You DO Read Software License Agreements, Don’t You?

It Pays To Read License Agreements:

You didn’t really read the EULA. How do I know? Because hardly anyone does. To prove that point, PC Pitstop included a clause in one of its own EULAs that promised anyone who read it, a “consideration” including money if they sent a note to an email address listed in the EULA. After four months and more than 3,000 downloads, one person finally wrote in. That person, by the way, got a check for $1,000 proving, at least for one person, that it really does pay to read EULAs.

Nice try; I’m still not going to read them. Some software companies, I think, intentionally make their license agreements so long to bore the reader before they get to the part where they agree to give their soul to the devil.

And then there’s the classic story of Dell’s Software License Policy.

Hab SoSlI’ Quch!

List of fictional curse words:

Fictional curse words are profanities invented by authors of fiction, often science fiction / fantasy.

These are the only ones familiar to me:

  • frak: from the new Battlestar Galactica series, which is the only television show I watch regularly now.
  • shazbot: from Mork & Mindy, of course.
  • skin-job: from Blade Runner.
  • smurf and derivatives: from The Smurfs.
  • zark: from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

This post’s title is Klingon for Your Mother has a smooth forehead, but you knew that.

Your Job Is Going To India

The End of an Era:

Software developers, I’ve got one word for you:
They’re cheap. Everyone focuses on this. After all, eight developers for the price of one is hard to argue with — it’s a veritable Wal-Mart of developers over there.
Microsoft’s India Development Center (IDC) is growing like gangbusters […] One of IDC’s main goals is to replicate the successful software development model of the Redmond campus. And Microsoft’s just one example — everybody’s doing this. The 2.3 IT companies that aren’t are going to start next month.
Be afraid. Be very afraid. And prepare to train your replacement on your way out.
I’ve exaggerated a little. Not all of us will lose our jobs, of course. Just most of us. Those left behind will have much lower salaries. The math is simple — the inevitability, manifest. You can choose to deny it or try to defy it, but it doesn’t make the laws of supply and demand any less true.

The author is a software development manager at Microsoft.

I’ve always wanted to be a truck driver, or a librarian.