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Comment Re: So What (Score 1) 312 312

so when your boss asks you to sign a non-disclosure, it's unconstitutional? clearly your freedom of speech is being violated

The US Constitution is an old piece of paper in a glass case. Nice tourist attraction, but of little relevance to the actual exercise of juridical power under the empire. (Thanks SKCOTUS!)

But yeah, non disclosure contracts certainly do constrain a person's freedom of speech. Some people think it's a-okay to stifle speech provided it's done in the name of private capital (as opposed to public authority). Whereas other people think that's not so okay. Value judgement etc.

Comment Re:For an alternative (Score 1) 581 581

What YOU don't apparently get is that when we talk about "free speech," we're talking about your speech being free from government infringement. That has nothing to do with private businesses and gathering places.

No, that's what you are talking about when you say "free speech". The rest of us are talking about, like you know, actual freedom.

Comment Re:For an alternative (Score 1) 581 581

This is the same line of reasoning that says it's okay to ban free speech in "privately owned" public places such as shopping malls, outdoor plazas, etc. From a legal-formalist perspective that is willfully blind to reality and cares not a whit for freedom, such bans on speech are A-okay. But in practice it means that outside a few old city centers, today there is nowhere in the USA where controversial speech is permitted in public.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How do you go about finding jobs that offer homeworking?

jez9999 writes: I'm a software developer in the UK, and I've found that it's very rare (maybe 5% of the time) to find an employer that will even consider any working from home, let alone for the majority of the time. I see it as a win-win; you're able to work in the home environment you are most productive in, and you can use the time you would've been commuting to work a bit longer for the employer. Not only that, but you're not adding to road congestion either. Skype, etc. make communication with coworkers a snap these days.

So how do you go about finding homeworking jobs? Is it better to demand it from the get-go, or wait a few months and then ask for it? Is it more common than 5% of jobs in the US (in which case I guess it's a cultural thing the UK needs to catch up with)?

Submission + - Spain's New "gag law" Threatens Photojournalists->

TheOsloTimes.com writes: On July 1, a new Law on Public Security, nicknamed the Gag Law, will enter into force along with related reforms to the Penal Code. The law imposes sanctions for protest-related offenses, with administrative penalties categorized as mild, grave, and very grave. The mild penalties range from €100 to €600 and will be applied to those who hold protests in public places without first notifying the authorities.
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Comment Re:Another explination (Score 1) 52 52

Anonymous is a brand not a group. A free brand that anyone can use if they want. What the brand represents is just the aggregate of the many individual actions done and opinions put forth under its banner. How has this purported attack impacted the Anonymous brand?

Typical of semi-official "professional" journalism, TFA does not give any details about the target(s) of the DOS attack. But isn't that a key piece of information if we want to understand the situation? The alleged attackers could be engaged in civic activism, a boycott / blockade / picket line, vandalism, extortion, insurgency, (anti-)religious fanaticism, guerrilla war (with or without a traditional government sponsor or opponent) - anything really. Or they could just be script kiddies in it for the lulz. Does not our perception of the attack, and thus of the attackers, depend in greatest part upon the target?

Comment Disproportion (Score -1, Flamebait) 230 230

So a smarmy guy makes a website to host homemade pornos of questionable provenance, then tries to charge prudes to have their videos removed. Pretty unsavory and undesirable, but it didn't physically harm anyone. In response the Kangaroo Kourt sentenced him to nearly two decades of daily rape and torture. I fear our legal apparatus has abandoned all sense of proportion in its mad rush to satisfy a lust for revenge.

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