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NY To Replace IT Vendors With State Workers 178

Posted by Soulskill
from the this-can-only-end-well dept.
dcblogs writes "New York state plans to replace as many as 500 IT contract workers with a new type of temporary state worker. The state estimates it can save $25,000 annually for each contracting position that is in-sourced. This is the result of a new law creating 'term appointments,' which strip away some hiring and firing rules that apply to permanent state workers. These term appointment workers are employed 'at will.' Term appointments can be up to five years and workers get state benefits. Proponents of this change said a state IT worker might earn an average of $55 an hour, including benefits, while the state pays its contractors an average of $128 an hour for workers in similar jobs."

Comment: Re:What NDA? (Score 1) 172

by Sephr (#30801460) Attached to: Is Gawker's "Apple Tablet Scavenger Hunt" Illegal?
Unless you work for Apple specifically and signed the specific NDA that I'm talking about in the main post, there was no NDA until Apple says there was. The point is that without telling me there is an NDA to begin with, I would take their legal threats with a grain of salt. You don't have to legally assume that you know what the rules of a specific NDA are or that it even exists. If you had to legally assume this, it'd be illegal to pay for tips of rumors, which many websites do.

Comment: Re:What NDA? (Score 1) 172

by Sephr (#30801114) Attached to: Is Gawker's "Apple Tablet Scavenger Hunt" Illegal?
Your analogy would be closer to the scavenger hunt asking for the source code for the tablet's OS programs. My point is that Apple isn't even admitting that the tablet exists (or doesn't exist) so there's no harm in asking for something that doesn't exist according to Apple in the first place. The Coca-Cola company admits that they have a secret recipe that actually exists.

Comment: What NDA? (Score 2, Insightful) 172

by Sephr (#30800740) Attached to: Is Gawker's "Apple Tablet Scavenger Hunt" Illegal?
If this scavenger hunt is illegal, it would also be illegal for me to offer $10k to anyone who brings me the top-secret Microsoft Phone. For it to be illegal, Apple has to admit that there are specific NDAs stopping their employees from saying anything about their tablet. Without official confirmation of a specific NDA, there's no reason this should be illegal. I don't know that there could be NDAs for the Microsoft Phone, so why should it be illegal to offer a reward for it?

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.