(Newser) – Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota hosted an event calling for “peace in the streets”—and was fatally shot an hour later, reports the Washington Post. Authorities say Tyriece Travon Watson was driving home from a charity event at Morgan State University around 7pm Saturday when a black male wearing a white bandana stepped in front of his car at a busy intersection and shot him once in an apparently targeted attack, reports WBAL and the New York Daily News. Watson—known for his song “Bird Flu”—was taken to a hospital in critical condition but later died. Authorities haven’t named a suspect or a possible motive but a police spokesman says the shooting after the event, in which rival rappers came together for the community, shows an “eerie irony that should just absolutely tick all of us off,” per CNN.
A Democratic lawmaker in Arizona has been charged with three counts of felony welfare fraud in a case that has sent shockwaves throughout the state.
Back in May, Ceclila “Cici” Velasquez, who represents the Phoenix suburb of Litchfield Park, was charged with fraudulently using over $1,700 in food stamps. The indictment was unsealed just a few days ago.
Amazingly, this is not the first time the former paralegal and mother of five has been in legal hot water in her short political career (she was first elected just two years ago). After that election, a court issued a warrant for her arrest for failing to pay fines for driving without insurance and with a suspended license. She also has numerous driving infractions dating back to the 1990s.
Velasquez has been avoiding the press, but she issued a blanket denial on her Twitter feed:
Version 1.0 of .NET Core, the open source, cross-platform .NET runtime platform that was first announced in 2014, has been released today. .NET Core is arriving alongside ASP.NET Core 1.0, the open source, cross-platform version of Microsoft’s Web development stack.
Microsoft picked an unusual venue to announce the release: the Red Hat Summit. One of the purposes of .NET Core was to make Linux and OS X into first-class supported platforms, with .NET developers able to reach Windows, OS X, Linux, and (with Xamarin) iOS and Android, too. At the summit today, Red Hat announced that this release would be actively supported by the company on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
After many years of non
-cooperation between Microsoft and the largest of the open source commercial Linux companies, Microsoft and Red Hat announced a new partnership in November 2015. This union heralded official support for Red Hat virtual machines in Azure and closer cooperation on .NET. Full support for .NET Core 1.0 marks the next step in that partnership.
In what’s believed to be a first of its kind ruling, a federal court in Oregon has dismissed a direct infringement complaint against an alleged movie pirate from the outset. According to the judge, linking an IP-address to a pirated download is not enough to prove direct copyright infringement.
For more than half a decade so-called “copyright trolling” cases have been keeping the U.S. judicial system busy.
While new cases are still filed every week, there are signs that some judges are growing tired of the practice, and are increasingly skeptical about the claims made by copyright holders.
In the Oregon District Court, Magistrate Judge Stacie Beckerman recently recommended dismissal of a complaint filed by the makers of the Adam Sandler movie The Cobbler.
According to the Judge both claims of direct and indirect infringement were not sufficient for the case to continue. What’s unique in this case, is that the direct infringement claims were dismissed sua sponte, which hasn’t happened before.
If you like binge-watching Netflix, streaming audio, or online gaming, then you should be celebrating this week. And if your business depends on reaching a wide audience online, you should join in. A federal appeals court decision on June 14 means your internet service provider can’t slow down your access to particular sites, nor let others pay to be in a faster lane of service. It all comes down to the principle called net neutrality.
The court upheld the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules governing companies that deliver internet service to US homes and businesses. At the heart of the case was the Federal Communications Commission’s February 2015 Open Internet Order. It requires that everyone—whether they are individuals, small businesses, or large corporations—must have equal access to the whole internet, just like everyone has equal access to the telephone network.
Companies that provide internet service have fought against these rules. In addition to charging people for internet access at home, they hoped to earn even more money by charging content providers for priority “fast lanes” for their traffic. For example, without net neutrality rules, Comcast would be allowed to slow down (or even block) its customers’ traffic coming from Netflix—even though the Netflix viewers had already paid Comcast for internet access. And Comcast could speed things up again if Netflix directly paid Comcast even more money.
The rules were created out of concern internet service providers would reserve high-speed internet lanes for content providers who could pay for it, while relegating to slower speeds those that didn’t—or couldn’t, such as libraries, local governments, and universities. Net neutrality is also important for innovation, because it protects small and start-up companies’ access to the massive online marketplace of internet users. This week’s D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling establishes a level playing field for online information providers.
The 418 people who were killed over a 14-year period works out to an average of 29.8 persons a year.
To be clear, no one wants to see even one life lost to tragedy, but the mainstream media’s focus on “mass shootings” to the detriment of other news where hundreds or even thousands more lives were lost is telling.For example, the CDC bicycle-related injury report for 2010 shows that almost twice as many people died on bicycles in that one year than were killed in “mass shootings” during the 14 years studied by the FBI. Thus, while there were 418 deaths in “mass shootings” from 2000 to 2013, there were 800 deaths by bicycle in 2010 alone.
Moreover, there “were an estimated 515,000 emergency department visits” due to bicycle accidents.
(ANTIMEDIA) With very few exceptions, politicians running for president are going to advocate protecting the environment. It may just be lip service, but they will at least mention it in their official platform. They also may suggest, either directly or indirectly, that you can live forever (usually through the spirit of God). Very rarely, if ever, do you see a candidate who believes you can do both — protect the environment and live forever — through technology. But that’s exactly why Zoltan Istvan, the Transhumanist Party’s 2016 presidential candidate, is running for office.
A futurist-turned-political advocate, Zoltan rose through the ranks of the transhumanist movement with the help of his science fiction novel, The Transhumanist Wager. Now he’s on the campaign trail, commanding a 40 foot-long coffin on wheels known as the Immortality Bus. He’s on a mission to make people aware of a storm on the horizon — the sociopolitical battle for transhumanist civil rights and the necessity for humans to adapt to technologies that will soon transform our culture and way of life.
Transhumanism, often abbreviated as H+, has been around for over thirty years now. In fact, the earliest iterations in transhumanist thought date back to the 1920s. The transhumanist movement largely took shape in the 1990s and 2000s, when it was buoyed into the mainstream by the success of its most popular spokesman, Ray Kurzweil. His best-selling book, The Singularity Is Near, assessed how the growth of technology would lead to humans merging with machines and living indefinite lifespans through overlapping revolutions in biotechnology, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence.
However, Zoltan is quick to contextualize transhumanism in the here and now. This focus on the immediate present is what makes him that rare blend of futurist and brand ambassador that just may be able to reach the masses. Discussions of transhumanism and singularitarianism often get bogged down in esoteric conjecture and abstraction. I was certainly guilty of this when I asked Zoltan whether future artificial intelligence would have capitalist tendencies written into their algorithms. But Zoltan approaches technology and science as tools for social progress.