A senator stumped a Trump judicial nominee with basic legal questions. Here are the answers
The questions appeared basic, slam-dunks for any federal judicial nominee. But this week Matthew Petersen, President Trump’s nominee to serve on the bench of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, stumbled — badly — when asked questions by a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. ...
“Have you ever tried a jury trial?” [John] Kennedy asked at Wednesday’s hearing.
“I have not,” [Matthew] Petersen said.
“Civil?”
“No.”
“Criminal?”
“No.”
“State or federal court?”
“I have not.”
law  politics  government 
2 days ago
Time Warner Cable’s ‘low price Internet’ not what it seems
Time Warner Cable’s new owner is reneging on a promise to keep offering cheap broadband, a consumer group said Tuesday.
Charter Communications, which bought TWC earlier this week and is in the process of rebranding it as Spectrum Cable, is rolling out its new pricing in the New York area this week.
But customers might have difficulty finding the low-cost $14.99 Internet option.
Phillip Dampier, head of StopTheCap, a pro-broadband watchdog group, said Charter was “supposed to keep ‘Everyday Low Price Internet’ for $14.99.”
But “good luck finding it,” he said.
internet  business  new.york 
3 days ago
New York sues Charter over slow internet speeds
"Wi-Fi speeds were up to 80 percent slower than advertised"

"New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today filed a lawsuit against Charter Communications, the parent company of Spectrum (previously known as Time Warner Cable.) The lawsuit alleges that the cable and internet provider misled customers on internet speeds and failed to address network issues that impacted service."
nyc  business  internet  new.york 
3 days ago
Yes, George Clooney Once Gifted His 14 Closest Friends $1 Million Each
“George begins to say, ‘Listen, I want you guys to know how much you’ve meant to me and how much you mean to me in my life,’” Gerber said. ”‘I came to L.A., I slept on your couch. I’m so fortunate in my life to have all of you and I couldn’t be where I am today without all of you. So, it was really important to me that while we’re still all here together, that I give back. So I want you all to open your suitcases.’”
... Clooney said that he’d also paid taxes on all the gifts
movies 
3 days ago
The Secret Savior of Net Neutrality?
"With the FCC opening the door for internet service providers to block content, networks owned and operated by local governments may be the last bastion of the free and open internet"
internet  government 
3 days ago
Will Saturation Ever Sink ‘Star Wars’?
"Disney, the new steward of the galaxy’s most valuable IP, is putting out ‘Star Wars’ films at an unprecedented pace. Has the company learned from the franchise’s past excesses?"
movies  science.fiction  books  business 
3 days ago
'It's the Grandparents Stealing From the Grandchildren'
"There’s a fiction at the heart of the debate over entitlements: The carefully cultivated impression that beneficiaries are simply receiving back their “own” money."
politics  government  retirement 
3 days ago
Texas Prisons Ban 10,000 Books. No ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ for Inmates.
"Inmates are barred from reading titles from best-selling publications to the obscure because they run afoul of prison guidelines, like having graphic sexual content."

The publications are among the 10,000 titles banned by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, a list that includes best sellers like “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “A Time to Kill” and even obscure works, such as the “MapQuest Road Atlas.” Not banned: “Mein Kampf” by Adolf Hitler and books by white nationalists, including David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard.
books 
5 days ago
Girl has blunt message for insurance company [Aetna] after brain surgery request denied
In the six weeks since the denial, Cara has had more than two dozen seizures affecting her everyday life. Her message to Aetna is blunt: “Considering they’re denying me getting surgery and stopping this thing that’s wrong with my brain, I would probably just say, ‘Screw you.’ ”
healthcare  insurance  business 
5 days ago
Former Facebook Exec: 'You Don’t Realize It But You Are Being Programmed'
"This is the year everyone—including founding executives—began publicly questioning the impact of social media on our lives.
...
Last month, Facebook’s first president Sean Parker opened up about his regrets over helping create social media as we know it today. “I don’t know if I really understood the consequences of what I was saying, because of the unintended consequences of a network when it grows to a billion or 2 billion people and it literally changes your relationship with society, with each other,” Parker said. “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”
...
[Chamath] Palihapitiya [former vice president of user growth]—who worked at Facebook from 2005 to 2011—told the audience, “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.”
social.media  facebook 
5 days ago
Chinese rooftop climber dies in 62-storey fall
A well-known Chinese climber [Wu Yongning] has died while performing one of his trademark daredevil skyscraper stunts.
china 
5 days ago
How California’s Most Destructive Wildfire Spread, Hour by Hour
"SANTA ROSA, Calif. ­— An analysis by The New York Times of satellite images, combined with on-the-ground surveys, provides a more complete picture of the origin, spread and devastation of the fire that killed at least 22 people in and around the city.
The Tubbs fire destroyed at least 5,200 homes and structures, shown on the map below, making it the most destructive wildfire in state history, as well as one of the deadliest. The Times analysis also shows how quickly the fire spread in the crucial initial hours."
wildfires  cali  maps 
6 days ago
A Blizzard Made the Unwatchable Colts-Bills Matchup Must-Watch TV
"The rules of football met their breaking point under several inches of snow"
football  sports  weather 
7 days ago
The Adopted Black Baby, and the White One Who Replaced Her
"Amid the simmering racial tensions of the time, a family in Illinois made a wrenching decision that sent a black girl and a white girl on diverging paths."

“I thought, ‘My God, how are you going to raise a child in this neighborhood with the way people are feeling about this thing?’” said Mr. Sandberg, the owner of a prosperous manufacturing company. “It just wouldn’t have been great for her.”
...
But life had taken so many twists and turns that by the time she heard from Ms. Roost, she felt she could handle anything. She greeted the news that she had been given up by a white family by telling Ms. Roost that she held no hard feelings, and would not have wanted to be raised by white parents in a white neighborhood.
race 
7 days ago
Three Media Closures in Hong Kong in a Week
2016
"In the first week of April, three media—the historic Asia Television (ATV), Next Media’s FACE magazine, and the newspaper The Sun—successively bid farewell to the local media market."
hong.kong 
7 days ago
Hong Kong Free Press
"Hong Kong Free Press is a non-profit, English-language news source seeking to unite critical voices on local and national affairs."
hong.kong  news 
7 days ago
Not with a bang but a whimper: Hong Kong’s oldest television station, ATV, finally pulls the plug
"Cash-strapped broadcaster went off the air at the stroke of midnight, but main investor refuses to call it quits"
hong.kong  tv 
7 days ago
It’s curtains for ATV: liquidators to shut down ailing broadcaster after Hong Kong court decision cleared the way
"Accounting firm Deloitte to close station and fire remaining staff after failure to work out viable plan to save the company"
hong.kong  tv 
7 days ago
A terrifying new body-cam video shows a police officer killing an unarmed man after he begs for his life
A newly released video depicts a January 2016 incident in which a police officer shoots an unarmed man after another officer berates and intimidates him.
The officer in the video was acquitted on Thursday of second-degree murder.
The victim was shot in a hotel hallway after police were called to respond to reports of someone pointing a gun out of a window.

In the video, [Philip] Brailsford is seen standing by as another officer, Sgt. Charles Langley, commanded Shaver to get on the floor and crawl towards him, all while berating him and intimidating him with death threats. Shaver appeared to be complying with his orders, and can be heard sobbing as he crawls towards Brailsford and Langley. But after Shaver reached back toward his pant leg, Brailsford shot him five times with his AR-15, believing he was reaching for a gun.
"Please don't shoot me," Shaver begged Brailsford, moments before his death.
police.brutality 
8 days ago
A Generation in Japan Faces a Lonely Death
"In postwar Japan, a single-minded focus on rapid economic growth helped erode family ties. Now, a generation of elderly Japanese is dying alone."
japan 
10 days ago
Those Newer Birth Control Pills Don’t Lower Cancer Risk
"Hopes that different formulations would remove a longstanding danger to women are dashed by a new study."
health  medicine  research 
11 days ago
Success Academy’s Radical Educational Experiment
"Inside Eva Moskowitz’s quest to combine rigid discipline with a progressive curriculum."
education 
11 days ago
Shohei Ohtani and MLB’s Japanese Pitcher Fragility Myth
"Is there any basis for the skepticism that some analysts have expressed about the long-term future of one of the most fascinating free agents in the history of professional sports?"
However, what’s missing from most of these analyses is any kind of control group. It shouldn’t be noteworthy that Japanese imports tend to decline over time, because all pitchers tend to decline over time. ... The 11 NPB veterans Sheehan lumped together were 28.8 years old, on average, in their rookie years stateside. At that age, it would be odd if they didn’t decline within their first few seasons.
baseball  statistics  sports  japan 
11 days ago
Michael Flynn’s Guilty Plea Sends Donald Trump’s Lawyers Scrambling
"The President insists that the investigations into Russian meddling amount to nothing more than fake news. But the truth is now emerging."
politics  russia 
12 days ago
Special counsel backs out of bail deal with Paul Manafort, saying he tried to hide a public relations effort
“The editorial [ghost-written by Paul Manafort] clearly was undertaken to influence the public’s opinion of defendant Manafort, or else there would be no reason to seek its publication (much less for Manafort and his long-time associate to ghostwrite it in another’s name),” the court filing said. “It compounds the problem that the proposed piece is not a dispassionate recitation of the facts.”
politics  russia 
13 days ago
The end of the social era can’t come soon enough
"It seems increasingly likely that our society will one day view our infatuation with Twitter, Facebook, and the like as a passing, often destructive fad."
social.media 
14 days ago
Battlefront, Reddit: The Video Game Pricing Wars That Might Reshape the Industry
"Based on sticker prices, it might seem like the cost of competitive gaming hasn’t increased, but a scourge of exploitative microtransactions is hitting gamers with hidden expenses in money and time alike. Thankfully, the internet’s rebel alliance is working to check the corporate empire."
video.games  business  business_fail 
15 days ago
Why Project Veritas Has All of D.C. Looking Over Its Shoulder
"Happy hour and networking in the nation’s capital might never be the same"
journalism  politics  wapo 
15 days ago
Why we can’t trust smartphones anymore
"A new class of security problem is caused by smartphone makers that create vulnerabilities deliberately without telling customers."
security  hardware 
15 days ago
I’m a Depression historian. The GOP tax bill is straight out of 1929.
“There are two ideas of government,” William Jennings Bryan declared in his 1896 “Cross of Gold” speech. “There are those who believe that if you will only legislate to make the well-to-do prosperous their prosperity will leak through on those below. The Democratic idea, however, has been that if you legislate to make the masses prosperous their prosperity will find its way up through every class which rests upon them.”
history  politics 
16 days ago
Woman’s [Jaime Phillips] effort to infiltrate The Washington Post dated back months
"Phillips’s sustained attempt to insinuate herself into the social circles of reporters makes clear that her deception — and the efforts to discredit The Post’s reporting — went much further than the attempt to plant one fabricated article."
wapo  journalism  politics 
16 days ago
Deep Learning
Ian Goodfellow and Yoshua Bengio and Aaron Courville
The Deep Learning textbook is a resource intended to help students and practitioners enter the field of machine learning in general and deep learning in particular. The online version of the book is now complete and will remain available online for free.
books  deep.learning 
19 days ago
Vietnamese Blogger Gets 7 Years in Jail for Reporting on Toxic Spill
"Nguyen Van Hoa was convicted of spreading information about the discharge that killed marine life and sickened people along a 120-mile stretch of coastline."
vietnam  journalism  business  politics  govt.censorship  govt_fail 
19 days ago
A woman [Jaime T. Phillips] approached The Post with dramatic — and false — tale about Roy Moore. She appears to be part of undercover sting operation.
“We always honor ‘off-the-record’ agreements when they’re entered into in good faith,” said Martin Baron, The Post’s executive editor. “But this so-called off-the-record conversation was the essence of a scheme to deceive and embarrass us. The intent by Project Veritas clearly was to publicize the conversation if we fell for the trap. Because of our customary journalistic rigor, we weren’t fooled, and we can’t honor an ‘off-the-record’ agreement that was solicited in maliciously bad faith.”
wapo  journalism  politics 
20 days ago
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