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Bay Area Tech Executives Indicted For H-1B Visa Fraud

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-03-28 21:00
New submitter s.petry quotes a report from The Mercury News: Two Bay Area tech executives are accused of filing false visa documents through a staffing agency in a scheme to illegally bring a pool of foreign tech workers into the United States. An indictment from a federal grand jury unsealed on Friday accuses Jayavel Murugan, Dynasoft Synergy's chief executive officer, and a 40-year-old Santa Clara man, Syed Nawaz, of fraudulently submitting H-1B applications in an effort to illegally obtain visas, according to Brian Stretch, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California. The men are charged with 26 counts of visa fraud, conspiracy to commit visa fraud, use of false documents, mail fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to prosecutors. Each charge can carry penalties of between two and 20 years in prison. Prosecutors say the men used fraudulent documents to bring workers into the U.S. and create a pool of H-1B workers to hire out to tech companies. The indictment charges that from 2010 to 2016, Dynasoft petitioned to place workers at Stanford University, Cisco and Brocade, but the employers had no intention of receiving the foreign workers named on the applications. Nawaz submitted fake "end-client letters" to the government, falsely claiming the workers were on-site and performing jobs, according to the indictment. Slashdot reader s.petry adds: "While not the only problem with the H-1B Visa program, this is a start at investigating and hopefully correcting problems."

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'S-Town' podcast review (and 5 things to listen for as you binge) - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 20:59
The team behind the megahit podcast "Serial" is back with a new show that can be devoured in one sitting. Here's our spoiler-free cheat sheet. Hope you like steampunk.

'Planescape: Torment' remaster arrives on April 11th

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 20:42
For many veteran gamers, Planescape: Torment was a definitive role-playing title -- it combined an unusual setting with a deep story, memorable dialogue and gameplay mechanics that still hold up. If you're one of those fans, you won't have long to w...

Amazon Teases Quick, Free Grocery Pickup

PCMag News - Tue, 2017-03-28 20:28
Prime members will soon be able to drive to a pickup location where an employee will load their groceries into their cars.

Ask Slashdot: What Are Some Lies Programmers Tell Themselves?

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-03-28 20:20
snydeq writes: "Confidence in our power over machines also makes us guilty of hoping to bend reality to our code," writes Peter Wayner, in a discussion of nine lies programmers tell themselves about their code. "Of course, many problems stem from assumptions we programmers make that simply aren't correct. They're usually sort of true some of the time, but that's not the same as being true all of the time. As Mark Twain supposedly said, 'It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.'" The nine lies Wayner mentions in his discussion include: "Questions have one answer," "Null is acceptable," "Human relationships can be codified," "'Unicode' stands for universal communication," "Numbers are accurate," "Human language is consistent," "Time is consistent," "Files are consistent," and "We're in control." Can you think of any other lies programmers tell themselves?

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'Minecraft' Realms multiplayer finally heads to Apple TV

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 19:54
If you've been looking to play Minecraft with your other Apple TV-owning gamer buddies, it's time to get excited. The latest update to the Apple TV version of this hit game enables "Realms," Minecraft's subscription-based multiplayer system. This upg...

The Galaxy S8 Will Be Samsung's Biggest Test Ever

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-03-28 19:40
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: You know what's coming tomorrow, you've known and waited for it for months now. Samsung's 2017 flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8, will be officially announced, and one of the most critical periods in the company's history will begin. The phone Samsung launches on Wednesday will carry greater expectations and have to prove a lot more than usual. Even as the world's biggest smartphone maker, Samsung's mobile credibility was deeply shaken by the Galaxy Note 7 snafu, so it now needs to reassert its reliability while also rebooting its technological advantage. Vlad Savov provides a "rundown of the biggest challenges facing Samsung" in his report. While Samsung will need to nail the design and camera performance, as well as many other things, the most critical area will be the battery, given how the Note 7 was recalled due to battery issues. Even though that incident took place half a year ago, we are still faced with the consequences. Samsung is still trying to figure out what to do with the "recalled units" and people are still making bad jokes about "explosive Samsung news." If the Galaxy S8 is to have any battery issues whatsoever, the result could be catastrophic for the company. Though, Samsung is well aware of this and has likely packed "the most robust and durable batteries we've ever seen in a smartphone" inside the Galaxy S8 devices.

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David Cameron may have lobbied for Uber while PM, says report - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 19:24
New emails suggest that while he was UK prime minister, Cameron may have lobbied London's Mayor on behalf of the ride-hailing service, says the Daily Mail.

House pulls the plug on internet privacy rules - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 19:22
Consumer advocates say this means broadband providers will sell your browsing history to the highest bidder. Industry groups say it preserves competition.

Apple finally flips the switch on review responses

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 19:15
Along with the other slate of improvements that are in iOS 10.3, maybe one that'll make a real change (at least in terms of the App Store) in the ecosystem is the ability to converse with app developers. We knew that the feature was coming way back i...

Google Launches New Website To Showcase Its Open Source Projects and Processes

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-03-28 19:10
BrianFagioli writes: Google is an essential member of the open source community. The search giant contributes some really great projects, offering code to be used many -- it claims more than 2,000 such contributions! Heck, the company even hosts the annual Summer of Code program, where it pairs students with open source projects teams. In other words, Google is helping to get young folks excited about open source. Today, Google announced that it is launching an all-new website to focus on open source. It is not a general open source site, but a destination to learn more about the search-giant's relationship with it. "Today, we're launching, a new website for Google Open Source that ties together all of our initiatives with information on how we use, release, and support open source. This new site showcases the breadth and depth of our love for open source. It will contain the expected things: our programs, organizations we support, and a comprehensive list of open source projects we've released. But it also contains something unexpected: a look under the hood at how we 'do' open source," says Will Norris, Open Source Programs Office, Google.

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Lenovo ThinkStation P320 is an entry-level VR-ready PC - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 18:57
Coming in two sizes, it's expected to hit stores in April.

DJI Proposes New Electronic 'License Plate' For Drones

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-03-28 18:40
linuxwrangler writes: Chinese drone maker DJI proposed that drones be required to transmit a unique identifier to assist law enforcement to identify operators where necessary. Anyone with an appropriate receiver could receive the ID number, but the database linking the ID with the registered owner would only be available to government agencies. DJI likens this to a license plate on a car and offers it as a solution to a congressional mandate that the FAA develop methods to remotely identify drone operators. "The best solution is usually the simplest," DJI wrote in a white paper on the topic, which can be downloaded at this link. "The focus of the primary method for remote identification should be on a way for anyone concerned about a drone flight in close proximity to report an identifier number to the authorities, who would then have the tools to investigate the complaint without infringing on operator privacy. [...] No other technology is subject to mandatory industry-wide tracking and recording of its use, and we strongly urge against making UAS the first such technology. The case for such an Orwellian model has not been made. A networked system provides more information than needed, to people who don't require it, and exposes confidential business information in the process."

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Russian hacker pleads guilty for get-rich-quick botnet - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 18:37
Malware was used to compromise thousands of computer servers around the world and generate millions in fraudulent payments.

Google Home Now Controls More of Your Home

PCMag News - Tue, 2017-03-28 18:28
Support for smart locks, TV remotes, light bulbs, and more comes to the Google Home speaker via Google Assistant.

US House votes to let ISPs sell your browser history

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 18:23
With a slim majority of 215 to 205, the US House of Representatives just passed a resolution rolling back FCC privacy regulations. Approved last year, the rules required that ISPs get your explicit permission before selling "sensitive data" like your...

Hong Kong Government Loses Laptops Containing Personal Data of 3.7 Million Voters

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-03-28 18:00
New submitter fatp writes: Hong Kong Free Press reports that the Registration and Electoral Office (REO) has lost two laptops containing the personal data of all 3.7 million voters after the chief executive election [on Sunday]. The REO said "the personal data was encrypted and there was no evidence that it had been leaked." Only 1,194 people had right to vote in the election.

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Google's iOS app comes with its GIF-friendly keyboard on the side

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 17:59
It's no secret that Google is hoping to make its own lineup of search, navigation and email apps the go-to services for Apple users. The folks in Mountain View have even gone so far as to introduce new features in iOS apps months before rolling them...

Immigration chat bot can help you with the H1-B visa

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 17:38
When Visabot went live last November, the Facebook Messenger-based artificial intelligence attempted to simplify the US visa application process and help many people skip the fees associated with a visit to an immigration lawyer. At the time, however...

Surprise! Uber Workforce Skews Heavily White, Male

PCMag News - Tue, 2017-03-28 17:27
Uber's diversity problem is perhaps most apparent when looking at the makeup of its tech leadership team, which is 88.7 percent male, and entirely white or Asian.