Posts by Sacha

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  • Hard News: The Public Bad,

    They would be sued by the rights holders.

    ... and if they get it wrong in the other direction, they will be sued by their customers.

    Hence the rights holders needing to tilt the playing field through these law changes that subvert natural justice, rather than relying on normal business tactics.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15715 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Public Bad,

    They would be sued by the rights holders.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15715 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Copyright Must Change,

    I've just read the other thread and can I say how impressed I was by its constructive tone - much like the discussion at Foo. Notable that Rick, Rochelle and Graeme feel comfortable contributing there.

    should I simply establish a permanent copyright thread?

    Russell, I'd rather you didn't merge the copyright threads if they were to become uniformly like this one has been during its tortured history. Applying stricter moderation/consequences to copyright topics might help - and I expect that to apply equally to me as well.

    Maybe we could start a thread that is not relitigating the issues but is only about the solution, the new approach that Giovanni has raised recently and which others like you and me touched on in earlier threads?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15715 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Emma Hart is a werewolf,

    For my sins I have a professional as well as personal interest in disability language. Like everyone, we're complex people with many parts. Disability may be a bigger or smaller part of who we are at any particular time.

    One on one, I reckon by all means ask what people prefer if you are not sure.

    We have all learned terms from different places and times. For instance, you will often hear older people using words that younger folk wouldn't dream of (and yes the Billy T James effect applies and disabled folk ourselves can throw all sorts of rude terms around).

    Older people with impaired hearing tend to call themselves "hard of hearing". I often wonder how people with a high degree of deafness get to be called "profound" while others like wheelies have to settle for "severe".

    I agree with Emma that there are some combinations of words and people that will just provoke a response that you don't expect and can't necessarily avoid. As Craig said, putting excessive effort into avoidance can cause weirdness in itself.

    In my experience, most disabled people pay far more attention to what you do and your overall attiude than to the precise words you're using.

    However, when it comes to addressing groups in big social and political processes then the language we use does matter. I want to discuss that in a separate post rather than rushing it here. Still trying to catch up on post-Foo life and admiring the wave of s92 action.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15715 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Emma Hart is a werewolf,

    the machines are placed too high for people in chairs

    Because who knew that wheelchair users can do anything for themselves let alone drive on their own? Oh it brings out the cynic in me..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15715 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Emma Hart is a werewolf,

    I found people in public avoiding me, giving me weird looks

    You do realise that disability is contagious, right?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15715 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Emma Hart is a werewolf,

    Same sort of bozo who designs any piece of pedestrian infrastructure in this day and age and assumes no one uses wheelchairs, prams, etc. Nic took a photo of the kerb with no cuts at the manual toll payment station. I'm sure he won't mind people checking it out.

    Had the exact conversation about the credit card and internet with my mother who has neither and lives up that way. Luckliy she values the scenery on the free route.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15715 posts Report Reply

  • Busytown: One, two, three, go!,

    Ooops, that's right, twas marzipan not fondant.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15715 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Emma Hart is a werewolf,

    I couldn't possibly comment.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15715 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Copyright Must Change,

    Make that love and sex and agreement..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15715 posts Report Reply

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