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Comment: Re: Bottom line... (Score 1) 250

by mwvdlee (#49358435) Attached to: Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements.. For Warehouse Workers

I'm not saying they are equal, as you probably already understood, but the NDA"s are obviously amoral and probably not legal either; a lawyer has a moral responsibility of the things they do as part of their employment just like every employee has moral responsibility. I understand the moral responsibility of a lawyer make take a somewhat more dualistic form (like knowingly defending a guilty criminal), but this situation isn't even remotely close to that.

Comment: Re:Maybe you should have read more than one senten (Score 1) 264

People can be both victims and perps.

Who is the victim in these situations?
- School vs. Wikipedia
- School vs. parents
- School vs. students
- Parents vs Wikipedia
- Parents vs. students
- Students vs. Wikipedia

And even that is an oversimplified view, if only because most of these parties may have multiple separate relationships to eachother.

Comment: Re:It's win-win. (Score 1) 111

There are enough rich people to sustain current high-end priced watches.
A watch (or atleast anything beyond a $10 casio) is a fashion accessory.
Just like all fashion, it pays to have absurd "haute couture" products that nobody really buys, because it makes famous people want to buy the high-end products, which makes ordinary people buy the low-end products where all the profit is made.
Most top fashion brands famed for catwalk suits, dresses and clothing make most of their profit from branded handbags and belts that ordinary folk can afford.
Same deal here; Tag Heuer is perhaps the most popular brand willing to risk their brand name in cooperating with Google.

Comment: Re:well.. (Score 1) 760

Like bankrupt musicians, athletes and artists; people who earn a lot of money for one particular skill may not have any skills in other areas (such as being smart with money).
And ofcourse there are plenty of people who just inherit their wealth, who are likely (as average humans) to poses no exceptional skills at all.

Comment: Define "Failure" (Score 1) 133

How do you know FLOSS projects don't suffer a 70% failure rate too. Or perhaps even worse.

FLOSS projects typically don't have deadlines unless they get really popular, way after they passed the "success" treshold.
If a FLOSS project that hasn't had updates for years a failure or a success, even though it's fully functional?

Projects that don't meet budgets, deadlines or functional criteria are considered failed. Most FLOSS projects don't have any of these unless they already had some level of success. Most FLOSS projects die well before reaching that level, though.

Judging by my own subjective standards of failure; most projects on Github and Sourceforge are failures. They have no code, cannot compile or have showstopper bugs and no recently activity that could remedy these problems.

Comment: Re:*facepalm* (Score 4, Insightful) 211

Wouldn't this ideally be presented as a choice to users?

1. I don't care who reads my email; use either password or SMS only.
2. I care only slightly who reads my email; use two factor authentication.
3. My email is actually of some importance; choose a different email provider.
4. My email contains sensitive information; cancel all my email accounts.

Comment: Re:HOWTO (Score 1) 1080

by mwvdlee (#49265413) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

The reason, not excuse, to execute someone is simple, they've been found (sometimes wrongfully) guilty of having executed someone else themselves.


If there is any reason to never execute somebody, this is it.
And yes, it happens:

If you are the judge of somebody wrongfully executed, you should be tried for negligent homicide.
So if a judge is abolutely 100% certain of guilt, go ahead and give the order. My guess is nobody would ever be executed again.

"I have not the slightest confidence in 'spiritual manifestations.'" -- Robert G. Ingersoll