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"Void where prohibited"?

by blazar (Canon)
on Nov 25, 2006 at 08:56 UTC ( #585994=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Occasionally, after having voted, in the Chatterbox nodelet I get some text like the following:

You have 7 votes left today.?
You gained 2 experience points. Void where prohibited.

(This is just grabbed from the page source, wrapped in <blockquote> and edited with a minimal substitution.)

Is this meant to be there? The different formatting makes me suspect it may be a bug. Or else if it should be an informative message, then it's not informative enough.

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Re: "Void where prohibited"?
by dbwiz (Curate) on Nov 25, 2006 at 09:48 UTC

    Have you seen your user settings? There is a Show quips on XP loss/gain messages option that triggers such messages.

      Have you seen your User Settings? There is a Show quips on XP loss/gain messages option that triggers such messages.

      D'Oh! I was aware of the quips. (I didn't really know I could disable them, although it was easy to suspect that, but that doesn't matter because they do not annoy me.) Only, I didn't realize this was one.

      On a largely OT, I presume, basis: anyone care to explain it? I just can't make sense of it, possibly due to English not being my mother tongue. An USA/UK biased cultural reference, maybe? (Or am I just that ignorant?)

        It's a standard escape clause, especially in the United States of America, which ain't as united as you may have been led to believe - especially when it comes to laws applying in different states. Things like tax laws, driving rules and marriage laws vary to a fairly large degree from state to state in the US. It is common for packaging to say that the buyer of goods has no rights at all, except where that is prohibited.

        So, just be carefull where you go to cash in those XP! Some places they may not be worth anything at all.


        DWIM is Perl's answer to Gödel

        Marketeers of poor products and their lawyers love this phrase. It allows them to

        1. threaten their customers with all manner of sanctions, legal actions and related dire consequences;
        2. whilst disclaiming all responisibility for anything whatsoever;

        without having to bother with minor inconsequentialities--like whether what they are threatening/disclaiming is actually legal; anywhere.

        On it's own, this is powerful enough to dissuade a very large proportion of the mugs customers that buy their products from ever complaining or otherwise seeking recompense. When combined with a couple of their other favorites--footnotes and small print--it becomes a hugely profitable, secondary marketing tool.

        THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE REGENTS AND CONTRIBUTORS ``AS IS'' AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE REGENTS OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

        Any customer using this software in a way that renders it capable of resulting in a claim for liability against the reagents is in breach of these terms and conditions(*). Under these circumstances the customer agrees(*) to indemnify the reagents against all such claims, to the order of double all liabilities and torts judged against the reagents; plus all legal and other ancilliary costs(*).

        (*)Void where prohibited.

        :)


        Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
        Lingua non convalesco, consenesco et abolesco. -- Rule 1 has a caveat! -- Who broke the cabal?
        "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
        In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.
Re: "Void where prohibited"?
by friedo (Prior) on Nov 26, 2006 at 06:30 UTC
    I used to hear this phrase all the time in super-fast-announcer-speak on radio advertisements. I always wondered what "voidware" was and why it was prohibited.
      I always wondered what "voidware" was and why it was prohibited

      Nice :-) It's a pity I could only ++ it once.
      Reminds me of the little boy who figured out that God's first name was Peter ... because, in Church, he kept hearing the priest say "Thanks, Peter God".

      Cheers,
      Rob
        I always thought God's name was Harold. You know, Our father who art in Heaven, Harold be thy name....

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