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Comment Re:it wuz haxx0rz! (Score 1) 192

He forgot to repeat "I didn't think it through" when he called Valve, told them he hacked into their server, copying the source code to their product, resulting in the source code for their main product being released publicly, and then asked for a job.

Is there any company where that situation would happen and it ends with "you're hired!"

Never underestimate the naivete and gullibility of a young person with a dream. Even as we speak, there are tens of thousands of kids across the country taking out huge student loans to get degrees that will barely qualify them for barista jobs at Starbucks--all because someone told them to "pursue your dreams" without adding the vital addendum "But have a realistic backup plan."

Plus, there are a number of tales of "former hackers" hired for security work. The part of the story that usually gets left out of discussions of this phenomena is the amount of jail time or legal charges the person had to sort out before they got that job. Very few of them jumped from "I totally committed a felony you were the victim of" to "I'd like $150k and a car allowance."

Comment Re:Liability (Score 3, Informative) 479

The guards presumably still have working phones.

Better: At venues large enough that this is really an "issue" there is often an ambulance already onsite to deal with any medical calamities--for "music festivals" there are often two on site. So the hundreds of bouncers they have working these shows all have walkie-talkie radios and can probbaly get the already-there ambulance crew to your seat faster than you'd get an ambulance dispatched from the fire station by 9-1-1, to the venue, parked, and into the place.

Comment Re:Interesting twist... (Score 1) 223

Included in that pile is an agreement to take a lower base salary for your last pay check, which is then used for non-compete salary calculations.

I imagine they may have considered this possibility... Seems pretty easily thwarted--just use the person's salary as their average of the last three paychecks, with the caveat that amounts less than the check previously issued are unusable for this computation (i.e. you can change his salary on the last day, or months ahead of time, but because it's an average that can't be computed based on values in decline, it doesn't matter.)

Comment Not so "maintenance free" as you'd heard... (Score 1) 271

People: Just because there are fewer parts to break doesn't mean there are no parts that need maintenance due to wear. A chassis lube should have been performed (to include suspension parts) at leas 5-7 times in that 70,000 miles, at any one of which the technician would have noted the rust. It was good of them to split the cost on repairs given that the owner of the car made the damage vastly worse because he failed to maintain it.

But, I don't know that I've ever heard of any other car dealer or manufacturer requiring some sort of omerta in any of the many bajillions of previous analogous situations where a dealership just decided to eat part of the cost of a repair for customer goodwill. It seems like they'd want just the opposite: For you to brag to your friends how awesome it was that Tesla bailed your negligent ass out to the tune of nearly $1600.

Comment Seems Promising, but Let's Not Get Too Excited (Score 4, Insightful) 170

This is a pilot--first of its kind. It might herald a whole new era for the human race! Or it might not. We'll need many decades of work and repetitions of this study, and studies that grow forth from what we learn here, to know if this is truly a viable technology, or if this study is merely a fluke.

Comment Since these compromises are years old... (Score 1) 119

...Obvious question is, are they going to also forbid any other passwords that have ever been leaked elsewhere? And what happens when every major site has been compromised and all its accounts shared online? Will every password from our past life suddenly be verboten, everywhere? That seems... pretty unworkable.

Comment Re:We need Loser pays (Score 1) 571

Loser pays would tamp down on a lot of people who use the process to punish people.

Loser pays would allow the already-stacked-in-the-favor-of-big-corporations legal system to be be used to punish people more than it already is. For example, loser pays instantly encourages any litigant with deep pockets to delay for years--decades even--to bleed the other party dry. Then, once they give up? Why, they get sued for legal fees.

Unless your goal is to lock John Q. Public out of the court system to seek redress of his grievances, this idea is unworkable.

Comment Let's just make those "agreements" unenforceable (Score 1) 94

Really, these sorts of "gun to the head" agreements should simply be made unenforceable. No, you can't actually get people to "agree" to handing over a spare kidney to you by slipping that requirement into paragraph 2,532 on page 845 of a 9,000 page document, and companies shouldn't be able to slip other onerous language in there either. The simplest solution is for courts to require actually-informed consent when asked to enforce a contract, and refuse to enforce "click-through" contracts, because those contracts do not involve informed consent.

Because a contract without informed consent isn't really a contract. And, no, presenting a 10,000 paragraphs document of legalese to a consumer isn't "informed" consent. Those agreements are written so as to confound understanding by anyone BUT a lawyer, and even then, lawyers will often haggle over the meaning of phrases based on the positions of punctuation. By definition, then, there can be no informed consent.

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