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The Internet's Age of Rage

Caity Re:Body Language (315 comments)

"FAIL!" isn't the same as Schadenfreude. Rather, it is an expression of Schadenfreude. The English language has a lot of ways to express that feeling (even if we don't have a native word for the feeling itself). There are also lots of non-verbal ways of doing it (pointing and laughing is a long standing traditional example) that are pretty much universal. FAIL is a nice catchall way of expressing it though.

And yes, I suffer from SIWOTI syndrome. Don't you?

more than 3 years ago

How Do You Handle Your Keys?

Caity Handbags are the answer (763 comments)

Of course, I have the opposite problem - I'm always losing my keys in my handbag, and have ended up favouring huge novelty keyrings in order to make them easy to find.

more than 4 years ago

British Chiropractors Drop Case Against Simon Singh

Caity Chiropractors and chiropractors (182 comments)

It's been said already that some chiropractors happen to also be good physio therapists.

I have a friend who is a chiropractor who eventually was forced to start her own clinic because she refused to do kineaseology (i'm pretty sure I spelled that wrong, but whatever).

That's the one where you lie down and hold up your arm and they push your arm down and ask you a question like "did something bad happen do you where you were a teenager" - depending on how hard it is to push your arm down in response to that question, they determine whether they're on the path to working out the trauma that's causing whatever your present health problem is (ie, if it's easy to push down, they're on the right track!).

They keep asking questions until they narrow it down enough that you are supposed to be able to figure it out. In my case apparently all my problems were caused by a falling out I had with a friend when I was 15... "so, did you have any falling outs with friends when you were 15? Right, well, that's the reason why you have a hip problem now you're 32!". Utter utter bullshit.

But she couldn't get a job in an established clinic because she wouldn't practice it!

more than 4 years ago

Landmark Ruling Gives Australian ISPs Safe Harbor

Caity Re:Prepare for the appeals! (252 comments)

Sorry to be a pedant, but Australia does not have a Supreme Court. The states and territories have Supreme Courts but Australia, as an entity capable of having a judicial branch, does not.

To increase the pedantry, if you are going to count the State and Territory supreme courts there are actually 9. Norfolk Island has one too.

more than 4 years ago

Landmark Ruling Gives Australian ISPs Safe Harbor

Caity Re:It was awesome how thoroughly they won too (252 comments)

I am an Australian lawyer and I will endorse what Capsaicin said - a corporation is quite definitely a "person" at law.

It's difficult to pinpoint it as it's a Common Law definition rather that one that's set out in a statute. It's one of those things that just is, with origins in England in about the 15th century.

I know it's not a great piece of proof, but for the sake of simplicity, I offer the definition of "person" in the Australian Corporations Act 2001 which includes a superannuation fund. If it can include a superannuation fund, you can damn well bet it includes a corporation.

more than 4 years ago

Landmark Ruling Gives Australian ISPs Safe Harbor

Caity Re:Prepare for the appeals! (252 comments)

In any case there is an avenue for appeal. Leave may be sought for the case to be heard by the High Court which has appellate jurisdiction over the federal court and all states supreme court. This is not overly likely however as the high court rarely accepts matters and the majority of its sittings are to determine constitutional matters.

Actually, the next step would probably be the Federal Court of Appeal.

Then a leave application to the High Court - where each party gets all of 20 minutes to make their case.

Then (iff the leave application is successful) you get a High Court hearing.

I also wouldn't say that the majority of HCA sittings regard constitutional matters. They get a mix of pretty much everything as a quick scan of last years' cases will show. All that immigration stuff is mostly straight admin law rather than anything constitutional.

And yes, IAAAL.

more than 4 years ago

What Clown On a Unicycle?

Caity Re:Man using women's restroom (284 comments)

I've been to plenty of places where the toilet separation has broken down after the women get fed up standing in a long queue while there are perfectly serviceable cubicles standing empty through the other door. Usually in busy bars.

There are some places that have unisex bathrooms. They just have floor to ceiling walls and doors for each cubicle to stop the peepers, and the urinals are behind a waist-high wall.

There have been a couple of sexual assaults in them - but I think that there are sexual assaults in split bathrooms too on occasion - it's not like you have to swipe your chromosones at the door to get in.

more than 4 years ago

AU Authority Moves To Censor Net Filtering Protest Site

Caity Re:To be fair... (225 comments)

satire of a political figure is, imo, legitimate use of a domain

Sure, but satire is still not a legitimate defence for fraud.

That said, it sounds like these guys provided sufficient evidence that they had a legitimate right to those domain names under AuDA's rules (at least, according to their own press releases) to make the extreme short notice of the cancellation very very dodgy indeed.

more than 4 years ago

Student Banned From Minnesota Campus Over Facebook Comments

Caity Re:My god. (806 comments)

Can we please remember that this girl was a mortuary student? She was referring to doing something that everyone in her class was going to do. There's nothing wrong with enjoying your work/lessons.

Ok, maybe with embalming it's possible to enjoy your work to the point where it's a bit creepy and wrong, but the point here is that the only thing she was going to stick an embalming needle in the neck of was already dead.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Fined In India For Using "Money Power" Against Pirates

Caity Re:Too bad the US can't comprehend this concept (204 comments)

IAAL. More to the point, I am a litigation lawyer. We (Australia) also have the "loser pays" system (although the actual phrase is "costs follow the cause").

Costs orders are discretionary. If a big corporation sues some little guy and the little guy loses, there is a good chance that the judge will not order him to pay the corporation's costs if the little guy had a reasonable, if ultimately unsuccesful, defence.

Also, you will almost never get all your costs back (particularly if you've hired an expensive lawyer - like corporations do). Some things just aren't covered by the usual costs orders, and the costs have to be reasonable in all the circumstances of the case. If you spend big to win a small case, don't expect to get much of that back.

In my jurisdiction, if you really shouldn't have carried on the case, or if you got a settlement offer that would have left you better off than the final judgment and you turned it down then, even if you won the case, you will get an indemnity costs order against you for all the other party's costs from the date of the offer. An indemnity costs order covers more things than a regular costs order.

Costs orders are **fun**.

more than 4 years ago

AU Senator Calls Scientology a "Criminal Organization"

Caity Re:Xenophon? Sounds Foreign (511 comments)

Maybe you should have gone with "sounds alien" - might have clicked a few more gears into place for some.

more than 4 years ago

AU Senator Calls Scientology a "Criminal Organization"

Caity Re:Should they get off tax-free? (511 comments)

If they make no money to speak of and give most of that to (tax deductable) charities then spend the rest on (tax deductable) running costs then I doubt that their tax bill is going to be very high. The admin for it would increase running costs though (tax deductably). If they have an accountant in their flock they should be able to get it gratis, surely :)

more than 4 years ago

Computer Activities for Those With Speech and Language Difficulties?

Caity Re:It all depends (145 comments)

I don't think the OP is talking about lisps and stutters.

We've all seen the family out to dinner with mum and dad staring into space and the kids totally absorbed by their Nintendos. The prevalence of modern technology has created massive problems in the development of language skills in kids because it has made it so easy for them to avoid conversation.

It's a skill that has to be practiced just like everything else.

It becomes a vicious cycle as the child grows older - they know their speech isn't good, so they continue to avoid situations where it is necessary.

I've heard of otherwise normally intelligent teenagers who cannot express frighteningly simple things like "I like the way she looks in that dress" without a lot of effort. They speak like you would expect someone to speak after learning a foreign language for about three weeks - they have to think about the words and the order of the words, and they make stuff up that sounds plausible to cover the fact they know they are getting it wrong.

Computer games are part of the problem and I don't think they can be more than a minor part of the solution as theses kids need to learn the visual aspects of communication as well - body language and facial expressions. These people need face to face interaction that involves cooperative problem solving to encourage them to talk.

Reasonably complex board games are probably good - games like Risk maybe? I also think that something like D&D would probably be great for people with this sort of problem.

more than 4 years ago

Has the Glory Gone Out of Working In IT?

Caity Re:Of course it has (623 comments)

I'd rather be a lawyer. At least then I'd still be getting rich doing crap work.

Don't count on it. I did the switch from IT to law... and now all I keep hearing about is these new companies being set up in India full of Harvard grads whose student visas ran out and who are maximising the low cost of living in India by offering to do all your legal paperwork at half the cost that a local lawyer can do it - ie, all the work normally done by junior lawyers.

These are people who for the most part have their law degrees from good universities in whatever country they're getting their work from, so they're just as good as any local lawyer for any work that doesn't actually involve showing up in person (ie, about 95% of legal work).

The legal industry is changing in the same way that IT has changed - less elegant customised solutions, more trying to hammer "out of the box" stuff into shape. I predict a serious downgrading of junior lawyer salaries in the near future - accompanied by a reduction in the number of positions made available in countries like the USA, UK, Australia etc.

more than 4 years ago

Australian Police Database Lacked Root Password

Caity Re:Criminal Intent ! (214 comments)

Since this all happened in Victoria, the relevant offence is Unauthorised access, modification or impairment with intent to commit serious offence
and/or Unauthorised modification of data to cause impairment

According to that, the state of being "unauthorised" refers to entitlement, ie legal entitlement, rather than any sense of software authorisation (which a few people have rather misguidedly suggested is a valid interpretation).

about 5 years ago

Parents Baffled By Science Questions

Caity Re:"Why is the sky blue?" - Not so easy... (656 comments)

So blue light is smaller than red light.

Say you've got a blue Mini and a big red Humvee driving along an empty road, and they come to a patch where the road condition is bad - lots of pot holes, lumps and so on. The Humvee can just power right on over it, but the little blue Mini has to go around all of the pot holes. Because of that, the further through the rough patch the two cars have gone, the further off route the Mini has had to go, until it's ended up going in another direction entirely.

more than 5 years ago

Parents Baffled By Science Questions

Caity Re:Pardon? (656 comments)

My mum just left a copy of the book Where Did I Come From? on the bottom shelf in the living room. I used to love that book (and the sequel "What's Happening to Me", about puberty) when I was a little kid - the pictures are adorable and it's pitched at a good level.

more than 5 years ago

Researcher Trolls MMO, Surprised When Players Hate Him

Caity Re:If it's within the rules, it's within the rules (895 comments)

is no law against me walking up to your mother and calling her a cunt, and I would not want to live in a place that had such a law

Um, actually, in most parts of the planet there are laws such as "use offensive language" that are designed to prevent you from doing just that. Mind you, they're usually only enforced if and when people swear at actual police officers (there's a concept known as the "trifecta" in my jurisdiction - use offensive language, assault police and resist arrest - most people who get charged with one seem to end up being charged with all three).

more than 5 years ago

DNA Suggests Three Basic Human Groups

Caity Re:But how long will it last? (459 comments)

Yes, because westerners who think multi-racial people are good looking (and naturally it is only westerners - no easterners could possibly think such a thing) are going to round up everyone who is monoracial and force them, at gun point if neccessary, to only breed with people from other mono-racial or mixed-racial backgrounds in order that their offspring can conform to this ideal.

more than 5 years ago

WHO Declares H1N1's Spread Officially a Pandemic

Caity Re:it IS a pandemic (368 comments)

Apparently Australia currently has the highest per capita infection rate so far. However, I don't think we've had any deaths here at all yet (apparently there are some people in intensive care though).

more than 5 years ago



n00b fails to become English's 1,000,000th Word

Caity Caity writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Caity (140482) writes "According to The Global Language Monitor, Web 2.0 became the 1,000,000th word to enter the English language at 10:22 on June 10th 2009 (GMT). n00b came in at 999,998.

Officially, in order to enter the official lexicon, a word requires a minimum of 25,000 citations with a certain breadth of geographic distribution. Citation sources include the blogosphere and Twitter."


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