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Ár nDraíocht Féin
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June 17th, 2008

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11:10 am - No nuclear reactors: Check.
Software is not designed, licensed or intended for use in the design, construction, operation or maintenance of any nuclear facility and Sun and its licensors disclaim any express or implied warranty of fitness for such uses.

It astounds me the things that people put in their license agreements sometimes. It also makes me wonder what event prompted the inclusion of such a phrase. . .

Wow, two posts about work in one day: It's like Christmas for people who want to know what I do for a living wage, except there's no baby Jesus involved.
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Date:June 17th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
The event was probably lawyers saying "do you want to be held responsible for another Three Mile Island?"

I'm sure there's something in there about life-support or other medical equipment as well.

Most of the software I use goes even further -- it disclaims any warranty or fitness for use at all.
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Date:June 17th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
Nope, they say, "Here's some free code. Do what you want with it. Maybe it's useful, maybe not, but don't sue us if it doesn't do what you expect."

The irony is that quite often it works better than the stuff you pay for, mostly because "do what you want with it" includes improving it and contributing those improvements back.
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Date:June 17th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
Well, there is a reactor on campus, so ya might wanta check that they won't be using this product in any way, shape, or form.
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Date:June 17th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
*nods* Already checked :)
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Date:June 17th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
A little googling reveals that this is a pretty standard inclusion in license agreements. At first I thought it might have something to do with exporting technology to hostile nations, but several of the no-nuclear stipulations reference Fail-Safe measures in regards to nuclear plants, cause, you know, if a water valve in a dorm fails, it sucks but it isn't as potentially bad as say, when a water valve in a nuclear reactor fails... (of course, no idea what the hell software it is, but just putting something out there)
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Date:June 17th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
What's Baby Jesus have to do with Christmas? :P
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Date:June 18th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
Perhaps it so that when people -do- read them they cna be rewarded with amusement?
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Date:June 19th, 2008 06:06 am (UTC)
Sun right? Well they did hold one of the biggest contracts with the Army when I was in Military Intelligence and (BTW) I was a 33T, Electronic Warfare Tactical Information Systems Repairer/Engineer. Though we didn't handle the nuclear stuff (at least not that I am aware of). Still its not all that odd that they would include a statement like that, given some of the military applications of their products.

I know they also have a number of contracts with other government agencies and probably several power generating facilities or companies, some of which may use or generate nuclear power. If I were in their position I'd like to not be held responsible in any way for a nuclear reactor meltdown.

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