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Comment Re:"Full" Name (Score 1) 213

Ten years ago if you searched on something like Yahoo I would have been the first hit because I used to write roleplaying games and run seminars about it. But a number of more 'famous' people who actively farm their reputation have come in and flooded me out of the first half dozen pages and I'm fine with that. Among the various other mes, there's a musician, an artist, a politician and a few others.

Obliquely I'm actually findable via the second link on the first page, as it brings up a Linkedin search as the second link. Because I've logged in to the page from my machine at work, my profile floats to the top of that list, but I suspect that if anyone else searched on another machine, that wouldn't be the case.

Comment Blind Faith - Ben Elton (Score 3, Informative) 213

Ben Elton is perhaps better known in Commonwealth countries as a TV comedian, but he writes a fine line of satire which frequently swerves into the SciFi realm and is almost always a form of social commentary.

Blind Faith is an interesting posit on where the current obsession with social media, coupled with government surveillance and the slide away from science to religion could do to a slightly futuristic society.

Well worth a read, and if you enjoy that, you may enjoy some of his older works, such as Stark, This Other Eden, or some of his more recent stuff (there's dozens).

Comment Re:Total Lack of Self-Responsibility (Score 1) 509

The McDonalds Hot Coffee lady wasn't just being dumb, she suffered third-degree burns in her pelvic region when she accidentally spilled hot coffee in her lap and was hospitalized for eight days while she underwent skin grafting, followed by two years of medical treatment.

McDonalds had previously received numerous complaints from people that the coffee was being served at excessively hot temperatures and chose to ignore that advice. They consistently served coffee at higher than recommended temperatures and temperatures that were higher than were the industry norm.

While this case is frequently cited as an example of frivolous litigation it was anything but. The plaintiff went to court only asking for her medical costs to be covered, it was the jury who decided on the large punitive damages.

Comment Re:Nanny State (Score 1) 509

Mentally ill and developmentally retarded (in the literal sense) can have diminished capacity, much like a minor.

Unfortunately that doesn't help us with the case in question as the guy has been certified as suffering from a mental illness (PTSD).

Comment Re:Personal Responsibility (Score 2) 509

Oh, because it's got naked women in it! Look, I like naked women! I'm a bloke! I'm supposed to like them! We're born like that. We like naked women as soon as we're pulled out of one. Halfway down the birth canal we're already enjoying the view. Look, it's the four pillars of the male heterosexual psyche. We like: naked women, stockings, lesbians, and Sean Connery best as James Bond. Because that is what being a bloke is. And if you don't like it, darling, join a film collective. I want to spend the rest of my life with the woman at the end of the table here. But that does not stop me wanting to see several thousand more naked bottoms before I die. Because that's what being a bloke is. When Man invented fire, he didn't say "Hey, let's cook!" He said: "Great! Now we can see naked bottoms in the dark!" As soon as Caxton invented the printing press we were using it to make pictures of - hey! - naked bottoms. We've turned the Internet into an enormous international database of... naked bottoms. So, you see, the story of male achievement through the ages, feeble though it may have been, has been the story of our struggle to get a better look at your bottoms. Frankly, girls, I'm not so sure how insulted you really ought to be.

Steve - Coupling

Comment Re:Personal Responsibility (Score 1) 509

You have to wonder why he doesn't suffer from loss of bone density, given he was raised since a small child within earth's gravity. Surely Krypton's gravity is irrelevant as he doesn't live there most of the time, he would have adapted to Earth's gravitational forces before he could walk.

Comment Re:The photos should include the driver (Score 1) 165

In Australia the way it largely works is the infringement is sent to the registered owner of the vehicle (assuming the driver hasn't been pulled over and handed the notice in person.), and if they were not driving at the time they can lodge a statutory declaration nominating another driver.

Rental companies get hit with this quite a bit.

Some infringements, such as speeding, can also cost you points from your licence, whereas other infringements like parking don't.

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