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Comment: Re:What we need... (Score 2) 323

by houghi (#49357457) Attached to: Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements.. For Warehouse Workers

In Belgium I followed a cource on hunman resource law. What they said to me (as employer, not as employee) was that you can basically write everything in a contract, but that does not make it legal. Not only could it mean that a part of the contract can be trown out, but the whole contract can be trown out AND the law will be even more inclined to side with whatever the emplyer tells.

On the other hand, if the people do not complain within a year after termination, you are good.

Th ebest defence an emplyee has to the question of why he did not compain when he was working there would be "I was afraid to loose my job." Just having that feeling is enough.

Once case I know of is where a manager who signed that he would do extra hours for no extra pay documented all the extra hours and got them payed out, because that is what the law says. Say they had to pay several years of extra hours.

Now before you start suing your company, please go to a lawyer (or your union) IRL, because every situation is different.

Comment: Re:Adopt the German Rules (Score 3, Interesting) 323

by houghi (#49357381) Attached to: Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements.. For Warehouse Workers

In Belgium when you have a non-compete, you will get what is quoted in the contract. (Unless you start working for the competition)
It also depends on the job and will have a limited reasonable duration.

I had one, but unfortunately they annulled it when they fired me.(1) Otherwise I would have been given a year extra payment while working at a company in the same job, but not in the same field.

I know somebody who started working for the competition and in the identical job, but they just named the job differently. He never asked the money and the company never followed up on it.

I know of somebody else who was forced to leave their new job, but got the money. The law will side with the worker most of the time and unless there is a clear abuse of what is reasonable, then nobody actualy follows up on it.

If you get fired, most of the time it will be annulled and if people leave, they just go to somebody who is not the competitor.

All that said, if you are anything like a blue collor worker or an office serf, no way they could stick that to you. I sign them gladly and hope they forget when they fire me when they need to cut back.

(1)They gave me 5.5 months pay instead of the legal required 3, so that was nice.

Comment: Write it down? (Score 1) 257

by houghi (#49350197) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess

So what I need to do is to write it down and have it with me? What if I loose it? Or change my pants? And I have to change it every month at work, so I better just write it down on a post-it and put it on my screen.

And what about the fact that I need about 47 different ones, because it is not safe to use the same one twice,. And some can not be longer than 8 characters. And some need numbers. ANd some neet to be 10 caracters with at least two numbers.

Please come back with a solution not for one password, but for the multitude of logins, passwords and pincodes I need to remember.

Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 1) 637

by houghi (#49347023) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

For the money? BBC will not loose any money for the lack of advertisement. So what other reasons could there be?
The most obvious one is that he is an asshole.

Next to that, he already had a reduction in hios wage, because he made too much, so they are saving money by firing them.

And remember that this is not the first time he has done something embaressing. Remeber what he did in Argentina? That did not go down well and would cause problems for other people working for the BBC.

So this was just the excuse they were waiting for.

Comment: Re:You should title this "Patriot act to be repeal (Score 1) 185

by houghi (#49335935) Attached to: New Bill Would Repeal Patriot Act

Considering the Democrats who controlled both parties failed to do anything but renew it, the Republicans may be our best shot

This is as if you are saying to somebody who stands still: he does not move the right leg, so the best way to move forward is to hope he moves his left leg.

Most likely nothing will happen or he just turn round and round.

In a few years you can say the same and just revers the parties. Several years of politics has learned us that hoping for the other party to do the right thing does not work.

Comment: Re:I can see this working! (Score 1) 282

by houghi (#49334771) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

I often do. Especially in areas where I do not know the road and a previous sign had a higher speed and I missed the lower speed.

This combined with a rental car where the enginesound is different.

I DO have a GPS that indicates what the speed is and I do try to pay attention to everything, but sometimes I do miss a sign in areas unknown to me and either speed or drive way to slow.

Comment: Re:Good points, bad points (Score 1) 282

by houghi (#49334703) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

It heavily depends on how familiar you are with the area. When I drive in a new country like e.g. Spain where every 300 meters there can be a new speed limit, i almost spend more time looking if I do not speed compared to paying attention on the road.

And speed goed from 90 to 40 to 70 to 30 to 80 to 60 to 90 to ... (That is KMH)

Also in different countreis there might be different rues for speed in cities and the beginning and not always indicated by a speed limit sign (or the end of it)

In Belgium the speed can differ a LOT as well on the same road and not always clearly indicated.

So having something that does this actively if I so do desirewould be great.

Comment: Re:Chatting with passengers (Score 1) 224

by houghi (#49328227) Attached to: $1B TSA Behavioral Screening Program Slammed As "Junk Science"

If they pick you out only on color, that would be an issue. However we are talking about humans who do "profiling" and then you can evade it by (in this case) seening at ease with small talk.

I could imagine walking around with a bottle of wiskey could turn them off, because terrorists are muslims and they don't drink alcohol. Have a playboy ready and a shaved beard, because then you never could be a terrerest.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?