Lawrence Lessig is a noted expert on legal aspects of the Internet and a political activist working on changing the incentives that influence our government. He spoke at the Storage Networking World Conference last week with a presentation titled America's Broadband Policy and I had the opportunity to interview him afterwords, which will certainly be one of the highlights of my year. I think his work at FixCongressFirst.org is very important because it provides a realistic perspective on the problem of money in government and is working to bring change to something that many of us agree is broken. You can play the interview by clicking the little green arrow on the sound bar below:
Tom Petrocelli remarked in Twitter this morning that the issue was that employers don't guarantee lifetime employment & advancement. Tom's point is right on the money. The days of employer/employer loyalty are mostly gone - especially in the light of the recession which has put lots of people on the street without a lot of warning. NCs are a relic from the past that we ought to abolish.
A world without NCs shifts the potential for being abused from the employee to the employer. In a world where employers can fire people at will, employees should be able to work where they want. There needs to be laws with teeth to prevent employers from being harmed by having trade secrets stolen and used against them. These are already in confidentiality clauses in employee agreements.
FWIW, Steve, OJT typically would not qualify as a trade secret.
I also wonder what this would mean to Netapp's litigation with Sun. I would expect it to be resolved more quickly, but if ZFS were to live on, it would give Barry Whyte and Tony Pearson something new (yet again) to write about.