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Pension Systems' Costs Are Higher Than Reported, Panel Told

U.S. News

The Public School Employees' Retirement System says it's cooperating with requests for documents. Both it and the State Employees' Retirement System say they are working to expand their reporting of what they pay to private equity managers.

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Solving Random Quadratic Systems of Equations Is Nearly as Easy as Solving Linear Systems

Neural Information Processing Systems

We prove that it is possible to solve unstructured quadratic systems in n variables exactly from O(n) equations in linear time, that is, in time proportional to reading and evaluating the data. This is accomplished by a novel procedure, which starting from an initial guess given by a spectral initialization procedure, attempts to minimize a non-convex objective. The proposed algorithm distinguishes from prior approaches by regularizing the initialization and descent procedures in an adaptive fashion, which discard terms bearing too much influence on the initial estimate or search directions. These careful selection rules---which effectively serve as a variance reduction scheme---provide a tighter initial guess, more robust descent directions, and thus enhanced practical performance. Further, this procedure also achieves a near-optimal statistical accuracy in the presence of noise.

Here's When Fortnite's Refund System Returns To The Game And How It Works

Forbes - Tech

The self-service cosmetic V-Bucks refund system is returning to Fortnite by June 1st. Epic Games implemented a cosmetic refund system earlier this year and then quickly removed it from the game. That system is now returning according to emails players are receiving from Epic Games. The new self-service cosmetic refund system will return by June 1st according to these emails. It will allow customers to get refunded V-Bucks (not real money) on up to three cosmetic items total per account.

Japan to introduce new subsidy system for decarbonization

The Japan Times

The Environment Ministry plans to establish a new subsidy system in fiscal 2022 to strengthen support for local governments that are actively taking measures against global warming, such as the promotion of renewable energy use, informed sources said Monday. For the new subsidy system, the ministry will include ¥20 billion in its fiscal 2022 budget request. The ministry plans to continue to demand funds for the system until fiscal 2030. The ministry is considering drawing up a new law to introduce the subsidy system. The subsidy system will be available to local governments that make five-year plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to virtually zero by fiscal 2030, according to the sources.