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Comment: Pilots need good executive functions. (Score 1) 650

by Ihlosi (#49346961) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident
I wouldn't say "nothing". It's hard to concentrate on suicide if you're busy trying to murder someone.

Right. Being a pilot requires excellent executive functions.
Someone who can't get the tasks "lock door", "incapacitate other person in cockpit" and "fly plane into ground" in the correct order has no business at the controls of a plane!
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Comment: Very smart! (Score 1) 650

by Ihlosi (#49344273) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident
According to a CBS article, the US has a policy that no one single person can be in the cockpit alone during a flight.

Right. A pilot trying to kill himself and everyone else on the plane by flying it into the ground will absolutely not kill the other person in the cockpit that may be trying to stop him.

Sorry, but having two people in the cockpit is a safety measure, not a security measure. It helps if one pilot has a heart attack, but it does pretty much nothing if one pilot is a suicidal, murderous maniac.

Comment: Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 1) 832

by Ihlosi (#49342855) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill
A black or Jewish printer can have a "no racist posters" policy, and deny racist posters.

The black or Jewish printer should make every attempt to out-bid anyone else for this job. The resulting ... discussion ... at the next KKK meeting would be highly interesting, since the dividing line between fundamentalists and pragmatists would become glaringly obvious.

Comment: Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 1) 832

by Ihlosi (#49342829) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill
So the KKK can force a black or Jewish printer to print posters for their next rally, then?

Yes. The KKK would be shooting itself in the foot if they pulled something like this, so it's not going to happen. It would be quite funny to see what the consequences would be, though.

Comment: Re:Unless your ne employer tells... (Score 1) 114

What would the company do if you didn't report in?

Sue due to your violating your contract.

Hire a private eye to track you down?

Not necessary if you fail to report despite agreeing to do so in the contract. This would only be necessary if the former employer suspects that your reports are not true.

How likely is it going to be even worth their time to pursue you

That depends on how many lawyers they have on their payroll that aren't busy doing other things.

Comment: Re:Utility vs. freedom (Score 1) 114

by Ihlosi (#49291141) Attached to: Stanford Study Credits Lack of Non-Competes For Silicon Valley's Success
If it went to court, no sane judge should allow it to stand and the person should be able to claim they signed it under duress as there is no other logical reason someone would sign something like that.

Why, if you don't intend to break the contract, you'll never have to pay the $537M. So a sane person with no intention to break the contract could sign it without voiding their sanity certificate.

Heck, if an employer agrees to pay me $1M/month, I'll gladly live with a two-year noncompete clause and a $537M fine for breaking it. Where do I sign?

Comment: Re:Unless your ne employer tells... (Score 1) 114

by Ihlosi (#49290197) Attached to: Stanford Study Credits Lack of Non-Competes For Silicon Valley's Success
whether you signed a non-compete or not, how would your old company even know what you were doing after you left?

You suddenly show up in a customer-facing role at another company.

Your name pops up in patent applications filed by another company.

Your job is high-profile enough that your name can be found on the other companys website.

Your old employment contract also contains clauses about you having to report your employment status for the duration of the non-compete.

There are lots of ways.

Comment: Re:Utility vs. freedom (Score 1) 114

by Ihlosi (#49289979) Attached to: Stanford Study Credits Lack of Non-Competes For Silicon Valley's Success
But it deprives the parties of the freedom to meaningfully enter into such contracts,

Just word it differently. "For up to x months after the end of the employment contract, employer will pay employee x% of their last salary if they are not working in field Y".

Basically, a "carrot" noncompete instead of a "stick" noncompete.

But of course employers wouldn't want to pay for having their business model protected.

Comment: Re:Utility vs. freedom (Score 1) 114

by Ihlosi (#49289961) Attached to: Stanford Study Credits Lack of Non-Competes For Silicon Valley's Success
A non-compete contract is more akin to a contract that says if you quit, you have to give us back your bonus or a prenumpt agreement.

So how about an obligation to commit suicide after the employment contract ends? That would be the ultimate form of non-compete.

I would be curious what the penalty is for a non-compete.

It's usually a ridiculous amount of money. Of course, if the skills of the employee in question are in really high demand, the new employer might just consider to fork over defined penalty to the new employee so he can pay off his former employer.

Basically, I would be in favor of specific penalties for non-compete

Great. "The penalty for violating the non-compete clause is $537 million payable in small bills."

Specific enough?

Comment: In a truly free market ... (Score 1) 114

by Ihlosi (#49289905) Attached to: Stanford Study Credits Lack of Non-Competes For Silicon Valley's Success
In a truly free market your only loss if you violated a contract would be loss of trust, making it more costly for you to bargain with others.

Without the major government intervention called "penal law", your loss for violating a contract would amount to whatever the other party of the contract tells their hired thugs to do to you.

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