Echo owners can now ask Alexa to control their Roku devices via a new skill, months after a similar capability came to Google Assistant-powered devices (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

March 5, 2019

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Echo owners can now ask Alexa to control their Roku devices via a new skill, months after a similar capability came to Google Assistant-powered devices  —  Roku this morning announced its devices will now be compatible with Amazon’s Alexa.  Through a new Roku skill for Alexa … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Report Finds Widespread Contamination at Nation’s Coal Ash Sites

Nearly all 250 coal-fired plants in operation in the U.S. have leaked chemicals and contaminated the local groundwater supply with toxins [Editor’s note: the link may be paywalled; you can check the alternative source, and original report (PDF)], according to a report released this week by environmental groups Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice. From a report: The report found that 91 percent of the nation’s coal-fired power plants reported elevated…

March 5, 2019
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Why ‘ji32k7au4a83’ is a Remarkably Common Password

A seemingly complex set of characters like “ji32k7au4a83” is a very common password among users, it turns out. From a report: This interesting bit of trivia comes from self-described hardware/software engineer Robert Ou, who recently asked his Twitter followers if they could explain why this seemingly random string of numbers has been seen by Have I Been Pwned (HIBP) over a hundred times. Have I Been Pwned is an aggregator…

March 5, 2019
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Linux 5.1 Continues The Years-Long Effort Preparing For Year 2038

Linux 5.1 continues the massive undertaking in preparing the kernel for the Year 2038 problem. Phoronix: The Linux kernel has been seeing “Y2038” work for years and the effort is far from over. Thomas Gleixner (a Linux kernel developer who serves as a member of the technical advisory board at The Linux Foundation) sent in the latest Y2038 work for the Linux 5.1 kernel, which after a lot of ground…

March 5, 2019
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