What's your baseline?
Baseline = zero I often use a baseline of zero. This is helpful when trying to find a justification for making quick decisions or moving past well-meaning indecision. ...
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100 DoMA (Hinges)
Day 1 Post settlement and all legal rights and responsibilities are jointly tenanted in our names, subject to the venerable courts of law, the sensibilities of equity and the laws of her Majesty's parliament (Commonwealth). Tremendous. Today I oiled all the door hinges in the house. Three different types, but most were responsive to liquid petroleum. A cute juxtaposition. ...
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Legalish - Contract algebra
Contact = (offer + acceptance) * (intention to be bound) + (consideration) ...
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DoMA #100 Days of MIddle Australia
Fuck me. I have a house, with endless handyman tasks. This is a log of those tasks - or 100 Days of Middle Australia ("DoMA"). ...
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Legalish - everything is trademarked
There's a trademark for that... tl;dr - because many common words are trademarked, doesn't mean trademarking is useless "Hey dude, some really basic words are trademarked. Does that means I'll get sued if I use them in this project?" "Hi mate, good one. It probably seems strange that common words are trademarked, but it makes sense. It also doesn't mean that trademarking is useless. "Like what?" "Well, common words that are trademarked are usually registered in a very narrow way. When yo...
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Legalish - ALL CAPS
Why are parts of some contracts in ALL CAPS? tl;dr mild, unjustified, conservatism Attempts to unify commercial law in the United States in the ±1950s (Uniform Commercial Code) introduced the requirement that certain parts of a contract be "conspicuous". In the 1950's (the decade of the the first dot matrix printer and high-level compiler were created, and the Turing Test), type-writers were a thing and All Caps was an obvious candidate for conspicuousness. Obviously, in decades since, w...
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Legalish - Emoji trouble
Tl;dr Emojis can be copyrights, but aren't Why? Once emojis were standardised under the unicode system, they became open to copyright, in the same way that fonts can be copyrighted. The letter “Y” can’t be copyrighted, but the way you write it (it’s font - eg. JetBrains Mono) can be. Eg. the expressions of U+1F643 = https://emojipedia.org/upside-down-face/ are all protected. That means that there’s always a chance the author could asset their rights over how an emoji is used. It doesn’t happ...
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100 DoMA- 2 (knobs)
Knobs are knobs. Finished installing a lockable door knob between garage and house. This now means a smashed window (present) in the garage or a weak lock on the external garage door (present) don't present as great a vulnerability. Then proceeded to oil and tighten all other door handles in the house, yielding two moribund door handles. One is lockable (dunny) and the other not. While shopping for a replacement our full basket shopping basket was taken from the floor behind us - with my p...
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100 DoMA (flyscreens)
Fly screams, more like it. How hard should it be? Flyscreens are an indispensable part of the life in Australia. It's indispensable, in the sense that, if you have a screen with holes, your life might as well be over. We have a few holely flyscreens. Pulling out the old spline (yep, a thick plastic ropey material, stuffed around the frame) and screen mesh is easy and satisfying enough. Washing the frame, even more so. Setting the new mesh over the frame is where the problems seem to begi...
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Legalish #
tl;dr - there's a bit more to legal stuff Yes, legal departments are probably slower than other departments. There are reasons for this. Here are some reasons why: - We're humans, often with a bent for 'perfection'. Project managing; issue spotting; internal logics; communication/explanation delays; context changing; outsourced decision making; human inefficiencies; options; unwritten restrictions - lawyers place to much importance on 'legal' considerations ...
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Legalish - OSSz
Tl;dr - OSS licensing is important "Hey, from a legal perspective, are copyright notices worth the effort to get right?" "Umm, yes." Why? In the same way that paying fees is usually a condition of a proprietary licenses, often correct attribution is a condition of FOSS license. So, in one sense, not doing it or caring to get it right is like not paying for a license. And, it can lead to you getting sued. Apart from OSS warriors (who will sue for principle), a clever competitor can also ...
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Legalish #5
Tl;dr - OSS licensing is important "Hey, from a legal perspective, are copyright notices worth the effort to get right?" "Umm, yes." Why? In the same way that paying fees is usually a condition of a proprietary licenses, often correct attribution is a condition of FOSS license. So, in one sense, not doing it or caring to get it right is like not paying for a license. And, it can lead to you getting sued. Apart from OSS warriors (who will sue for principle), a clever competitor can also ...
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Legalish #3
There's a trademark for that... tl;dr - because many common words are trademarked, doesn't mean trademarking is useless "Hey dude, some really basic words are trademarked. Does that means I'll get sued if I use them in this project?" "Hi mate, good one. It probably seems strange that common words are trademarked, but it makes sense. It also doesn't mean that trademarking is useless. "Like what?" "Well, common words that are trademarked are usually registered in a very narrow way. When yo...
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Legalish #2
Why are parts of some contracts in ALL CAPS? tl;dr mild, unjustified, conservatism Attempts to unify commercial law in the United States in the ±1950s (Uniform Commercial Code) introduced the requirement that certain parts of a contract be "conspicuous". In the 1950's (the decade of the the first dot matrix printer and high-level compiler were created, and the Turing Test), type-writers were a thing and All Caps was an obvious candidate for conspicuousness. Obviously, in decades since, w...
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Legalish #1
Hey Few lawyerly tidbits and thoughts.Meant for non-lawyers. Thoughts my own, to the extent any thought is actually original. You're silly if you think this is actual legal advice! ...
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