Clever Hack Fakes A Sleep Timer For Google Home

Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein writes: I’ve long been bitching about Google Home’s lack of a basic function that clock radios have had since at least the middle of the last century — the classic “sleep timer” for playing music until a specified time or until a specific interval has passed… Originally, sleep timer type commands weren’t recognized at all by GH, but eventually it started admitting that the concept at…

October 8, 2017
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100K Lose Power As America Faces Its Third Hurricane In Three Weeks

An anonymous reader writes: The good news: Hurricane Nate was eventually downgraded to “a tropical storm” at 4:30 Sunday morning (EST), moving north-northeast with maximum winds of 70 mph. The bad news: 100,000 people don’t have power in Mississippi and Alabama, and a tornado watch is in effect until 11 a.m. “Even though Nate has made landfall and will weaken today, we are still forecasting heavy rain from Nate to…

October 8, 2017
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Cyberstalking Suspect Arrested After VPN Providers Shared Logs With the FBI

An anonymous reader writes: “VPN providers often advertise their products as a method of surfing the web anonymously, claiming they never store logs of user activity,” writes Bleeping Computer, “but a recent criminal case shows that at least some do store user activity logs.” According to the FBI, VPN providers played a key role in identifying an aggressive cyberstalker by providing detailed logs to authorities, even if they claimed in…

October 8, 2017
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Study: race is a stronger impediment than gender for leadership roles in SV; as white women in leadership rose 17% over 8 years, other minority groups declined (Nitasha Tiku/Wired)

October 8, 2017

Nitasha Tiku / Wired: Study: race is a stronger impediment than gender for leadership roles in SV; as white women in leadership rose 17% over 8 years, other minority groups declined  —  WHEN IT COMES to Silicon Valley, Asians are an overrepresented population in the workforce.  Even among the tech industry’s … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Parody ‘Subgenius’ Religion Wants to Crowdfund An Alien-Contacting Beacon

In 1979 the followers of J. R. “Bob” Dobbs founded a satirical religion called the Church of the Subgenius. (Slackware Linux reportedly drew its name from the “pursuit of Slack”, a comfort-seeking tenet of the 38-year-old parody religion.) Combining UFOs and conspiracy theories with some social critiques (and a few H.P. Lovecraft characters), the strange group is now re-emerging online with an official Facebook page — and a slick new…

October 8, 2017
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Third ‘Nintendo World Championship’ Ends With Three Unreleased Switch Game Levels

An anonymous reader writes: The Nintendo World Championships wrapped up in Manhattan Saturday with two finalists competing on three as-yet-unreleased levels from the upcoming Nintendo Switch game Super Mario Odyssey. 16 contenders had been selected from Mario Kart 7 qualifying rounds at Best Buy stores in eight U.S. cities, and Thomas G. “surged up through the ‘underground,’ the loser’s bracket,” reports Kotaku, “after overcoming opponents in games like Mario Party…

October 8, 2017
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A look at the growing tech industry in Minsk, capital of Belarus, which is now home to more than 30,000 tech workers (Ivan Nechepurenko/New York Times)

October 8, 2017

Ivan Nechepurenko / New York Times: A look at the growing tech industry in Minsk, capital of Belarus, which is now home to more than 30,000 tech workers  —  MINSK, Belarus — On Friday nights, Zybitskaya street — or simply Zyba, as locals call it — turns into a vast party scene, filled with hipsters in bright shirts … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Man arrested for hacking news website in Chitral-Pakistan

Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested a student named Umair Haider belonging to Goldoor village in Chitral Town – The young man has arrested for hacking news website. The man has completed Software Engineering from Bahria University Islamabad. He was accused of hacking an Urdu News website. Umair Haider was arrested soon after the management …

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October 8, 2017
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