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[#] Thu May 09 2013 13:51:34 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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[#] Thu May 09 2013 13:56:48 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Also, wonder if this is how factory workers felt during the industrial revolution:

http://venturebeat.com/2013/05/04/ibm-robot/



[#] Mon May 13 2013 15:20:45 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Why is the "controller" engineer, who is well dressed and comfortably seated behind his computer, wearing safety glasses? Is the system so immersive that flying chunks of debris are transmitted across the network and ejected from the screen?

[#] Mon May 20 2013 08:45:52 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Perhaps he was planning on banging his head against the monitor, and wanted to make sure his eyes would be okay.

[#] Mon May 20 2013 18:51:51 EDT from kc5tja @ Uncensored

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Or they're really Real3D glasses in disguise.

[#] Sat May 25 2013 22:07:42 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I don't want Real3D. I want Fake3D.

[#] Sun May 26 2013 15:51:09 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Isn't that called Google Glass?



[#] Mon Jun 03 2013 19:05:11 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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If you add a soundtrack it's called Philip Glass.

[#] Mon Jun 03 2013 21:16:24 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Fortunately, you don't have to add much soundtrack.

[#] Wed Jun 12 2013 11:26:47 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I have to say, I've learned more about small-time corporate shenanigans since this year started than I ever expected to learn in my life.

I've always been a proponent of getting everything in writing as soon as possible. I'm starting to see a classic example of why now.

Some other tips... never allow anyone else to pitch your business ideas to an investor... do it yourself. And make sure it's in writing, of course.

Also, it isn't a winning strategy to fire the owner of the technology without telling him, and before you've obtained the rights to the technology first.
Thinking that it will 'squeeze' the inventor will probably backfire on you.

And if you're filing in Delaware for tax reasons, that's great, but make sure you follow the MOI you set up, because it's as legally binding as a contract.

[#] Fri Jun 14 2013 16:45:14 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I've been fired, officially.

He said he would consider rehiring me if my boss signs a particular piece of paper, which makes the firing illegal.

Which I think is awesome. Paper-trail on this moron continues.

In the meantime, I might finally have a little time for a vacation.

[#] Fri Jun 14 2013 17:16:17 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Hmmm... he also said I was fired for not providing certain bits of intellectual property that doesn't belong to him, which I think makes the firing criminal.
Interesting.

[#] Fri Jun 14 2013 19:55:31 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Ugh, fleeb, very sorry to hear that!

Completely their loss, though! 

In fact, shoot me your resume by email, if you like.  My brother in law is with Scripps and maybe he'll know someone who knows and all that...



[#] Fri Jun 14 2013 22:49:02 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Thanks for the offer... I might consider it.

I know people in Scripps, too, oddly. I know the guy responsible for their closed captioning... really good, upright guy.

[#] Sat Jun 15 2013 01:06:17 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Crapolla Fleeb.  Sorry for ya man.  Sounds like you have it figured out the game of the current employer.  If not, from what I have read about you on uncensored, you seem like you are an upstanding guy. You will land somwere that will be better soon.



[#] Sat Jun 15 2013 11:11:38 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Thanks, ax25.

I saw this coming, to be sure. I had doubts at the beginning of the year, as too many odd things were happening, but I figured I'd ride it out and see where it goes.

All-in-all, it's been an interesting, entertaining, and educational experience.
But it isn't quite over yet. I can find a new job without much trouble, I suspect, but I want to help my boss (not the guy who fired me), who stands to lose so much more than his job.

[#] Sat Jun 15 2013 16:05:29 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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uhm... is it that easy in the US?

i'd definitely visit a lawyer.



[#] Sat Jun 15 2013 17:48:23 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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In Maryland, where I live, the law is such that you may quit or be fired for any reason at all.

However... some reasons are simply illegal on the face of it. Firing me for not stealing intellectual property and as a way to bully someone into signing a document he clearly doesn't wish to sign is illegal in this country.

[#] Sun Jun 16 2013 02:07:37 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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I hope this all ends with you in a better (better-paying and better environment) job very soon!



[#] Sun Jun 16 2013 20:11:51 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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They money wasn't that bad, this time. I earned a salary that is at least standard for the sort of work I do.

But things started to get really weird in the last couple of weeks. I suspect the investors, who don't really understand the business model (and were given a bad description of the model from the CEO and their lawyer) are freaking out because things aren't quite working the way they expect.

The ironic thing is that if they waited about another month or so to freak out, they would have started to see the results. But, meh. They were a very bad match for us.

Personally, based on the behavior I see, I suspect they found a buyer who just wants to bury the technology so nobody uses it. Why else would you fire the principle developer, and the only guy who really knows how to install the software required to make our box work properly?

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