bodies of the Solar System. The first flight to the Red Planet is scheduled for 2024. A huge BFR (big falcon rocket) spacecraft is currently in a process of development.
4. Electrification of the automotive industry “Tesla”
At the same time that SpaceX was developing, Musk started the not less ambitious project – in 2003 Musk founded Tesla Motors, the company that specializes in the production of electric cars. This was a very difficult project since Musk and his team were pioneers in this market. In 2006, the brainchild of Elon launched his first car Tesla Roadster, which is a two-seater supercar. The production of this model was very limited since all the cars were assembled by hand.
Now Tesla company is one of the largest car manufacturers in the United States. The company’s lineup now includes Model S (business class sedan), Model X (roomy crossover), Model 3 (budget sedan), Tesla Semi (truck, mass production will begin at the end of 2019), Tesla Roadster 2 (supercar, mass production will begin in 2020). Also in the project are the Model Y (budget crossover) and Tesla pickup.
In 2018, the company had problems that were related to the scaling of production capacity of Model 3, but 3 and 4 quarters of 2018 were profitable for the company and Musk promised investors that the worst was over and that in the future the company would only expect growth and prosperity.
5. Transition to the energy of the sun “Solar City”
In July 2006, Elon Musk`s cousins (with his participation) founded the company Solar City, which specializes in installing solar panels on the roofs of both private houses and public premises. Just a year after the founding of this company, it became the leader in its field of activity in California. Subsequently, Solar City was acquired by Tesla.
6. Underground tunnels “Boring company”
Another problem that Elon Musk decided to fight with was traffic jams. To solve this problem, Elon proposed to build a network of underground tunnels in which cars would move on special platforms, at a speed of 200 km/h. Musk with the company’s engineers are working to improve the drilling rigs in order to cut down the cost of building tunnels by ten times. The most advanced modern boring machines move with a speed that is 7 times less than the speed of movement of an ordinary snail. As Musk joked, the main goal of the company is to outrun the snail. In December 2018, the Boring Company held a presentation of its first test tunnel, which cost the company $10 million, which is several times less than the average market price for a contractor.
Elon Musk is very versatile, he has a number of innovative, but less well-known projects:
StarLink is a satellite Internet project with coverage of 100% of the globe. The idea is to launch about 12,000 satellites into low-Earth orbit, which will have to give the Internet anywhere in the world. This is a project of SpaceX, which is now actively preparing for its implementation.
Hyperloop – a project of a supersonic train. For the first time, this idea was voiced by Elon Musk in 2012, but he said that he would not personally deal with its implementation. Already after a short period of time, there were created two companies which actively began to implement the project.
Neuralink is a neurocomputer interface project. To fully describe this idea of Elon Musk, it is needed to write a separate rather long article. But in short words, Neuralink will help connect the human brain directly to the Internet and to the gadgets that surround us. Today it sounds like a fantastic movie script, but some 10 years ago, self-driving electric cars or manned first stages of launch vehicles that land and can fly again, were also unreal. But as we see, all the goals that Elon Musk sets for himself, sooner or later become a reality.
So we can only wish him good luck and watch him changing our world beyond recognition.
A crypto enthusiast John McAfee, who is known for his eccentric behavior, has gotten himself into a new scandal, this time with Internal Revenue Service.
According to the post published by Daily Express, IRS has charged the crypto evangelist for not filing return on his taxes, along with his wife Janice and four members of his 2020 presidential campaign. McAfee commented on the matter by saying:
“Today, the IRS has convened a grand jury in the state of Tennessee to charge myself, my wife Mrs McAfee, and four of my campaign workers with unspecified crimes of a felonious nature.”
Internal Revenue Service has not provided any official statements about this whole situation, however, it is quite obvious that the charges have to do with millions of dollars in taxes that McAfee did not pay.
Meanwhile, McAfee refused to pay anything to IRS and left into an “exile” on his luxurious yacht which is now sailing near the coast of Venezuela. He also promised to run his campaign from the boat if needed.
McAfee called this an attempt of the government to “silence, imprison and shut his voice down” and claimed that he would not give in.
“Today, crypto community, we are at war and I am on the front lines,” he said.
An American company, manufacturing electric vehicles and solutions for the storage of electric power, launches a new product – a home charging station.
Wall Connector is Tesla’s first home charging solution. The station can be plugged directly into a wall outlet using the most common high-voltage plug in the United States – NEMA 14-50.
Advantages of Wall Connector
The new solution offers a faster charge time by 25%, unlike the Gen 2 Mobile Connector from Tesla, which is also compatible with the NEMA 14-50 plug. The Wall Connector provides up to 40 amps to most Tesla cars, while the Gen 2 connector is limited to 32 amps.
An electric car charging station costs $ 500. The kit includes a 24-foot cable, colors – Silver and Gloss Black.
Today, January 11 at 07:31 a.m. PST, SpaceX, USA private space company, launches the Falcon 9 rocket, which will be carrying 10 Iridium NEXT satellites. The total project cost is $2.9 billion.
You may check the broadcast of the launch on the stream:
The rocket launch is planned on the Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California which is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, 125 miles to the northwest from Los Angeles, exactly at 7:31 a.m. PST or 15:31 UTC.
The rocket has the B1049.2 Iridium-8 thrust, which was used on the launch of Telstar 18 VANTAGE satellite on the 10th of September, 2018.
The aim of the rocket is to lead 10 satellites with a total mass of 9,600 kg on a low polar orbit. The weight of each satellite is approximately 860 kg with 3.1 × 2.4 × 1.5 m dimensions.
The measures will be taken for the return of rocket stage on Earth. The landing is planned on the “Just Read The Instructions” drone ship which will be stationed in the Pacific Ocean.
Iridium NEXT satellites are communication satellites of the second generation of the Iridium Communications Inc. American company, which are equipped with voice communication and data transmission to mobile devices.
The Iridium NEXT working orbits are located at the altitude of 780 km under 86.4 ° degree decline with a roller ability in six orbital planes for about 100 minutes. The satellites which are already on the orbit will be removed with their combustion in the atmosphere.
In general, duration of the mission will last about 72 minutes. You can track down the timeline of the start here.
The Falcon 9 rocket has the following parameters:
the height is about 70m.
the diameter of a stage is 3,66m.
the diameter of a nose cone ( cargo bay) is 5,3m.
The thrust will be provided by nine Merlin 1D engines and one 1D Vacuum engine, they all operate off a mixture of liquid oxygen and rocket kerosene. The rocket fully complies with NASA requirements.
2018 was the landmark year for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The Coin Shark have gathered the main achievements of 2018.
1. To The Sun
Parker Solar Probe, within a period from October 31 to November 11 made its first perihelion, its first close approach to the Sun on the record distance 27,2 million kilometers and flight through the sun crown. The coronal mass ejections and Mercury can be seen in the picture.
Parker Solar Probe was launched on 12th August 2018. During the operation he had to get the answers for 3 main questions:
How much is the solar crown hotter than the visible surface of the Sun?
What is the speed of the solar wind?
How are some solar energetic particles accelerating from the Sun at a speed of more than half speed of the light?
2. Selfie on Mars
InSight, NASA research vehicle, for the 8-th time in human history has successfully landed on Mars on the 26th of November 2018. The aim of the scientists is to drill the 5 meter borehole with the help of the machine in the soil of the Red planet. This will help to study the internal constitution and structure.
A camera that was installed in the InSight robotic arm made several pictures of the surface of Mars.
Steadily easing into my workflow. It’s been a busy few days and now, a new picture of Mars without the camera lens cover. Plus, a new view from my robotic arm camera. Read: https://t.co/5qCjNVZaRs
In the beginning of 2019 New Horizons sonde flying past the most distant ever examined objects send the first images and the science data about Ultima Thule. Such information may help to explore the formation of planets in our Solar system and around other stars.
We want to remind you that the space station New Horizons was launched in 2006. This is the first machinery which have flown near the Pluto at a distance of 12.5 thousand kilometers. The information obtained during the study allowed scientists to discover that on this planet there are glaciers,mountains and volcanoes.
A some kind of baggage on the way to the Mars was Elon’s personal vehicle, a red Tesla Roadster. The dummy named Starman was launched together with the car along with the book “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Noël Adams and under David Bowie music accompaniment.
In October 2018 European Space Agency (ESA)sent Bepi Colombo mission in order to study the smallest Solar system planet.