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Comment: Re:They are predominantly "at will" employees. (Score 1) 148

by jmauro (#46615011) Attached to: Apple, Google Go On Trial For Wage Fixing On May 27

In case you are wondering, non-competes are also not legal in California, unless the competition occurs as side work during your employment at the company, and generally are not considered legally enforceable in the U.S., unless they continue to pay your salary (plus scaled increases based on past increases, if any were performance related) during the lockout period. You can thank my cousin for this, as he took his non-compete to the supreme court (and yes, they payed him to take the year off at his regular salary to prevent him from going to a competitor).

This isn't true. Since they're based in state law they're actually enforceable in a lot of places (like Massachusetts and Maryland.) In fact, Massachusetts keeps doing studies on how Boston can be the next Tech center like Silicon Valley, and that's the number one thing they need to do is change their non-compete laws to match California's. Somehow they try some marketing plan instead of doing the change in the law. My guess there is some industry benefiting from the non-compete enforcement (like finance or something) which is why it never happens.

Comment: Re:My solution... (Score 1) 195

by jmauro (#46202973) Attached to: Is Whitelisting the Answer To the Rise In Data Breaches?

Back in the days when you could get regular CD-ROM drives I saw some setups that would put /usr, /usr/local and /opt on a CD-R and then boot of the CD. Since the drive couldn't write even trying to force a reboot to mount RW was pointless since the drive couldn't physically write to the drive.

The down side was it was a pain to operate like that since every patch required a new CD to be burned. Most gave up after too long once they realized how often they'd need to be patching thing.

Comment: Re:Now that it is private? (Score 1) 287

by jmauro (#46149139) Attached to: Layoffs At Now-Private Dell May Hit Over 15,000 Staffers

The difference is if the company was public all the metrics that the big financial companies would use would go completely haywire during the layoffs, causing the stock price to drop like a rock (even if it was good for the company in the long run). As such, once private you can do these sorts of maneuvers without the financial markets screaming bloody murder, since you're not tradable.

Comment: Re:Why not build them on the beds of rivers (Score 1) 223

by jmauro (#45519601) Attached to: Company Wants To Put Power Plants In the Sky

What you propose is possible for things like ocean currents, but a river isn't deep enough or have enough of a continual flow to be useful for power generation unless you use a dam to build a reservoir. Then the water can be released at a steady rate, and you can hide the power generation portions in places where there is no boat traffic, like inside the dam.

Comment: Re:Not necessarily true ... (Score 1) 44

by jmauro (#45366889) Attached to: Box CEO Talks European Plans, Warns About Meeting BlackBerry's Fate

But my point being, as long as your product is THE ONLY ONE IN THE MARKET, and as long as the market still exists, you have nothing to worry about.

If you think you are the only one in the market, there is a good chance that you have completely misdefined your market. History is littered with companies that thought they had their market down pat and that they were the only major dominate player in it. But there are always products that are just tangential to your market that make a good enough replacement that some consumers will start using (and then the company will improve making it good enough for other customers). See Blackberry, Blockbuster, large steel mills. Most companies will miss this until it's too late since the first customers to leave are usually the most price sensitive (and therefore usually the least profitable ones).

The only company that really catches onto this well is Apple who's fully willing to cannibalize their sales of one product to introduce a new one in a slightly different market. See the iPhone basically killing off the iPod and the iPad starting to eat deep into the Mac sales.

Comment: Re:Can someone please explain ... (Score 5, Insightful) 658

by jmauro (#45203409) Attached to: Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile

Even easier. Raise the gas tax. It'll increase revenue, easier to administer, and encourage even less use of gas.

Until we reach a world where we use zero gas to transport, this makes the most sense, since gas taxes are both a rough proxy for miles traveled and encourages less fuel use.

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