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Submission + - Displaced US Technology Workers Resist Nondisparagement Agreements (nytimes.com)

dangle writes: The New York Times writes about a group of recently laid-off Abbott technology employees from the Chicago area, including Marco Peña's refusal to sign a nondisparagement agreement, a decision he says cost him nearly $10,000.

US corporate executives have worked publicly to defend their use of H-1B visas to Congress and the public, but US workers who have lost jobs to global outsourcing companies have been largely silent out of concern that any criticism of their past employers will be viewed as violation of nondisparagement agreements required as part of their severance packages.

Members of Congress from both major parties have questioned these agreements, and have proposed revisions to visa laws to include measures allowing former employees to contest their layoffs.

Comment Re:collateral damage (Score 1) 73

One wonders if this is true, but beyond the internal and external DPRK propaganda, it seems like there must be enough men and women of reason in their government and research facilities to make the case for and maintain these complex weapons/energy programs in a relatively protected environment, knowing that failures and quality improvement are necessary and inherent to the process.

That sentence was a lot longer than I planned, sorry.

Comment Re:Only 10,000 times lower? (Score 1) 134

Sometimes, but many times the drug is excreted unchanged (during the early penicillin era, drug scarcity drove urine collection from treated patients to recycle the still-active penicillin molecules). Many times, the metabolites are also biologically active, either as part of the intended physiological effect, or active in other related or unrelated ways.

Comment Loophole (Score 1) 819

At least in the 80's in the US, a friend from school and I decided to reload our own shotgun shells to save money and the hassle of finding an adult to buy us ammo. Even at the time, I was a little baffled by the fact that my friend and I could walk into a store and buy cans of powder, primers, and shot, but couldn't buy factory made ammo.

The Courts

"Most Hated Man In America" Martin Shkreli Arrested On Suspicion of Fraud (ibtimes.co.uk) 245

Ewan Palmer writes that everyone's least favorite medication price gouger, Martin Shkreli, has run into some legal problems. According to the article "Pharmaceutical start-up owner Martin Shkreli, dubbed the most hated man in the US over his controversial plans to significantly raise the price of life-saving drugs, has been arrested on suspicion of fraud. Shkreli, 32, who received widespread criticism for hiking up the price of Daraprim from $13 to $750 per pill in September, is being questioned over allegations involving stock from a company he founded in 2011. According to Bloomberg, Shkreli is accused of illegally taking stock from biotechnology Retrophin Inc to pay off debts from unrelated business dealings."
United Kingdom

U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines 165

Lucas123 writes Walmart-owned ASDA supermarkets in the U.K. are beta testing 3D full-body scanning booths that allow patrons to buy 6-in to 9-in high "selfie" figurines. Artec Group, a maker of 3D scanners and software, said its Shapify Booth, which can scan your entire body in 12 seconds and use the resulting file to create a full-color 3D printed model, is making its U.S. debut this week. The 3D Shapify booths are equipped with four wide view, high-resolution scanners, which rotate around the person to scan every angle. Artec claims the high-powered scan and precision printing is able to capture even the smallest details, down to the wrinkles on clothes. The scanning process generates 700 captured surfaces, which are automatically stitched together to produce an electronic file ready for 3D printing. Artec offers to print the figurines for booth operators (retailers) for $50 for a 6-in model, $70 for a 7.5-in model, and $100 for a 9-in figurine.

Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up 376

A few weeks ago, Rightscorp announced plans to have ISPs disconnect repeat copyright infringers. mpicpp (3454017) wrote in with news that Rightscorp announced during their latest earnings call further plans to require ISPs to block all web access (using a proxy system similar to hotel / college campus wifi logins) until users admit guilt and pay a settlement fine (replacing the current system of ISPs merely forwarding notices to users). Quoting TorrentFreak: [Rightscorp] says 75,000 cases have been settled so far with copyright holders picking up $10 from each. ... What is clear is that Rightscorp is determined to go after "Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Cable Vision and one more" in order to "get all of them compliant" (i.e forwarding settlement demands). The company predicts that more details on the strategy will develop in the fall, but comments from COO & CTO Robert Steele hint on how that might be achieved. ... "[What] we really want to do is move away from termination and move to what's called a hard redirect, like, when you go into a hotel and you have to put your room number in order to get past the browser and get on to browsing the web." The idea that mere allegations from an anti-piracy company could bring a complete halt to an entire household or business Internet connection until a fine is paid is less like a "piracy speeding ticket" and more like a "piracy wheel clamp", one that costs $20 to have removed.

Submission + - Private company leads to arrests of three hackers ten years after attack 2

Jdogatl writes: I was intruiged by a bit of news that reports that 10 years after a digital attack, a forensic investigation company, Digital Investigation, lead to the arrest of three hackers (actually two hackers hired by a third party). They were asked in 2013 to investigate an attack on a lawfirm 9 years after the initial attack. The investigating company says that someone hacked and leaked a DDoS commercial service's userdatabase and was able to eventually track down the hackers because one of them logged did not login through a VPN once. Oops.

The company lays out the details of their investigation and though it is in Dutch it was interesting that the conclusion was largely due to "someone" leaking the information about the hacker. It raises a couple of questions, if you were a security company and obviously not going to get anywhere would you hack a company's user database (regardless of the legality of the service provided) and say that it was leaked by "some" hacker to avoid being charged yourself? Also, is it not a bit odd that the information that brought down the hackers was still retained 9 years after the attacks? Or that being stupid once, 10 years ago, can still bring you down. Should there not be a push for statute of limitations on cyber crime?

Sorry, the link is in Dutch.

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