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Comment: Re:Is this suprising? (Score 2) 280

Why would someone expect their employer to keep them around after they file a lawsuit against them?

Well, actually, I would expect that to happen if the lawsuit was justified. Let's say there is building work at my company and my car gets damaged, and I think it's the fault of my company. Sorting that out should have no effect on my career. It's different if you file a lawsuit and it turns out it is all based on lies.

Comment: Re:Doh! Of course Brogrammers! (Score 3, Interesting) 341

Just what can you reasonably expect? Most programmers have been emotionally hurt repeatedly by women

WTF? Almost every programmer that I know is in a stable and good relationship with a woman. Except for one female programmer, who is in a stable and good relationship with a man.

Comment: Re:non-disclosure agreement? (Score 1) 74

by gnasher719 (#49350263) Attached to: Facebook Sued For Alleged Theft of Data Center Design

So, was there a non-disclosure agreement? You don't have a statutory right to not have your ideas stolen.

An NDA wouldn't help if the idea was nothing special. You have a trade secret if you have a secret that gives you a competitive advantage because you know the secret and others don't. But if others have the same idea and therefore the same knowledge about the idea, then you don't have a trade secret.

Comment: Re:Trade secret? (Score 1) 74

by gnasher719 (#49350235) Attached to: Facebook Sued For Alleged Theft of Data Center Design

Yes, but if they had an NDA they should be suing for breaking the NDA, not theft of trade secrets.

If I divulge something that I received under an NDA, then you can sue me in a civil court for a breach of the NDA. For example if you hired me to organize your kid's birthday party and want it kept secret. That would be a secret, but not a trade secret.

If what I divulge is a trade secret, then you can make criminal charges for breach of a trade secret. Because that's what it is.

Comment: Re:Trade secret? (Score 1) 74

by gnasher719 (#49350195) Attached to: Facebook Sued For Alleged Theft of Data Center Design

How can you claim something is a trade secret if you show it to others? If you want to keep your design proprietary, patent it.

That's what an NDA is for. If I have a trade secret, you sign an NDA and I tell you the trade secret because of the NDA, then (1) it stays a trade secret, and (2) if you breach the NDA I can get you for breach of contract _and_ with criminal charges for violation of a trade secret.

Comment: Re:Yes, but.... (Score 1) 255

by gnasher719 (#49350055) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess
My bloody bank required 8-12 characters, and required uppercase, lowercase, digits and special characters.

Obviously the lovely scheme that is suggested here isn't going to work with that. On the other hand, when you are using an iPad, a 30 character all lowercase password is quicker and easier to type and more likely to get right than 8 uppercase/lowercase/digits/special characters. Now imagine if they allow space characters in the password and turn the spelling checker on as well.

Comment: Re:Not really needed (Score 1) 39

by gnasher719 (#49349655) Attached to: MIT Debuts Integer Overflow Debugger

Not that checking it after every add instruction is really that practical. It would be better to have trapping and non-trapping versions of integer arithmetic, and to have languages with semantics which expose that choice to the programmer.

Swift does exactly that. Every instruction is checked for overflow. Not sure how clever the compiler is in proving that certain instructions cannot overflow.

Comment: Re:Not always true... (Score 1) 727

by gnasher719 (#49346111) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

What about a stroke while still breathing, locking accidentally the door to "locked from inside", triggering accidentally the descent mechanism, accidentally not answering the door?

That is of course a possibility. But how often has it happened that someone had a stroke while still breathing, triggering the descent mechanism by accident and _not_ locking the door from the inside? It seems that it is hard to lock the door by accident, so not locking it is 100 times more likely than locking it. Do we have any reported case of that? Where the pilot went into the cockpit just in time to save the airplane? I don't think so.

Comment: Re:Risk Management (Score 1) 727

by gnasher719 (#49346041) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

If you can't see the obvious tragic death of a child (with their future robbed from them) having a heavier weight than an 80 y/o great grandmother who's had a wonderful life then I can't help you.

It may have more effect on relatives. The effect on the person dying is the same. And there have been times not so far away when a huge percentage of children didn't ever make it to adulthood.

Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 1) 727

by gnasher719 (#49345951) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

The chances of that are about the same as those people who committed suicide by shooting themselves in the head - twice.

I read that it is possible to put two bullets in the gun - one the normal way, and one just pushed into the gun. So it is not possible to shoot yourself in the head twice, but it is possible to have two bullets in your head.

Comment: Re:Easy as 1-2-3 (Score 1) 264

by gnasher719 (#49339671) Attached to: Developers and the Fear of Apple

Samsung spends far more on marketing than Apple.

They have done that in the past, at times massively. Right now Samsung mobile revenues are down, and if they spent the same money on advertising they spent in the past, the would actually lose money. Profits are down as it is.

The semiconductor part that has actually grown in revenue and profit doesn't really need that much marketing.

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