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Origins of Blarney Stone Revealed

einar2 Re:It always amazed me (47 comments)

You can shrug off the stranger there to help you. Although I have helped to get the archetypical American tourist back to safety. He was too heavy for the helper alone to haul him back in.
The view from up there, while you are hanging out of the castle battlement, is terrific!

about 6 months ago
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Why San Francisco Is the New Renaissance Florence

einar2 Pure invention (250 comments)

Sounds like the chamber of commerce of a city managed to place another ad.

There are surveys about life quality in cities: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
Oh, SF does not appear in the top ten. And in my personal opinion, when we use big words like a "new renaissance", former super powers struggling with their decline are not the candidates I associate with a renewal of art and science...

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

einar2 Looked again at beta, now searching alternative (2219 comments)

While I remember having had a look at the beta, after opting out I never tried again. Due to your "post" I looked again.
Yes, I still hate the wasted real estate of my screen. The useless pictures (helpful picture of pills for an article about the pharma industry) annoy me. I do not see why the right 30% of my browser window stay pristine white when reading comments.

Now I seriously started to look around for other sites with a similar content like /.

about 8 months ago
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Swiss Government Backs Privacy Oriented ISP

einar2 Tax fraud heaven? (109 comments)

I am surprised how many bought the simple "tax fraud heaven" formula their leaders were feeding them. Imagine, there is a country where the tax authority does not automatically know how much you make and how much you own. You have to declare it. And with in some limits, the tax authority must trust you. There are checks to make sure everybody plays fair. However, per default, the state does not assume that you are a cheating liar. Can you say the same about your country?

And although this system can be abused, the business model is not primarily to attract money from foreigners. The natives have sufficient control over the government to create a comfortable system for themselves. We are extending this luxury to foreigners as well.

And believe it or not. There were instances in the past when foreigners were glad to be able to hide their money from a dictatorship...


(declaration of bias: Swiss, working at a Swiss bank, actually a bit proud to live in a democracy)

about a year ago
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How One Drunk Driver Sent My Company To the Cloud

einar2 cross-jurisdiction mess (290 comments)

Sometimes HA and DR is accomplished by having your data mirrored to various data centers. Worst case, you do not even know in which jurisdiction the data centers are. Suddenly, your data is governed by the law of another country. If you live in a police state, this might not frighten you. For some of us, the result is not normal.

about a year ago
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Bolivian President's Plane 'Rerouted Over Snowden Suspicions'

einar2 Re:Bullies and thugs ... (621 comments)

Sorry, I take offense on this. It is always you the people! There is nobody else you can hand over the responsibility to. This is your government, this is your country. And you profit from its actions. You are in for it.

about a year ago
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Cuban Video Game Recreates Revolutionary History

einar2 Re:In other news... (199 comments)

So... you doubt the propaganda of other countries but you believe the one fed to you by your leaders.

Hint: My working colleagues did not leave the US because it was so great to live there...

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Do You Push To Production?

einar2 Time to market is not always the metric (182 comments)

It depends on your business which metric is meaningful. E.g. for a global bank, quality is more important than time to market. Make sure that your business really gains something by playing release time against quality.

about 2 years ago
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American Scientists Win Nobel Prize In Chemistry

einar2 Another American outstanding in chemistry (40 comments)

Well, there was another American mentioned these days for his advanced knowledge of chemistry...

about 2 years ago
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Sarah Palin Seeks To Trademark Her Name

einar2 Prior art (329 comments)

Would not the principle of prior art still permit you to speak about "failin Palin"?


Disclaimer: Swiss and therefore neutral about US politics :-)

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks To Name Swiss Bank Tax Evaders

einar2 Re:Hit them back (783 comments)

Interesting, thank you!
German is a much more precise language. The German word "Filiale" hints by its Latin root towards an office which is not the main seat of the company.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks To Name Swiss Bank Tax Evaders

einar2 Re:Outing criminals is one thing . . . . (783 comments)

While in theory, I agree with you, economic efficiency asks for pooling.
In my country most of these services are no federal issue. They are offered by the community and are paid by --- community taxes.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks To Name Swiss Bank Tax Evaders

einar2 Re:The Swiss dirty public secert. (783 comments)

I do not know your cultural background. However, you seem to extend your ideas of right and wrong on other cultures. Often, this is neither fair nor wise.
Why do you believe that your government (or any government) should look into the wallet of its citizen? The Swiss do not consider this a good idea. And yes, this might be abused to break other countries' laws. On the other hand, it also helps people to protect their property. Which is in most cultures (not in all) a basic right.

I am always amazed how even in a forum like slashdot, where privacy is typically highly valued, people just repeat the dogma they are fed by their governments

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks To Name Swiss Bank Tax Evaders

einar2 Re:Outing criminals is one thing . . . . (783 comments)

Being without citizenship is rather hard. This happened to a Russian friend of mine living in a Baltic state.
And besides, as a former US citizen, who would allow you in instead?

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks To Name Swiss Bank Tax Evaders

einar2 Re:Outing criminals is one thing . . . . (783 comments)

Roads, police, fire department, school, safety checks on food products, regulation for the standardization of various devices (e.g you are not fried when you plug in a hair dryer), a legal system to settle quarrels...
In short, a lot of things we like to call civilization.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks To Name Swiss Bank Tax Evaders

einar2 Re:Oh good lord (783 comments)

Not all Swiss banks closed business relations with US customers.
And yes, some financial products may not be sold to US citizens. This is because of legal agreements with the US government.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks To Name Swiss Bank Tax Evaders

einar2 Re:What is more damaging to society? (783 comments)

Actually, according to OECD reports, the tax burden in Switzerland is lower than in most EU countries (but a bit higher than in the US if I remember correctly),

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks To Name Swiss Bank Tax Evaders

einar2 Re:The Swiss dirty public secert. (783 comments)

Swiss banks contribute 11.6% to the GDP of Switzerland.

Having an inside view of Swiss financial institutions (worked for several insurances and a bank), I got the impression that these institutions take a lot of care to avoid black money. Continuing with my personal opinion, I do think that our "wonderful Swiss lifestyle" has to do with hard work and a dedication to quality. If somebody is better off than you are, he is not necessarily a thief or an evil person...

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks To Name Swiss Bank Tax Evaders

einar2 Re:Hit them back (783 comments)

They were entitled to close it. However, it was totally illegal according to Swiss law to reveal the customer relation with Assange!

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks To Name Swiss Bank Tax Evaders

einar2 Re:Hit them back (783 comments)

Well, considering that the "informant" of Wikileaks worked years for the Swiss private bank Julius Baer until he was fired because customer information in the filial on the cayman islands disappeared...

more than 3 years ago

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New in-memory rootkit discovered by German hoster

einar2 einar2 writes  |  about a year ago

einar2 (784078) writes "German hoster Hetzner informed customers that login data for their admin surface might have been compromised.
End of last week, a backdoor in a monitoring server was found. Closer examination led to the discovery of a rootkit residing in memory. The rootkit does not touch files on storage but patches running processes in memory. Malicious code is directly injected into running processes. According to Hetzner the attack is surprisingly sophisticated. (link in German)"

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