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Watch Nissan's GTR break world drifting record by skidding down a runway SIDEWAYS at 190mph

Daily Mail - Science & tech

If 190mph in a car sounds a terrifying prospect on its own, imagine doing it sideways. A Japanese drifting champion has done just that, breaking the world drifting record on a UAE airfield. Masato Kawabata hit 189.5 m/hr and 30 degrees angle using a specially-tuned MY16 Nissan GT-R. Drifting is a driving technique where the driver intentionally oversteers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels or all tires, while maintaining control for the entirety of a corner. Popular in Japan, is had blossomed to become a worldwide sport.

A Drifting-Games Analysis for Online Learning and Applications to Boosting

Neural Information Processing Systems

We provide a general mechanism to design online learning algorithms based on a minimax analysis within a drifting-games framework. Different online learning settings (Hedge, multi-armed bandit problems and online convex optimization) are studied by converting into various kinds of drifting games. The original minimax analysis for drifting games is then used and generalized by applying a series of relaxations, starting from choosing a convex surrogate of the 0-1 loss function. With different choices of surrogates, we not only recover existing algorithms, but also propose new algorithms that are totally parameter-free and enjoy other useful properties. Moreover, our drifting-games framework naturally allows us to study high probability bounds without resorting to any concentration results, and also a generalized notion of regret that measures how good the algorithm is compared to all but the top small fraction of candidates.

2 crew members from Malaysian boat carrying 31 reported missing reach safety

FOX News

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – The captain and a crew member from a missing Malaysian boat made it to safety Sunday while others among the 31 people on board, including 28 Chinese tourists, on the boat may be drifting in the water waiting to be rescued, authorities said. Several Malaysian navy and police ships and at least one plane were searching for the boat but were being hindered by high winds and choppy waters, according to a statement from the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency. The search area is about 400 square nautical miles (nearly 1,400 square kilometers) of the South China Sea. The captain and a crew member were found Sunday afternoon in the waters between the island of Pulau Tiga and an offshore oil drilling platform, Malaysia's The Star Online reported. The boat had left Kota Kinabalu in Sabah state on Saturday morning on its way to Pulau Mengalum, an island about 60 kilometers (38 miles) west.

Watch Steve Carell Attempt to Distract Horrified Schoolchildren From the Frozen Cosmonaut Floating Outside the Window of the International Space Station


Is there anything funnier than an unexpected corpse? Comedians have wrestled with the question since the dawn of time, or at least since Arsenic and Old Lace, but it wasn't until 2016 that Saturday Night Live found an answer: the only thing funnier than an unexpected corpse is the unexpected corpse of a parasailing instructor gently drifting back and forth with the currents outside the window of an underwater honeymoon suite. It's hard to say if Taran Killam back in 2016 or Kate McKinnon this week did a better job of playing a dead body, but one thing is clear: they're fighting over third place, well behind the icicled monkey props featured in this sketch. Carell has had an effortless command of the voice of bland, oblivious authority since his Daily Show days, and he puts it to great use here, particularly in the moment when he regains his composure after Snowpiercer-ing a monkey's arm. In retrospect, it's surprising that this is the first time Steve Carell has been asked to put a brave face on a space station full of dead monkeys for an audience of schoolchildren.

Watch the drifting power of Ford's 1,400 horsepower Mach-E Mustang


Confirming an earlier "leak," Ford has unveiled a one-off Mustang racing prototype that shows what unlimited power and torque can do. The Mach-E 1400 uses a 56.8-kilowatt battery and seven motors to make, you guessed it, 1,400 horsepower. It marries that with a racing body and huge wing that produces 2,300 pounds of downforce. As it showed in a video, the overall result is raw speed, drifting and plumes of tire smoke. Three motors power the front axles, while four are connected to the rear.