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Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 323

by Rick Zeman (#49360583) Attached to: Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements.. For Warehouse Workers

Second? is there anyone here who DOESN'T use newegg just to configure the initial build, only to switch to amazon (with it's lower prices) to complete the purchase? Just sayin...Newegg was cheaper...in the early 2000s. Amazon actually rules the roost now, even though it's website blows balls (newegg isn't doing so hot these days either, with it's downgrade in UI experience.)

I guess the word "historically" has no special meaning to you?

+ - Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements...For Warehouse Workers

Submitted by Rick Zeman
Rick Zeman (15628) writes "Amazon, perhaps historically only second to NewEgg in the IT nerdling's online shopping heart, not only has treated their warehouse workers to appalling working condtions, but they're also making them sign a non-compete agreement for the privilege. Excerpt from the agreement:
During employment and for 18 months after the Separation Date, Employee will not, directly or indirectly, whether on Employee’s own behalf or on behalf of any other entity (for example, as an employee, agent, partner, or consultant), engage in or support the development, manufacture, marketing, or sale of any product or service that competes or is intended to compete with any product or service sold, offered, or otherwise provided by Amazon (or intended to be sold, offered, or otherwise provided by Amazon in the future)...."

Comment: Paranoid? (Score 1) 159

by Rick Zeman (#49350299) Attached to: Many Password Strength Meters Are Downright Weak, Researchers Say

I've never trusted the online "tester' sites. The paranoid side of my brain says the site's purpose is, "Hey, let's take this guy's clever password that a dictionary/brute force attack would never ever be able to break, hash it out,and then compare the hash to others we've already stolen. Profit!"

Comment: Re:HOWTO (Score 2) 1081

by Rick Zeman (#49258755) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

It's more expensive than life imprisonment, it's more likely to have catastrophic consequences if a miscarriage of justice occurs, and it's less of a punishment.

If the prospect of life imprisonment is more of a punishment than death why do most of the prisoners on death row fight tooth and nail and tie up the appeals process to get out of the death penalty?

Comment: Re:System worked, then? (Score 2) 163

by Rick Zeman (#49223817) Attached to: On the Dangers and Potential Abuses of DNA Familial Searching

If you are referring to the DNA clearing the guy -- then yes the 'system worked'. However, you are overlooking the fact that this familial DNA technique caused an innocent man to be inconvenienced and harassed.
Why are people so complacent about the abuses of police and judicial system. A warrant should have never been issued for such a lousy technique.

This isn't an abuse. This is the system working (as well as it can, though getting him in to the office on a lie is kind of skeevy). And since even the cleared suspect is considering the branches of his family tree even he's buying into the validity of the technique.

"You're a creature of the night, Michael. Wait'll Mom hears about this." -- from the movie "The Lost Boys"