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Four short links: 23 May 2013

American car company, Senator Levin, JIT compilation, science fiction film

Tesla Repays Department of Energy Loan Nine Years Early | Press Releases | Tesla ... -- PALO ALTO, Calif.-- Tesla Motors announced that it has paid off the entire loan awarded to the company by the Department of Energy in 2010.

The March For Innovation -- Please visit your Senator's Facebook page and post this message on their wall (or send a message if not available).

Surprise! Mozilla can produce near-native performance on the Web | Ars Technica -- This representation is much lower level than that found in traditional JavaScript programs, but it comes with an important constraint: it's nonetheless still JavaScript. For example, to indicate that a number is an integer, asm.js uses "bitwise or with zero" (an operation that forces JavaScript to coerce to integer-like, but which does not change the number's value). They're just JavaScript programs, albeit weird JavaScript programs that don't look like anything that a human would ever produce. An engine that knows about asm.js also knows that asm.js programs are forbidden from using many JavaScript features. It can produce regular JavaScript and it can produce asm.js JavaScript. Just as with asm.js, the regular JavaScript uses the basic concept of a big array to represent "memory" with operations performed on that array. It was the success of this approach that led to the development of asm.js: asm.js is a formalized set of rules for how this style of JavaScript should be written.

Why Does Hollywood Hate The Future? | TechCrunch -- What were the last Hollywood movies you saw about technology & the future that were optimistic? While I always liked how plot of Star Trek First Contact revolved around making sure a man takes the first flight at warp speed in space to usher in an era of peace on Earth, the actions are kicked into motion by the threat of the Borg perhaps the ultimate in dystopian technology taking over the Earth. Its seems to be about technology used for good but only to combat technology used for evil. You might think this has little to do with technology (or at least what we commonly think of as technology), but as The New York Times reveals in a profile of the films director:

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