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Comment: Re:Pretty pointless (Score 1) 215

by rainer_d (#49159041) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Does One Verify Hard Drive Firmware?
I know about Quest.
But as you say, that was fourteen years ago.
And it was (IMO) partly his fault.
Apple's accounting has been under the microscope for a couple of years, going as far as citing the CEO in front of a Senate hearing. Given the state of Uncle Sam's finances, I guess they would have found something by now.

Comment: Bailout...shmailout (Score 1) 690

by rainer_d (#49016315) Attached to: Free-As-In-Beer Electricity In Greece?
AFAIK 11% of the bail-out money went to Greece, 89% went to creditor-banks.

Mostly German banks, that is.
And I say that as a German myself (though I don't live there anymore and as such don't really pay into the "system" much anymore - I'm in a financially much more responsible country now).

The "bailout" was a nice way to help shift that debt from private corporations to the public (=tax-payer) - and look good doing so.
If Greece doesn't want any more "rescue-plans" like this, they actually don't lose much money. But their creditors will stop receiving money from IMF&Co. This amounts to a de-facto "default" and will stop the influx of capital almost completely.
I do believe it's impossible for Greece to pay back the amount of debt they have. Not in a hundred years.
It takes two to tango - when Greece joined the European Monetary Union, apparently "everybody" knew their numbers where cooked from the beginning.
Politicians can't pay back the money but at least an effort should be made to make them accountable in front of history!

Comment: Not for me (Score 1) 120

by rainer_d (#48942219) Attached to: Wi-Fi Issues Continue For OS X Users Despite Updates
I've had quite a lot of issues with Mavericks, though.
Yosemite solved them almost completely.
Almost, because sometimes my 2012 MacMini will randomly disconnect from the WiFi access point (an almost 10 year old Linksys 54MBit AP-only).
Then, I have to disabled WiFi completely, wait a few moments, re-enable it and reconnect to my AP again.
It's very random, which leads me to the conclusion that it could also be an issue with the AP and/or all the wireless networks around me, probably using much later and much "better" technology and basically killing my WiFi.
I don't really blame Apple. There are so many devices out there, so many buggy firmware- and driver-versions, so many buggy OSs and the spectrum is so overloaded these days as everybody and his dog has at least one WiFi AP (sometimes several, via a mesh-setup or a simple repeater (adding to the problem inadvertently...). I sometimes wonder why works at all.

+ - Hunting for a Tech Job in 2015-> 1

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Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "It’s a brand new year, and by at least some indications the economy’s doing pretty well, which means that a lot of people will begin looking for a new, possibly better job. If you're looking to trade up, Dice has some tips, some of which are pretty standard-issue ("Update resume," etc.), and others that could actually stand you in good stead, including using the Bureau of Labor Statistics to judge the median salary for a position before negotiating with HR. According to Glassdoor, Dice, and other sources, the average salary for many kinds of tech workers will only rise over the next year, so it really could be a good time to see what's out there. Good luck."
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