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You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. Fujitsu tells 80,000 of its Japan employees: From now on, you work remotely

Fujitsu is to permanently shutter one half of its office real estate in Japan and will ask 80,000 locals to work from home permanently as it redefines work culture internally in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Under the auspices of the Work Life Shift campaign, Fujitsu is to study data of how employees use offices, with a view of giving them more tools and options to work from…

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Think of a number: A tale of iffy discount codes, supermarket loyalty cards and Hotels.com

Miscreants have been nabbing British supermarket chain Tesco Clubcard discount codes to snap up Hotels.com rewards meant for holders of the retailer’s loyalty cards. Uncovered by researchers from CyberNews, a vulnerability stemmed from the way Hotels.com generated the discount codes, which are issued to Clubcard holders as a reward for splashing the cash in-store. The 13-character discount code used the same first five characters, then three numbers for the…

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A bad day in New Zealand: Rocket Lab’s 13th mission ends in failure

Upstart rocketeers at Rocket Lab had a bad weekend as the thirteenth launch of its Electron rocket ended in failure. The flight of the Electron on 4 July appeared to work at first, and the onboard cameras caught the first stage booster falling back to Earth. Viewers were then treated to the separation of the payload shroud, as planned, before things began to go a bit pear-shaped. Acceleration appeared…

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Linux kernel coders propose inclusive terminology coding guidelines, note: ‘Arguments about why people should not be offended do not scale’

In the light of the 2020 “global reckoning on race relations” the Linux kernel developers have stepped up with proposed new inclusive terminology guidelines for their coding community. The proposal came from Intel principal engineer Dan Williams and won support from other Linux maintainers including Chris Mason and Greg Kroah-Hartman. Words to be avoided include “slave”, with suggested substitutions such as secondary, subordinate, replica or follower, and “blacklist”, for…

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July? British government could decide to boot Chinese giant Huawei from the UK’s networks by this month

After months of dilly dallying, the UK government has said it will finally decide this month whether Huawei should be booted out of Blighty’s nascent 5G network, according to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden. Speaking on London talk radio station LBC Radio this morning, Dowden raised the possibility that crippling US sanctions have undermined its reliability as a vendor. “In relation to Huawei, we’ve had these US sanctions that were…

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Barclays Bank appeared to be using the Wayback Machine as a ‘CDN’ for some Javascript

Barclays Bank appears to have been using no less than the Internet Archive‘s Wayback Machine as a “content distribution network” to serve up a Javascript file. The bizarre discovery was made by Twitter user @immunda, who discovered on Thursday that the British financial institute was calling JS from the Internet Archive. Click to enlarge Shortly after an abortive tussle with Barclays’ automated Twitter DM chatbot, he declared that he…

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Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future

Analogue radio station licences will be extended for another 10 years, the UK government has said – entirely reversing plans to shut off FM and AM radio stations in favour of DAB digital radio. Commercial radio stations will be allowed to renew their existing, close-to-expiry licences for another decade, meaning your old banger’s tape deck-cum-stereo will keep working until at least 2032. The U-turn “ensures there is no disruption…

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It’s not a Windows 10 release without something breaking so here’s a troubleshooter for your OneDrive woes

While Microsoft was showing off its new OneDrive toys, the company also slipped out a fix for brave souls running Windows 10 2004 and finding Files On-Demand a little borked. Issues have been rumbling for a few weeks now as users of the new OS began complaining that “OneDrive cannot connect to Windows”, rendering the Files On-Demand feature, which pulls data down from the cloudy bit barn when needed,…

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If you wanna make your own open-source chip, just Google it. Literally. Web giant says it’ll fab them for free

If you’re doodling your own computer chip yet wondering if you’ll ever see it physically manufactured, Google is offering to fabricate it for you for free. There are a few caveats. One is that the chip design must be public and open-source: you’ll submit your work by sending in a URL to the relevant Git repo. The other is that the process node will be 130nm, which was cutting…

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UK government shakes magic money tree, finds $500m to buy a stake in struggling satellite firm OneWeb

The ongoing saga of OneWeb and the UK’s ambition to be a major space player took another twist today with the confirmation that $500m will be splurged by Whitehall on the satelite biz. OneWeb, which filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year, has been the subject of speculation in recent weeks as bidders circled. A consortium led by the UK government, which included another $500m from Indian outift Bharti…

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