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Comment: Non-compete is a form of slavery (Score 1) 97

by redelm (#46720541) Attached to: MA Gov. Wants To Ban Non-Competes; Will It Matter?

For those who worship the sanctity of contract, please remember one cannot legally contract slavery. And that is what long non-compete clauses amount to -- the inability to market your skills ties you to the employer. Trade secret protection is a very different thing used as a smoke-screen. Unequal barganing power and contracts of adhesion are further aggravations.

Comment: Re:Public View (Score 1) 405

by redelm (#46562869) Attached to: L.A. Police: <em>All</em> Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

Recording visuals in California might be legal. Not sure -- they do have anti-papparazi laws. IIRC Recording voice is not legal there without all party consent.

However, the real legal problem with the tag scanners is not the scanning but their automagically accessing a database to determine car status. California has a law allowing access to the tag database only in pursuit of a proper police investigation. Not in pursuit of girlfriends or for others!

LAPD _has_ to [farcically|revealingly] claim everyone in "under investigation" for legal cover, especially to avoid "fruit of the poisoned vine" exclusion of evidence. Expect more "parallel construction" of false evidence origins. Whether this survives courts & appeals is just another indicator of the corruption of America.

Comment: Re:Security Theatre (Score 2) 119

by redelm (#46545495) Attached to: Some Sites That Blue Coat Blocks Under "Pornography"
... that you know of!

BlueCoat may be the best of a bad breed, but that just encourages complacency. Far better to choose less-insecure software (anything-but-IE) and instill some security consciousness into users. Filters might have a "training-wheels" place for learners, but reliance is dangerous.

Comment: Security Theatre (Score 2) 119

by redelm (#46544807) Attached to: Some Sites That Blue Coat Blocks Under "Pornography"

Look, in any filtering system there are going to be false positives and false negatives. Perhaps more with active systems because the true negatives have an incentive to get by, and so will adjust. (A certain actress and warm cereal is a /. example) The filterers will then have to clamp down, increasing false positives.

The whole thing has a whiff of Bruce Schneier's "security Theatre". Everyone serious knows it does not work, but it gives political cover of be able to claim an effort. Saving face at a price paid by other people. I try to avoid such predators.

Comment: Where is the US govt protecting its citizens ? (Score 2) 137

by redelm (#46361595) Attached to: GCHQ Intercepted Webcam Images of Millions of Yahoo Users

Call me naive, but isn't it the job of the US Federal Government to protect the US citizens and property against incursion and spying by foreign powers? We cannot know what they will do with their intercepts.

PRISM and similar "you spy on mine and I'll spy on yourn" programs smell like conspiracy to violate the US Consititution, if not out-and-out treason. That those programs continue can only be attributed to institutionalized endemic corruption.

Comment: Re:Of course it's "lawful" (Score 1) 169

by redelm (#46288301) Attached to: High Court Rules Detention of David Miranda Was Lawful

... all the more reason for a "fruit of the poisoned vine" doctrine to be adopted in the UK. The whole stop should have been thrown out in the US if it were based on an unwarrented bug. Not that it will be, nor that "poisoned vine" is safe in the US.

Agreed on the judge's odd mention (reliance?) of a failure to declare. Looks weak, but something for the Lords (err...Supremes) to rule upon. Perhaps deliberately.

And fully agreed the length of time came from higher up. Easy enough to establish in a proper cross-examination if defense access to all the participants were allowed. Tough to keep a large conspiracy together.

This was obviously an in absentia railroad job.

Comment: Re:Of course it's "lawful" (Score 4, Insightful) 169

by redelm (#46285551) Attached to: High Court Rules Detention of David Miranda Was Lawful

... so it is "absurd" to expect a government to be other than hypocritical? "Absurd" to expect a government to obey laws it creates?

Perhaps so, but I am not so cynical. This "sovereign immunity" is purely predatory behaviour and utterly inconsistent with human rights and "consent of the governed". That does not mean it will stop soon, but it is chipping away.

BTW, how did they know it was GCHQ docs? Did he confess? or Were they unencrypted and GCHQ attested?

Comment: Reproduction ? (Score 1) 176

by redelm (#46270713) Attached to: Book Review: Survival of the Nicest

"survival" of the fittest is mostly a euphemism for reproduction. Numbers matter, but so does quality for it influences grandchildren and beyond.

So, are the scarce-gametes (women) attracted to nice guys? I don't see any evidence amongst all the feel-good unsupported normative prescriptions. I strongly suspect women are looking for men practicing optimum predatation. Although I doubt they are aware of this "goldilocks".

Comment: Only 60? LUXURY! we worked 84+ (Score 1) 717

by redelm (#46256477) Attached to: Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

(with apologies to Python's 4 Yorkshiremen) ... now the youngsters only work 72 hours per week plus turnover. For safety reasons, nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

But seriously, what matters is the reason. For the right reasons, long hours are fine. For the wrong reasons or in the wrong environment, 40h can be too much. Decide what matters most to you and follow it.

Then you won't be getting up half an hour before you go to bed!

Comment: Simple -- Correlation is NOT causality (Score 1) 124

by redelm (#46232923) Attached to: Why P-values Cannot Tell You If a Hypothesis Is Correct

p-value is just the probability the data/observations were the result of a random process. So a great p value like 0.01 says the results were not random. They do not conform what made them non-random (ie theory).

Epistimology is elementary, and often skipped by those who wish to persuade. "Figures do not lie, but liars figure."[Clemens]

Comment: Hourly vs job-wise pay (Score 1) 716

by redelm (#46223735) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

You are being horn-swoggled by a boss who is confusing two types of contract: A builder will _not_ fix the wall without more pay if s/he is hourly. They will only fix the wall "gratis" if they have a contract for a specified job. Said contract will have some [unstated] provision for rework and the expectation of profit (especially on the change orders).

There is risk in every job. If he wants a supplier (employee/contractor) to assume the risk, he has to pay for it. If he wants minimum cost, normally owners assume it for themselves and manage. Your boss wants to have his cake and eat it too. Disgusting overreach.

Comment: dirlisting/autoindex ENABLED ? More likely ftp (Score 1) 227

by redelm (#46205011) Attached to: Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials

For a spider (scraper?) to work, it has to get the filenames from somewhere, usually another file like ./index.html . I cannot see anyone building webpages of the memos, but they might very well be stored as files in some directory structure. Turning on dirlisting (or autoindex) is an invitation for total access -- http is a protocol for info you _want_ to spread. Not even the USG is that incompetent.

What might have happened is that netadmins like Snowden had uid/pwd that allowed ftp access (necessary to fix files). Then run the directories just as `archie` did 20+ years ago.

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.

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