There is a very interesting article on Slashdot today saying that non-competes are the DRM of human capital. I never really considered how non-competes stifle innovation. Like a song made invaluable with DRM to any device other than that which it was meant for, a non-compete discourages progress by locking a person into, or out of, a specific career. I didn’t know that California doesn’t enforce non-competes, as the article attributes some of the success of Silicon Valley with this progressive, innovation-encouraging policy (if it’s true). I guess when I quit alternative country, I’ll have to dig ditches rather than play screamo.