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Comment Re:default judgment (Score 2) 276

My statement was more about principle, rather than this particular incident. In this case the person admitted to having the password and was seeking to extort payment, that is problematic (the information was not theirs to sell, they did steal the by denying access to it by the proper owners). The hardware, well, the employer has to prove it is theirs and the contractual conditions under which they gave the employee that hardware, before they can try to claim it back. Obviously they did not simply claim it was stolen, hence it ownership is questionable, they can only really sue for it's return. Google is still largely at fault for the problem, they simply did the cheap thing, fobbed it off and failed to deal with it properly.

No, he did not admit to having the password. The contingent offer to help was to work with Google to get the password reset. King Richard move for sure, asking for 200K.

He worked entirely remotely and was the last IT employee remaining when they demanded he move to Indianapolis.

Apparently, there was also a racial discrimination back and forth with lawyers involved, prior to filing suit. The 200k demand was in light of the perceived discrimination.

He returned the laptop when asked for it.

This is not a clear case of holding data for ransom at all.

Ultimately, the primary role of IT is to protect the data. Doing anything else is unethical, and can be illegal (duh, right?). However, a company crying foul after it's own management screw ups does not automatically brand an IT peon as some kind of saboteur.

Comment Re:Just a small correction (Score 0) 58

"Sierra Nevada Corporation Will Launch Its First Space Mission In 2021. UN Will Bicker About it and Do Nothing."

FTFY

I dunno. I envision a balsa wood glider flown in a Peruvian Target parking lot sometime around 2027. A large crowd of UN 'officials' will witness it and call it a success. It will only cost about 2 trillion $US.

Comment Re:Rules for thee, not for me (Score 1) 216

While true, they could still sell access to their copy in that case. You can still profit off of collecting and distributing public domain materials.

If by 'access' you mean charging people to come to their office and look at the picture, sure you are correct. Making copies of their copy is the very definition of copyright infringement in letter, spirit, moral, and natural law. Forgive the slight hyperbole, the point is the pictures are free to the public, but not public domain.

Comment Re:My PCP has a "scribe!" (Score 1) 326

Modern practice of medicine absolutely does make doctors into data entry clerks. Big data is telling them what works, what doesn't, improving diagnosis and treatment, the volume of data and pace of discovery are such that no human being could possibly keep up with it in the traditional med school + residency + practice & annual CE fashion.

This is handled by increased specialization, not surfing medical google for wth is wrong with you.

The big data of which you speak is not on the diagnostic side of things, it is mostly dealing with billing and metrics of clinicians work.

Evidence based medicine is founded on clinical studies, not SQL queries for sore throats.

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