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Monday, July 03, 2006
DANGER - Java ahead
I've never liked to use Java applications. They're notoriously slow and often have inconsistent user interfaces. But I never realized just how dangerous Java can be, until today. I was cleaning out a shelf of old software manuals and came across the EULA for Microsoft Works 4.5a. Just as I tossed it towards the trash I happened to notice the word Java out of the corner of my eye. Curious as to what an old release of Microsoft Works had to do with Java, I picked it up and read this hilarious disclaimer:

8. Note On JAVA Support. The SOFTWARE PRODUCT may contain support for programs written in JAVA. JAVA TECHNOLOGY IS NOT FAULT TOLERANT AND IS NOT DESIGNED, MANUFACTURED, OR INTENDED FOR USE OR RESALE AS ON-LINE CONTROL EQUIPMENT IN HAZARDOUS ENVIRONMENTS REQUIRING FAIL-SAFE PERFORMANCE, SUCH AS IN THE OPERATION OF NUCLEAR FACILITIES, AIRCRAFT NAVIGATION OR COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL, DIRECT LIFE SUPPORT MACHINES, OR WEAPONS SYSTEMS, IN WHICH THE FAILURE OF JAVA TECHNOLOGY COULD LEAD DIRECTLY TO DEATH, PERSONAL INJURY, OR SEVERE PHYSICAL OR ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE.

Note to self: Remember not to use Microsoft Works 4.5a to write a Java life support system or nuclear reactor controller.
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