SFGATE: 6 and 9 years expected in pending Ghost Ship plea deals

6 and 9 years expected in pending Ghost Ship plea deals
Published on July 03, 2018 at 12:38AM by By Kimberly Veklerov
Two men accused of manslaughter in the deaths of 36 people in Oakland’s Ghost Ship warehouse fire are poised to accept a plea deal Tuesday with prosecutors in which one would serve six years in jail and the other nine, minus time already served.
The artist collective’s primary tenant, Derick Almena, 48, would take the longer of the two sentences. He and his co-defendant, Max Harris, 28, the collective’s creative director, would not have to serve the full terms because they would each get credit for the months they have spent in jail since the conflagration on Dec. 2, 2016.

Code2040’s Karla Monterroso on desegregating the tech industry

Welcome back to CTRL+T, the TechCrunch podcast that connects the tech to the human. This week we talked about the beta release of Apple’s latest mobile operating system and some of the issues we have with the Memoji feature. We also discussed the fact that Microsoft improved its facial recognition tech, making it easier to identify darker skin tones. Oh great.

Finally, Karla Monterroso of Code2040 joined us in the studio to drop some pretty hard truths about diversity in tech. The CEO of Code2040, which aims to increase the representation of black and brown people in the industry, says that the tech workforce is segregated. In 2018. Think about that. And that often the burden to effect change from within a company is placed on those two or three — or one or two — black and Latinx folks.

“Managers are asking the brown people to be the tech Ruby Bridges and to come in and be full-throated in their opinions, but you are not setting up the safety mechanisms for those people to be [...]  read more

Bag Week 2018: Osprey Momentum 32 is ready for muddy trails

Welcome to Bag Week 2018. Every year your faithful friends at TechCrunch spend an entire week looking at bags. Why? Because bags — often ignored but full of our important electronics — are the outward representations of our techie styles, and we put far too little thought into where we keep our most prized possessions.

The Osprey Momentum 32 impresses. I used it during a muddy week at Beaumont Scout Reservation and it performed flawlessly as a rugged, bike-ready backpack. It stood tall in the miserable rain and insufferable heat that engulfed northern Ohio during the camping trip. If it can withstand these conditions, it can withstand an urban commute.

For those following along, Bag Week 2018 ended a week ago. That’s okay. Consider this as bonus content. Before publishing a review on this bag, I wanted to test it during a camping trip, and last week’s trip provided a great testing ground for this bag.

Osprey markets the Momentum 32 as an everyday pack with a tilt toward [...]  read more

Nerf’s new laser tag guns hook up to your smartphone

Each blaster comes with an armband that can hold a smartphone, which signals that this product isn’t aimed at children. Using an app, players can customize their Nerf blaster, track performance, access real-time battle stats, get power-ups and locate opponents.

But there’s more! If your friends are too busy to come over to play, the Alphapoint version of the blaster allows you to play in solo mode using the app. All you have to do is take advantage of the solo attachment, which comes with the Alphapoint blaster.

There will be two different types of blasters available. The Pro Deltaburst model fires a three-shot AR burst with an included LCD screen to keep track of how you’re doing. It retails for $50. The Alphapoint Pro version is $30 for one or $45 for a two-pack of blasters. These don’t have a fancy LCD screen, but will light up and play sounds when you’ve been hit; they also have status and ammo indicators on the blaster. The Laser Pro Ops blasters will [...]  read more

Why Bitcoin Dominance Is A Big Deal

Bitcoin (BTC) dominance is the percentage of cryptocurrency's total market capitalization accounted for by Bitcoin, and it has reached a near-three …
social experiment by Livio Acerbo #greengroundit

Calciatore ucciso a Milano, la perizia svela: “Chiuso vivo nel bidone con l’acido”

Emergono novità agghiaccianti dalla perizia sul corpo di Andrea La Rosa, l’ex calciatore ucciso nella notte tra il 14 e il 15 novembre 2017 a Milano. L’ex giocatore del Brugherio non è morto per le ferite inferte nella cantina in via Cogne dove ha incontrato i suoi assassini, ma soffocato dai fumi dell’acido che avrebbe dovuto far sparire il suo cadavere.”La Rosa è morto per l’azione combinata dell’inalazione dei fumi dell’acido e del confinamento all’interno del bidone dove era stato infilato il corpo per essere sciolto”, si legge nella nota di riepilogo delle indagini condotte dai carabinieri della Squadra Omicidi del nucleo investigativo del comando provinciale di Milano, che oggi hanno notificato l’avviso ai due arrestati: Raffaele Rullo e a sua madre Antonietta Biancaniello, [...]  read more