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Comment Three main types of bad jobs. (Score 5, Informative) 248

1) Tech in a non-tech company. Here you have little to no opportunity for advancement. The bosses think of and treat you like janitorial staff - cleaning up their messes. At JP Morgan, you are more likely to go from Mailroom to CEO than from Server Admin to CEO.

2) Minion in large tech company. Here you have opportunity for advancement - but only by working EXTREMELY long hours for little pay.

3) Owning/working for a small start up. Same as Minion, only pay is far worse but you have a lottery ticket to make it big.

Basically tech jobs are closer to blue collar than white collar, despite requiring significant intelligence. Oh, and did I mention the risk of being outsourced to china/india?

Comment Re:that 750 seems a little convenient... (Score 1) 140

In your senario, you imply that the customer would have purchased the movie if they had not downloaded it. You can't PROVE that they would have done that, so you can't prove that 1 download = 1 lost sale.

For uploading, it's impossible to determine what actual damages are. How many copies did they upload? Partial or full copies? What's the threshold for number of bits or bytes that must be seeded before infringement happens to count as 1 sale lost? The only thing the plaintiff can prove is how much they got. And if that is all they have, actual damages for uploading that would be provable would be 0 because they already owned the work.

So in other words, it's not really provable exactly how much actual damage was done, like I originally said.

Wikipedia

Wikipedia Blocks Hundreds of Accounts Doing Paid Editing 135

jan_jes writes: After weeks of investigation, Wikipedia has blocked 381 user accounts for "black hat" editing. The reason for the ban is that the accounts were engaged in undisclosed paid advocacy — the practice of accepting or charging money to promote external interests on Wikipedia without revealing their affiliation, in violation of Wikimedia's Terms of Use. In addition to blocking the 381 "sockpuppet" account, the editors deleted 210 articles created by these accounts.

Comment Re:that 750 seems a little convenient... (Score 1) 140

$750 seems convenient because it's the statutory minimum allowed by law. The law allows for either actual damages and profit, or statutory damages of $750-30k unless it was willful infringement, then the upper limit is $150k. Actual damages/profit is impossible to prove in this case so $750 would be the minimum.

Also, because they are being accused for sharing the same work as a collective, I believe that $750 gets split up between all parties, or if one party pays it the other parties are not individually liable for more. I believe there was one or more recent infringement cases where this issue came up because one defendant had already paid and then they went after more, but couldn't because the infringement had already been "paid for".

Encryption

Turkey Arrests Journalists For Using Encryption 139

An anonymous reader sends news that three employees of Vice News were arrested in Turkey because one of them used an encryption system on his personal computer. That particular type of encryption has been used by the terrorist organization known as the Islamic State, so the men were charged with "engaging in terrorist activity." The head of a local lawyers association said, "I find it ridiculous that they were taken into custody. I don't believe there is any accuracy to what they are charged for. To me, it seems like an attempt by the government to get international journalists away from the area of conflict." The Turkish government denied these claims: "This is an unpleasant incident, but the judiciary is moving forward with the investigation independently and, contrary to claims, the government has no role in the proceedings."

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