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Friday, September 2 2022


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Where does one even buy a floppy disk these days?

That’s what Japan’s grumpy digital minister Taro Kono asked—while declaring “war” on this 50-year-old method of storing data. Japanese businesses are still required to use disks to complete 1,900 government-related procedures—to submit applications and other documents. A bit surprising since Sony stopped manufacturing floppy disks back in 2010. But the task of convincing bureaucrats may not prove easy. As one of them pointed out: the disks “almost never broke or lost data.” FYI: they are not fond of Kono’s plan to banish fax machines either. 


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Big Story

Why ‘barkha rani’ isn’t leaving anytime soon

The TLDR: We looked out our window and asked ourselves: Why the eff is it still raining this hard in September? The key factors at play: La Niña, Indian Ocean Dipole and marine heatwaves.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Important: splainer prices jump upwards this weekend 
  • Say hello to INS Vikrant
  • Sri Lanka gets a big IMF bailout
  • Twitter ‘edit’ button is coming!
  • Zilingo in trouble again
  • Japanese jobs for… babies!
  • Humpback whale songs go viral
  • Malware in pretty space pictures

 

Sanity Break

  • NASA’s addictive hold music 

 

Weekend Advisory

  • Good stuff to watch
  • A list of good reads

 

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