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Hi, Just downloaded Solaris to have a look at it, an dI'm a bit confused Well honestly I found this in one way amusing, another comforting and another , well ...
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    Strange EULA


    Hi, Just downloaded Solaris to have a look at it, an dI'm a bit confused

    Well honestly I found this in one way amusing, another comforting and another , well I dunno. I guess if I had seen it in English first it would have been fine but when I read the french Eula during the unzip it made me raise an eyebrow. I though we were having another freedom fries moment.

    This product is covered and controlled by U.S. Export Control laws and may be
    subject to the export or import laws in other countries. Nuclear, missile,
    chemical biological weapons or nuclear maritime end uses or end users, whether
    direct or indirect, are strictly prohibited
    Is this like a standard message, or are our friends at Sun a bunch of hippies or.....what?

    Still made me laugh.

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    Damn! I can't use Solaris to navigate the ICBM I'm building in the back yard
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    I think it has to do with them not being responsible for bugs that might cause a nuclear weapon to malfunction. Macromedia Flash has a similar line in their EULA:

    THE SOFTWARE IS NOT DESIGNED, INTENDED OR LICENSED FOR USE IN HAZARDOUS ENVIRONMENTS REQUIRING FAIL-SAFE CONTROLS, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, MAINTENANCE OR OPERATION OF NUCLEAR FACILITIES, AIRCRAFT NAVIGATION OR COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL, AND LIFE SUPPORT OR WEAPONS SYSTEMS
    So does the EULA for Microsoft Internet Explorer:

    You specifically agree not to export or re-export the OS Components:
    ...
    (ii) to any person or entity who you know or have reason to know will utilize
    the OS Components or portion thereof in the design, development or production
    of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons;
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    Quote Originally Posted by dylunio
    Damn! I can't use Solaris to navigate the ICBM I'm building in the back yard
    would a cruise missile do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by techieMoe
    I think it has to do with them not being responsible for bugs that might cause a nuclear weapon to malfunction.
    Ah that makes more sense. I knew they weren't hippies!

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    Yeah, I've seen that kind of message before When I was helping a family friend order their first computer through Dell (Australia), the final screen before the order was confirmed had those lines in it, made me laugh for a long time.

    It also said that I the computer was bought, then we weren't allowed to export it to certain countries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexK
    It also said that I the computer was bought, then we weren't allowed to export it to certain countries.
    That came up in the IE EULA as well:

    You agree that you will not export or re-export the OS Componenets to any
    country, person, or entity subject to U.S. export restrictions. You
    specifically agree not to export or re-export the OS Components:
    (i) to any country to which the U.S. has embargoed or restricted the export of
    goods or services, which as of March 1999 include, but are not necessarily
    limited to Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria, or to any
    national of any such country, wherever located, who intends to transmit or
    transport the OS Components back to such country;
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    How do you people know what is in the EULA? I can' t imagine that someone would voluntarily sit down, and read those things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbaloo
    How do you people know what is in the EULA? I can' t imagine that someone would voluntarily sit down, and read those things.
    I would not be one of these people.
    I tried reading the Windows EULA once, I never did finish it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbaloo
    How do you people know what is in the EULA? I can' t imagine that someone would voluntarily sit down, and read those things.
    I remember thinking that I really should read at leat one of those things before I agreed to it, but it's written in a way that freezes up your brain about 3 lines into it. Simply impossible to read all the way thru without superhuman endurance
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