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All the flash world needs is more TLC, suggests report

The Register - 8 hours 47 min ago
Using it in the iPhone6 turned the supply trickle into a flood

Triple-level cell (TLC) flash is heading towards being nearly half of all flash shipments.…

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Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

Slashdot - 8 hours 50 min ago
HughPickens.com writes: Jad Mouawad And Christopher Drew write in the NY Times that although airplane cockpits are supposed to be the last line of defense from outside aggressors, airlines have fewer options if the threat comes from within. One of the major safety protocols that actually made planes safer in the past 15 years was that the cockpits were turned into fortresses. Unfortunately, that exact advantage was exploited by the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane on Tuesday to crash it intentionally. "It is shocking to me that there was not a second person present in the cockpit," says Mark Rosenker, a former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Access to the cockpit is strictly regulated in the United States. Passengers are not allowed to congregate near the cockpit door, and whenever the door is open, no one is allowed in the forward bathroom and flight attendants usually block aisle access, sometimes using a food cart. The Federal Aviation Administration mandates that a flight attendant must sit in the cockpit when either pilot steps into the passenger area; European regulations do not have a similar two-person rule, but they're now talking about creating one. The Germanwings accident also points to potential shortcomings in how pilots are screened for mental problems, a recurring concern for an industry that demands focus and discipline in an increasingly technical job, often in stressful situations. In 2012, a well-regarded pilot with JetBlue, one of the airline's earliest employees, was physically restrained by passengers on a flight from New York to Las Vegas after displaying erratic behavior. In that case, the co-pilot locked the pilot out of the cabin and made an emergency landing in Amarillo, Tex. "Aircraft-assisted pilot suicides," as the Federal Aviation Administration calls them, are rare. They include the November 2013 crash of a Mozambique Airlines plane bound for Luanda, Angola, which bears an eerie resemblance to the Germanwings plane's demise. When the flight's co-pilot left to use the lavatory, the captain locked him out of the cockpit and manually steered the aircraft earthward. The crash of Egypt Airlines Flight 990 off Nantucket, Mass., in 1999, which killed all 217 people on board, was also caused by deliberate action, a National Transportation Safety Board investigation concluded. Experts on suicide say that the psychology of those who combine suicide with mass murder may differ in significant ways from those who limit themselves to taking their own lives.

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Torn-up sick notes show crash pilot should have been grounded

Reuters: Technology - 9 hours 7 min ago
DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - German authorities found torn-up sick notes showing that the pilot who crashed a plane into the French Alps was suffering from an illness that should have grounded him on the day of the tragedy, which he apparently hid from the airline.






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VMware channel confirms price hikes from next month

The Register - 9 hours 7 min ago
vSphere to rise by 7% and all the rest by 4-5%

The meteoric strengthening of the US dollar relative to currencies in Europe and other parts of the globe is the reason VMware is hiking prices by mid-to-high single digits.…

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VMware channel confirms price hikes from next month

The Register - 9 hours 7 min ago
vSphere to rise by 7% and all the rest by 4-5%

The meteoric strengthening of the US dollar relative to currencies in Europe and other parts of the globe is the reason VMware is hiking prices by mid-to-high single digits.…

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US Air Force Overstepped In SpaceX Certification

Slashdot - 9 hours 32 min ago
Rambo Tribble writes: An internal review commissioned by Air Force Secretary Deborah James has concluded that Air Force personnel tasked with evaluating SpaceX's certification treated it as a design review, going so far as to dictate organizational changes in the company. This was judged contrary to the intention of promoting a competitive environment. The report, prepared by former Air Force Chief of Staff General Larry Welch, concluded, "The result to date has been ... the worst of all worlds, pressing the Falcon 9 commercially oriented approach into a comfortable government mold that eliminates or significantly reduces the expected benefits to the government of the commercial approach. Both teams need to adjust."

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Europe could be drowned in 'worthless pop culture' thanks to EU copyright plans

The Register - 9 hours 36 min ago
There's a flaw in your plan, Kommissar Ansip

Comment Expect more bland Europop and formulaic Hollywood blockbusters in your future if a proposal by European Commissioner Andrus Ansip are implemented, cultural industries in smaller European states say.…

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Europe could be drowned in 'worthless pop culture' thanks to EU copyright plans

The Register - 9 hours 36 min ago
There's a flaw in your plan, Kommissar Ansip

Comment Expect more bland Europop and formulaic Hollywood blockbusters in your future if a proposal by European Commissioner Andrus Ansip are implemented, cultural industries in smaller European states say.…

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Iran, six powers demand mutual concessions in tense nuclear talks

Reuters: Technology - 9 hours 55 min ago
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Major powers and Iran were pushing each other for concessions on Friday ahead of an end-March deadline for a preliminary nuclear deal, with Tehran demanding an immediate end to sanctions and freedom to continue sensitive atomic research, officials said.






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Home Office awards Raytheon £150m over e-borders cancellation

The Register - 10 hours 4 min ago
Department has handed over a total of £185m to extract itself from the deal

The Home Office has agreed to hand over £150m to defence company Raytheon over the dispute relating to the cancellation of the £750m e-Borders contract.…

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Home Office awards Raytheon £150m over e-borders cancellation

The Register - 10 hours 4 min ago
Department has handed over a total of £185m to extract itself from the deal

The Home Office has agreed to hand over £150m to defence company Raytheon over the dispute relating to the cancellation of the £750m e-Borders contract.…

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U.S. economic growth slows in fourth quarter; corporate profits fall

Reuters: Technology - 10 hours 9 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. economic growth cooled in the fourth quarter as previously reported and after-tax corporate profits took a hit from a strong dollar, which could undermine future business spending.
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Github Under JS-Based "Greatfire" DDoS Attack, Allegedly From Chinese Government

Slashdot - 10 hours 14 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: During the past two days, popular code hosting site GitHub has been under a DDoS attack, which has led to intermittent service interruptions. As blogger Anthr@X reports from traceroute lists, the attack originated from MITM-modified JavaScript files for the Chinese company Baidu's user tracking code, changing the unencrypted content as it passed through the great firewall of China to request the URLs github.com/greatfire/ and github.com/cn-nytimes/. The Chinese government's dislike of widespread VPN usage may have caused it to arrange the attack, where only people accessing Baidu's services from outside the firewall would contribute to the DDoS. This wouldn't have been the first time China arranged this kind of "protest."

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Everyone's getting flashy: Intel and Micron want to feed you their wafers

The Register - 10 hours 22 min ago
And SanDisk's getting in on the action too

Four months after revealing their 3D NAND flash tech, Intel and Micron say they are now sampling product - the day after beleaguered SanDisk announced its 48-layer tech would enter pilot production in the second half of the year.…

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Everyone's getting flashy: Intel and Micron want to feed you their wafers

The Register - 10 hours 22 min ago
And SanDisk's getting in on the action too

Four months after revealing their 3D NAND flash tech, Intel and Micron say they are now sampling product - the day after beleaguered SanDisk announced its 48-layer tech would enter pilot production in the second half of the year.…

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Linux 3.19.3

Linux Today - 10 hours 43 min ago

Greg K-H: All users of the 3.19 kernel series must upgrade.

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Euro THERMONUCLEAR REACTOR PROJECT is in TROUBLE

The Register - 10 hours 46 min ago
EU Parliament sends scientists snottogram over funding woes

The International Thermonouclear Experimental Reactor project is in hot water with the European Parliament for failing to manage EU funds properly.…

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Euro THERMONUCLEAR REACTOR PROJECT is in TROUBLE

The Register - 10 hours 46 min ago
EU Parliament sends scientists snottogram over funding woes

The International Thermonouclear Experimental Reactor project is in hot water with the European Parliament for failing to manage EU funds properly.…

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Quebec Plans To Require Website Blocking, Studies New Internet Access Tax

Slashdot - 10 hours 56 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Michael Geist reports that the Government of Quebec released its budget (PDF) yesterday featuring two Internet-related measures that are sure to attract attention and possible litigation. First, it is moving forward with plans to study a new tax on residential Internet services in order to provide support for the cultural sector. Second, the government says it will be introducing a new law requiring ISPs to block access to online gambling sites. The list of blocked sites will be developed by Loto-Quebec, a government agency. The government views this as a revenue enhancing measure because it wants to channel gamblers to its own Espacejeux, the government's own online gaming site.

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<i>El Reg</i> uncages its truly demonic BOFH t-shirt

The Register - 11 hours 12 min ago
Classic Bastard Operator apparel back at Cash'n'Carrion

You spoke, we listened, and as of right now, you can get your mitts on a classic BOFH t-shirt down at El Reg's merchandising tentacle Cash'n'Carrion.…

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