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Posted: Apr 27th 2010 12:05PM Valentina said

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rofl.

Posted: Apr 27th 2010 12:08PM DarthCheese said

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Yet another example of the retarted lawsuits you can get away with in the US.

What's next? Microsoft sewing NCSoft for having "soft" in their name?

The spider who invented his "net" (his lawyer anyway) sewing everyone who uses the inter"net"?

Wouldn't surprise me.


Posted: Apr 27th 2010 12:41PM Ripper McGee said

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Sorry, but this is a pet peeve of mine.

"retarted" - Ripper's Definition: when a floozy has a one night stand, throws her clothes and make-up back on and goes out for round 2 (or more)

"retarded" - the word you meant to use, but still inappropriate since it really means "delayed" (developmentally delayed when referring to a person). Most people use it in place of "stupid". Smacks of irony when one refers to another person or thing as "retarted". Similar to the irony of one calling another "n00b"

~Ripper
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Posted: Apr 27th 2010 12:49PM Ripper McGee said

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Other than that, yes, I agree it seemed to be a stupid lawsuit and yet another example of egregious patent trolling.

~Ripper
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Posted: Apr 27th 2010 1:06PM DarthCheese said

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Yeah it was a typo.

I asked my pal Homer about it though, he said:

"D’oh."

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Posted: Apr 27th 2010 2:40PM Ripper McGee said

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Yeah, I figured it was a "d'oh!" moment. I've read through some of your other posts and haven't same things. I just like defining "retarted" ;).

~Ripper
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Posted: Apr 27th 2010 4:21PM wjowski said

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Also it's spelled sue. 'Retart'.
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Posted: Apr 27th 2010 12:49PM (Unverified) said

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@Ripper : welcome to the world of evolving language where something meant one thing one day, and another the next.

Posted: Apr 27th 2010 1:53PM jmerriex said

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You might want to wipe the skid marks off your forehead because you completely missed what Ripper was talking about. Reading comprehension FTL.

BBT - This might be a good or bad thing especially if the Worlds.com didn't settle because they are bankrupt. We'll have to wait and see what their next move is.
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Posted: Apr 27th 2010 1:11PM Pewpdaddy said

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http://blog.seattlepi.com/microsoft/archives/112571.asp

Whats in a name? Tort reform is much needed in the US. I point to exhibit A .. The lazy slacker that got over a million because her coffee burned her... This same person would have sent it back complaining had it been cold. Gotta love the US Land of the Brave, Home of the Free Ride...

Posted: Apr 27th 2010 1:25PM Sam not Spam said

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Patent reform is needed in the USA. Even IBM, one of the top computer/tech patent filers out there and with a portfolio of patents likely second to none, agrees.
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Posted: Apr 27th 2010 1:26PM wjowski said

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Do your research, dumbass. McDonalds got sued because the coffee was hot enough to the point that it caused permanent, disfiguring burns that required a skin graft.
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Posted: Apr 27th 2010 1:56PM jmerriex said

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I got to agree with Wjowski. People quote the McDonald's case when talking about reforms but they never actually know what they are talking about. The woman in that case was severely disfigured by the coffee. It wasn't like she was a little burnt.

Regardless there are some things we need to redress but the list is so long it's amazing. I would rather see the deficit pulled into line and a major tax overhaul than see any type of tort reform.
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Posted: Apr 27th 2010 2:23PM DarthCheese said

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The US is the only place where the consumers NEED a warning that "HOT coffee is HOT". The rest of us that live all around the world kinda already understand that.

Please do yourself a favor and do not try to make any excuses for "your kind", it only makes you look even stupider... in the eyes of the rest of the world. Yes there is such a thing!
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Posted: Apr 27th 2010 4:01PM niakori said

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I see you're in an anti-US bent TommyB, but you and anyone else who keeps quoting the Stella case every time a frivolous litigation turns up should really read up on it. Knowing is half the battle. This case was simple patent trolling and Thomas Kidrin would be wise to learn that trolls end up under the bridge.

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Posted: Apr 27th 2010 4:10PM wjowski said

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There's a difference between a liquid being merely 'hot' and being superheated to the point that it melts off flesh. What McDonalds was doing was dangerous and criminally negligent and no sane court in the world would've ruled otherwise. So kindly take your condescending bullshit elsewhere.
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Posted: Apr 27th 2010 2:38PM Bhagpuss said

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For the sake of clarity

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liebeck_v._McDonald%27s_Restaurants

This is why we have a legal system in the first place, to sort this stuff out.

Posted: Apr 27th 2010 4:05PM ultimateq said

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I hope Worlds.com got completely worked out of any money they were trying to grab out of NCSoft's success. I can only hope that they lose the rest of their lawsuits, because if my memory serves correctly they were suing a bunch.

Posted: Apr 27th 2010 4:14PM (Unverified) said

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I suppose that's why you don't go patent sharking with a company that has the economic base to withstand legal attack. I would have preferred a verdict for the sake of establishing precedent, but this is pretty dandy.

Seeing how people are jumping on the bandwagon, I might as well indulge. The US legal system isn't completely broken. It has landmark screw-ups, but if you match those with the amount of things the legal system has to digest on a daily basis, you'll find that such cases are in the minority.

In the end, I'm curious to know where TommyB fares from since he's apparently championing the success of his country's legal superiority while simultaneously omitting its name, much less specific examples, from the discussion altogether.

Posted: Apr 27th 2010 5:05PM Lateris said

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Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! And the band played on to love and rockers rendition of "ball of confusion". Ia m going to sue wurld..d com just because they affected my thought process..ack..eek..ohhmmmmm./

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