Running – Scottish Ultramarathon Series http://scottishultramarathonseries.org/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 05:42:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Running – Scottish Ultramarathon Series http://scottishultramarathonseries.org/ 32 32 Kanye West says he’s running for president in 2024 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/kanye-west-says-hes-running-for-president-in-2024/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 05:42:00 +0000 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/kanye-west-says-hes-running-for-president-in-2024/

Kanye West said he was planning a presidential race in 2024 and appealed to far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos in a video posted to Twitter on Sunday.

The video, in which West says Yiannopoulos is working on his campaign, comes as the rapper’s Twitter account was restored after it was banned of the app following the despicable and anti-Semitic remarks he made last month.

“It’s Milo here, working on the campaign,” West, 45, said in the video. posted by the “PatriotTakes” Twitter account.

“Is this an announcement?” one of the men asks as they both laugh.

“I guess so,” Yiannopoulos – who recently worked as an unpaid intern for right-wing firebrand rep Marjorie Taylor Greene — responded with a laugh. “Thank you, I accept.”

The cameraman then asked West, “So you running?”

The news comes after Kanye West’s Twitter account was restored after he was banned from the app following his anti-Semitic remarks last month.
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“Yes,” Ye replied with a laugh. “It’s simple because no one can tell me, you know, ‘you should say this, you shouldn’t say that’, you know? It’s just that we’re moving forward.

West and Yiannopoulos have a common experience of making horrible remarks and being quickly criticized by the public.

West, who changed his legal name to Ye, tweeted about going “death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE” in early October and was subsequently banned from the social media platform.

Earlier on Sunday, the musician-turned-designer posted a message on his Twitter profile to see if his account has been reinstated since Elon Musk took over the business.

“Testing Testing See if my Twitter is unblocked,” West wrote to his nearly 32 million followers.

Musk, who bought the company for $44 billion, said last month that West’s account was reinstated before the acquisition and was not consulted beforehand.

The billionaire restored former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account a day earlier after polling users. Trump, who also announced a run for the White House in 2024, was dropped from Twitter following the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot.

Kanye West stands as he talks to real estate developer and US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington DC on October 11, 2018.
Kanye West stands as he talks to real estate developer and US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington DC on October 11, 2018.
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Yiannopoulos, who stays off Twitter, had largely disappeared from the public eye since 2017 when he made comments allegedly advocating pedophilia – claiming that sex between 13-year-olds and older men can be “life-affirming”.

He made headlines over the summer with the announcement of his humble unpaid gig for Taylor Greene.

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Meta’s MultiRay, an ML platform for running large fundamental models https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/metas-multiray-an-ml-platform-for-running-large-fundamental-models/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 19:16:24 +0000 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/metas-multiray-an-ml-platform-for-running-large-fundamental-models/

Training an AI model is no small feat. Specialist teams need huge amounts of data to train a large model to perform a very specific task, such as reading millions of messages to learn how to identify harmful speech. Helpful, incredibly. But this task is also costly and limited in scope. With the costs associated with training each model, it’s easy to see how this can spiral out of control. This incurs huge costs and could prevent the most advanced AI models from entering production-level code.

There is no way around expensive and data-intensive calculations to understand content with AI. The machine must learn. But where learning takes place and how learning takes place could change. Meta social media conglomerate has developed a new platform to run state-of-the-art AI models that do just that. The main objective of MultiRay is to democratize access to the great fundamental models of Meta.

Developed as part of Meta push to make its AI systems more efficient, MultiRay uses large universal and fundamental ML models that are trained to work well in a diverse set of tasks and domains. Fundamental models are optimized for functionality in a variety of tasks, including similarity and classification. Several specialized and smaller models can now work from the input (also called integration) of the universal model.

With the bulk of the computations being more centralized, Meta was able to purchase more advanced accelerators (specialized hardware) needed for the expensive computations. Software development also benefits, as development teams can now quickly iterate and improve ML models.

Currently, MultiRay powers over 125 use cases on Meta and supports up to 20 million requests per second (RPS) while processing 800 billion requests per day.

MultiRay Terms

MultiRay’s first model (in production since 2020), TextRay, focuses on text understanding applications and can perform tasks ranging from detecting inauthentic content to improving user search experiences.

Building on TextRay, the second model, PostRay, combines text and image understanding because for really understand a postwhich can include images, video, and text, a system must have the ability to analyze each individually and in context with each other.

Prior to PostRay, this representation feature required combining several different models and consumed too many compute and power resources to actually bring ML models into production.

PostRay models are complex to train, deploy, and maintain because they incorporate advanced research in multiple areas, but require only one training. It has several use cases in Meta, including topic classification which is used for reels.

How MultiRay Works

MultiRay centralizes execution on speedups and uses a cache to save on recalculation costs.

MultiRay’s large fundamental models return a point in a high-dimensional vector space that represents the input. The point is ‘integration’ and it’s a more ML-friendly version of the original entry. Rather than processing raw input – text and images – task-specific models can consume MultiRay integration which is easier to manage.

Embeds are huge, much larger than the entries themselves (several kilobytes).

Why Centralize?

Software point of view The blog post generalized the upper limit with the smaller individual team workflow such as the burden of creating, maintaining and maintaining individual models as well as the difficulties of applying sophisticated optimization techniques . The centralized workflow alleviates most of these issues, as teams can focus solely on developing and iterating on task-specific models.

material point of view Large models and latency constraints are very demanding on the graphics processing units (GPUs) which are the accelerators used for MultiRay. The centralized model allows high-end GPUs to be shared between teams rather than allowing multiple teams to have their own GPUs.

MultiRay cache

Multi-layer cache trades hit rate at the expense of speed for each layer. The layers start from a fast but small per-host local cache in the RAM of each MultiRay server and end with a slower but much larger globally distributed cache in flash memory. Cache storage is finite, so it is not possible to store cache results for a long time.

MultiRay measures demand patterns between clients to determine the best cache parameters (size, lifetime, update policies) to reduce the cost of service. For example, Meta uses measured data to simulate the energy required for various cache lifetime parameters by trading the cost of recalculating a request on speedups versus serving it from cache. This feedback loop has allowed us to improve MultiRay’s effectiveness even when customer behavior is constantly changing.

The challenges of a centralized service

Some of the challenges already solved for large-scale systems (i.e. databases), such as customer management, quotas, and cost allocation, had to be adapted to the domain of AI. Both request size and cache hit ratio affect the energy required to service requests, so quotas are more complex. Another challenge is that the expense incurred in building these models only makes sense if the models are used. This is a moving target that undergoes continuous innovation in new model architectures, heavy investments in updating models and training flows.

Additional learning

MultiRay has become a sandbox for ML and Meta systems specialists to contribute key optimizations that support the wider PyTorch and accelerators ecosystem. MultiRay was the first major use case to deploy PyTorch Best Transformer in production at meta. This has enabled significant capacity savings with no impact on quality.

The research below comes from the FAIR (Foundational AI Research) team at Meta that led to its development.

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Mitt Romney says Trump running for president in 2024 is ‘like the aging pitcher who keeps losing games’ https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/mitt-romney-says-trump-running-for-president-in-2024-is-like-the-aging-pitcher-who-keeps-losing-games/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 06:44:02 +0000 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/mitt-romney-says-trump-running-for-president-in-2024-is-like-the-aging-pitcher-who-keeps-losing-games/

Senator Mitt Romney has called former President Donald Trump an “albatross” on the midterm election outlook.Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images, Joe Raedle/Getty Images

  • Senator Mitt Romney has compared former President Donald Trump to an “aging pitcher” on the mound.

  • He urged Republicans to pick a “different pitcher,” citing the GOP’s lackluster midterm results.

  • Romney blamed Trump for the GOP’s performance, calling him an “albatross” on election prospects.

Senator Mitt Romney of Utah said former President Donald Trump was “like the aging pitcher who keeps losing games,” blaming him for the GOP’s muted midterm performance and warning against his support in a possible 2024 presidential race.

“I think President Trump was an albatross on the electoral prospects of some of our candidates,” Romney told MSNBC’s Saul Kapur. “He helped select some of the people who turned out not to be very effective candidates.”

A recording of Romney’s comments aired Monday night on “All In with Chris Hayes” from MSNBC.

“I understand he’s going to run for president and announce it tomorrow. It’s like the aging pitcher who keeps losing games,” Romney added.

“If we’re going to win, we need a different pitcher on the mound,” he said. “And I know there are fans who love him, but it’s time for him to come off the mound, because we have a very good bench.”

The senator has been fiercely critical of Trump since the 2016 election, calling it a “fraud” and saying he was “playing members of the American public for suckers”.

Romney voted to convict Trump in the two impeachment trials of the then president.

In May he said it’s likely that Trump would easily become the Republican presidential nominee of 2024 should he run. Trump did not declare a presidential campaign, although he said he would make a “big announcement” on Nov. 15.

Romney’s recent comments come as various corners of the Republican Party blame each other for this year’s lackluster GOP midterm results.

On Monday night, Democrats maintained a majority in the Senate and are still contesting control of the House – a disappointing result for Republican leaders who previously believed in a “red wave” of GOP votes would sweep the United States.

Asset and various of his supporters blamed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The former president called on his allies in Congress and urged them to blame the Kentucky senator, CNN reported.

On the other hand, Trump himself has been the target of criticism Republican analysts, pundits and now leaders like Romney for its apparent effect on voters.

While 93% of Trump-backed candidates won their primaries, the former president’s endorsement pass rate fell to 80% in the general election, according to Ballotpedia data. Several high-profile candidates he backed lost to Democratic opponents, including Senate candidates Blake Masters in Arizona and Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania, as well as Tudor Dixonwho ran for Governor of Michigan.

Notably, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was re-elected by a margin of 20 percentage points despite Trump’s attempts to undermine it the previous week. The former president had publicly mocked DeSantis with the nickname “Ron DeSanctimonious,” and held a rally in Florida that competed with DeSantis campaign events on a crucial Sunday before the midterms.

Read the original article at Business Intern

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Nearly 106-Year-Old WWII Veteran Recalls Top-Secret Project and His Run, Mending War’s Wires | Subscriber Content https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/nearly-106-year-old-wwii-veteran-recalls-top-secret-project-and-his-run-mending-wars-wires-subscriber-content/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/nearly-106-year-old-wwii-veteran-recalls-top-secret-project-and-his-run-mending-wars-wires-subscriber-content/

World War II veteran and Penrose, Co. native John Sekulich will turn 106 next week. Sekulich and his wife, Charlotte, caught up with the Gazette to share stories of his time in the European theater, in which he was responsible for maintaining Allied communications cables despite German opposition.



John Sekulich learned at an early age what it meant and felt like to be responsible for others.

The only son of a Penrose farming family of eight daughters, he grew up rapidly – but happily, without “complaining” – in the years following the First World War.

As a senior in high school, he remembers riding his bike to an empty campus before the sun rose to catch the bus, then riding through the rural community to pick up his classmates. When class was over and everyone was dropped off, he parked the bus at school and cycled several miles home. In the winter, the trip that brought him $1 a day was so brutal it made his ears freeze.

“Oh man, talk bad. I had cauliflower ears for quite a while,” he said.

Sekulich, who will turn 106 on November 17, would suffer much more in the service of others in just a few years, as wars in Europe and Asia escalated and – on December 7, 1941 – reached American shores.







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World War II veteran John Sekulich, 105, poses for a portrait just outside the front door of his home and that of his wife Charlotte, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, in Lakewood, Colorado. (Timothy Hurst/The Gazette)



However, America had not yet entered the war when Sekulich was drafted into the army as part of the country’s first peacetime conscription. He left for basic training, but a crisis at home soon called him back. His father was sick and needed on the farm. This is where he was, considering whether or not to accept the offer of permanent leave from the military, when Japanese forces bombed Pearl Harbor.

Sekulich turned to his father for advice on what to do next.

“My dad said, ‘I served in the army there in Austria and you can go and serve your country too,'” Sekulich said.

On the discharge papers, where he was supposed to write down his reason for leaving the service, he instead wrote, “Where do I report to?” »

Retired Army Special Forces soldier Mitch Utterback puts that decision into perspective.







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World War II veteran John Sekulich, 105, and his wife Charlotte Sekulich browse through an album full of photos from John’s time in the U.S. military at their home Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, in Lakewood, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/ The Gazette)



“Because he was the only boy, the War Department offered him a discharge to go home and help tend the family farm,” said Utterback, who befriended Sekulich. , who now lives in Lakewood, after attending her 100th birthday party. in 2016.

The son of a family neighboring Penrose had the same opportunity for release early in the war and took it, Utterback told Sekulich.

“John’s patriotism and integrity were evident. He always took care of his men,” Utterback said. “When you do the right thing when no one is watching, that’s called integrity.”

After training at Fort Crowder, Mo., Tech Sgt. Sekulich went to war overseas with the 114th Signal Radio Intelligence Company, leading a team whose official mission was to run – and repair – cables so that American commanders could communicate with each other on the battlefield.

At the time, the classified mission was a secret even to those tasked with carrying it out, Utterback said.

“It was a unit that, unbeknownst to the troops at the time, was spying on German communications,” Utterback said.


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Project Ultra – so named because of its super secret classification – aims to intercept and decode communications sent by the Nazis.

“John was literally part of a very important top secret program that allowed us to intercept German radio communications, where if a wire broke they would have to go to the enemy and fix it or put a new wire on,” said Utterback. “But for John, they just put poles in the ground, they climbed trees and stretched wire.”

Not that this job was ever easy.

The men of the 114th were self-taught climbers.

“We wore climbing spikes, with a spike inside, and you had to be careful,” said Sekulich, who recalls once seeing a man from another company fall off a pole he had climbed to operate a line of communication. “They always told us if you fell, push yourself away from the post, and that’s hard to do. He was pulling shards out of his chest with a pair of pliers.

On average, 10 miles of cable, stretched between the poles, connected American generals during the war. An explosion caused by a concussion could destroy a day’s work and take days longer to repair, often costing a night’s sleep.

“They would come out at night and cut our cables,” Sekulich said. “The switchboard operator said, ‘Serge, I can’t reach so-and-so.’ So I knew the cable was cut. So I had to go with the crew and we would trace it until we found it, and sew it up again.”

Sekulich and his unit spent countless nights sleeping homeless in sub-freezing temperatures, in bushes, woods or “anywhere we could find a place to lay down” as they pursued their mission. to maintain communications.







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World War II veteran John Sekulich, 105, and his wife Charlotte Sekulich browse through an album full of photos from John’s time in the U.S. military at their home Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, in Lakewood, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/ The Gazette)



Requisitioning new cables or poles through the military to replace destroyed infrastructure could take weeks, an unacceptable and deadly delay.

“Our captain once told us, you can beg, borrow or steal whatever you need,” Sekulich said. So they did.

Sekulich arrived in Normandy after the costly but crucial operation of June 6, 1944, which would help turn the tide of the war in favor of the Allies.

“There were still a lot of bodies in the water,” Sekulich said. “I saw bodies piled up like a pile of logs.”

He and the men of his unit narrowly escaped the massacre at Malmedy on December 17, 1944, when Waffen SS soldiers shot more than 80 POWs in a farmer’s field in Belgium during the Battle of the Ardennes.

“The Germans were saying, ‘Anybody hurt, raise your hand?’ And if someone did, the Germans would go and shoot him in the head,” Sekulich said.

Two American POWs who played dead during the massacre managed to escape and warn the incoming troops.

“These two guys came running – one guy’s neck was bleeding. He said to the jeep full of John’s people, don’t go down there, they killed everyone,” said Charlotte Sekulich, the John’s wife and proud partner in chronicling and remembering his story “They saved John’s life and the lives of many other Americans that day.”

Heroism and sacrifice are not relative, however.

Sekulich’s friends and loved ones sometimes have to remind him that there’s a reason his generation is known as “The Greatest.”







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World War II veteran John Sekulich, 105, straightens his glasses at his home and wife Charlotte, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, in Lakewood, Colorado. (Timothy Hurst/The Gazette)



“He’s so humble about (his service in World War II) and makes it all so unglamorous,” Utterback said. “But I said to him, ‘John, you were hanging cables that helped the Americans listen to the Germans. Communication is what drives coordination in a war.

Had Sekulich and his men not driven towards enemy lines to find and repair broken lines of communication, putting themselves in danger of “death or capture,” such coordination would have been impossible, Utterback said.

Sekulich ultimately sacrificed his hearing in service to his country, after months spent in a military vehicle with a machine gun pounding inches from his head.

Utterback helped him with the paperwork, and Sekulich finally started receiving VA benefits a few years after he turned 100. He is considered 100% disabled by the VA.

“That’s how we became and stayed connected,” said Utterback, who is now working with the family to receive Sekulich’s French Legion of Honor award, given to Americans who fought in France during the Second World War. World War.

Utterback says they are still awaiting a response from the California consulate, which handles such requests.


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Meanwhile, the greatest generation continues to slip away, and with their demise goes a historical wealth that cannot be salvaged. The VA estimated that America was losing 234 World War II veterans every day by the end of 2021.

Sekulich is believed to be the second oldest World War II veteran in Colorado. army veteran Harold Nelsonof Aurora, turned 107 in February.

“Our World War II veterans are moving fast, and unless you take the time to visit and talk to them, so much is going to be lost,” Utterback said.

He encourages everyone — on Veterans Day and every day — to go beyond gratitude.

“If they’re wearing a baseball cap that says WWII veteran, ask them about it. Go the extra mile, if you have the ability,” he said.

So not just “thank you for your service”, but “tell me more”.

“Ask if they drink coffee. Say, ‘I’ll pick you up and we can meet over coffee,’ Utterback said. “Take the time to get to know them better. if everyone did that?

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The Eagles make history by running an 8-0 record https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/the-eagles-make-history-by-running-an-8-0-record/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 10:56:49 +0000 https://scottishultramarathonseries.org/the-eagles-make-history-by-running-an-8-0-record/

HOUSTON — The last time the Eagles were 8-0…well, they were never 8-0.

That’s where they are now after beating the Houston Texans 29-14 at NRG Stadium, breaking free from a 14-14 halftime tie with a second-half push that saw Jalen Hurts throwing two touchdown passes, the defense intercepting two passes and Javon Hargrave collecting two of his three sacks, a career high.

Since its birth in 1933, the best any Eagles team could do was start 7-0, and only one team had done that until this version of the Eagles arrived. This team was in 2004, which ended up in the Super Bowl.