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Comment: Re:Good Luck (Score 1) 331

"Good will" is part of what you sell when you sell a business. If I have a store called "Joe's Bakery," and I sell it, then past customers are going to continue to patronize that store under its new owners, based on the expected quality of the merchandise sold. This is why businesses sell for more than the sum total of the fixtures, inventory, receivables, and raw materials on hand less liabilities--that extra is "good will". Another example: let's say I work as a hairdresser at Jane's Hair Salon and Day Spa. Lots of Jane's customers make appointments with me because they like my work. One day Emma comes in to get her hair cut, and "Hey, where's Frank?" "Oh, Frank doesn't work here any more." Emma does some research and finds out that I'm working at Vera's Coiffure, in the next town over. Emma then starts coming to Vera's so that I can cut and style her hair. These are the kinds of "good will" that CNCs are meant to cover.

Comment: Re:Interesting, Given Age (Score 1) 292

I'm coming up on five-oh soon. It's been fun, but the party's over. I'm semi-retiring from the field, buying a house outright for cash in a large square state in flyover country, and settling back while I figure out what my next career is going to be. It's probably going to be something fairly low-level, enough to pay the property taxes on the house and keep the lights turned on, and probably won't involve doing systems work or programming. I'm pretty mechanically ept. Were I thirty years younger, I might go into auto repair, but I don't really have the body or the physical stamina for that any more at my age. We'll see what happens.

Comment: Re:If you're in the United States, get a lawyer (Score 2) 230

I agree. We all like to think we're being responsible citizens and good Samaritans by alerting people to dangerous situations. In an ideal world, that would be true. With the trend of treating whistleblowers in the U.S. as criminals, criminal prosecution is a very real possibility. Think about what happened to Randal Schwartz. I would absolutely not move forward with something like this without benefit of legal counsel.

Comment: Trains too full for people to get on (Score 1) 481

by nerdonamotorcycle (#48985431) Attached to: DOT Warns of Dystopian Future For Transportation
...are already here. Ever seen the Boston MBTA at rush hour? Seriously, after half a century of disinvestment and abandonment, people are moving back in to cities en masse. Transportation infrastructure was cut back over the entirety of the second half of the 20th century to cope with dwindling tax revenues. What's left is already past crush loading in Boston, and in NY and SF, too, I'm sure.

Comment: Re:Instead of advice, I have a question. (Score 1) 275

This. There have been a number of articles written about why the mantra to "do what you love" can be a bad one, and this is one of the reasons. If you're passionate about what you do, many employers will exploit this fact. You'll end up being one of these chumps who works 80+ hours a week, sleeps on the couch in the office, and subsists on leftover Chinese takeout reheated in the office microwave, cold pizza, and Mountain Dew.

Once people get older, they also develop other priorities: a spouse, kids, aging parents, health problems of their own caused by a couple of decades of lack of sleep and eating crap food and not exercising. They realize that no one ever dies wishing they'd spent more time in the office. They start to establish boundaries around their working life so that they can engage in better self-care, and having meaningful relationships with the other people in their lives. It doesn't mean that they're not passionate about what they do any more; it's a sign that they're no longer willing to allow someone else to exploit that passion to another person's profit rather than their own.

Comment: Re:Defund (Score 1) 142

by nerdonamotorcycle (#47854671) Attached to: Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash
It is *technically* legal, but it is an abuse of the law. Asset forfeitures were originally intended to prevent drug kingpins from using their ill-gotten gains to hire high-priced lawyers, and to thwart money-laundering, but it's become a form of legalized highway robbery against people who do all manner of legitimate business in cash for whatever reason.

Comment: Some of the models were underage (Score 3, Insightful) 307

From what I've been reading, some of the models were under 18 when the photos were taken, which makes those photos child pornography. Hosting, linking to, uploading, distributing, possessing, or downloading those particular pics is illegal. "Child pornography" is a whole other level of illegality to "stolen pics," with much heavier penalties.

As far as the argument that "Nobody cares until it happens to a celebrity," sometimes a famous case that happens to a celebrity is what people need to get them to start caring about an issue. A lot of people started caring more about AIDS once Rock Hudson and Freddie Mercury died. Nobody really knew what ALS was until Lou Gehrig got it, and it ended his baseball career and then his life. While the events themselves are regrettable, I think it's great that this has started a dialog about stolen pics and revenge porn. Look, there are plenty of people who willingly place themselves on display. Why fap/shlik it to stuff that was posted nonconsensually?

Comment: Re:Microsoft's child porn collection (Score 1) 353

by nerdonamotorcycle (#47618341) Attached to: Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

I remember reading about this a while ago, so my memory on this may be somewhat fuzzy.

As I understand it, there's a fairly large database of checksums (MD5, SHA1, whatever) derived from known CP images that's maintained by law enforcement agencies and supplied to large email and hosting providers like Google, MS, Yahoo, etc., for use in detecting such content. If they get a checksum match, they take action. Apparently there's a small enough pool of commonly-circulated images that that approach works fairly well.

I think some news agency some years ago interviewed someone at Google whose job it was to review images to see if they were CP or not. People don't last long because they find the work so traumatizing.

Comment: Like a sports star (Score 2) 323

by nerdonamotorcycle (#46547487) Attached to: More On the Disposable Tech Worker
Eventually, tech workers are going to have to demand pay like sports stars, and for the same reason: you only get an extremely abbreviated career, in your youth, that lasts maybe ten years, and by the time you hit your mid 30s, you're done. During that time, you need to make enough money to last the rest of your life. The only difference is that a tech worker doesn't face the risk of a work-related, career-ending injury in the same way that a pro athlete does.

Take an astronaut to launch.