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Comment Re:Body Language (Score 1) 315

"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?


Lego Robot Solves Bigger and Harder Rubik's Cubes 63

kkleiner writes "It was only two months ago that we saw Mike Dobson's Cube Stormer Lego robot that could solve any 3x3 Rubik's cube in less than 12 seconds. You would think that there was only one person in the world crazy enough and talented enough to pull this off, but now we have found someone else that is just as amazing. The latest Rubik's cube-solving Lego monstrosity is called the MultiCuber, and although it's constructed out of nothing but Mindstorms components and a laptop, it can solve 2×2, 3×3, 4×4, and 5×5 cubes all in the same build! As if that weren't enough, a larger version solves the dreaded 6×6 Rubik's. We discovered the MultiCuber when its creator, David Gilday (IAssemble), wrote us an email to brag about its puzzle-solving might. Consider us impressed, sir."

Comment Chiropractors and chiropractors (Score 2, Interesting) 182

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!

Comment Re:Prepare for the appeals! (Score 1) 252

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.

Comment Re:It was awesome how thoroughly they won too (Score 2, Interesting) 252

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.

Comment Re:Prepare for the appeals! (Score 1) 252

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.


"Tube Map" Created For the Milky Way 142

astroengine writes "Assuming you had an interstellar spaceship, how would you navigate around the galaxy? For starters, you'd probably need a map. But there's billions of stars out there — how complex would that map need to be? Actually, Samuel Arbesman, a research fellow from Harvard, has come up with a fun solution. He created the 'Milky Way Transit Authority (MWTA),' a simple transit system in the style of the iconic London Underground 'Tube Map.' (Travel Tip: Don't spend too much time loitering around the station at Carina, there's some demolition work underway.)"
The Almighty Buck

Virtual Currency Becomes Real In South Korea 203

garylian writes "Massively is reporting that the South Korean Supreme Court has stated that virtual currency is the equivalent of real-world money. For those of you who might not be drawing the link, the core there is that selling in-game currency for real money is essentially just an exchange of currency and perfectly legal in South Korea. This could have sweeping implications for RMT operations the world over, not to mention free-to-play games and... well, online games in general. The official story is available online from JoongAng Daily."

Comment Re:Man using women's restroom (Score 1) 284

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.

Comment Re:To be fair... (Score 1) 225

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.

Comment Re:My god. (Score 1) 806

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.

Comment Re:Too bad the US can't comprehend this concept (Score 2, Informative) 204

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**.


Super-Earths Discovered Orbiting Nearby, Sun-Like Star 242

likuidkewl writes "Two super-earths, 5 and 7.5 times the size of our home, were found to be orbiting 61 Virginis a mere 28 light years away. 'These detections indicate that low-mass planets are quite common around nearby stars. The discovery of potentially habitable nearby worlds may be just a few years away,' said Steven Vogt, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UCSC. Among hundreds of our nearest stellar neighbors, 61 Vir stands out as being the most nearly similar to the Sun in terms of age, mass, and other essential properties."

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