Warnings


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Warning: Open Window + Gravity = Bad

Via @walterolson and @thomasabowden on Twitter: I assume one of these is required on every window nowadays, or at least those that open. Other fall-related-warning items here (treadmill), here (non-moving escalator) and here (unstable 10,000-pound safe).


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Should This Warning Be on Every Product? [Updated]

I guess it couldn't hurt. In this case, it appears on a smoke grenade, so it probably is a good idea. Whether it would work or not is another story. We actually might be able to test that in this…


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Warranty Coverage for Space-Invasion Damage Now Unclear

As several sources reported last week, the ASUS computer company had been offering a special extended warranty program that looked pretty good except for the express exclusion of coverage for "damage caused by natural disaster, intentional or unintentional misuse, acts…


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A Brief Lesson on the Law of Design Defect

In most jurisdictions, the primary (and often the sole) test for whether a product has been defectively designed is whether the risks posed by that design outweigh any benefits it may have (cleverly known as the "risk-benefit test"). The plaintiff…


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Please Report Me If I Am Missing. Thank You.

Via Popehat, here's a notice that is required to appear on all vending machines in Florida under a law that took effect in 2010: As you can see, the notice tells the reader that the notice the reader is reading…




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Warning: Visitors May Be Eaten

Sooner or later, the Lujan Zoo in Argentina is going to get around to providing an excellent demonstration of how evolution works. This is not necessarily because the zoo does a good job of explaining the science behind it, but…


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Judge Dismisses Google-Walking-Directions Case

As you may recall, Lauren Rosenberg sued Google last year, alleging that its dastardly Google Maps service had given her walking directions that caused her to walk across and then along a highway, where she was allegedly hit by a…