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Comment: Re:Why can't this be the law everywhere? (Score 1) 189 189

Even in "at will" states, there are so many other employment protection laws that firing people for no cause is extremely legally risky

Excuses are dirt cheap. As long as the firing can be plausibly claimed not to be motivated by racial or gender discrimination, it's not much problem. Examples seen in the wild include "not meshing with the workplace culture", "poor attitude", "not a good fit for the job", "cutbacks", etc.

And that's not even including the tactic of creating so many workplace rules that pretty much every employee will routinely violate one or more of them (and at the manager's discretion, be forgiven).

Comment: Re:Why can't this be the law everywhere? (Score 1) 189 189

Bald assertions aren't very convincing, sorry. I might as well reply that the moon is made of cheese. There is a cost in the sense that a replacement will need time to get up to speed, but any other costs are self-inflicted damage.

Comment: Re:The reason is more simple (Score 1) 170 170

Never heard of an egolf.

This sounds like an exposure problem. Available options are few and far between.

Plus many people have brand strong preferences. They may not consider Brand X under any circumstances regardless of how green and trend one of their models is. I would at least consider a VW but would never touch a Chevy.

Comment: Re:Americans setting off fireworks... snicker (Score 1) 37 37

OMG you must tremble for hours every time a car backfires! A skyrocket through a window? I have NEVER heard of such a thing happening. Unless you mean an open and unscreened window.

Many people in my neighborhood shoot fireworks every year on the 4th and there has never been a fire.

Your description of a firecracker as a "small bomb" tells me you are permanently set to "overreact".

Comment: Re:Why can't this be the law everywhere? (Score 1) 189 189

no, just make it illegal under penalty of long prison sentences for businesses to use public arrest records when considering hiring people. maybe if that hr person was afraid of squatting over a filthy toilet clutching her underwear while looking over her shoulder in fear, 4 times a day for 4 years, she might think twice about denying someone a job for being arrested in a police state. just saying.

Unfortunately its not fear of the punishment that makes someone think twice before committing a crime. Its almost only the prospect of being caught that figures. And of course they think they are awesomely clever so they underestimate the prospects of being caught. So they still commit the crime even if the sentence for, say, stealing a loaf of bread is death by hanging or, possibly worse, being deported to Australia.

Punishment is pretty meaningless in this context. You have to make it really stupid easy for them to be caught so that even their arrogant minds can see it.

Comment: Re:Why can't this be the law everywhere? (Score 5, Insightful) 189 189

Why do arrest records have to be public?

Would you like them to be not public?

"No, we have no idea where your hubby Joe Smith is. We haven't arrested him"
'But he was seen in the back of your patrol car!'
"Nope, sorry lady"

Theres a country where employers do background checks including looking at arrest records. If you've ever been arrested you'll never get a decent job again. So you were wrongfully arrested, acquitted, maybe the cops were even punished. You were still arrested and you still won't get a job.

Still want arrest records to be a matter of public record? Better also have laws prohibiting people from refusing a former arrestee a job, just like they do for gays and racial minorities. Mr "Sorry but my religion won't let me hire a gay" has a problem. Mr "Sorry but you were once arrested, I can't give you a job." should also have a problem.

At most the background check shouldn't be for arrests but for convictions...

Comment: Re:of course they do (Score 0) 68 68

Taps that feed the NSA/CIA are FBI property. So they want the TPB webserver logs? The people wanted the FBI to do something about organized crime back BEFORE it promoted the corruption it has on the scale it is at this point. Subsequently, "There's no such thing as TPB bay logs". -and I doubt that there is any interest in copyright trolls other than FBI shits and giggles and exactly what do they propose to do with these logs if they existed by submission to a 'broken system'?

The FBI operate within the USA. The NSA and CIA are supposed to operate outside the USA. So one would assume that either GCHQ, CSIS, NZSIS or ASIS are the ones feeding the data since, due to 5 eyes, these guys are all spying like crazy on 'Murcans and feeding their intel to the NSA/CIA/FBI

Comment: Re:Hold them liable (Score 4, Insightful) 86 86

Strenuously disagree. This is more than a billing error here, it is an implicit threat of expensive legal action wrapped in a takedown that at the least interferes with someone's free expression. They need to take it seriously or go away.

Civilization has long understood the dangers of crying wolf and even has a number of fables about it in order to teach young children not to do it.

They are welcome to use their algorithm as a screening test, but they shouldn't be claiming ownership of things without human verification. Since their algorithm must have some 'idea' what it thinks the work is, it should only take a few seconds per filing to have a human verify that what is playing is what the algorithm thinks it is.

Perhaps the ban on the easy method of making a claim should expire after a time, but the message is fairly clear: If they prove they are unable to responsibly use a largely automated system, they will be forced to do it manually in order to force them to consider each case more carefully. It may even be acceptable to grant them 3 strikes rather than 1, but only if they issue a personal (hand written) apology from their CEO to the person they wrongly claimed against.

"Floggings will continue until morale improves." -- anonymous flyer being distributed at Exxon USA