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Comment Re:Maybe not overly broad. (Score 1) 331

Non-disclosures and non-competes overlap a little, and I think in this case non-competes could apply, because they might be working for the competitor to do this. That said, they wouldn't need to work for them to give out this information, so a non-disclosure would be more appropriate. They might already sign one of these. I don't know.

Comment Maybe not overly broad. (Score 2, Insightful) 331

As I understand it, this is saying that warehouse workers (i.e. the people who do physical labor like moving products from point A to point B, or pack shipments) can't help to develop similar systems for their competitors using what they know about Amazon's practices. This does not seem to stop them from doing manual labor elsewhere.

This doesn't seem all that concerning to me. AFAIK this is the exact kind of thing non-competes are intended for. Perhaps 18 months is a little long. I'd guess 6-12 months is more reasonable.

But other than that, this doesn't seem all that bad.

Comment Re:"bad press", "interested in security" (Score 1) 306

"Bad press" doesn't necessarily imply a virtuous subject being distorted, it can also imply articles that are generally interpreted as negative. Journalism is supposed to be impartial after all (though it doesn't always end up that way). And the NSA aren't "bad people with a bad agenda" because "bad" is about as subjective as it gets. They are just not moving toward the same goals that you or others are.
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Submission + - Westboro Baptists Stage Fake Anonymous Threat ( 1

lenwood writes: "Last week there was a story on /. reporting that the hacking group Anonymous was staging an attack against WBC ( Turns out that this was a publicity stunt staged by WBC themselves. Anonymous issued a press release disassociating themselves from this."

Criminal Photoshops Himself Into Charity Photos In Bid For Leniency 108

38-year-old Daryl Simon decided it would be a good idea to submit fake pictures of himself at charity events, and forged letters of support from various charitable organizations to the court before he was sentenced for credit card fraud. Unfortunately for Daryl, he is as good at Photoshop as he is at credit card scams, and Judge Stephen Robinson was not amused. Simon was sentenced to 285-months in prison — 50 months more than the maximum under sentencing guidelines. From the article: "Daryl Simon's bald-faced move included sticking a picture of himself into a shot with a physical-therapy patient, then flipping the image and placing it next to a teen student. 'Evidence that his image was inserted and flipped can be seen by examining the single detail on his shirt above his fingers — that detail appears on the left side of the shirt in the top photograph, and on the right side of the shirt in the bottom photograph,' prosecutors wrote."

Comment Using a fake name has downsides, implausibilities (Score 1) 833

There are a lot of replies about how you don't have to provide your "real" name. However, most people that already play have almost certainly used their real names to create their account(s). And once an account is created, the name on the account cannot be changed. Further, should your account ever be compromised, the only surefire way to recover it is to provide some identifying information, such as a driver's license or birth certificate. If you don't use your own name, you risk losing it to some scammer or javascript exploit, and no way to get it back because your name is not legally "I.P. Freely".

Submission + - 5.5 Earthquake Hits Canada ( 1

joelmax writes: A magnitude 5.5 earthquake hit central Canada this afternoon, rattling buildings from Windsor to Montreal and several U.S. states.

The epicentre of the quake was in Quebec, 61 kilometres north of Ottawa, according to U.S. Geological Survey, and struck at 1:41 p.m.EDT.


Submission + - NASA solar satellite flashes first Sun images (

coondoggie writes: NASA today showed off the amazing first pictures of the Sun taken from its 6,800lb Solar Dynamics Observatory flying at an orbit 22,300 miles above Earth. The first images show a variety of activity NASA says provide never-before-seen detail of material streaming outward and away from sunspots. Others show extreme close-ups of activity on the sun’s surface. The spacecraft also has made the first high-resolution measurements of solar flares in a broad range of extreme ultraviolet wavelengths.

Submission + - Canada to Boldly Go... (

An anonymous reader writes: The actor that portrayed the original Capt. James T. Kirk could be the next Canadian Governor General. Canadians all over the world could potentially hear a throne speech with Shatner's classic... sp.eaking... style.

So what do you think about Governor General William Shatner?

Of course he'll probably ask everyone to call him Bill.

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