For anyone out there who thinks we in the States are NOT regressing towards rabid capitalism have only to click on the title of this entry to read all about it.
Microsoft has essentially made an indentured servant out of one of its executives. He does not have freedom of contract. He cannot ply his trade elsewhere. He cannot make a LIVING except at Microsoft.
Microsoft claims that its trade secrets would be in jeopardy related to search engines. Since when did they have any ideas to steal?
So this guy is screwed, but for how long? How long is that dumb judge going to force this guy to work with Microsoft? Doubtless the executive is senior in his business and has a lot of knowlege. Is he now supposed to start something else as a novice?
Econo-Girl is wrestling with this problem herself. She has a manager who won't let her go and stops other opportunities for her. So there she is, in a box like a bug. Oh, and did I mention that I am not being promoted LIKE THE TWENTY-SOMETHINGS I WORK WITH? He does this with others, too. I mentioned to someone the other day how indentured servitude is illegal and someone should tell this guy. It seems I was wrong.