More on Patches & EULAs
In a comment [link to http://mt.homeport.org/cgi-bin/mt-comments.cgi?entry_id=454 no longer works] below, Nudecybot mentions Mark Rasch’s “You Need A Cyber-Lawyer” article in Wired News. I don’t buy this line of reasoning. Making a decent auto-lawyer requires being able to parse legalese, which is a hard problem. Now, legalese is a subset of English, so you might think that the weather parsers, or similar tools, could do a decent job of it. But the adversarial nature of legal documents makes this hard. I’d much prefer “The Pure Software Act of 2006,” which is Simson Garfinkel’s take on the same problem.