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Storage Breakthrough Will Improve SSD Capacity Tenfold

Storage Breakthrough Will Improve SSD Capacity Tenfold

Two companies today announced new 3D NAND technology that stacks layers of flash cells vertically to increase density.

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ISIS sending ‘advance guards’ to Afghanistan

(London Telegraph) The Islamic State (Isil) is already sending “advance guards” to Afghanistan and could expand into the war-torn country if the US withdraws too quickly, the new Afghan president warned today.

A day after successfully lobbying Barack Obama to slow the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani used a speech to the US Congress to raise the spectre of Isil extending into his country as it did in Iraq.

“We are the front line,” Mr Ghani told members of Congress as he urged the US to continue its military and economic support for Afghanistan. “[Isil] is already sending advance guards to southern and western Afghanistan to test our vulnerabilities.”

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Andreas Lubitz: Torn-up sick note for day of crash is found at home of Germanwings co-pilot

A torn-up sick note has been found showing that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was unfit for work on the day he is thought to have deliberately…


Crimea will support nuclear weapons placement on its territory – Aksyonov

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German police raid Andreas Lubitz’s home


Andreas Lubitz competes in a race in 2013.

German police said Friday they’ve raided the home of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz – and they’ve found something they deem “significant.”

“We have found something which will now be taken for tests,” a spokesman for Dusseldorf police told the Daily Mail. “We cannot say what it is at the moment but it may be [a] very significant clue to what has happened.”

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Investigators have been stumped to determine the motive behind Lubitz’s purposeful crashing of a Germanwings plane on Tuesday, killing himself and another 149 – including three Americans – aboard.

Reports have floated suggesting he may have been suffering from depression. So far, that diagnosis hasn’t been confirmed.

But officials sifted through Lubitz’s apartment in Dusselfdorf, as well as that of his parent’s home in Motabaur, 40 miles from Bonn. And they removed several boxes and large blue bags from both homes.

Police also said there was no suicide note.

German media reported Lubitz may have been suffering from depression. The news tabloid Bild, for example, reported his training at Lufthansa’s flight school in Phoenix, Ariz., had come to a halt at one point due to a “serious depressive episode.”

And the same news site also reported Lubitz may have gone for additional treatment for depression or other mental health issues after he was “demoted” at his flight training facility in the United States. The so-called “episode” was apparently serious enough that it was noted in his aviation medical records, Bild reported.

These medical reports have not been confirmed by Germany’s Federal Aviation Office, USA Today reported. But Fox News also reported Friday that Lubitz, in 2009 and while in training, was rated “not fit to fly” and his breakup with his fiancee may have contributed to his poor mental health condition.

In the meanwhile, Thomas Winkelmann, the chief executive of Germanwings, released a statement on Friday about a family assistance center the airline just established in Marseille, France. He said briefings with family members of the flight victims will be held Saturday.

“The suffering and pain this catastrophe has caused is immeasurable,” he said, USA Today reported. “No words can express it and no amount of consolation is sufficient but we want to be there for visiting family members and friends if our support is desired.”

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Lefty lawmaker warns: Climate change makes women prostitutes


Rep. Barbara Lee

Rep. Barbara Lee, one of the most liberal members of Congress, issued a dire warning this week about the consequences of failing to properly address climate change: It’ll make women prostitutes, she said.

And to counter this scenario, she pressed House colleagues to vote for her resolution, recognizing the threat and emphasizing the need to take immediate steps to fight climate change, The Blaze reported.

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“[F]ood insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage that put them at risk for HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy and poor reproductive health,” her resolution read.

She said what’s needed are more gender-specific climate change policies and regulations.

Specifically, she said in her resolution that Congress ought to express awareness of the “disparate impacts of climate change on women” and press to develop “gender-sensitive framweworks in developing policies to address climate change.”

This isn’t the first time Lee has recommended such action.

In mid-2013, she introduced House Concurrent Resolution 36, saying the exact same. She was roundly mocked in the media back then, with one website, the Daily Caller, headlining a story on her resolution: “Democrats: Global warming means more hookers.”

Lee, in an April 2013 email to the Los Angeles Times, expressed frustration with the failure of the media to see the clear danger she was outlining.

She said then: “It’s unfortunate that this resolution has been misrepresented as to its goals. Tragically, as women across the world are pushed to the margins, they become vulnerable. And we’ve seen time after time that women on the edge are forced to make heartbreaking choices, this among them.”


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Salesforce abandons all future Indiana plans following passage of SB 101

On Thursday, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff announced plans to avoid the state of Indiana for any future company events following the passage of that state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

“Today we are canceling all programs that require our customers/employees to travel to Indiana to face discrimination,” Benioff wrote on his personal Twitter account. He then emphasized his “employees’ and customers’ outrage” over the bill and said that he would “dramatically reduce” the company’s investment in Indiana as a result.

Benioff spent much of Thursday posting links to stories about the bill’s passage, most of which referred to its discriminatory aspects and its potential negative impact on Indiana’s LGBTQ community. He also urged technology CEOs to “pay attention to what is happening in Indiana and how it will impact your employees and customers.”

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Criminals to pay new court charge

Convicted criminals in England and Wales will have to pay up to £1,200 towards the cost of their court case under new rules, it is revealed.
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Report: Japanese reactor sits above active fault

(Anadolu Agency) A Japanese nuclear regulation watchdog created after the Fukushima disaster has accepted a report saying that a reactor at a plant on the Sea of Japan coast is situated above an active geological fault.

The report, submitted to the Nuclear Regulation Authority, explained that at least one fault under the No. 2 reactor of the Japan Atomic Power Co.’s Tsuruga plant could move in the future, Kyodo News reported.

After the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis, all commercial reactors in the earthquake-prone country remain offline until their clearance in the regulator’s safety review.

It is prohibited for reactors and other safety-requiring facilities to be built directly above active faults.

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Leaders launch campaign with TV ‘debate’

Labour challenger impresses at venue but public back PM 54% to 46%
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