The 404 Media Podcast

Why the Solar Storm Broke Tractors and GPS

May 15, 2024

We've got something of a John Deere special episode this week. We start with Jason's piece on how the recent solar storm knocked out GPS for John Deere tractors, having a direct impact on farming across the country. After the break, Jason breaks down his deep dive into the various walls closing around John Deere's right to repair monopoly. In the subscribers-only section, we've got two wild Amazon stories: one on the bots used by Amazon workers to book time off, and another on "Swag Bucks," Amazon's internal employee cash system. Solar Storm Knocks Out Farmers' Tractor GPS Systems During Peak Planting Season The Walls Are Closing in on John Deere’s Tractor Repair Monopoly Amazon Workers Use Bots to Claim Limited Supply of Time Off Amazon’s Swag Store Sells Neck Fans to Prevent Workers from Overheating Subscribe at for bonus content. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit neither hosts nor alters podcast files. All content © its respective owners.