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Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

aardwolf64 Kind of... (263 comments)

I kind of did that. I used to work a nice boring job at a University with excellent benefits (but without high pay or potential for promotion).

I took a pay cut to work for a statewide bank, and it turned out turned out that job #2 was almost as bad as job #1 as far as upwards mobility.

I left job #2 for a 50% pay raise at FedEx. High stress, long hours, great potential promotions, great pay. Laid off as part of the cut-back in 2009.

Here I am working for another University (different large one, but still in the same state). I've got the good benefits and low stress, but my experience outside of the University systems actually got me pretty decent pay when I came back. I still don't really have any promotion opportunities, but I'm in an end-of-career job (as a 35 year old).

about 9 months ago

Banker Offers $1M To Solve Beal Conjecture

aardwolf64 Re:A=B=C=1 (216 comments)

That is A solution to the equation. To win the money, you need to prove conclusively that the conjecture is either true or false for ALL numbers that fall within the range.

about a year and a half ago

John McCain Working On Legislation For 'a La Carte' TV Channel Packages

aardwolf64 Re:Sounds good. (614 comments)

If you're going to have the XBMC server (PlexApp, anyone) on your desktop, why bother with buying a whole PC for the TV? Just get a $50 Roku, connect it to PlexApp, and call it a day.

about a year and a half ago

James Cameron Spills the Details From His Deep Dive

aardwolf64 Re:Yeah, right (43 comments)

It makes perfect sense... Life originated in the Marianas Trench. Once one of the little fishies was strong enough to swim to the surface, he directed Titanic.

about 2 years ago

Increasing Wireless Network Speed By 1000% By Replacing Packets With Algebra

aardwolf64 Re:1000% == 11 times (357 comments)

It's "boosting" by up to 10 times, which will equal up to 11.

more than 2 years ago

Cancer-Detecting Bra Could One Day Surpass Mammograms In Accuracy

aardwolf64 Re:Victoria has a secret (110 comments)

From the article, around $1,000 each and only for high risk patients.

Still, they don't don't have to be worn every day... what kind of granularity do you want? You could wear it once a week and still be way ahead of the game.

more than 2 years ago

Russia Wants a Hypersonic Bomber

aardwolf64 2020 Timeline (319 comments)

Of course, that timeline depends on them discovering alien technology in 2019 and not destroying it until 2020.

more than 2 years ago

Google Nexus 7 Parts Cost $18 More Than Kindle Fire

aardwolf64 Re:Apple & Amazon have own retail channels (146 comments)

Google pays a fee on every device they sell, cutting into their profit the same regardless of the quantity purchased.

Apple/Amazon have fixed costs for the stores, etc. Selling additional units lowers the per unit cost attributed to the store, etc... So greater quantity quickly increases the profit margin.

more than 2 years ago

First iOS Malware Discovered In Apple's App Store

aardwolf64 Re:Stopping malware (171 comments)

Apple can easily decompile the binaries. That's how they know if you're using private APIs.

more than 2 years ago

Supreme Court: Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional

aardwolf64 Re:Dreaming (2416 comments)

I don't think the government knows what profit is.

"Leftover money? What's that????"

more than 2 years ago

Oldest Intact Red Blood Cells Found on Iceman

aardwolf64 Re:Don't get all that excited.... (104 comments)

It's groundbreaking! Scientists have proved that people 5000 years ago had blood! Expect it to be in the newspaper headlines tomorrow morning...

more than 2 years ago

Siri Protocol Cracked

aardwolf64 Re:wow (403 comments)

Definitely... I was thinking about posting that link to a discussion I've been in on getting Siri to work in the corporate environment (firewall rules, etc.), but I didn't because the email address is associated with my dev account.

about 3 years ago

US Troops To Leave Iraq By End of Year

aardwolf64 Re:Take that to the bank... (386 comments)

He did say he would shut down Gitmo on day one. Guess what? It's still open...

more than 3 years ago

Will Apple Let Siri and Apps Connect?

aardwolf64 Re:How about Apple's Apps? (185 comments)

"Can I borrow your phone?"

"Siri erase all contents and settings" "yes, I'm sure"


more than 3 years ago

Scientists Build Wireless Bicycle Brakes

aardwolf64 Works GREAT! (213 comments)

Works GREAT... until the battery dies and you hit a car.

more than 3 years ago

Publicly Shaming Laptop Thieves Catches Bystanders in the Crossfire

aardwolf64 Re:She could get the pictures pulled... (372 comments)

How about someone who took a screenshot of someone who was taking pictures? That's more likely what happened here... Or the Lojack software took pictures itself.

more than 3 years ago

Linus' First Linux Post, 20 Years Ago Today

aardwolf64 Re:Just a few months later (181 comments)

Hex editor to change the kernel binary, huh? And people said Linux was too hard to use... :-P

more than 3 years ago



Lack of Security in iPhone Financial Apps

aardwolf64 aardwolf64 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

aardwolf64 (160070) writes "A friend and I were discussing PayPal having recently released the 2.0 version of their app. He mentioned the risks of logging into all of your financial information from your phone, so we decided to try it out. I logged into the PayPal app, and let my phone sleep. I was able to wake the phone and send money without having to re-enter a password. This means that had someone stolen my iPhone in this state, they could have sent themselves all of my money.

It seems that the Bank of America has the same stance on devices waking from sleep... it doesn't log you out. How prevalent is this among the other financial/banking apps out there? Is this something that needs to be looked at, or should we just ignore it and make sure we set passwords to wake our phones?"

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aardwolf64 aardwolf64 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aardwolf64 (160070) writes "Yesterday, Nintendo release the full edition of the Wii browser. Anyone with an Internet connected Wii was greeted by the blue glow informing them of a system message. It took me almost 5 minutes to find the first bug. The first thing I did was fire it up and try one of my internal websites. The URL is, and it is case-sensitive. Apparently the Wii browser can only type in uppercase at the very beginning of the URL. Once something not-uppercased has been entered, using the Shift or Caps-Lock keys are useless. The workaround is to type NFP first in all caps, then go back and type the first part of the URL. Have you discovered any bugs so far?"


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