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Adobe EULA Demands 7000 Years a Day From Humankind 224

oyenamit writes "When was the last time you actually read and understood the EULA before installing a software? Never? You are not in a club of one. Unless you are a legal eagle, it would be almost impossible to fully understand what you are agreeing to. Consider this: The Adobe Flash installer has a EULA that is 3500 words long. Adobe claims that the software is downloaded eight million times a day. If each person takes 10 minutes to read (and understand!) the entire text, they would consume over 1,522 years in just one day. If we put that into man-hours: an 8hr day, 240 working days in a year, that becomes 6944 years in a day. Turn that into a 50-year working life and that's 138 lifetimes a day! The Register deconstructs the text that we all blindly agree to by clicking the 'I have read and understood the...' checkbox." Also, never operate a GPS device in a moving vehicle.
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Adobe EULA Demands 7000 Years a Day From Humankind

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  • by mcgrew ( 92797 ) * on Tuesday December 04, 2012 @11:04AM (#42179149) Homepage Journal

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Word_count#In_fiction [wikipedia.org]

    OK, so about ten years ago before my kids were old enough to enter into contracts, I simply had them install my software for me, meaning that no one read and understood the EULA. How are these abominations in any way enforceable??

  • Fascinating (Score:4, Interesting)

    by wonkey_monkey ( 2592601 ) on Tuesday December 04, 2012 @11:25AM (#42179429) Homepage
    So, a small number multiplied by a big number results in an even bigger number. Incredible!

    that's 138 lifetimes a day!

    Er, right. Is that a lot? It could have been anything and I would have failed to be surprised, since I had no prior impressions on the subject. Telling us that a human's blood vessels would stretch to the moon and back (or whatever it really is) is interesting and surprising because we know how big a space they're usually crammed into. This is just numbers.

  • by AuMatar ( 183847 ) on Tuesday December 04, 2012 @11:58AM (#42179879)

    As much as I hate EULAs and think they shouldn't exist, your reasoning is specious. Lets assume for a minute that a EULA is a valid contract. If so, they're offering you the software in exchange for agreeing to the contract. They have no legal obligation to allow you to negotiate on the contract. So you don't get to red line the contract and still use the software without their approval.

    Imagine if you were at my store. I have a price tag on an item for $50. You don't get to yell $10, drop a 10 dollar bill, and run for the exit. Nor do I have to negotiate on price. I set out a deal, you can accept or try to get me to negotiate, but you can't take the goods on your terms and claim I implicitly agreed by not objecting.

  • by N0Man74 ( 1620447 ) on Tuesday December 04, 2012 @12:19PM (#42180167)

    My girlfriend showed me her divorce papers. The paperwork determining ownership of their house, belongings, financial obligations, and custody of their children was far shorter than what I was asked to read for an updated EULA on Netflix, so I could simply watch another episode of the IT Crowd...

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