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MA Gov. Wants To Ban Non-Competes; Will It Matter?

redelm Non-compete is a form of slavery (97 comments)

For those who worship the sanctity of contract, please remember one cannot legally contract slavery. And that is what long non-compete clauses amount to -- the inability to market your skills ties you to the employer. Trade secret protection is a very different thing used as a smoke-screen. Unequal barganing power and contracts of adhesion are further aggravations.

about a week ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

redelm Re:Public View (405 comments)

Recording visuals in California might be legal. Not sure -- they do have anti-papparazi laws. IIRC Recording voice is not legal there without all party consent.

However, the real legal problem with the tag scanners is not the scanning but their automagically accessing a database to determine car status. California has a law allowing access to the tag database only in pursuit of a proper police investigation. Not in pursuit of girlfriends or for others!

LAPD _has_ to [farcically|revealingly] claim everyone in "under investigation" for legal cover, especially to avoid "fruit of the poisoned vine" exclusion of evidence. Expect more "parallel construction" of false evidence origins. Whether this survives courts & appeals is just another indicator of the corruption of America.

about three weeks ago
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Some Sites That Blue Coat Blocks Under "Pornography"

redelm Re:Security Theatre (119 comments)

... that you know of!

BlueCoat may be the best of a bad breed, but that just encourages complacency. Far better to choose less-insecure software (anything-but-IE) and instill some security consciousness into users. Filters might have a "training-wheels" place for learners, but reliance is dangerous.

about a month ago
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Some Sites That Blue Coat Blocks Under "Pornography"

redelm Security Theatre (119 comments)

Look, in any filtering system there are going to be false positives and false negatives. Perhaps more with active systems because the true negatives have an incentive to get by, and so will adjust. (A certain actress and warm cereal is a /. example) The filterers will then have to clamp down, increasing false positives.

The whole thing has a whiff of Bruce Schneier's "security Theatre". Everyone serious knows it does not work, but it gives political cover of be able to claim an effort. Saving face at a price paid by other people. I try to avoid such predators.

about a month ago
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Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

redelm REDHAT ? (367 comments)

I thought exactly business like ATM fleets would be RedHat's target -- people who need robust Linux with support -- all negotiable.

about a month ago
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Girl's Facebook Post Costs Her Dad $80,000

redelm Re:Teenages^hCourts will do stupid things? (387 comments)

Agreed. Once the public sword has been unsheathed, the public have an interest in knowing how their sword was used -- knowing the settlement. All settlements for suits filed. The Courts are corruptly reducing their workload by enforcing confidentiality terms.

about a month and a half ago
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GCHQ Intercepted Webcam Images of Millions of Yahoo Users

redelm Where is the US govt protecting its citizens ? (137 comments)

Call me naive, but isn't it the job of the US Federal Government to protect the US citizens and property against incursion and spying by foreign powers? We cannot know what they will do with their intercepts.

PRISM and similar "you spy on mine and I'll spy on yourn" programs smell like conspiracy to violate the US Consititution, if not out-and-out treason. That those programs continue can only be attributed to institutionalized endemic corruption.

about 2 months ago
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High Court Rules Detention of David Miranda Was Lawful

redelm Re:Of course it's "lawful" (169 comments)

... all the more reason for a "fruit of the poisoned vine" doctrine to be adopted in the UK. The whole stop should have been thrown out in the US if it were based on an unwarrented bug. Not that it will be, nor that "poisoned vine" is safe in the US.

Agreed on the judge's odd mention (reliance?) of a failure to declare. Looks weak, but something for the Lords (err...Supremes) to rule upon. Perhaps deliberately.

And fully agreed the length of time came from higher up. Easy enough to establish in a proper cross-examination if defense access to all the participants were allowed. Tough to keep a large conspiracy together.

This was obviously an in absentia railroad job.

about 2 months ago
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High Court Rules Detention of David Miranda Was Lawful

redelm Re:Of course it's "lawful" (169 comments)

... so it is "absurd" to expect a government to be other than hypocritical? "Absurd" to expect a government to obey laws it creates?

Perhaps so, but I am not so cynical. This "sovereign immunity" is purely predatory behaviour and utterly inconsistent with human rights and "consent of the governed". That does not mean it will stop soon, but it is chipping away.

BTW, how did they know it was GCHQ docs? Did he confess? or Were they unencrypted and GCHQ attested?

about 2 months ago
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Book Review: Survival of the Nicest

redelm Reproduction ? (176 comments)

"survival" of the fittest is mostly a euphemism for reproduction. Numbers matter, but so does quality for it influences grandchildren and beyond.

So, are the scarce-gametes (women) attracted to nice guys? I don't see any evidence amongst all the feel-good unsupported normative prescriptions. I strongly suspect women are looking for men practicing optimum predatation. Although I doubt they are aware of this "goldilocks".

about 2 months ago
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LA Times: Snowden Had 3 Helpers Inside NSA

redelm "Let he who is without blame cast the first stone" (148 comments)

'fess up -- who amongst us has NEVER EVER used someone else's login credentials to do some task? Perhaps the inexperienced, yet to understand security hypocrisy.

The entire yelpdesk industry lives by taking Remote Control" of users' machines.

about 2 months ago
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Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

redelm Only 60? LUXURY! we worked 84+ (717 comments)

(with apologies to Python's 4 Yorkshiremen) ... now the youngsters only work 72 hours per week plus turnover. For safety reasons, nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

But seriously, what matters is the reason. For the right reasons, long hours are fine. For the wrong reasons or in the wrong environment, 40h can be too much. Decide what matters most to you and follow it.

Then you won't be getting up half an hour before you go to bed!

about 2 months ago
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Why P-values Cannot Tell You If a Hypothesis Is Correct

redelm Simple -- Correlation is NOT causality (124 comments)

p-value is just the probability the data/observations were the result of a random process. So a great p value like 0.01 says the results were not random. They do not conform what made them non-random (ie theory).

Epistimology is elementary, and often skipped by those who wish to persuade. "Figures do not lie, but liars figure."[Clemens]

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

redelm Hourly vs job-wise pay (716 comments)

You are being horn-swoggled by a boss who is confusing two types of contract: A builder will _not_ fix the wall without more pay if s/he is hourly. They will only fix the wall "gratis" if they have a contract for a specified job. Said contract will have some [unstated] provision for rework and the expectation of profit (especially on the change orders).

There is risk in every job. If he wants a supplier (employee/contractor) to assume the risk, he has to pay for it. If he wants minimum cost, normally owners assume it for themselves and manage. Your boss wants to have his cake and eat it too. Disgusting overreach.

about 2 months ago
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Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials

redelm dirlisting/autoindex ENABLED ? More likely ftp (227 comments)

For a spider (scraper?) to work, it has to get the filenames from somewhere, usually another file like ./index.html . I cannot see anyone building webpages of the memos, but they might very well be stored as files in some directory structure. Turning on dirlisting (or autoindex) is an invitation for total access -- http is a protocol for info you _want_ to spread. Not even the USG is that incompetent.

What might have happened is that netadmins like Snowden had uid/pwd that allowed ftp access (necessary to fix files). Then run the directories just as `archie` did 20+ years ago.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

redelm Re:Why? (2219 comments)

I _am_ still using text `links` and like it very much thank you. `lynx` I reluctantly abandoned many years ago when it would not do frames. The new JS site browses just fine, don't know about posting.

FWIW, I do have X installed, but try to avoid running it. When I do, it is mostly to open xterms. I vastly prefer my CLI but really don't want to convert anyone. I'm secure in my manhood and choices.

As for mobile site, I believe the biggest concern is not CPU but screen resolution. Many phone displays have abysmal pixel count - 320 x 200 . Finger scolling is easier, but still work. Apple gets this right, and is almost enough for me to buy an iPhone.

about 2 months ago
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Russia Bans Bitcoin

redelm Excellent -- slows the US down (207 comments)

Russia banning Bitcoin will have relatively little effect on the use of Bitcoin there since enforcement is highly selective and not dependant on established law.

OTOH if Russia bans it, the US (and its hangers-on) will have to think twice about banning Bitcoin. Heaven forbid the old foe gets it right, and first. Absent strong motivation, the US does not want to be seen as supporting Russia, particularly not ideologically on some matter of principle.

about 2 months ago
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Adobe's New Ebook DRM Will Leave Existing Users Out In the Cold Come July

redelm Yippee! Fewer Adobe customers (304 comments)

foot ... aim ... fire!

Product "upgrades" always sound compelling to software "product managers" but are always less-so to customers. The managers do not suffer the upgrade costs (which are always far greater than relicence costs, especially when backwards compatibility is not advertised).

Any upgrade is always marginal -- the initial app solved the problem and captured most of the benefits. An upgrade hunts for scraps. Many upgrades are forced by obsolescence -- if customers could keep the old system running, they would.

Sure, with new systems you want the "latest" to have decent lifetime. And with really compelling uses (mobile), new systems will be bought.

I do not see anything remotely compelling about the new Adobe DRM, Amazon will eat their lunch even faster.

about 2 months ago
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DOJ Announces New Methods For Reporting National Security Requests

redelm Re:Um (117 comments)

Good point. The question is whether TLAs can backdate NSLs so their ill-gotten trove can be used as evidence and not just threat identification/blackmail. Since NSLs are supposed to be secret, how can a judge rule on the [in]admissibility of evidence? One might hope that failing some authorization (warrent, unsealed NSL? etc) an intercept would be ruled inadmissible.

about 3 months ago
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NSA Collects 200 Million Text Messages Per Day

redelm Re:ONLY 0.2B ??? (287 comments)

Thank you for the more precise stats. 14.1 B/day is not essentially different from my estimate of 9 B/day and does not change any conclusions.

If anything, it is worse -- NSA is capturing 1.4%, some combination of good filters and missed streams.

about 3 months ago

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Copyright on game sequence video captures?

redelm redelm writes  |  more than 4 years ago

redelm (54142) writes "What is the copyright legal status of a short-ish video capture from a PC/console game? For a pre-generated sequence like a fatality, the game.house could assert it was all theirs. OTOH, for a series of creative moves by the player the game pgm merely provides an environment for the creation. Rather like writing a computer program and using a compiler to make it executable. Or do the game houses get to copyright clay? This would influence whether they're youtubeable."
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FCC in favor of Net Neutrality

redelm redelm writes  |  more than 3 years ago

redelm writes "Both the Wall Street Journal (here) and Reuters (here)are reporting the FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will make a speech on Monday in favor of Net Neutrality. There's a big difference between a speech and a law, but irrespective of campaign contributions, the US Congress should not find this too hard to pass with the current strong populist scrutiny."
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TW trying cable Caps + overage fees

redelm redelm writes  |  more than 5 years ago

redelm (54142) writes "Yahoo! reports Time-Warner will try out traffic caps on cable internet service in Beaumont, TX. They will charge an overage fee of $1/GB. Base included transfers will be from 5-40 GB/month. Most interesting was the justification — 5% of users using up to 50% of bandwidth. And that others have secret caps."
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redelm redelm writes  |  more than 7 years ago

redelm (54142) writes "The Economist, arguably the world leading business newspaper/magazine has picked up on Steve Jobs Appleblog for DRM-free Music. Also as discussed on /. This article agrees with Jobs and gives him much broader exposure beyond the technical community. Perhaps to influence some lego/politico decision makers who have no idea what DRM is!"
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redelm redelm writes  |  more than 7 years ago

redelm (54142) writes "For serveral years "Personal/Portible DVD Players" have been sold with TFT-LCD screens from 6-11" diagonal. However, very few of these units list pixel size/count or screen resolution. Some have only 240 lines! Any stats/advice?"

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