Mizuho bank’s IT failures blamed on ancient hardware
Japanese bank Mizuho has been in the news for multiple systems failures this year. Things got so bad the FSA (Japan’s financial regulator) is now supervising their IT. If reports are to be believed, it could be 6 year old hard disks are to blame.
Is a smog free city possible?
An expressway cut through the centre of Seoul, bringing traffic and pollution to the heart of the city. A few years ago city officials ripped the road out and replaced it with parks and walkways. Turns out it was better for everyone.
Amazon Astro raises privacy concerns (and a bunch of other problems)
It should come as no surprise Amazon’s newly announced Astro robot is going to learn your behaviour. Service bots will need to if they’re going to, well, service us better. Only Amazon’s plans are to use this to sell you more stuff. That’s if it doesn’t decide to throw itself down the stairs first.
Omni woes go from financial to fraud
UK gas prices have skyrocketed in recent weeks. The result is a slew of companies going bust and their customers being transferred to competitors on much higher rates. One company – Omni – is alleged to have tried to short cut the process by finding their high gas using customers and manually transferring them to competitors. That’s meant rekeying data into web sites and setting up direct debits potentially illegally.
Brexit from an almost outsider’s perspective
Late at night, as my one year anniversary of living in Japan approaches, I had a Twitter rant about Brexit. It includes gifs.
Prints available on Redbubble
As the Kobe Roku design practice gathers pace, I’ve launched a RedBubble store where you can purchase prints, posters and canvases.
Just because you’re 80 doesn’t mean you can’t be one of the cool kids down the skateboard park, as newbie Kinoshita Yoshio is proving.