After a white gunman killed nine black people in a racially motivated shooting in Charleston, South Carolina last week, debate over banning the contentious symbol of racism led Ebay,Walmart, and Sears to pull Confederate-flag themed merchandise from their shelves. Major US flag maker Valley Forge Flag also announced plans to stop producing the flag. But flag supporters could still pick up their offensive gear on Amazon—until today. … [Read more...] about Amazon Will No Longer Sell Confederate Flag Merchandise
Other companies already have services where you can program their quantum computer on the cloud: IBM’s Qiskit offers access to their various superconducting machines, and Google will soon connect its own quantum computers to its Cirq platform. Microsoft, too, offers access to the IonQ computer through its Azure platform while it tries to construct its own quantum computer. … [Read more...] about Amazon Officially Enters the Quantum Computing Race
Either the president is lying or he’s totally uninformed about the issue. The former is most likely, however, because, after all, this isn’t the first time Trump has made this claim, nor is it the first time he’s faced criticism for being wrong. … [Read more...] about Trump’s Claim That Amazon Pays ‘Little or No’ State Taxes Is Utter Nonsense
Just last week, more than 20 workers at a facility at one of Amazon’s fulfillment centers in New Jersey were sent to the hospital after an “automated machine” struck an aerosol can containing bear repellent, sending fumes into the air and leading to workers reporting difficulty breathing. Remarkably, that wasn’t even the first time that Amazon workers have been exposed to bear repellent at its facilities. Wired reported at least two other similar incidents, one this year and one in 2015. … [Read more...] about Amazon Workers in Spain and Germany Announce Strikes Ahead of Christmas: ‘Change Must Come Now’
“I don’t have an answer about whether it’s ethical or not for any given person to broadcast on Twitch during Prime Day,” Koebel said. “I think it’s a reasonable thing for people to avoid services provided by Amazon in solidarity. I don’t know that it’s the right choice for every broadcaster to risk their livelihood during that same period. I hope people will consider how they criticize one another over it. I made a badly-expressed point, and I’m thankful for the response I got to it and to have the chance to come at it from another angle. Is broadcasting the same as crossing a picket line or buying a new TV during Prime Day? I don’t know that I have a concrete answer.” … [Read more...] about Some Streamers Are Boycotting Twitch In Support Of The Amazon Prime Day Strike
“The challenge is you’re trying to take workers who were reasonably well paid, far into their career, and train them for a new type of job,” says Carolyn J. Heinrich, the lead investigator in the aforementioned DOL study and a professor of public policy at Vanderbilt University. “Workers come out and earn entry level wages. In no way do they earn what they were making in the past.” Mobility is an issue, too. “Some of the jobs they trained for will be in other states—if you’re paying off a mortgage on a house, or kids in high school, you’re not going to be able to move very easily.” … [Read more...] about Amazon Says It Will Retrain Workers It’s Automating Out of Jobs. But Does ‘Upskilling’ Even Work?