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Lawyers Ordered to Play RPS to Settle Dispute

samzenpus posted more than 8 years ago | from the best-two-out-of-three dept.

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Rent-to-Pwn writes "After the lawyers involved couldn't settle even the most basic disputes without court intervention, a federal judge ordered the two lawyers to play one (1) game of rock, paper, scissors to settle the dispute. Being a federal case, in theory, it could become precedent for similar, unimportant decisions. Of course, there's no mention of what the two lawyers are supposed to do in case of a tie ..."

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Geez... what a precedent (4, Funny)

Nefarious Wheel (628136) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492310)

I can't wait to see what Groklaw has to say about this precedent. Or who owns the game...

Re:Geez... what a precedent (4, Informative)

metalog (168739) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492400)

What precedent? The game was to settle the location of a deposition, not the case itself. They where fighting over what floor it should take place since their offices are in the same building. The whole thing is ridiculous and the judge responded accordingly.

Re:Geez... what a precedent (5, Funny)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492440)

Fortunately, games cannot be owned, under current US IP law. They can be pwned, but that's something altogether different.

Games are patentable (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492535)

Fortunately, games cannot be owned, under current US IP law.

Yes they can, but only if they are new and non-obvious and even then only for 20 years. Game materials, such as designs on a game board or computer programs implementing the game rules, can also be copyrighted (effectively perpetual), and their names can be registered as trademarks (also perpetual).

Re:Games are patentable (2, Funny)

CaptainCarrot (84625) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492566)

Yes they can, but only if they are new and non-obvious

Oh yeah? [slashdot.org]

Re:Games are patentable (5, Interesting)

Kadin2048 (468275) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492721)

To be fair, that patent was eventually shot down, or so I heard. Basically the USPTO invalidated all of its claims, and then the holder just declined to pay the fees and it expired.

Still, whatever examiner passed it ought to be punished in some sort of humiliating way.

I have heard from a friend who is starting work as a patent examiner that they have totally revamped their recruitment and training programs. Now, instead of going through nominal 'welcome aboard' training and being shoved out onto the floor and told to start processing patents, there's like 8 or 9 months of training, following which you're basically an apprentice to somebody more senior (where they have to approve/rubberstamp your work) for a while.

There still seems to be some obvious issues, like the number of patents you process per day/week influences your promotions, so that there's an indirect reward for pushing more paper, but they do seem to be making some progress.

Still, I wouldn't mind seeing them drag out a Dunce cap for patents like that.

probably as fair than most legal proceedings (5, Insightful)

batray (257663) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492312)

Since there seems to be a great deal of chance in any legal proceeding, it makes just as much sense, if not more.

Re:probably as fair than most legal proceedings (2, Interesting)

xwipeoutx (964832) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492424)

The game is to settle a dispute between the location to hold a deposition.

The funny thing...FTA:
counsel shall convene at a neutral site agreeable to both parties. If counsel cannot agree on a neutral site, they shall meet on the front steps of the Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse, 801 North Florida Ave., Tampa, Florida 33602.

Re:probably as fair than most legal proceedings (1)

RsG (809189) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492476)

Yeah, except that I suspect that lawyers could find a way to argue over the interpretation of the rules.

Re:probably as fair than most legal proceedings (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15492515)

Lawyer #1: "Rock"

Lawyer #2: "Paper"

L1 "Aha! I win"

L2 "No you don't! Paper wraps rock, it says that right here under section 1A of the rule book."

L1 "Look, according to the expert witnesses, rock would rip right through paper. We have a geologist to testify to the strength of rocks, and a materials engineer to testify to the relative weakness of paper."

L2 "Well, we have a person from the Rock Paper Scissors assosiation and another from the paper industry, both of whom assure us that paper wraps rock."

Etc, etc ad infinitum....

Re:probably as fair than most legal proceedings (2, Funny)

Petrushka (815171) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492567)

Perhaps. We'll see. From TFA:

In an interview, plaintiff's lawyer Pettinato says, "I'm going to comply with the court's order to the letter." Defense lawyer Craig did not respond to a phone message ...

Actually, its mostly because the issue is trivial (4, Informative)

patio11 (857072) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492593)

The judge was sort of miffed. The issue that was decided is "Where do we have a deposition?" This is something that people who were not petulant two-year olds could agree to in a matter of seconds ("Your place or mine?"). What makes it *particularly* a waste of the judge's time is that the two firms are located in the same office building, four floors from each other. So the judge said essentially "Heck if I care, flip a bloody coin and stop wasting my time", except with rather more tact.

This information comes from www.overlawyered.com.

Re:Actually, its mostly because the issue is trivi (2, Informative)

anagama (611277) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492693)

This is something that people who were not petulant two-year olds could agree to in a matter of seconds ("Your place or mine?").
TFA isn't clear on who called the deposition. Most lawyers like to have depostions they call performed on their home turf. The notion is that there is some psychological advantage to have the depostion occur in their own lair rather than in a place the witness will feel comfortable. It's likely the defense called this deposition because Plaintiff wants it set up in a neutral territory -- the court reporter's office -- and the defense wants it at its office. That's my guess at the motivation behind their wrangling anyway. It's pretty traditional for the person who calls a deposition to get to name the place (*), so it is understandable that the defense would be frustrated. One thing is certain, nobody scores points with the judge if the question of location is brought to the court.

(*) There are of course many perfectly valid reasons why deps might be held elsewhere than the office of the party who called the deposition.

Re:Actually, its mostly because the issue is trivi (1)

coolgeek (140561) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492696)

His ruling was a bit more than "go away kids, you bother me". I'm sure the judge knew this would receive national coverage and completely humiliate both parties.

Good old rock... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15492328)

...nothing beats rock.

Re:Good old rock... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15492338)

I guess we all know to use paper when playing against you then.

Re:Good old rock... (1)

qbwiz (87077) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492346)

D'Oh!

Re:Good old rock... (2, Funny)

legallyillegal (889865) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492366)

fools..... nothing beats TIGER CLAW

Re:Good old rock... (1)

2300cc (828339) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492436)

*ahem* It's tiger HAND

You probably don't even know Pen Missile

Re:Good old rock... (4, Informative)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492368)


It's a reference to a Simpsons episode:

LISA: Look, there's only one way to settle this. Rock-paper-scissors.
LISA'S BRAIN: Poor predictable Bart. Always takes 'rock'.
BART'S BRAIN: Good ol' 'rock'. Nothin' beats that!
BART: Rock!
LISA: Paper.
BART: D'oh!

Spoilsport... (5, Funny)

Graboid (975267) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492639)

Gee - it's no fun when you spill the punchline.... Subtle references are best left unexposed so the inner sanctum can continue to feel superior to and laugh at all those unknowing fools who have yet to master the intricacies of modern cartoons.

So, why don't you just bite my shiny metal ass? Oh wait, you're serious. Let me laugh even harder.

Re:Spoilsport... (1)

coolgeek (140561) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492726)

Cry me a river dude.

Re:Good old rock... (1)

smitingpurpleemu (951712) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492478)

Except the nuclear missile :P.

Re:Good old rock... (1)

Ethan Allison (904983) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492569)

Ohh .. but what about the cockroach?

Re:Good old rock... (1)

Dance_Dance_Karnov (793804) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492608)

boot beats cockroach.

Re:Good old rock... (1)

cbuskirk (99904) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492493)

Poor predictable Bart always choosing rock....

Re:Good old rock... (5, Funny)

qyiet (851101) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492613)

...nothing beats rock.

[Scissors]Nerf rock!!!!
[Scissors]Nerf rock!!!!
[Scissors]Nerf rock!!!!
[Paper] Actually I think rock is fine

Obligatory (2, Funny)

ari_j (90255) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492665)

...except paper...

But scissors beats paper! Kif, we have a conundrum!

Re:Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15492733)

Oh, I see! So nothing beats scissors! Let's play again!

Damn... (5, Funny)

CWRUisTakingMyMoney (939585) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492330)

Damn, and just when my faith in our justice system had been fully restored...

... it has to go and do something like this ... (4, Funny)

pavon (30274) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492416)

and totally redeem itself!!!

Re:Damn... (2)

arborlaw (978993) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492511)

Damn, now my faith in justice *is* restored. 'Bout time some judge splains to those lawyer-types how important it is to play nicely in the sandbox.

I wonder... (5, Funny)

jfclavette (961511) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492337)

... if they're allowed to summon expert witnesses [worldrps.com] .

Re:I wonder... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15492383)

Those guys win by playing long matches and finding/exploiting patterns.
There's no way to do better or worse than could be done randomly in a one round match.

Re:I wonder... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15492474)

In fact, playing totally randomly is an unbeatable strategy. No strategy will do better than any other strategy against it. So the lawyers should go to one of the truly random number generators on the net and pick a number between one and three.

Re:I wonder... (1)

gkhan1 (886823) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492688)

Actually there is. I remember reading this thing someone wrote about playing RPS against an "RPS-newbie". It said that you should always start with scissors because the other person will uncounciously make the connection that rock is the strongest position and then, "to be clever" use paper. Ergo, you should use scissors.

This wont win you all single round RPS games but statistically it's a good plan.

Re:I wonder... (2, Funny)

Pollardito (781263) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492577)

and perhaps they can work together to finally settle the questions surrounding the existance of Dynamite [worldrps.com] as a fourth choice

Possibilities (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15492343)

I see one of several possibilities:
i. One lawyer feints rock, plays scissors late
ii. One lawyer pokes another in the eye
iii. They keep saying it was unfairly played when they lose

In case of tie.... (3, Funny)

ClamIAm (926466) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492344)

Sue for unsportsmanlike conduct. Or something.

Chose your weapon (2, Funny)

slashbob22 (918040) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492347)

I use my +9 Rock of Justice!

Funny yes....but "your rights online"? (0, Offtopic)

deanj (519759) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492348)

OK, so it's funny... but, how did this make "Your rights online"?

MOD PARENT UP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15492427)

this doesn't belong on slashdot.

Re:Funny yes....but "your rights online"? (5, Funny)

FooAtWFU (699187) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492453)

You're right.

It obviously belongs in Games [slashdot.org] .

Umm... (0, Offtopic)

qw0ntum (831414) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492349)

Funny story, but... 'News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters'?

Don't get me wrong, I got as much of a chuckle out of this as anyone, but the game settled a dispute about the location of a deposition in an insurance trial, not a copyright or patent suit, or anything else relating to technology for that matter.

Re:Umm... (4, Insightful)

UserGoogol (623581) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492377)

This is news for NERDS, not news for techies. There's more to being a nerd than just liking technology. Another common characteristic is an antiauthoritarian sense of humor where "silly" things are put into ordinarily serious situations. For instance, said comedic device was very popular on Monty Python, a nerd standby.

A training manual... (4, Funny)

Skidge (316075) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492355)

Re:A training manual... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15492718)

nice referral link, asshole

wont work (4, Funny)

illuminatedwax (537131) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492357)

You know they'll spend at least 2 hours arguing over on what count to shoot, what hand gestures constitute "scissor", "paper" and "rock", how to dispute ties, etc., etc.

whats more (1)

illuminatedwax (537131) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492432)

"If either party disputes the outcome of this engagement, an appeal may be filed and a hearing will be held at 8:30 A.M. on Friday, July 7, 2006 before the undersigned in Courtroom 3, George C. Young United States Courthouse and Federal Building, 80 North Hughey Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32801."

Re:wont work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15492509)

They could always use Game Science's d3/RPS die. I'm sure Lou Zocchi will be selling some at Gen Con.

Re:wont work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15492520)

"Your honour, we require time to inspect the die for defects, weighting, or other irregularities."

Your next lawyer (1)

servognome (738846) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492360)

In case any of you slashdotters are in need of legal representation [rpschamps.com]

Rock Paper Scissors (5, Informative)

Sentri (910293) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492372)

Well son, you've gone and got yourself in for a battle.

Heres what you gotta do:

study up http://www.worldrps.com/ [worldrps.com] and get this http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0743267516/ theofficiaroc-20 [amazon.com]

You may want to get some fancy RPS gear, http://www.worldrps.com/index.php?option=com_wrapp er&Itemid=53 [worldrps.com] , and dont bother bringing that rolex, it will slow you down

Also, we knoe those who ignore history are doomed to repeat its mistakes, so why dont you read up on the history of the game too, could come in handy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock%2C_paper%2C_scis sors [wikipedia.org]

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Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15492382)

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Re:FUCK YOUR CSS BULL SHIT (1)

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Re:FUCK YOUR CSS BULL SHIT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15492571)

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Re:FUCK YOUR CSS BULL SHIT (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15492673)

what, you can't troll me fool.

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game on your honor (5, Funny)

agendi (684385) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492386)

I originally mis-read it as "Lawyers Ordered to Play FPS to Settle Dispute".

Echo's of "QUAD DAMAGE" and "J00 CAMPING SOB" in the Halls of Justice.

Re:game on your honor (1)

Bombcar (16057) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492397)

I read it as RPG and thought it was some copyright argument between two game companies.

Re:game on your honor (1)

glassjaw rocks (793596) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492576)

I read it as RTS and thought it was a new form of warfare between disputing countries

Re:game on your honor (1)

kelnos (564113) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492538)

I read it as "pay" instead of "play", and figured the lawyers had been bickering for so long, the judge ordered them to give their clients their money back.

Re:game on your honor (1)

njen (859685) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492586)

Well I originally read this as RPG!!!

Re:game on your honor (1)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492588)

I think "Ordered to play RTS" would be more sensable.

Sadly... (1)

jd (1658) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492645)

...there is no way to misread it as LARP. In the Spirit of Adventure system, the monsters used dye-soaked foam weapons. Made it easy to see the damage taken - usually even after three or four good long hand-washes later. (The sneaky monsters used extra dye, in the hopes that a really good hit would score double due to refs counting the splash-marks.)

No skill involved in RPS (1)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492387)

They shoulda played FPS

Re:No skill involved in RPS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15492487)

No, that would just lead to six months of arguments over which FPS to play.

1337 RPS sk1lls (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15492490)

thats not true, there is a certain amount of skill involved, when i was younger i knew a couple of kids who studied NLP who learned how to tell if you were going to repeat your last move or choose a diferent move.
this of course only works in best two outa three etc but it was suprisingly effective.
they always won in best two out of three, so this became thier favorite methode of deciding trivial matters. well exept with eachother.

obligatory quips (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15492396)

they have to play it in the Denny's parking lot.

third level attorneys can throw "the bomb"!

it was either this or Atari Combat.

With so *much* at stake... (4, Funny)

Nerdposeur (910128) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492406)

...perhaps a duel would be more appropriate.

Re:With so *much* at stake... (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492456)

Nah ... in a duel usually only one of the combatants gets wounded or killed. I say just shoot both of them and flip a coin instead.

Nothing at stake... (1)

ari_j (90255) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492672)

The rochambeau contest here was set to settle a dispute between the lawyers over what day to hold a particular event. This won't determine the outcome of the case, it will just determine which of the lawyers gets to pick the date (out of a very narrow window that the judge specified for them).

Then again, I didn't RTFA - I read the judge's actual order about 15 hours ago when I received a PDF of it from my boss in the morning. :P

Play Paper! (4, Interesting)

catch23 (97972) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492407)

Since there's still time before June 30 (the date of the RPS game), I'd play paper. As world rps [worldrps.com] so eloquently describes it:

Paper is often considered the most subtle throw. There is nothing aggressive about the limp documents that move through our desks and offices. Even the gesture used to represent paper is peaceful - an open palm like that used in a salute or handshake. Historically, an open palm has been a sign of friendship and peace because an open hand cannot hold a weapon. Some players, who unconsciously perceive Paper as weak or a sign of surrender, will shy away from using it entirely or drop it from their game when they are falling behind. On the other hand, Paper also connects with a player's perceptions about writing. There is a quiet power in the printed word. It has the ability to lay off thousands of employees, declare war against nations, spread scandal or confess love. Paper, in short, has power over masses. The fate of the entire world is determined by print. As such, some players perceive Paper as a subtle attack, the victory of modern culture over barbarism. Such players may use Paper to assert their superiority and dignity.

And in 20 minutes... (2, Funny)

PixieDust (971386) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492408)

Cue Bush, along with a few other random politicians screaming about "activist Judges."


"We are appaled by this decision. Including Rock and Paper in a decidedly Scissors arena is yet another tactic by activist judges trying to legislate from the bench. They keep pushing this kind of alternate agenda down our throats. Alternate Dispute Settlement indeed! Keep your Rock and Paper away from my Scissors. We don't need that kinda stuff here!"

fire? (1)

McDrewbie (530348) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492413)

Will one of them throw their one time per lifetime FIRE?

RTS? (2, Funny)

Whyte Panther (868438) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492429)

And the scary thing is, I misread the headline and thought they might have to play Warcraft III for the decision.

Who would have guessed... (1)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492439)

From now on, Alex Kidd [wikipedia.org] will be used in law schools.

"Has the jury reached a verdict?" (3, Funny)

Spittles (670928) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492441)

"We're about to your honor... one.. two.. three.."

Re:"Has the jury reached a verdict?" (2, Funny)

RsG (809189) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492532)

Jury "The verdict is Rock your honour"

Judge "Very well. Death by stoning."

I shudder to think what they'd do for paper. Death by bureaucracy? :-P

Re:"Has the jury reached a verdict?" (1)

SilentOne (197494) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492594)

Death by a thousand papercuts.

Re:"Has the jury reached a verdict?" (1)

mOdQuArK! (87332) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492610)

I shudder to think what they'd do for paper.

Obvious: Death by Paper Cut. Far, far worse than the other two alternatives. (Ow just thinking about it...)

Due process (1)

siwelwerd (869956) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492445)

RPS is exactly what I think of when I read "due process of the law"!

I'm disappointed... (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492450)

Wasn't a duel to the death a common resolution between two lawyers in the colonial days?

Guess we'll have to Roshambo for it! (5, Funny)

RoadWarriorX (522317) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492461)

I can see it now....

(Digging for Arrowheads)
Pip: OOH! OOH! I think I found one!!
(Cartman has hold of the other end.)
Cartman: No, I found it!
(Cartman and Pip hold the large arrowhead by opposite ends.)
Pip: Oh, I do believe I found it first.
Cartman: No, I did!
Pip: Oh, dear...
Cartman: Well, guess we'll have to Roshambo for it.
Pip: What do you mean?
Cartman: Well, first I kick you in the nuts as hard as I can. Then you kick ME in the nuts as hard as YOU can. And we keep going back and forth until somebody falls. Last one standing gets the arrowhead.
Pip: Oh, my. Well, I suppose if I must...
Cartman: Okay, ready? I'll go first.
(Cartman takes a step and hauls off, kicking Pip square in the balls. Pip immediately turns blue and falls to the ground coughing. Cartman looks pleased. After Pip stops coughing, he finally manages to speak.)
Pip: Well, I guess you win.
Cartman: Oh, I don't care, you can have the stupid arrowhead. I don't want it.
(Cartman tosses the arrowhead down to Pip, who is still lying painfully in the dirt.)

--
That would make court dramas interesting!

It would have been more interesting... (1)

Laxitive (10360) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492466)


If the judge had ordered them to roshambo to settle the dispute.

-Laxitive

In related news...Betting on the event has begun. (4, Funny)

Mindragon (627249) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492479)

June 7 (Las Vegas) -- Bookies in Las Vegas have already begun accepting bets. 1.2 to 1 odds are that the winning lawyer will pick Paper over Rock.

The law for kids (2, Interesting)

Tell999 (874678) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492495)

It makes me sad to learn about a judge who chicken out insted of telling those in question to grow up. Is it all down to fear of offending someones feelings...

Re:The law for kids (1)

KarmaMB84 (743001) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492550)

I think it's a fitting punishment to make a mockery of both of these guys by having them on the local news playing rock, paper, scissors on the court house steps instead of working something out on their own.

Re:The law for kids (1)

r00t (33219) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492623)

The ruling does allow for playing the game in some other location if they can somehow agree on that. I wonder, what are the chances?

If the court house steps were mandatory, I'd travel to Orlando to watch.

Re:The law for kids (1)

nacturation (646836) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492715)

The ruling does allow for playing the game in some other location if they can somehow agree on that.

The ruling is that if they can't agree on a deposition location, they are to settle it by a game of rock, paper, scissors on the court steps. I didn't see any wording which would allow for the game to be played elsewhere... aside from doing it just for shits and giggles *after* they agreed on the deposition location.
 

Re:The law for kids (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15492560)

That is essentially what he said. If I were a practicing lawyer with any ounce of respect, I would feel pretty foolish if the judge decreed that things will be decided by a childhood game.

Sounds like both lawyers were just disagreeing with everything early on to force the other to question wanting to challenge anything, because he'll know how bullish the other will be. My money is on both sides picking rock every single throw.

Coin flipping (4, Informative)

interiot (50685) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492496)

Well, various US states also say that a coin flip is a valid way to break a tie in elections (eg. in Washington [soundpolitics.com] ).

I mean, sometimes officials can state with a fair bit of certainty that 1) it very important to make a choice... you can split the baby in half, and 2) with statistical certainty, that either outcome is equally prefered. In this case, such a procedure is appropriate even in law or elections.

Re:Coin flipping (1)

Bob54321 (911744) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492539)

you can split the baby in half

I really hope you meant can't there... if not I'd go for the end that doesn't require nappy changing.

Re:Coin flipping (1)

Schraegstrichpunkt (931443) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492642)

Ah, but where would the coin be flipped? At one lawyer's office, or the others? Who gets to flip and who gets to call?

No RPS comment would be complete... (1)

eric2hill (33085) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492596)

...without Rock, Paper, Saddam [nyud.net] . :)

It was almost the perfect crime... (5, Funny)

Floydius (811220) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492600)

but you forgot one thing. Rock - Crushes - Scissors! -- But, Paper covers Rock, and Scissors cuts Paper! Kiff, we have a conundrum! Search them for Paper, and, bring me a Rock.

Pfft. (1)

__michikal (959040) | more than 8 years ago | (#15492607)

Play a game of speed Mario [google.com] .
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