Opera’s EULA

I (re-)installed Opera 9.5 beta 1 on my laptop.

Opera is free, but it’s not open source. In addition to having to accept any and all risks associated with using Opera on my computer, I had to acknowledge that I won’t use it to control aircraft or air traffic or in communications with aircraft (though it just dawned on me, I wonder if this include any spaceships from SETI@home — tg I don’t participate in that or else I’d have to stop using Opera).

I reluctantly agreed, too, that I won’t use Opera to design, construct, operate, or maintain any nuclear facility. I’m sure that will come as a great relief to my neighbors. I’m not so crazy about trading off my rights like that but that’s one of the prices I have to pay to use Opera.

Apple includes a EULA with iTunes and QuickTime that’s even more restrictive, forbidding the use of their software in any WMD program — nuclear, chemical, biological. Nazis.

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