Amazon turns warehouse tasks into video games to make work ‘fun’

Conditions in Amazon’s warehouses are notoriously grueling, but the company has a new tactic it thinks will make employees’ lives easier: turn work into a video game.

As detailed in a new report from The Washington Post, Amazon has started installing screens next to workers’ stations that feature simple games with names like PicksInSpace, Mission Racer, and CastleCrafter. Their physical actions, assembling orders and moving items, are translated into virtual in-game moves. So, the faster someone picks items and places them in a box, for example, the faster their car will move around a virtual track.

The games are intended to make work less tedious, but also encourage higher productivity by pitting workers against one another in the…

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Google stored some G Suite passwords in plaintext for 14 years

Google revealed that it recently discovered a bug that caused a subset of its enterprise G Suite customers to have their passwords stored in an unhashed — albeit encrypted — form for about 14 years. “This is a G Suite issue users only — no free consumer Google accounts were affected — and we are working with enterprise administrators to ensure that their users reset their passwords,” Google said in a blog post disclosing the security lapse. The internet giant failed to specify exactly how many customers were affected this way. However, it went on to stress that it didn’t find any…

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Change UK mocked for ‘folly’ of rejecting alliance with the Lib Dems

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Change UK are “now they’re seeing their folly” after refusing to work with the Liberal Democrats, according to a leading Lib Dem candidate in the European Parliament elections.
Dinesh Dhamija said that the Lib Dems were “rising” and could overtake the Conservatives and Labour to become a party of government.
“Perhaps they [Change UK] were not organised in their thinking and that’s why they didn’t do it,” he told Business Insider ahead of Brits going to the polls on Thursday.
He insisted that the Lib Dems had done a “great job” in Coalition government with the Conservatives.

LONDON — Change UK carried out an act of “folly” by refusing to work with the “better organised” Liberal Democrats, according to one of Sir Vince Cable’s party’s leading candidates in this week’s European elections.

Change UK were formed earlier this year by former Labour and Conservative MPs unhappy with the two parties’ pro-Brexit policies. A leaked memo suggested the party planned to replace the Lib Dems as Britain’s foremost anti-Brexit party.

However, Change UK have struggled since their launch, with even their leader, Heidi Allen, suggesting this week that they may not survive until the next general election.

In an interview with Business Insider, Dinesh Dhamija, a Lib Dem candidate in London, took a swipe at Change UK, whose MPs rejected early calls for an alliance between the two parties.

“They’re all good friends of ours and we did offer to work together because you need local associations and local parties, and we could provide that. We said let’s work together and they didn’t. And now they’re seeing their folly.

“Perhaps they were not organised in their thinking and that’s why they didn’t do it.”

He added: “At one stage they thought we were a busted brand, not anymore.”

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Source:: Business Insider


Melanie Onn: “What Brexit means for people is hardening all the time”

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The Labour MP for Great Grimsby talks fishing, regeneration projects and Brexit.

The story of this year’s local elections was Tory obliteration. The party lost 1,296 councillors, hundreds more than even the gloomiest pollsters predicted. But a few patches of the country, including Grimsby, bucked the national trend.

The Conservatives did reasonably well in several areas where they have historically faced hostility, including Barrow-in-Furness and Blackpool, where they dented the Labour majority. They won eight councillors in Stoke-on-Trent and seven in Darlington, putting the latter into no overall control. Finally, they took control of three councils: North East Derbyshire, Walsall, and North East Lincolnshire.

The last of those is home to Grimsby, where Labour MP Melanie Onn was reelected in 2017 by 2,500 votes. “I had thought, if we think [Brexit] is going to hit us, it’s going to hit the Conservatives twice as hard,” she says. “And actually, it didn’t. She observes that voters speaking to Labour campaigners on the doorstep brought up Brexit, but with the Conservatives they mainly raised local issues. The result saw the Tories win a majority for the first time since North East Lincolnshire Council was formed in 1996.

“Brexit plays a part in this obviously,” Onn says, “but at the heart of people’s concerns in Grimsby is that they feel like it is a bit forgotten.” She describes ageing Victorian buildings – some of them listed, many privately owned – which stand abandoned and dilapidated in the town centre. “Nobody seems to take responsibility for them, and that I think then frustrates people because they look around, and they see some of the impact of cuts of over the last nine years.” Coupled with rising antisocial behaviour, it makes people feel like the town centre is “not for them anymore”.

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Source:: New Statesman


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