On Wed, Jan 23, 2002 at 10:48:37PM +1300, Gavin Denby wrote:
I know this sounds silly, but I got hit with this some years ago when I
sold/Made a headset for a cellphone for a cyclist. I gave Clear warnings
on the dangers of using it while riding, Needless to say he ignored
them, had a crash, We got the blame for him using it while riding as we
did not warn him that his hearing could be impared if he wore it while
not actually talking on the phone, but wearing it just in case he got a
It was the last one we ever made.
Heh, completely off-topic, but reminds me of something (possibly
an urban legend) that to poke some fun at the warnings required on labels,
Husqvarna put out a chainsaw with a warning label "warning - chain is
sharp. Do not stop with hands or genitals".
Or the lady in the states who tried to sue a pharmaceutical because
after eating spermicide and then having intercourse, she got pregnant.
How obvious do things have to be? The Consumer Guarantee Act uses
the word "reasonable" a lot, leaving it up to the judge or jury to decide
what is reasonable. I think juries (and judges) could have a lot of
difficulty if some obscure technical problem occurred - would you expect
to explain how BGP routing works?
On the other hand, Telecom advertises Jetstart as "up to 5 times faster
than a dial-up modem", but Jetstart (with xtra at least) appears to
be massively over-subscribed, although I haven't noticed that much of a
slow-down on the Ham. East exchange. But you should see the bitching
in xtra.adsl about peak-time slowdowns.
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