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Comment: It's not enforceable (Score 4, Interesting) 331

by daveywest (#49357653) Attached to: Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements.. For Warehouse Workers

My wife's employer is an apartment management company. Their HR director copied all the company policies and procedures manuals, then bailed to start a competing firm. A few months later, the company demanded that all employees sign non-competes as condition of continued employment.

Because she's worked in the company for nearly 15 years, it's unlikely she would find comparable employment in an unrelated field should she decide to leave. We sought the advice of an attorney who offered some great advice. First he said the company would need to undertake legal measures to enforce the non-compete. Theirs did not provide for any penalty against my wife, so even if they were to win in court, there's no consequences, other than her company is out their legal costs.

Secondly, a non-compete cannot be one-sided, or courts will throw them out. People have a right to work that cannot be forfeited or signed away. Her non-compete was overly broad - both in geography and scope. The language disallowed employees to work in any field the company did business in within the state of Nevada or within 100 miles of any site where they operated. Keep in mind they also demanded the maintenance and landscape workers to sign these non-competes. Our attorney counseled us that those provisions alone would likely nullify the entire document in court. It's not reasonable to tell the guy who mows your lawn that he needs to move across the country if he ever wants to work in yard care again.

I suspect Amazon's warehouse workers would fall under the same protections. Nothing about putting product in a cardboard box is proprietary. This is just some idiot middle manager trying to intimidate employees in an effort to reduce turnover.

Comment: I should be dead (Score 1) 139

by daveywest (#48057875) Attached to: Lost Sense of Smell Is a Strong Predictor of Death Within 5 Years
I worked for several years with what was essentially concentrated vinegar. (Household is typically a 5% solution. The stuff we used was around 85%). While the area was well ventilated, my sense of smell hasn't recovered over 10 years later. I retained some sense of smell, but it has to be very bad for me to notice. My wife complains that I'm not bothered by the baby's stinky boom-booms. I call it a superpower.

Comment: Re:But He Isn't (Score 1) 276

by daveywest (#46428169) Attached to: Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?
If DN isn't the real SN, then SN had nothing to gain by issuing the denial and would not have broken a 4 year silence to issue the statement. Secondly, he may live as a miser, but SN has access to a valuable treasure trove of bitcoins. He may not like it, but tapping into those reserves may be necessary to protect his privacy at this point.

Comment: STEM workers are smart and needed elsewhere (Score 1) 491

by daveywest (#46346265) Attached to: Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?
This is just my casual observation, but STEM workers tend to be highly intelligent individuals who understand complex or abstract concepts. They are also highly adaptable, so instead of working in their chosen field, they get tapped to fill other fields where they are still successful. The problem lies in management filling positions with competent warm bodies, rather then putting individuals in positions that maximize potential.

Comment: Establish a secure area at the office (Score 1) 445

by daveywest (#46307157) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?
1. Access should only be available to systems you currently and actively manage. If you're using the system so infrequently that you can forget, your account should suspended. 2. Admins should keep a secure log of access credentials stored in a secure area with controlled access. Any "in case of my death" information should be recorded. If there isn't a local site, you might want to consider storing the documents in a safe deposit box at your bank.

Comment: Re:I'm shocked (Score 3, Informative) 289

by daveywest (#44953521) Attached to: Boy Scouts Bully Hacker Scouts Into Submission
I know I'm replying to a troll, but the BSA has done tons to curb abuse and bullying. Youth Protection Training is the only instructional course leaders are required to complete prior to contact with any boys. It's freely available for anyone to take at myscouting.org, and must be renewed every 24 months. There have been coverups in the past, but the modern scouts have gone above and beyond to "think of the children."

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