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Comment Re:Precedent (Score 1) 130

Most contracts give the client some control over "how it get's done". The contractor is being hired to perform a specific task, if I as the client have some stipulations then that is negotiated at the time the contract is signed.

Who provides and who decides the materials used? Who decides the hours to be worked? Can the work be done offsite or on?

All of these can be dictated by the client or left up to the worker and can have various degrees of bearing on whether they are employer/employee of client/contractor.

In most countries there is usually at least 5 or 6 primary criteria (often with several sub-criteria) for determining employee vs. contractor and the weights given to each are generally decided case by case.

Comment Re:I hate worker exploitation (Score 1) 130

Contractors are often required to use specific tools to perform their tasks as set out by their client. Go to any office where software contractors are brought in to help in projects and you'd be hard pressed to find a place that allows them to use whatever they want to complete that project. They are almost always required to use the same software as employees and in many case the company dictates/provides the hardware (computers, peripherals, etc..).

Comment Re:remove the tax and what happens to people who (Score 1) 134

The law never technically gave anyone legal protection, just made it a dangerous process for the rights holders to try and sue because most people didn't like the idea of record companies 'double dipping' (receive their portion of the tax and then suing for damages). Even so, if they tried to sue after the tax was removed for a violation that occurred while the tax existed my guess would be most judges would possibly find for the plaintiff (as piracy is a violation of copyright law) but the reward would be miniscule and set a precedent the record labels wouldn't want.

Comment Re:Good (Score 5, Interesting) 134

The main reason we get away with a lot of piracy is that we introduced the blank media tax in 1997. At the time that meant that almost any storage media that could possibly used to store MP3s/Video had some charge placed on it that was paid to the various rights holders. Essentially the various interested parties surrendered some of their ability to go after violators so that they could get a steady paycheck. It wasn't like Canada was some piracy utopia, they just found an alternative method to get paid and were happy to settle for that.

Cut to today where most people don't even use the taxable media anymore and those paychecks are getting smaller and smaller. The rights holders have fought for years to extend the tax to other devices (like MP3 players and smartphones) and have sometimes won but usually lost or been overturned so now they're just going to make noise. They've been talking about trying to remove the tax so that they can go after individuals much like in the US.

Comment Re:Don't vote for fascists if you value privacy. (Score 1) 626

The laws allowing for this search exist both in the US and most other countries and have for decades. This has absolutely NOTHING to do with who currently occupies the White House. Even if it did, I doubt if Trump's had time in the last 2 weeks to personally replace every border agent with the imaginary fascist thugs you seem to think exist.

International travellers have been telling stories like these forever back to the days of being requested to open up your locked briefcase.

The basic rule is if you don't want to comply, and you still want to enter the country in question, then either contact your employer for further instructions and wait it out or be ready to surrender your device which will be returned whenever border services decides they're done with it.

There is nothing new here.

Comment Re:US Citizen (Score 1) 626

Canada border services has pretty much the same powers as their American counterparts. They can't keep you out of the country since you are a citizen but your goods and possession are subject to almost any search they want to perform, without a warrant.

So while telling the border agent to "go fuck themselves" when they ask for your laptop won't keep you out of the country, it will most likely mean you are going home sans 1 laptop until such time that they 'decide' it's no longer of interest for them to hold it.

Comment Re: Trump is what he said he was (Score 1) 502

By her own admissions she was in violation of several statues involving the handling of classified information. Unlike most criminal law, these statues even directly state intent was not required to violate them so even her excuses do nothing but further prove her guilt.

The issue never had to do with evidence, that was a slam dunk on day one. It all had to do with political will and the FBI simply decided no one had the will to go after Clinton for what would have had essentially worked out to a small slap on the wrist. It's hard to get a prosecutor to bring forward a case that will in the end cost taxpayers millions with almost no benefit since she was no longer in office and would most likely have only been hit with a few hundred thousand in fines.
Lesser people with lower level violations of the same statues have served jail time but that simply doesn't happen to the political elite in the US.

Comment Re:Summary makes no sense (Score 1) 284

He made a standard court filing to identify the owners of the few parcels of land that are completely surrounded by his property so that they can choose whether they want to pay any back taxes and continue to own the land, sell to him (or someone else they choose) or officially abandon the land to the State. Apparently some of these half acre plots can have hundred of owners, most of whom have no idea they even own the property, so no one bothers to do anything with them.

From the article it appears only one even had a resident, who left a few years back, and he's actually supporting Zuckerberg's filing so that all the owners can be properly identified and paid.

Comment Re:May not be as bad as the clickbaity headline sa (Score 1) 284

He followed standard Hawaiian procedure for identifying land owners of essentially abandoned properties. The suit requires the owners to be identified and served before any actions are taken and if they choose to they can simply ensure all property taxes are up to date (or make arrangements) and then continue using/not using the land as they desire.

Zuckerberg isn't forcing anyone off their land; most of the owners don't even know it exists but after this they will and can possibly make a few dollar off of it.

Comment Re:May not be as bad as the clickbaity headline sa (Score 1) 284

From the article, this is exactly why this process is used,. By filing they have to notify the owners (most of whom have no idea they own anything) and then they get a chance to settle up (if in arrears) and sell before the government just seizes the land and auctions it off.

Comment Re:Hacking review !== Election results review (Score 1) 557

I don't have links but from news reports I saw before they stopped the recount they found that in heavy Clinton areas that used certain types of optical scanners the numbers may have been inflated due to mishandling of ballots. Essentially, the person had an issue running the ballot through the first time and then retried but the machine actually registered both attempts as a vote for Clinton (assuming they were Clinton votes because they were in heavy Clinton districts). They were finding a larger number for their scanned totals than they actually had physical ballots for the recount.

While not voter fraud per se (since there was no intent shown), it definitely put a spot light on a major flaw in the system that apparently was well know from prior elections.

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