Microsoft: Most employees can work from home less than 50 percent of the time

Microsoft officials this week set some new official guidelines for work-from-home for the company’s 166,000 or so employees as of 2019. Most employees will be able to work from home part-time, meaning less than 50 percent. With manager approval, some will have the option to work from home full-time.

The new rules are the result of the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. In early March, Microsoft began setting policies around which employees could and should work from home. In July, Microsoft officials said the company planned to reopen its offices partially in January 2021 at the earliest.

Then, as now, some employees are required to be onsite, depending on employees’ roles.

Microsoft management began circulating the new work-from-home rules selectively earlier this week, according to my contacts. The Verge reported on October 9 that Microsoft’s Chief People Office Kathleen Hogan also said employees could have the option of

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These stickers could save your life

Not a week goes by that there isn’t some story about some bit of tech kit exploding into flames. Given that I have a lot of tech — most of which is high quality kit made to high standards, but some comes from shady, dubious sources — I am always wary of fire.

The nose is a good sensor, as it touch (although around electricals that can give you a nasty shock… no pun intended). A thermal imaging camera is also handy, but not everyone has one.

The other day I came across a very simple and relatively cheap product that could help give advanced warning of electricals going rogue.

Safe Connect Hot Plug Indicator Dots.

These self-adhesive pads are primarily aimed at the UK market to attach to our electrical plugs. These dots permanently change color (from a pale pink to a red) when the temperature exceeds 52°C/125°F.

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Dryad Networks gains funding for large-scale wildfire detection IoT network

Environmental internet of things (IoT) startup Dryad Networks has secured seed funding of €1.8m to develop a large-scale IoT network for the ultra-early detection of wildfires, helping public and private forest owners monitor, analyse and protect the world’s largest and most remote environments.

Based in Berlin-Brandenburg, Dryad describes itself as an environmental IoT startup. Its mission is to develop a large-scale IoT network that can tackle the devastating impact of wildfires on the environment, wildlife and communities.

Dryad is led by co-founder, CEO and serial telco entrepreneur Carsten Brinkschulte, who has a track record in building and exiting high-growth businesses. The idea for a wireless IoT network to connect the natural world was conceived by Brinkschulte and co-founder Marco Bönig when the devastating fires ripped through the Amazon rainforest in 2019.

That year, forest fires generated 7.8 billion tonnes of CO2 – almost 20% of the annual global

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A look at Havana's SNET, the "street network" of Cuba's capital which at its peak had ~100K IP addresses, and its demise as state-run WiFi and 3G networks arise (Priscila Bellini/Rest of World)

Priscila Bellini / Rest of World:

A look at Havana’s SNET, the “street network” of Cuba’s capital which at its peak had ~100K IP addresses, and its demise as state-run WiFi and 3G networks arise  —  As Cuba sluggishly got its population online, the shadow internet developed by volunteers provided a lifeline for thousands of people.… Read More