On a recent weekday, seven men shuffled wearily into the San Diego federal courtroom that serves a singular purpose: to hear misdemeanor charges of illegal entry. The day before, it was nine.One year after the Trump administration launched its zero-tolerance policy, the special criminal court that once processed an average of 50 unauthorized immigrants per day has dramatically slowed pace.Court calendars that sometimes stretched into the evening can now take under a half-hour. Some days, there aren’t any defendants to process at all.The decrease does not appear to be tied to a change in philosophy, or to the number of adults traveling without children apprehended at the border. In fact, such apprehensions along the California-Mexico border have risen over the past few months, yet only a fraction were prosecuted with misdemeanor illegal entry in March. Instead, the vast majority were routed directly into the civil immigration system to navigate separate legal processes including … [Read more...] about Criminal prosecution of illegal entries dramatically slows in California
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The streets of Davos, Switzerland, were iced over on the night of January 25, 2018, which added a slight element of danger to the prospect of trekking to the Hotel Seehof for George Soros’ annual banquet. The aged financier has a tradition of hosting a dinner at the World Economic Forum, where he regales tycoons, ministers, and journalists with his thoughts about the state of the world. That night he began by warning in his quiet, shaking Hungarian accent about nuclear war and climate change. Then he shifted to his next idea of a global menace: Google and Facebook. “Mining and oil companies exploit the physical environment; social media companies exploit the social environment,” he said. “The owners of the platform giants consider themselves the masters of the universe, but in fact they are slaves to preserving their dominant position ... Davos is a good place to announce that their days are numbered.” Across town, a group of senior Facebook … [Read more...] about 15 Months of Fresh Hell Inside Facebook
source Harper Go to any Silicon Valley party, and chance are pretty good you’ll hear someone talking about “Sapiens,” a book about the past and future of humanity by Yuval Noah Harari. Harari’s “Sapiens” was first released in English in 2014, and not long after found itself on recommended reading lists of industry giants like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. It was even recently poked fun at as a total cliche among Silicon Valley venture capitalists. After finally managing to make my way through it, the tech industry’s fascination with the book made a whole lot more sense. Below are my biggest takeaways from “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.” It’s basically a Silicon Valley cliche at this point: Talk to anyone who works in tech, and chances are pretty good they’ll recommend you a copy of “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind,” by … [Read more...] about I finally read ‘Sapiens,’ the book that Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg both recommend to everyone — and I get why Silicon Valley loves it so much
Genetic modification is the process of altering the genetic makeup of an organism. This has been done indirectly for thousands of years by controlled, or selective, breeding of plants and animals. Modern biotechnology has made it easier and faster to target a specific gene for more-precise alteration of the organism through genetic engineering. The terms "modified" and "engineered" are often used interchangeably in the context of labeling genetically modified, or "GMO," foods. In the field of biotechnology, GMO stands for genetically modified organism, while in the food industry, the term refers exclusively to food that has been purposefully engineered and not selectively bred organisms. This discrepancy leads to confusion among consumers, and so the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prefers the term genetically engineered (GE) for food. A brief history of genetic modification Genetic modification dates back to ancient times, when humans influenced genetics by selectively … [Read more...] about What Is Genetic Modification?
Fabian Wosar makes a living ruining ransomware gangs’ days, and he has the hate-mail to prove it.“At one point, I managed to annoy a ransomware author so much that they literally renamed their ransomware in my name,” he says. “So they renamed their ransomware to ‘fabiansomware’, which is kind of really bizarre.” Wosar is the head of research at IT security company Emsisoft, whose free ransomware decryption tools have been downloaded over a million times (1,144,351, to be exact, not including downloads from mirror sites). With the average ransomware writer demanding $522 (about £400, AU$750) to restore victims’ files, that’s a potential $597,351,222 (about £455,000,000, AU$833,000,000) kept out of the pockets of ransomware authors. Not bad for a 40-person company without an office.“Emsisoft started out as a very, very small company with only two employees,” says Wosar. “When you try to get into the … [Read more...] about Everything you need to know about ransomware in 2019