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Comment Re:Wow. (Score 2) 1008

It's called supply and demand. It's one of those unpleasant realities, like, say, gravity. That being said, Apple IS offering awesome wages and benefits to its employees. Compare Mr. Moll's $14/hour + health benefits + discounts + matched 401K vs. what a retail employee gets at another electronics retailer. Like, say, Frys. Or BestBuy. Or Target. He's already GOT a better deal.

And, to be honest, retail sales is not a high-skill job.

As to "this is not how I want to be treated, etc."... they are free to do so. But you're ignoring the other side of that "freedom of association" thing: the employer also has the freedom to NOT associate with them, to say "I think your demands are unreasonable, and I'm going to work with someone I think is more reasonable."

Or are you simply trying to use "freedom of association" as a smokescreen for "what's mine is mine, what's yours is mine, too."?

Comment Non-competes, and value-for-money (Score 1) 654

Two comments:
First, a lot depends on where you are. In California, non-competes have been held invalid by the State Supreme Court. So if you're in CA, either when you sign the non-compete or subsequently, they can take the non-compete, fold it pointywise, and stick it - it's a totally invalid legal document. But that only applies in CA - you'd have to check with your local legal mavens.
Second, if they're paying you for future work, they can't make you sign over rights/etc. to prior work. A contract is an exchange of value. If they're demanding you give them something of value (your prior work) and not providing you with value (additional payment), then they don't have a valid, enforceable contract, at least not in the US.

I would suggest (a) scratching out the non-compete, and (b) scratching out the "prior work" clauses. And yes, get a lawyer.

Submission + - How to moderate an underlying story

cprael writes: "So, it's rather obvious how to moderate comments that are good or bad, crap or interesting. But how does one do same to the underlying article? I'm not suggesting on a regular basis, but every once in a while, some of the top-level story stuff that gets posted just cries out to be moderated. Man bites dog journalism, slow news day... it's still crap. And deserves to mod'd accordingly."

Is Interoperable DRM Really Less Secure? 189

Crouch and hold writes "Are closed DRM schemes like FairPlay more secure than interoperable ones? Based on the number of cracks, it doesn't look like it. 'When it comes to DRM, what history actually teaches us is that one approach is no more secure than the other in practice, as they relate to the keeping of secrets. Windows Media DRM has had fewer security breaches than Apple's FairPlay, yet WM DRM is licensed out the wazoo: there are more than a dozen companies with WM DRM licenses.'"

Submission + - not enough lithium available in the Earth's crust

pH7.0 writes: From this Toronto Star story: "there's simply not enough lithium available in the Earth's crust to stick a lithium-ion battery in the world's 900 million cars, and at the same time expect the auto market to grow. It's just not sustainable." Is this true? AFAIK there are more Lithium in the earth's crust than Tin or Lead. May it's still not enough? OTOH, that story try to plug "Zebra Battery" but fail to mention "Molten salt"...

MIT's Millimeter Turbine to be Ready This Year 197

Iddo Genuth writes "After a decade of work, the first millimeter size turbine engine developed by researchers at MIT should become operational by the end of this summer. The new turbine engine will allow the creation of smaller and more powerful batteries than anything currently in existence. It might also serve as the basis for tiny powerful motors with applications ranging from micro UAVs to children's toys. In the more distant future huge arrays of hydrogen fueled millimeter turbine engines could even be the basis for clean, quiet and cost effective power plants."

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