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Comment Re:Being pedantic (Score 1) 319

... the felonious taking of the property of another from his or her person or in his or her immediate presence, against his or her will, by violence or intimidation.

What Alphabet did is by definition Robbery.

If they'd given, or promised, a Christmas Bonus, then yes it would be robbery.

If the (or their predecessors) had led the workers to expect bonuses only by voluntarily giving them in the past, but had never written contract terms or otherwise promised the bonuses for this year, then the hypothetical missing bonus was never the property of the workers in the first place.

Comment Re:The human fund (Score 1) 320

You must be one of the lucky ones -- I certainly do not have that option. Geography is a factor. Chip design is rather specialized field, and just the license cost to get into this businesses can run into seven figures. There are not a lot of companies doing what I do in my city, so my choices are limited. If those four or five companies don't need anybody, I am out of luck unless I am willing to relocate.

Comment Re:Says a man or woman (Score 2, Insightful) 208

It is called "supply and demand." If you open up a lemonade shop on the street corner, nobody is obligated to buy your lemonade if you charge $20 for one cup! That is how a free-market works. If you want to buy a computer, you and the seller reach an agreement on what it is worth. If you don't want to pay as much, you just don't buy the damn thing, and have the choice to go shopping elsewhere.

Same thing for labor. If your time isn't worth what Uber wants to pay, don't work there! Fined somebody who thinks that your labor is worth more. If enough people stop working for Uber and they can't find anybody willing to work for what they pay, they will be forced to pay more or go out of business. That is how it works.

If you really want to give rides and make more, you can always drive a taxi.

Comment Re:'"We are looking into the matter" (Score 1) 102

Hell they probably would have accepted the offer for a free pen test. Instead many orgs react rather violently if they dont know about it and you did it.

An unexpected, unauthorized, "free pen test" is indistinguishable from a bad-guy cracking attempt, and must be treated as if it's a real threat. This causes ENORMOUS extra costs as the victim has to batten the hatches, examine everything for corruption and/or possible persistent threat instalation, compare working databases to backups and examine the differences vs. update audit trails, and so on.

Not to mention the concern that it might be a real attempt by the DHS, or a rogue group within it, to hack the election.

Comment Re:The human fund (Score 1) 320

Yeah, that sucks. Sorry, but that is called being a contractor. No job security at all. The pay is great until bad the economy shifts, and then contractors are the first out the door. You can bask in the glory of your former fat paycheck while you hunt for more work.

I guess if you are really good and you live in an area with a lot of opportunity (or you don't mind relocating), you can make this work. However, I prefer a bit more job security.

Comment Re:Being pedantic (Score 1) 319

If your company removes money from you and gives it to someone else, that is called Robbery.

But if the company just doesn't give you a Christmas/End-of-Year gift that they had been voluntarily giving previously, it may be a disappointment but it isn't Robbery.

= = = =

It may also be really stupid move on the company's part, though. It's going to cost them a bunch in employee satisfaction, and thus performance, over the next year or more.

Of course, if they were thinking of replacing a bunch of the employees with H1Bs or the like, tweaking them off so they perform poorly could then be used in claims that they were not good performers and thus needed replacing.

Comment Re:We knew this going in (Score 1) 571

Running against Hillary probably wouldn't have gotten her anywhere anyway; Bernie tried it and look where it got him. The DNC had everything rigged in Hillary's favor, so Warren wouldn't have had a chance there. Maybe that's why she didn't want to run. But if offered a VP spot, that might have gotten her interest because then she wouldn't have had to run against Hillary, and would have at least been able to supposedly have an effect on Hillary's positions. Maybe she wasn't ready, but it's not like she's some youngster either, she's in her 50s or 60s now I think.

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